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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:22 pm

Rylan wrote:sidenote - are cruises really that fun?


More relaxing than "fun".

I hold a number of technical certifications, one of my favorite ways of preparing is to go on a three or four day Bahamas cruise prior to sitting for the exam.

Total solitude. It's an awesome way to study for the exam. Multiple meal choices only a few steps away. The ability to lay in the sun and get through hundreds of pages uninterrupted by anyone except maybe the cocktail waitress. Distractions when you need them.

I've never failed a single exam when studying this way.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby Gaucho on Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:30 pm

Total solitude? Are you able to tune out the other 4000 cruise guests? :shock:
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby ExPatriatePen on Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:59 pm

Gaucho wrote:Total solitude? Are you able to tune out the other 4000 cruise guests? :shock:


I'm a NY'er now. One thing I've learned to do is find solitude in a crowd. :D

Seriously though, unless you're on a Disney Ship or a cruise dedicated to a "Party" (Blues Cruise, Jam Cruise, Reggae Cruise, etc...) there really isn't a lot of noise on the deck of a cruise ship. Many even have "Adults only" areas. I tend to try and go in late April early May or September and early October to avoid the family and student crowd.

Also, in a worst case scenario, you always have the cabin to retreat to. (although things have never gotten crazy enough for me to use that option)
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby tifosi77 on Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:23 pm

ExPatriatePen wrote:
Rylan wrote:sidenote - are cruises really that fun?


More relaxing than "fun".

I hold a number of technical certifications, one of my favorite ways of preparing is to go on a three or four day Bahamas cruise prior to sitting for the exam.

Total solitude. It's an awesome way to study for the exam. Multiple meal choices only a few steps away. The ability to lay in the sun and get through hundreds of pages uninterrupted by anyone except maybe the cocktail waitress. Distractions when you need them.

I've never failed a single exam when studying this way.

Never been on a cruise and never even thought the idea sounded appealing...... until I read this.

If I'm wrong and there actually is a heaven, this sounds pretty much what I'd want it to be. :lol:

ExPatriatePen wrote:Many even have "Adults only" areas.

Hey now....... 8-)
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby TheHammer24 on Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:54 pm

ExPatriatePen wrote:
Rylan wrote:sidenote - are cruises really that fun?


More relaxing than "fun".

I hold a number of technical certifications, one of my favorite ways of preparing is to go on a three or four day Bahamas cruise prior to sitting for the exam.

Total solitude. It's an awesome way to study for the exam. Multiple meal choices only a few steps away. The ability to lay in the sun and get through hundreds of pages uninterrupted by anyone except maybe the cocktail waitress. Distractions when you need them.

I've never failed a single exam when studying this way.

Honestly, that sounds like the worst idea ever. And quite expensive way of studying when the library is distraction free and only a few blocks away.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby Rylan on Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:03 am

TheHammer24 wrote:
ExPatriatePen wrote:
Rylan wrote:sidenote - are cruises really that fun?


More relaxing than "fun".

I hold a number of technical certifications, one of my favorite ways of preparing is to go on a three or four day Bahamas cruise prior to sitting for the exam.

Total solitude. It's an awesome way to study for the exam. Multiple meal choices only a few steps away. The ability to lay in the sun and get through hundreds of pages uninterrupted by anyone except maybe the cocktail waitress. Distractions when you need them.

I've never failed a single exam when studying this way.

Honestly, that sounds like the worst idea ever. And quite expensive way of studying when the library is distraction free and only a few blocks away.


haha. I think it was a way to relax him. I am guessing he wasn't studying 24/7. But I have been told there are plenty of people that are sunning themselves while aboard.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:03 am

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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby itissteeltime on Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:44 am

TheHammer24 wrote:
ExPatriatePen wrote:
Rylan wrote:sidenote - are cruises really that fun?


More relaxing than "fun".

I hold a number of technical certifications, one of my favorite ways of preparing is to go on a three or four day Bahamas cruise prior to sitting for the exam.

Total solitude. It's an awesome way to study for the exam. Multiple meal choices only a few steps away. The ability to lay in the sun and get through hundreds of pages uninterrupted by anyone except maybe the cocktail waitress. Distractions when you need them.

I've never failed a single exam when studying this way.

Honestly, that sounds like the worst idea ever. And quite expensive way of studying when the library is distraction free and only a few blocks away.


I loooove cruises. My family used to go to OBX every summer, did that for like 15 straight years. Two years ago we switched it up to a cruise, and did another cruise this summer. We'll never go back. Basically the food is unbeleivable. They have food available 24/7, with a ton of variety. I spend most of my time drinking, going to the casino, watching shows, sitting in the hot tub, lying on beaches, going to the bars and clubs in resorts and on the boat. It's just the best type of vacation in my opinion.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby TheHammer24 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:55 am

Oh I love cruises. I just don't think I could study on one.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby MRandall25 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:54 am

TheHammer24 wrote:Honestly, that sounds like the worst idea ever. And quite expensive way of studying when the library is distraction free and only a few blocks away.


Off-topic, but depending on where you go to school, the library is anything but distraction free
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby ExPatriatePen on Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:55 am

TheHammer24 wrote:
ExPatriatePen wrote:
Rylan wrote:sidenote - are cruises really that fun?


More relaxing than "fun".

I hold a number of technical certifications, one of my favorite ways of preparing is to go on a three or four day Bahamas cruise prior to sitting for the exam.

Total solitude. It's an awesome way to study for the exam. Multiple meal choices only a few steps away. The ability to lay in the sun and get through hundreds of pages uninterrupted by anyone except maybe the cocktail waitress. Distractions when you need them.

I've never failed a single exam when studying this way.

Honestly, that sounds like the worst idea ever. And quite expensive way of studying when the library is distraction free and only a few blocks away.


To each his own. So I respect your opinion that for you, it might not be the best choice.

I wasn't worried about $$$$. I'm not a college student. I was making serious money at the time as a consultant. It was the late 90's through about 2007. If you were in IT during the late 90's and had any experience at all, your phone would ring every single day with a better offer.

From 1994 to 2000 my already comfortable salary nearly tripled. But they wanted those certifications.

The other issue is that, as a consultant, your phone is constantly ringing. That doesn't happen on cruise ship. The other thing was that until recently, there was no internet either. (I think there are select cruise ships who offer internet today).

Bottom line, it worked for me. Lay there getting a tan, drinks at the ready. A pool to jump into and cool yourself off, buffets everywhere within walking distance. You get tired of studying? Go play a hand of Blackjack. Want to study some more? Need a change of scenery? Pick a different pool. Or Sundeck.

I loved it.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby newarenanow on Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:27 am

Rylan wrote:sidenote - are cruises really that fun?


I had a good time. You can make the trip whatever you want. If you just want to lay by the pool and drink, or even just relax the whole time, you can. If you want to go to the bars and party, you can do that. You can go to the casino, you can go to the shows, you can just sit on the deck.

And at the stops, you can do crazy excursions (sp?), just go to the beach and sit there for a few hours, or go shopping. There are so many options.

My wife and I loved the excursions and did the full island tours for all of our stops. We love to explore and go around vs relax. But each stop had about a 2 hr stint at the beach included.

We'd leave the ship at 8 in the morning, and not get back until around 5 or so. We'd get showered up, go to dinner at 6, see the show at 7:30, and then just hang out until like 9 or 10 and then go to bed.

The two nights at sea, when there were no stops, we'd just hang out on the deck by the pool the entire time and just chilled. Those nights, they had the big parties on the deck we went to.

Had a great time.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby newarenanow on Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:29 am

MRandall25 wrote:
TheHammer24 wrote:Honestly, that sounds like the worst idea ever. And quite expensive way of studying when the library is distraction free and only a few blocks away.


Off-topic, but depending on where you go to school, the library is anything but distraction free


I used to drink beer in our library in college.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby JS© on Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:43 pm

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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby tifosi77 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:27 pm

Salvaging the Costa Concordia
Recovering the Costa Concordia, which heeled over and partially sank after striking rocks in January 2012, has been described as one of the largest and most daunting salvage operations ever attempted.


Ship has been there so long, it's actually on Google Maps satellite view.
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:52 pm

Didn't they have a milestone this week?
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby MRandall25 on Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:52 pm

The got the ship upright, I think
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Re: Italian Cruise Ship Disaster

Postby Gaucho on Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:05 pm

MRandall25 wrote:The got the ship upright, I think


Guess they dumped Berlusconi's Viagra stash into the Mediterranean.
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