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Amusing piece by Ott. The author of the NYT article has not spend much time on ships. As one who has probably had the pleasure of traveling on ships and boats much more than the average (not including those who served in the USN), I have a few thoughts:
- Travel by ships and boats is a wonderful thing to do. Being at sea is a delight, regardless of weather. Do not cruise the Caribbean. It's a silly thing to do, I feel, unless you go to gamble. - There are less-expensive mass market cruise lines, and there are "luxury" lines. They are quite different in "atmosphere". - Regardless of the line, you get what you pay for on a given boat. Same as a hotel. If you want to pay for a suite, you can usually get one. - Older ships did indeed have three classes. When we were kids, we used to sneak into First Class to check it out. With 5 kids (and thus 3 cabins) no way my Dad was going to pay for First. - I strongly dislike the mass market cruise lines with their giant Vegas-style hotels on barges. I advise avoiding them. It is not a great experience.
If you want to cruise in comfort with pleasant, interesting people, instead of getting a fancy suite on a tacky ship I have better choices below, and good discounts can be had if they don't have a full ship. These boats (except for Windjammer) have either explicit or implicit dress codes) :
Holland America Line is neither mass-market nor extreme luxe. No classes. Very gracious and civilized with wonderful trips
I've done two H-A cruises up the Inside Passage. On one, I bought a t-shirt without proper examination until home. Showed the coast and the IP; along the coast, it read ATLANTIC OCEAN.
Easterners, just a bit ignorant.