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Movie and television producer-director-writer Judd Apatow took aim at the cruise industry, referring to ships as “giant garbage dumps.”

Mr. Aparow tweeted:

Did he tweet that from aboard a private jet with a big ole Escalade waiting for him at the airport? 😉

And perhaps he should check out this news: Carnival is offering ships to become hospitals.

I’m guessing he’s never been on a cruise, given his little “free buffets” comment. My wife and I have enjoyed excellent meals, fun shows, and more aboard ships.

Our appreciation and love for oceans only increased after we experienced the beauty of what’s out there.

Plus, cruises aren’t necessarily free (but if you play your points and miles correctly, they might be 😉 ). 

Predictably, Mr. Apatow had some detractors:

And there were supporters, too.

What Do You Think?

Is Judd Apatow wrong about cruising? Or does he make a valid point? Please tell us in the Comments section!

— Chris

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10 Comments

  1. I, like Rene, love cruises. I rarely if ever eat in the buffet. I love sitting a nice table with a tablecloth and someone dropping that cloth in my lap. I love having a meal served to me properly and prepared such that my eyes love it. Only on the 1st day do I find a ship crowded and have learned to avoid that. We can find some place on these big ships to just sit and look out at the ocean and nap and read without anyone bothering us. We have done excursions watching bears swat at salmon in a stream and made tiramasu in a person’s kitchen in Naples. I can understand the negative comments above, but you have to get involved to have fun. Do a dance class, do some silly contest, get up at 6am and go get that awesome coffee and see how silent the place is. I love going to a bar before dinner and they know my name and drink. I have them pour and drink and ask just say when on the liquor. We get tables by the water often for meals. We can get a table next to the dance floor for the exhibition dancing before and during dinner. It is so nice to have someone (Celebrity) hand you a hand towel in the rest room. I can only imagine someone had different experiences from me. I could go on and on about the good things we have enjoyed. Rene can write pages on this too.

  2. Sounds like someone forgot to take their meds and has anger management issues to boot.

  3. Here’s what I see:

    -We are currently in the midst of one of the biggest national crises we’ve faced in the last century

    -Non-elites are losing their jobs and are going to be reeling from this financially for some time to come

    -Judd Apatow figures this is a good time to start arguing for the wholesale elimination of the best bang-for-your-buck vacation option available, because it suits his political whims.

    This tweet won’t age well.

  4. Barry Graham Reply

    Talk about pot calling the kettle black (garbage dumps). I have a better idea. Get rid of the Hollywood Movie Industry. It has been responsible for lowering the standards of morality over the last 100 years., which could be one of the reasons that G-d has made it so that movie theaters have been forced to close in recent weeks. Society would be much better of without them. My wife and I will, G-d willing, be going on a cruise some day.

  5. I’m surprised you aren’t pushing buying cruise line stock right now since it is so low and affords perks as long as it is held…

    • Barry Graham Reply

      That and various other stocks in this industry which are bound to shoot up when this is over.

      • What other travel industry gives travel benefits for being a stockholder? I want to know what I am missing out on! Thanks

  6. Bandmeeting Reply

    I’m not a cruise type but when I read something as stupid as what Apatow wrote I almost want to book a room on the Love Boat just to spite him. All of the commenters here make a nice case for cruise lines but John at the top REALLY puts it nicely.

    Just because I travel differently, why should I hold it against you cruisers?

    “Why are we so worried about them and not building better hospitals and schools? “

    What an asinine non sequiter. The fact that some people enjoy and find great value in floating on a boat has NOTHING to do with the quality of our hospitals and schools.

    Do we need movies? No, but that doesn’t mean they should be outlawed and before they became 90% CGI, they were blowing up a lot of things and crashing some pretty drivable cars, you wasteful Hollywood types.

    What a complete idiot.

  7. Wow, it’s easy for the elitist, wealthy, connected, jet sharing, multimillionaires to look down on it. There are five star cruises and one star, for people of all incomes, backgrounds, ethnicities, physical abilities, ages and more. We have done three Disney cruises and just booked another for the Mediterranean for next year. These are expensive trips and we are very lucky to do it. On the flip side I have a sister who does budget friendly options with quick runs to islands or Mexico. These are for all. Just be glad not to have Apatow or Nolan with you on your trip. Enjoy, be smart, stay sanitary and see the world or just a few ports. Your choice. Cruising is not my first or even tenth choice, but my kids love it so we do it. Thanks for what you do Rene and Chris. Fellow DMMM trying to navigate this all.

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