D.T. Metal wrote:I don't know who wrote it somewhere above, but as one of the "OLD PEOPLE" I give my two cents as well.
First off, I could care less what people are wearing, at my age I have seen it all (or most at least) and the outfits (be it the dental floss or the speedo) didn't bother me in the least. BUT in the dining area's there should be some sort of clothing standard - PERIOD. Shoes, shirt, pants at the least - I remember last year they made Daniel put on his shirt but this year the waiters apparently didn't give a shit. I am totally indifferent about the costumes - they were fun to look at and I agree that Deborah and Hector were not only the cutest couple but also the ones with the most awesome ideas in regards of dressing up without going overboard.
Some of the behavior is what bothered me this year. Yes, there are always some idiots but this year the amount of "party-goers" just seemed more. 70K is not like any other festival and the uniqueness is it's appeal. Yes, there are bands and yes there is drinking, but it's not like a regular festival. You won't stand knee deep in mud after it rained, you have the choice to be in an air-conditioned room if it gets to hot outside, you have the luxury of shitting in a normal toilet without hoovering and the list goes on and on. This is what's unique about 70K - partying and listening to bands in STYLE and comfort.
Not everyone get's the $666 cabins and a lot of people come from overseas and have to budget with flights and stuff as well. It's not like you drive a couple K's and pitch a tent. This is why it's disturbing to see that more and more people are treating 70K as JUST another festival to get drunk - and oh yes, there are bands in the background. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with getting drunk, but somehow this year it attracted some folks which are either new to the 70K concept or just don't give a shit anymore because the "novelty" of the event wore off.
I hate to see 70K become just another excuse to "let loose" since quite honestly, I can do this at home as well without spending shit tons of money on cabin, flight and pre/post cruise hotel. I hope since the Liberty of the Seas is a newer boat with somewhat better amenities the "exclusiveness" of the event will return.
In regards of smoking, and I am a smoker, I liked it that the Spectrum was non-smoking this year but figured that this "only on one side" policy at Boleros would not work. Why I have no idea. In the states you can't smoke in a venue and in most European countries neither - so why doesn't it sink in on the cruise? It's not that one would have to walk far away to have a cigarette.
As with 2015 - I will likely be there again and cover the event but mostly because it's a new ship.
This! All of this!
As for the party-goers thing, I would just add that I didn't notice any of the things that happened. I found out about them after the cruise while talking to other cruisers. So my "two-cents" would be that even though there are more "party-people" on the boat, you can still have a "regular" (i.e. FUCKING AWESOME) 70K experience...