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What you should know before you cruise.
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I recently came back from a cruise, and it appears that there's lots of things people aren't aware of when it comes to being at sea.

First, it's important to note that international waters is a between nations kinda thing, so there is no superior law that will assist you if you were to make a mistake. None of the laws you're accustomed to applies to international waters, so if you're 18 and wanna drink, go for it. They will loosely tell you "No." But no one will actually care.

I normally don't drink, but I drank a little on the second night, I wasn't like stumbling over or anything but I knew the room was rocking and it wasn't the ship. A guy who bought me drink actually tagged along to my stateroom I wasn't sure why he did.... In the morning, I found out about how international water's law works -- it's nothing. Basically.

Secondly, the crew on cruise liners are notoriously easy to lay, like you need no game to lay the staff, they stay on the boat for months(10 max) and don't see wives/girlfriends/boyfriends/husbands for a very long time and they restrict their communication heavily, they can't have their phones most of the time and they don't get to leave the ship when it docks -- so no wi fi for them. I learned this while talking to the crew a whole bunch, they're very chatty and interesting.

Special Note: This is extreme important for crew at night clubs/bars. But here's a little secret, the cruise ship is very large and after exploring the one you're on, you'll learn that A LOT of the ship is actually inaccessible, that's because the crew actually has a couple decks to themselves, they're not allowed to roam the passenger decks on break or whatever. It's completely amazing on the crew's decks, they have SLUSHY machines and a blender and stuff. Back to the special note, but after you make really good friends with the crew at like a club or something, stay until they close the place. They change into completely different people. A quote from the blond hottie who serves drinks:


I hate it when you walk away because I can't follow you~


Third. DO NOT walk around the ship past 12:30 am.

Yes, the bars, clubs and some places to eat are open, but only walk on the inside of the ship, don't walk around the outside decks close to the railings and the water. Avoid the higher outside decks as well at this time... Why, you ask? Well, if it gets stormy and rainy, it gets wet, you won't slip off the boat but you can slip down the stairs or just on the ground. But most importantly, the real reason not to walk around this late is because of the bizarre things you might see.

You'll see weird things and scare yourself terribly if you go out this late. You'll look down off the boat and see nothing but a black abyss, you can't separate the ocean from the sky at this point and it's unnerving. When the moon reflects off the black water, it'll look like a scene from a horror movie but you can't turn the lights on. You'll have to walk all the way to somewhere to go inside, most people are inside at this point because of these reasons. Also, unexpectedly, whenever I was out at 2:30 am on the highest deck. Some crew member opened a door that's normally closed and out came a four legged beast!.... It was dark, but upon further inspection the following night, the four legged beast was simply a large dog. Don't know what it's used for.

The crew will also tell horror stories on the top outside decks to make sure no one can eavesdrop(it was stormy and rainy), they told me how recently a cruise ship sank and the captain abandoned them, didn't raise the alarm well enough. I also heard a story about the Carnival Magic(the ship I was on) about how some guy fell off his balcony and crushed his skull on a deck below. They pointed to the spot of where they think he fell. I looked it up on Wikipedia and it was true. For a lot of people, the Carnival Magic deck 5 is haunted.

Fourth.

You will never find your friends again, you must activate blue tooth to scan the immediate area. It's like hide and seek and the blue tooth tells you when you're warm or cold, or not near each other at all.

That's all I have, I may have other answers if questions are asked but for all I can think of to help cruisers are these tips right here. The third point seems silly, but once you're actually at sea and you look around the ship at 1:00 am, trust me, it will be very uncomfortable, so you'll gravitate towards the more populated clubs and inside dining areas.

Getting intimate with the crew was easy though, I never tried it with a male crew member but the rules would be the same, and I'm not joking about that international law thing.

After my cruise, I implore EVERYONE to try it, it really is an experience and sight to behold when you're looking from the railing as you approach a island in view, you and your closest friends watching your next adventure and memories get closer each minute, and looking around at the few people who do the same. It's amazing, you must try it. There's a lot you should know though, or it could go horribly wrong. I'm a fast learner so it was easy after the first night.
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I don't honestly know what to think about this.
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Pretty cool read
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Check to see if it's a ruse cruise.

Third. DO NOT walk around the ship past 12:30 am.

Because a Himalayan yeti will chase you down, catch you, throw you on the deck and rape you.
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Strange really. How much humanity seems to forget about the high seas. Them 3/4 surface and host almost all of our trade and on top of that really the laws of the seas are still very much the same as they where 200 years ago. The one with the biggest guns wins. Not saying that its common to get shot at but its still pretty much the reality when you start thinking about why world trade has been stable. Still I would love to go on a cruise ship or even something else out to sea. Its really is heart of this world.
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Anticosm wrote:

Check to see if it's a ruse cruise.

Third. DO NOT walk around the ship past 12:30 am.

Because a Himalayan yeti will chase you down, catch you, throw you on the deck and rape you.



H-h-how did you know....



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Magical-Soul wrote:
A guy who bought me drink actually tagged along to my stateroom I wasn't sure why he did....


Are you sure?
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Wow. I don't know if I'll ever go on a Cruise, but this sure was a fun read!
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AnimeKami wrote:


Magical-Soul wrote:
A guy who bought me drink actually tagged along to my stateroom I wasn't sure why he did....


Are you sure?


Well, as the opening post implies, I know why he followed me now. But at the time I was unsure, I wasn't terribly drunk and I could have easily walked back by myself.

That tip doesn't really apply to you, sir. You won't ever have this problem, thankfully.
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Magical-Soul wrote:

You'll look down off the boat and see nothing but a black abyss, you can't separate the ocean from the sky at this point and it's unnerving. When the moon reflects off the black water, it'll look like a scene from a horror movie but you can't turn the lights on.


That sounds quite beautiful actually, if the night was clear I'd probably spend the whole night on deck looking at the stars.
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How about "be careful where you stand" or better yet "do not lean on anything that will send you off the ship"?
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Good to know, now I just need to go on the cruise to put this info to use
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qualeshia3 wrote:

How about "be careful where you stand" or better yet "do not lean on anything that will send you off the ship"?


or maybe knowing how to swim.
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Yeah true. You don't want to fuck with the ocean, especially if you can not swim.
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that quote read like something from a shoujo manga
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