E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Everything Else > The Off-Topic > General Off-Topic

General Off-Topic
Everything not about BMWs. Posts must be "primetime" safe and in good taste. You must be logged in to see sub-forums.
Click here to browse all new posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-10-2013, 09:52 AM   #21
GlockMan
Registered User
 
GlockMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,947
My Ride: Suburban LT 4x4
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
Thanks for the replies. Princess has a good number of options, so will explore them, thanks!
If you do Princess, the minute you get on the boat call for "Chef's Table". They only do it for 10 people once or twice per cruise.

We have done it twice and were lucky enough to have the "Commodore" who was in charge of the entire fleet.

You get pictures, book, and $300 meal for $75 and can not even pay a gratuity.

Google it, it is amazing.

__________________
.
!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!
National Champions: 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014?



Ranting about Panny plasmas, Canon cameras, Glocks, BlueNile, and HDMI cables on a BMW board since 2005.

2007 Chevy Suburban LT 4x4 with Nav/Bose/DVD/JL (works for me)
1968 Ford Mustang with Polk/ADS (my first car)

2007 Lexus GS350 with every option
2000 BMW DINAN M5
2001 BMW 330ci

Last edited by GlockMan; 01-10-2013 at 09:52 AM.
GlockMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #22
simsima325
'a certain moderator'
 
simsima325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Hyattsville, MD
Posts: 37,724
My Ride: Honda Civic
Would you suggest booking a cruise through a travel agent, or just winging it on our own w/ the many selections there are to choose from?

Chef's Table looks pretty awesome, great tip.
__________________
-Brendan

Last edited by simsima325; 01-10-2013 at 10:09 AM.
simsima325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2013, 10:41 AM   #23
GlockMan
Registered User
 
GlockMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,947
My Ride: Suburban LT 4x4
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
Would you suggest booking a cruise through a travel agent, or just winging it on our own w/ the many selections there are to choose from?

Chef's Table looks pretty awesome, great tip.
Generally speaking, they are the same price everywhere. Cruise prices are very regulated. I would assume agents will get different "spiffs" depending on what they are selling, so I doubt they are impartial without having a history with you.

Princess also offers "anytime dining" which is nice. You just show up like you would at a regular restaurant and they give you a beeper for 5-45 min wait. No more dining with jackass strangers every night at the same time.

Do consider buying the travel insurance, it generally covers missed flights, medical emergencies, etc. Also consider flying in at least the day before departure. If you miss the boat, you will lose your money without it.
__________________
.
!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!
National Champions: 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014?



Ranting about Panny plasmas, Canon cameras, Glocks, BlueNile, and HDMI cables on a BMW board since 2005.

2007 Chevy Suburban LT 4x4 with Nav/Bose/DVD/JL (works for me)
1968 Ford Mustang with Polk/ADS (my first car)

2007 Lexus GS350 with every option
2000 BMW DINAN M5
2001 BMW 330ci

Last edited by GlockMan; 01-10-2013 at 10:42 AM.
GlockMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2013, 12:21 PM   #24
NFRs2000nyc
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: NYC/NJ
Posts: 904
My Ride: 2003 FormulaRedS2000
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
Thanks for the feedback. So Norwegian had a lot of old people? I figure any cruise in Alaska will be an older crowd, not too many drunk teenagers like a Carnival cruise in the Caribbean. Still, don't want to be on the senior's boat.

Gonna look into their cruise packs that include Glacier National Park, I don't think the Royal Caribbean cruises I saw included this.
Most alaska cruises are full of senior citizens. The only real way to see alaska it to rent a Jeep, and have fun.
__________________
NFRs2000nyc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2013, 04:09 PM   #25
trizzuth
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Rondoland
Posts: 5,080
My Ride: gobbles oil like a B
I love Alaska, never been there personally, but love the place and am infatuated with any TV show depicting life there, Deadliest Catch, Yukon Men, The Last Frontier, etc..

BUT, I do know a few people that have vacationed there once during the summer (Granted this was not a cruise, so you were on actual Alaska land) and I have seen some evidence of this in bits and pieces of parts of the shows to confirm that this is true.

Mosquitoes. Yup. So many mosquitoes it'll blow you f'n mind apart.

Samples:














http://www.denali101.com/denalinatio..._mosquito.html
__________________
trizzuth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2013, 04:12 PM   #26
trizzuth
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Rondoland
Posts: 5,080
My Ride: gobbles oil like a B
F*** now I'm all sorts of itchy. Sorry for that massive pic.
__________________
trizzuth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2013, 05:20 PM   #27
simsima325
'a certain moderator'
 
simsima325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Hyattsville, MD
Posts: 37,724
My Ride: Honda Civic
lol gross.
__________________
-Brendan
simsima325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2013, 05:22 PM   #28
SamDoe1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minnesnowta
Posts: 3,463
My Ride: Clubs baby seals
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
Thanks for the feedback. So Norwegian had a lot of old people? I figure any cruise in Alaska will be an older crowd, not too many drunk teenagers like a Carnival cruise in the Caribbean. Still, don't want to be on the senior's boat.

Gonna look into their cruise packs that include Glacier National Park, I don't think the Royal Caribbean cruises I saw included this.
As has been said, most Alaskan cruises are for the older crowd or the family crowd. The one I went on had mostly middle aged people with or without families and older people. As was said, we went Norwegian.

Glacier park isn't a package, they drive the ship right up to the glaciers for an entire day. There aren't may places better for photography than this.

Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
Oh yea, I will probably rent a great zoom lens for the occasion.
You want a wide angle for this one.

Quote:
Originally Posted by GlockMan View Post
I have not been to Alaska.

Here is my breakdown on cruise lines:

Princess (Acura) = My favorite. Best value overall IMO. Mostly middle age and older. Great food and choices. Fresh water pools, fun but not a party boat.

Celebrity (Mercedes) = High class, best food, old people, best service, slow pace.

Royal Caribbean (Honda) = Middle class, younger and middle age crowd, average food, lots of activities.

Carnival (Chevy) = Youngest and Oldest mix, party, less quality

Disney (Lexus) = High quality, families, no casino.

Norweigen (Toyota) = Average across the board

Research the SHIPS on cruise critic.com
^ This.

Can't stress enough to look and research on specific ships, they are all different and some even offer different foods.
SamDoe1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 03:09 AM   #29
Fisch330ciTopasBlau
Yes...I do think I hate you
 
Fisch330ciTopasBlau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Arkham Asylum
Posts: 1,758
My Ride: A car.
If I cruise I rather go high-end luxury rather than middle of the road meh, especially if I have to deal with 1000+ people on the same boat. I'd go Crystal Cruises again over any of the others mentioned in this thread. Crystal has the most staff and space per passenger of the big cruise lines. But.......

If money isn't an issue and you want something more intimate and adventurous (not an ocean bound hotel) I suggest Lindblad Expeditions. My mom and her husband have done 8 expeditions with them. I've been asked to go along on few but the cost is high and finding the time is tough (self-employed).
Their Alaska expeditions are 62 guests, not 1000+.
They're affiliated with National Geographic which is very cool.

http://www.expeditions.com/Destinati...estination=282
__________________

-8/21/2007 RIP Grandma
-pessimum genus inimicorum laudantes: flatterers are the worst type of enemies

Last edited by Fisch330ciTopasBlau; 01-11-2013 at 03:19 AM.
Fisch330ciTopasBlau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 08:51 AM   #30
simsima325
'a certain moderator'
 
simsima325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Hyattsville, MD
Posts: 37,724
My Ride: Honda Civic
^ Pricey. Every dollar we spend on 1wk+ of vacation, is a dollar we can't put toward home renovations or a VW TDI of some kind

I think that a larger boat would be OK, but with a bit of space to ourselves, and a balcony so we can enjoy the coastal views away from other guests if we feel crowded in. Princess and flexible dining sounds good to me, that was the biggest issue I had with the 1 previous cruise I went on, 12-14 years ago. Waiting for your time to eat, in line etc.
__________________
-Brendan
simsima325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 08:56 AM   #31
GlockMan
Registered User
 
GlockMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,947
My Ride: Suburban LT 4x4
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
^ Pricey. Every dollar we spend on 1wk+ of vacation, is a dollar we can't put toward home renovations or a VW TDI of some kind

I think that a larger boat would be OK, but with a bit of space to ourselves, and a balcony so we can enjoy the coastal views away from other guests if we feel crowded in. Princess and flexible dining sounds good to me, that was the biggest issue I had with the 1 previous cruise I went on, 12-14 years ago. Waiting for your time to eat, in line etc.
^ I have had none of those issues on Princess (Ruby Princess, Emerald Princess, and Grand Princess.)

12-14 years ago would be like taking a prop plane from NY to Vegas.

JMO
__________________
.
!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!
National Champions: 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014?



Ranting about Panny plasmas, Canon cameras, Glocks, BlueNile, and HDMI cables on a BMW board since 2005.

2007 Chevy Suburban LT 4x4 with Nav/Bose/DVD/JL (works for me)
1968 Ford Mustang with Polk/ADS (my first car)

2007 Lexus GS350 with every option
2000 BMW DINAN M5
2001 BMW 330ci
GlockMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 08:56 AM   #32
simsima325
'a certain moderator'
 
simsima325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Hyattsville, MD
Posts: 37,724
My Ride: Honda Civic
Hahahahaha, yes I am not relying on my personal cruise experience to make this decision.
__________________
-Brendan
simsima325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 09:57 AM   #33
SamDoe1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minnesnowta
Posts: 3,463
My Ride: Clubs baby seals
Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
^ Pricey. Every dollar we spend on 1wk+ of vacation, is a dollar we can't put toward home renovations or a VW TDI of some kind

I think that a larger boat would be OK, but with a bit of space to ourselves, and a balcony so we can enjoy the coastal views away from other guests if we feel crowded in. Princess and flexible dining sounds good to me, that was the biggest issue I had with the 1 previous cruise I went on, 12-14 years ago. Waiting for your time to eat, in line etc.
IMO, don't bother with a balcony. You spend very little time in your room other than sleeping so it's not really worth it and you are better off on the deck of the ship having wide views and a drink in your hand. Spend the extra cash on more excursions.
SamDoe1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 10:51 AM   #34
GlockMan
Registered User
 
GlockMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,947
My Ride: Suburban LT 4x4
Quote:
Originally Posted by SamDoe1 View Post
IMO, don't bother with a balcony. You spend very little time in your room other than sleeping so it's not really worth it and you are better off on the deck of the ship having wide views and a drink in your hand. Spend the extra cash on more excursions.
^ I understand where you are coming from, but Alaska cruises are completely different. The view is the entire point of the cruise. Balconies are a basic requirement for Alaska.
__________________
.
!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!
National Champions: 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014?



Ranting about Panny plasmas, Canon cameras, Glocks, BlueNile, and HDMI cables on a BMW board since 2005.

2007 Chevy Suburban LT 4x4 with Nav/Bose/DVD/JL (works for me)
1968 Ford Mustang with Polk/ADS (my first car)

2007 Lexus GS350 with every option
2000 BMW DINAN M5
2001 BMW 330ci
GlockMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 10:54 AM   #35
Ghostie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Here
Posts: 584
My Ride: What else?
We got TONS of use out of our Balcony:

-Eating Breakfast every morning with an amazing view
-Watching the Sunset and taking photos every night
-Staying in bed all day on Sea days, with the doors open (pretty tired from all the excursions)
-Falling asleep at night to the sound of the waves crashing

Having a balcony allows you to enjoy all these things privately (trust me, the crowd gets old after a few days)

Get one if you can afford it (Never cruising without one ever)

Don't forget to sneak in your own booze

And yes, you will want a Wide Angle lens, in order to take in all the views. The zoom might be nice to have, in case you spot some wildlife, but I'm guessing you'll mostly be going Wide.

Something like an 18-200 would be a good compromise if you don't want to carry a bunch of glass around

Last edited by Ghostie; 01-11-2013 at 10:58 AM.
Ghostie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 11:10 AM   #36
SamDoe1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Minnesnowta
Posts: 3,463
My Ride: Clubs baby seals
Quote:
Originally Posted by GlockMan View Post
^ I understand where you are coming from, but Alaska cruises are completely different. The view is the entire point of the cruise. Balconies are a basic requirement for Alaska.
I can see where you're coming from too but when I went, I tried to be on deck as often as possible in order to take the sights from as high up as possible. Also, being on deck allowed me to get to both sides of the ship relatively easily and quickly in order to snap quick shots of whales and other such wildlife.

To each their own but I'd rather spend the extra cash on excursions.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghostie View Post
We got TONS of use out of our Balcony:

-Eating Breakfast every morning with an amazing view
-Watching the Sunset and taking photos every night
-Staying in bed all day on Sea days, with the doors open (pretty tired from all the excursions)
-Falling asleep at night to the sound of the waves crashing

Having a balcony allows you to enjoy all these things privately (trust me, the crowd gets old after a few days)

Get one if you can afford it (Never cruising without one ever)

Don't forget to sneak in your own booze
1.) I was young (21) and never up for breakfast anyway.
2.) If you go in July, the sun sets at like midnight... Photos can be taken from the deck as well.
3.) Sea days in Alaska aren't really keep the windows open kind of days. It can get chilly.
4.) I could take it or leave it with the waves...mostly it's just the sound of the ship.

Agreed that the crowds get old, but again to each their own.

What's your booze sneaking technique?
SamDoe1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 11:15 AM   #37
simsima325
'a certain moderator'
 
simsima325's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Hyattsville, MD
Posts: 37,724
My Ride: Honda Civic
Balconies are higher up too, which is nicer I think. Def. gonna spring for balcony.

I have an 18-200 already on my camera, and a cheap non-digital 100-300. Might be OK.
__________________
-Brendan
simsima325 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 12:02 PM   #38
Ghostie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Here
Posts: 584
My Ride: What else?
Quote:
Originally Posted by SamDoe1 View Post
What's your booze sneaking technique?
Bunch of TSA Approved Shampoo bottles filled with Scotch and Vodka (spread out over a few bags)

Quote:
Originally Posted by simsima325 View Post
Balconies are higher up too, which is nicer I think. Def. gonna spring for balcony.

I have an 18-200 already on my camera, and a cheap non-digital 100-300. Might be OK.
Should be fine, though you could add a 10-20 for shooting from your balcony. Make sure you have some filters.
Ghostie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 12:24 PM   #39
GlockMan
Registered User
 
GlockMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,947
My Ride: Suburban LT 4x4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghostie View Post
Bunch of TSA Approved Shampoo bottles filled with Scotch and Vodka (spread out over a few bags)



Should be fine, though you could add a 10-20 for shooting from your balcony. Make sure you have some filters.
It is not hard to get booze on ship.

Just use a duffle bag and fill it with bottles of coke/diet coke and water.

Empty a water bottle and fill for vodka, rum, anything clear.
Empty a coke bottle and fill for whiskey, dark rum, etc.

simple.

I have even taken a full bottle of rum wrapped in a towel.

They don't care (on Princess and Royal Caribbean at least for me.)

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Cruise Booze 1.jpg
Views:	96
Size:	321.5 KB
ID:	485629  
__________________
.
!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!
National Champions: 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014?



Ranting about Panny plasmas, Canon cameras, Glocks, BlueNile, and HDMI cables on a BMW board since 2005.

2007 Chevy Suburban LT 4x4 with Nav/Bose/DVD/JL (works for me)
1968 Ford Mustang with Polk/ADS (my first car)

2007 Lexus GS350 with every option
2000 BMW DINAN M5
2001 BMW 330ci

Last edited by GlockMan; 01-11-2013 at 12:32 PM.
GlockMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2013, 12:37 PM   #40
Ghostie
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Here
Posts: 584
My Ride: What else?
I agree it isn't hard, but our water bag was confiscated initially, on suspicion of containing alcohol.

We were summoned to the Guest services desk, where we had to agree to allow it be opened and searched.

Apparently it was the 12 pack of bottled water which raised a flag, and once they saw that none of the bottles were opened, they sent us on our way...

It was hard not to laugh, as they had flat out missed the real thing

Last edited by Ghostie; 01-11-2013 at 12:38 PM.
Ghostie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use