A better way to shop for cruises?

Do you think there could be a better way to shop for cruises?

if I want to buy a purse, I can go to any online store, specify the type, size, color, designer, etc, and see relevant options. But if I want to find a cruise for a family with 3 kids, with a kid program that will allow all of my kids to participate together, on a ship that has in-room childcare and wine-tasting classes, I'll have to do a large amount of research on my own.

If anything was possible, how would you want it to work?

15 Answers

Hi BDRebel,

Thank you for your recommendation!

I am not looking for a specific cruise right now, I am working on designing a tool/site to help people find the right cruise, and I am trying to learn the cruisers' needs and preferences.

If you have any thoughts on how you see that working, or what you like or dislike about the process of searching for a cruise, I'd love to learn more!

Hi BDRebel,

Thank you for your recommendation!

I am not looking for a specific cruise right now, I am working on designing a tool/site to help people find the right cruise, and I am trying to learn the cruisers' needs and preferences.

If you have any thoughts on how you see that working, or what you like or dislike about the process of searching for a cruise, I'd love to learn more!

One of the things that most current web sites dedicated to cruise bookings have is the multi select for embarkation port, destinations, length of cruise etc. One thing they do for destination is do it by region but for embarkation they do not. They do it by port only so makes it hard to compare. In Fla there are what, 4 ports for embarkation while the north east has 4 as well I believe. Would be nice to compare those. Example when booking our upcoming cruse to Bermuda we decided to go RCCL because of the deal they were offering. Now RCCL offers Bermuda cruises from 3 NE ports and I had to do a manual comparison to decide. They have 3 different class ships from Boston, Bayonne, and Baltimore. A widget that offered a compare on something like this would be useful.

I use an online travel agent site to find cruises during the time frame I am considering. Then I go to the respective cruiseline websites to price out the deals. I visit travel forums to read about ships, cabins and destinations. Before I book any cabin, I do a Google search for the ship and cabin #. That pulls up pictures, videos and reviews from various sites. It's a good way to find "problem" cabins e.g. noisy.

I prefer booking directly with the cruiseline, but when I booked RCCL, the website was glitchy, and some were reporting that cancelling an excursion or beverage package resulted in their cruise being cancelled. I booked with an online agent for those two cruises.

A very small detail that would make me happy is if the day of week were listed with the sail date. We prefer Saturday sailings if we can find one that works for us. I have to either use the calendar on my desktop or click to the detailed itinerary to figure out what day it sails. First world problem, I know, but it is a pet peeve of mine.

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