Amusement Park Like Cruise Ships

I am not excited about many of the "amusement park type" additions being put on cruise ships ... bumper cars, zip lines, rock climbing, etc.  I don't get the concept.  Why do people like / enjoy those normally land-based activities?

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I can see it and understand it but for me I love the relaxed atmosphere of a Princess ship. Kick back and read, watch the ocean, stroll over to the restaurant for a quiet dinner.

30 years ago all that amusement park activity would have been my cup of tea.

Now during my regular routine I'm active at work, I bike, hike, eat well, and go to the gym. When I'm on vacation all I want to do is sit and lay around and not do much. (And not worry too much about eating right - LOL). Even my shore excursions are sightseeing types.

I must be getting old - I find myself almost exactly like JCOAKML (I am so kidding). I wish I did the workout routine, and eat well, and stay off the computer, and -- oh my! This is getting depressing!

I too do not understand these floating amusement parks.I can only assume it is to get families hooked on cruising to ensure a future stream of cruisers. A good business model, but not for me. Hard to argue with the concept as the ships sail full, and many positive reviews (except too many kids ???)

I cruise, I try to learn new things and enjoy my fellow cruisers, and talk to the wonderful crew members aboard these ships. I guess I do not need to ride a carousal on a dolphin or manatee going up and down while traveling 20 knots across the ocean.

As cruisers get younger and cruising is a bargain vacation for families the cruise lines are looking for more to offer then just a cruise. I have cruised on a Mega ship with all the attractions and I was not thrilled. I prefer a ship that is a ship not an amusement park that floats. I'll stick with older mid size ships or Celebrity Cruise Line. Not old enough for HAL and did not like Princess.

I think I might like to try the Monstrosity of the Seas. After all, I have never been on a rock climbing wall, a flow rider or a skydiving simulation -- I might be able to do it then.

Of course, after that one time, I will be happy as a clam on Princess or Carnival.

It is all a part of the newer "I must be plugged in or entertained" generation and the cruise lines are hoping to attract them all.

Totally agree... Kids must be entertained.. That's fine and dandy. On CCL the Magic for example has quite a bit of the water park buildup. I don't do any of it. Not that I'm not tempted just kinda like to chill out. 7 years ago on Carnival Dream I did the slide and didn't hold my nose and felt like I was being water boarder, I didn't care for the seams in the tube and You all know I didn't care for the ten year old that slammed right into me in the catch pool. Brat couldn't waitAngry

Personally, I don't need all that... but it is nice it is there fore those who want to add it to their cruise experience. It must be popular, since it is being added to more ships.

I think the amusement type attractions will attract younger people and those with families to try cruising. They don't interest either of us, so we just hang out in other areas of the ship.

I've been on Carnival Inspiration twice. It has that mini water park in the back. People can have all the fun they want back there without effecting me. If the folks want amusement parks on ships I say build them. The rest of us that aren't interested can enjoy ourselves without being bothered by it.

I am looking forward to our Mega-ship Amusement Park in October on Epic. Plus it has the ship in a ship notion where I can retreat when I don't want crowds but go crazy with my kids when I do. It's the perfect solution for my little family and we meet lots of other similar families when we travel which is nice---birds of a feather....


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