Enjoying the Pre-Cruise Experience

Part of the enjoyment of a cruise is the anticipation. Thinking about where you are going, what you are taking is half the fun.  If you are fortunate enough to stay before or after in the port area, that adds to the anticipation.

Do negative reviews about ships or ports or negative comments about cruising in general dampen your enthusiasm? Where's the "excitement" that used to be present on this site?  Seems like a lot of lengthy lectures and negativity, or is it just me?

6 Answers

No its not you tons of negative reviews, I myself have posted a negative review on a recent cruise yes it was that bad, What was the service and condition of the vessel, tired crew dark and dingy, dirty ship "CARNIVAL TRIUMPH". this experience had me thinking no more I will not waste my hard earned money on a vacation that was not Ready for Me. Yes the excitement is fantastic, I was ready but once again they weren't. I truly feel most positive and negative reviews are true experiences and most could have been avoided if the cruise lines would realize that they are understaffed for the product they are selling. Kudos to the hard working crew members on all lines they do the best they can but clearly understaffed. We have abandon the notion of not cruising anymore and have booked 2 for 2017 and yes the excitement is there cant wait......HAPPY HOLIDAYS...........

Okay, I'll dive in with both feet...I'm excited about our cruise in May 2017 for my hubby's birthday. Booked in September (during the $50 deposit sale) and have been in obsession mode since then. We fly SWA down to FLL. I got absolutely fantastic prices for our airfare...$64 each way! Oh yeah, I'm excited and quite pleased with myself. Looking for the reduced deposits, searching for the right cabin (ooh, I forgot to mention - got him an aft wrap), learning how to find when SWA released their dates for next May and watching for the fare drops...all stuff I learned from reviewing the web forums.

The negative reviews and comments don't dampen my enthusiasm about the cruises we've taken. I review them but then do the research myself...almost a learning tool. However, the negative reviews and comments have kept me from being an frequent poster on any of the forums. Many times I've wanted to chime in, but thought someone would belittle or be overly critical of my response.

great response on an interesting topic , happy sailings and Happy Holidays , Hell yeah excited for you , great rates by the way. Your opinion matters just saying ... Sail Away

cucruizin This web site is not like the others. The majority of people here are nice and polite. We do not have all the snarky rude people that other sites have, We have monitors and a great staff that keep this a nice place. Please feel free to post reviews and in the forum. We are always happy to hear other peoples opinion on ships and ports.

Thanks justme well said

I happen to like some of the negative reviews if they are backed up with examples of what was bad and why it was bad. If all reviews were 5 star and glowing then they would be useless to know whats really going on. I will pay attention to a well done bad review that lets me know what issues are, if it is just a 1 star that says "DON"T GO ON THIS SHIP or NEVER AGAIN" in all caps I know not to pay much attention to it.

I love the pre and post cruise stay. The majority of expense is getting to a place, may as well spend a few day and see it since you paid to get there. On my last cruise out of Cape Canaveral FL we spent a couple days and saw the Kennedy Space Center. It was well worth the time and $ to see. On a Cruise from San Juan PR to London we spent a week in San Juan before the cruise and a couple weeks in London after the cruise. I also did a couple weeks in Rome before and after a Greek Island Cruise. Before going to Italy I did watch the Rick Stevens DVD's on Italy and Rome (I knew where the best Gelato was..... and yes it was very good)

I like the reviews of a port to get ideas of where to go in the port. Ship Mate app for your smart phone has a section on each port you will visit where people say where is good to eat or see.


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