Posted March 3rd, 2008, 03:27 PM
Oh Conte! Have your thought about roller blading, skate boarding or horse back riding and for the less active set maybe quilting! The new cruising concept is "all things for all people". Maybe the head of Royal Caribbean is listening to the conversation?I agree that, to attract larger numbers of pax, modern cruise lines have strived to conceal the fact that the accommodations are on a ship. Which is why passengers get so upset when "thou deep and dark blue ocean" does, indeed, roll. I too smile at the concept of real grass putting greens on a sun deck. Will the groundskeeper be able to negate the constant dousing of salt on his zoysia-fescue?
About verandas on barges - I was gobsmacked to read a post on the HAL board whereby a passenger noted that the ship had docked on the port side of the pier in Rio which was away from their starboard veranda "so there wasn’t much to see from our veranda." Um, isn’t that why there are deck chairs on the Promenade Deck or have the barge companies done away with promenade decks and replaced them with shopping malls?
But y’all had me laughing about "cruising in 15 years." What a great thought! I’m sure I’ll be off the water by then, if not in The Home, depending on how nice I am to my son and daughter. Perhaps I’ll miss the sight of 6 cruise ships disgorging 20,000 passengers for a day in Sitka or St. Thomas. What a soothing thought.