And we Wonder Where People get Crazy Ideas about Cruising ....

Stuck in a waiting room that was playing a re-run of Everybody Loves Raymond, I watched an old episode where Raymond goes on a cruise with his mother Marie when his dad suffers a knee injury and can't go ...

From shuffle board to overdoing the buffet, it is quite the stereotype (from centuries ago) of what a cruise is really like ...

I can see why someone who had never cruised before would say - no way - I'm not doing that - no cruise for me...

It was hilarious but certainly gave the "cruise business" a bad view!

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They watch the drive by media. No matter what cruise line as a issue, they always see a Carnival Cruise ship as file footage.  Cruise ship strikes whale. Whale tail placed on top of ship as trophy.

My DH had the image of the old Humphery Bogart movies, with lap robe and shuffle board.  He a;ways said "now why do I want to spend several thousands of dollars to do that?"  If I hadn't won the first one, I'm not sure we would have cruised yet!

 

I wonder why "Hollywood" does that? 

My bet is that back in the day when it was probably mainly retired people with money, they catered to that crowd in a way they believed was appealing ?!  In the Raymond episode, there was tremendous attention on how bored he was while Marie was running all over with her new "cronies" recapturing her youth and dancing and socializing.  

I'm trying to figure out if I have ever seen any type of a movie filmed on a cruise in recent times (other than advertisements) but don't know of any ... Poseidon Adventure and Titanic certainly don't count.  

But if you watch something like Below Deck - the show filmed on a yacht - it's like yeah, I want to do that!  I think as younger cruisers begin embracing it as a great vacation opportunity, we may see better depictions of the "real thing".  

There was the Chipmunk movie "Chipwrecked" partially filmed on a Carnival ship.  But I'm not sure that's a good example.Surprised

I haven't seen that one ... will have to rent it lol

My husband and I were both in the Navy. He spent most of his time on a ship, working. So it took a lot of convincing to get him talked in going on another ship. Now he likes it.

This thread got me thinking of ships that are TV/Movie stars and maybe one of the most famous is the SS Constitution which featured in a handful of "I Love Lucy" episodes.  But even though they were funny and upbeat episodes, it was same as the Raymond episodes, they made the actual sailing look boring.  Sit and talk, sit and read, sometimes dance, and watch as Lucy gets a helicopter ride to the ship.  Didn't show the other fun aspects of sailing.  

The "Love Boat" did not make it look like just seniors or boring  Big Smile

I seem to remember the Olson twins (Mary Kate and Ashley) were on a movie on a cruise ship, but I'm not sure that would have been a good example of cruising, either. 

 

Thanks for finally bringing up what a generation of cruisers remember. From bikinis, to romances, every problem being solved in 30 minutes, and a senior ship's crewmember always present -- not to mention only three cruise ports and bikinis -- the Love Boat spurred on Princess Cruise Lines and many others. Yes, I think the Love Boat was more than just seniors and boring shuffleboard. Almost forgot, a good portion of the passengers had to be in bikinis.

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