2010: A Gaming Odyssey
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What better way to ring in 2010 than a fabulous Caribbean cruise? How about a cruise where you can get your game on? That's right. I'm talking days at sea spent gaming (the way God intended). I know this idea has been mentioned before, and I'd like to get an idea how many of you out there would be interested in this sort of entertainment. Allow me to elaborate...

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Why a cruise?
On a cruise, your ticket includes food, lodging, and exotic locales.

Why the Caribbean?
Um, it's cold in January, wouldn't you want to go someplace warm?

When and where?
Most likely January 2010, leaving from New Orleans on a 7 day cruise aboard the Norweigian Spirit.
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I am very fortunate. My husband and I are both gamers.

However, I know that many BoardGameGeeks are involved with Nongaming Significant Others (NGSO's).

While you are throwing dice and laying tiles, your NGSO can enjoy the pool, the spa, the fantastic atmosphere, shopping, and shore excursions...

You get the idea.
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Okay, let's be honest.

BGG.Con is not the place to bring your munchkins. Like NGSO's, their vacation needs are different from yours.

Consider this, cruise lines offer group activities for just about all ages.

And after hours babysitting is available for a very reasonable price.

Personally, I plan to bring Grandma along for extra babysitting duty. Heh heh heh.
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Ah yes, I mentioned food, didn't I?

NCL offers a buffet, two main dining rooms, and a variety of specialty restaurants.

The specialty restaurants require a reservation and charge a small fee (around $10 a head).

See for yourself: http://www.ncl.com/nclweb/fleet/publicRooms.html?shipCode=SP...
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Oh, and I mentioned lodging, too.

You can choose from inside staterooms, oceanviews, rooms with balconies and, heck, you can go crazy and get a suite.

Obviously, the interior rooms are less costly.
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And let's not forget the exotic locales.

I know you could spend an entire week gaming. But your family might want you to join them in a little sightseeing.

It's okay. Go pet a dolphin, enjoy the sun, then go game some more.

The options are amazing. http://www.ncl.com/nclweb/fleet/itineraries.html?shipCode=SP...
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So, what's the bottom line?

First, you have to get to New Orleans.

You can book a flight through the cruise line along with your ticket.

From personal experience, I would recommend making your own arrangements. It's not very romantic to have separate seats.

Staterooms vary in cost, but generally speaking, it would be between $500 and $900 per person to book a room.

Remember, this price includes meals at the buffet and main dining rooms. It does NOT include alcohol, shore excursions, or souvenirs.
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In conclusion, you must be wondering, what games will be available?

Well, Aldie can bring some of his collection, but we would have to work together to ensure that each attendee brings a few games.

The ship will designate a secured 24-7 room for us to use (although there are public rooms also).
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So, who's interested? In order to plan this, we need an estimated stateroom count. Staterooms usually sleep up to four, but the ticket price is per person.

Note: No commitment is required at this time!

We just need to know if the idea has legs.
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