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Old 09-10-2007, 09:02 AM
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I just got back from my cruise, and during the whole thing I was kind of disappointed about how few stars you could see. Even on a very clear night, the lights from the ship are enough to drown out the stars. If you sorta stare, and maybe block out some ambient light with your hands, you get a pretty decent view.

Do you think the cruise lines would every consider having a "star gazing" hour, where they kill the lights on a certain part of the ship for a little while? My friends and I would walk around the top decks late at night, and it would be very cool to see all the stars without a ton of effort.
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I just got back from my cruise, and during the whole thing I was kind of disappointed about how few stars you could see. Even on a very clear night, the lights from the ship are enough to drown out the stars. If you sorta stare, and maybe block out some ambient light with your hands, you get a pretty decent view.

Do you think the cruise lines would every consider having a "star gazing" hour, where they kill the lights on a certain part of the ship for a little while? My friends and I would walk around the top decks late at night, and it would be very cool to see all the stars without a ton of effort.
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That's a thought but I wonder if it would be safe to do such a thing.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:13 AM
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Actually that's a pretty good idea,
the way I see it the cruise line should start looking for new options for us cruisers and is a pretty romantic too...imagine this:

Two or more honeymooners at the back of the ship on a special night,
With some wine a really good romantic music under a heaven of stars
well is no brainer if they can sell the "quiceanera cruise" they can sell this kind of cruise even me with 3 years of matrimony will pay with a night like that with my wife...
Good call mike
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:11 PM
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Hi Mike,

an excellent place for stargazing is a forward open deck below the bridge if your ship has one. No disturbing lights whatsoever.
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Old 09-11-2007, 12:29 PM
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Yeah, I wondered about the safety of it, too. But, you can keep the lights on the side of the ship, and maybe just turn off some on the very top deck so that the ship is still visable to others. That might be enough to allow for some decent star gazing - and yes, very romantic.

Thanks for the tip, Raoul. I was just on the Carnival Miracle, and unfortunatly I don't think I could access a deck like that (or maybe I just missed it). Hopefully I will have another chance on my next cruise.
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Old 09-11-2007, 02:19 PM
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Mike,

I don't think Carnival's "Spirit"-class ships have good forward-facing decks. However, their "Destiny"- and "Conquest"-class ships do.
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The Voyager class ships on Royal Caribbean have a forward area where the helipad is that is great for viewing. I believe it is on deck 4.

Did you fill out a comment card to make the suggestion to the cruise line? If not, next time remember to do so. The cruise lines take suggestions very seriously.

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The Voyager class ships on Royal Caribbean have a forward area where the helipad is that is great for viewing. I believe it is on deck 4.

Wheels the Observation Deck on Voyager class ships is on deck 5.

We'll be on the VOS in January. I'll check it out. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 10-11-2007, 03:14 PM
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I think I mentioned it on the comment card you receive at the end of the cruise - I meant to, at least.

The only thing is that it will most likely not be cheap to create some sort of observation deck.
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