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Fellow Passengers!

Postby divingbrit » 03 Jun 2016 08:18

As many have read,I will be taking my first cruise for 26 years soon (?) Speaking to a friend who is a very regular cruiser (right terminology?) Says he loves the Caribbean, and urges us to go, but one gripe is that he did have, was so many of the fellow passengers spent their cruise wearing a baseball cap proclaiming they were 'Vets' , and not the animal type, now he knows 90% are always from the USA , and almost all are very friendly, but why, o why, do the Yanks have to proclaim they were in the army.
I hasten to say my friend does not strut around proclaiming he properly saw more action, and it was a number of years, before I found out he is still suffering from radiation sickness because of the Atom Bomb testing.
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Postby Meg50 » 03 Jun 2016 09:00

praps because 'vets' get more respect ( and discounts) in the US - so it's a cost effective thing to do.

One way to avoid it being fellow passengers who are doing it is to sail on a predominantly British ship.....
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Postby octocruiser » 03 Jun 2016 09:35

divingbrit wrote:As many have read,I will be taking my first cruise for 26 years soon (?) Speaking to a friend who is a very regular cruiser (right terminology?) Says he loves the Caribbean, and urges us to go, but one gripe is that he did have, was so many of the fellow passengers spent their cruise wearing a baseball cap proclaiming they were 'Vets' , and not the animal type, now he knows 90% are always from the USA , and almost all are very friendly, but why, o why, do the Yanks have to proclaim they were in the army.
I hasten to say my friend does not strut around proclaiming he properly saw more action, and it was a number of years, before I found out he is still suffering from radiation sickness because of the Atom Bomb testing.



To be honest, you can find any number of similar comments about fellow passengers amounting to age, gender and class discrimination and all things in between.

I may be a bit biased in favour of smaller ships but on one of our 2 cruises in the Caribbean on an American ship larger than we would normally choose we were 1. Totally outnumbered by US citizens , there were only about 12 Brits and that included some staff ;) And 2. A high proportion of those US citizens were from Texas and were clad throughout the cruise in stetsons and spurs as they turned out to be on a Line Dancing convention. :o They virtually took over the ship, the bars and tne entertainment.

Nevertheless we met and socialised with a number of charming Americans and enjoyed the cruise as we always do - even went along with as much of the line dancing as we could bear :lol:

You just have to go with an open mind and not take too much notice of what you hear.
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Postby JollyJill » 03 Jun 2016 09:41

We have mixed with many Americans and to be honest, haven't come across 'Vets' as you call them, wearing baseball caps.

On our recent Boudicca Grand Voyage, there were only 4 Americans and one of them was wearing an Arsenal T-shirt. I didn't know he was from the U.S until I chatted to him (being an Arsenal supporter. He was from Minnesota and great fun.
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Re: Fellow Passengers!

Postby tomvet » 03 Jun 2016 09:45

Meg50 wrote:praps because 'vets' get more respect ( and discounts) .....


Not on cruise forums, they don't! :D
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Postby tobysgranny » 03 Jun 2016 17:28

Did you know if you sell your house to a Vet in the USA you have to give them 3% discount. I only know as a friend has just sold his property in Florida.

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Postby sparkiethecruiser » 03 Jun 2016 18:33

JollyJill wrote:We have mixed with many Americans and to be honest, haven't come across 'Vets' as you call them, wearing baseball caps.

On our recent Boudicca Grand Voyage, there were only 4 Americans and one of them was wearing an Arsenal T-shirt. I didn't know he was from the U.S until I chatted to him (being an Arsenal supporter. He was from Minnesota and great fun.


In Greenock a lot of the passengers come of with baseball caps and rucksacks that's how we can tell they came off the ship but never noticed any with VET hats each to their own and maybe its because they are proud of the fact that they have served their country and why shouldn't they be. In saying that I only found about 5 years ago my grandfather was missing presumed dead during the war but was actually a prisoner of war as he never discussed it. I remember doing a project for school on the wwII and when I asked him questions about it he told me some things where best not discussed and wouldn't talk about it. So no idea what actually happened to him
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