I think the complaints come from the ‘tried & tested’ cruiser who is looking for the ‘tried & tested’ cruise experience with a more formal approach to cruising. The new ships are aimed at a different market, keep the ticket cheap, pile ‘em on, screw ‘em for what you can onboard, lower the food quality, lower the service & the uninitiated are none the wiser. There are very few poor reviews from first timers, but more the case of experienced cruisers recognizing the drop in overall standards....Wilba.
I share Wilba's view. It seems that many cruise lines are prepared to forego the sense of occasion and overlook the good manners and taste that previously prevailed on ships. Revenue centres on board are on the increase and alternative restuarants with supplements are becoming the norm. Notice also the decline in 10 and 8 seat tables where socialising was seen as part of your entertainment. It may only be a short period of time before we see the demise of 1st and 2nd sittings altogether except perhaps on the more exclusive lines. Convivial conversation over dinner, to some people, is no match for Karaoke in the Lounge while the kids get restless with their Nintendo DS. Cruise line sponsored Tattoo parlours in departure lounges and delayed embarkation would also be a means to generate revenue but I haven't seen things slump to that level yet. There is time though.
Love your last couple of lines....quite subtle!.....Wilba.
I Sooooooooooooooooooooooo agree with the other two answers.
Hey Macro! One too may ooo's there. Some people might think we are a "self - appreciating" society.
All the best,
Thanks for taking the time to answer-Love 'em! Do you think Carnival has already sussed a Southampton site for its "Pre-Cruise Experience and Theme Park with added Glitz"? Personally I think a roller-coaster straight on board would be trendy ("for only five dollars,folks!").Happy cruising-Jo.