Contributor Level: Captain

Epic Fails in Cruising

Bon Voyage Magazine just published their list of 6 "Epic Fails" in cruising:

There are some interesting points, but I have to take them to task on a couple of the items:

First up is #6, the Virtual Portholes on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. From everything I've read, most cruisers in an inside stateroom on these ships are thrilled to have a "window" outside and the surprise "visits" from Disney characters delight the kids. Not a failure by any standard.

I also take issue with #1, Hawaii Year-Round. The concept of year-round 7 night inter-island cruises is a sound one. The reason Norwegian's Hawaii business initially faltered is that 3 new ships in 3 years was just too much capacity being added too rapidly. Seven night cruises were a new product in Hawaii and while there was strong initial interest, the market couldn't support over 10,000 berths a week. Once the excess capacity was removed, the Pride of America has been doing extremely well as reflected in cruise fares and financial results.

At least one item is missing from this list, and ironically, it truly is an "Epic Fail" -- the bathroom design on the "New Wave" balcony cabins on the Norwegian Epic. While the concept looks strong on paper, it's a bit of a mixed bag in reality, and though it might work for singles or couples traveling together, the split bathroom design just doesn't offer quite enough privacy for most cruisers. Thankfully, Norwegian abandoned the concept for the Breakaway class and returned to a traditional bathroom design.

What do you think should be added (or removed) from the list of epic fails? 

Tags: Bon Voyage Epic Fails

3 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

I agree with you on the virtual wall idea, I book inside cabins and I can't wait to have the whole wall look like something from Arnies' Total Recall.

Maybe in the near future there will be completely non-smoking cruises, but if I were a cruise line I would start with a smaller vessel. As long as there are smokers who drink and party any company that totally cuts that demographic out of the picture could suffer a bit. Let's see what others think.

Contributor Level: Captain

Completely non-smoking cruise ?   Carnival Paradise.......there was an epic fail.      But that was then, and a lot of people have quit since.    But will they stop selling cigarettes in the duty free shop ?   Doubtful.


re the Paradise, when they were building her, after they were done welding, I mean totally done, no one was allowed to smoke during the rest of construction.  That's what I read anyway.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

My only issue with the Norwegian Epic bathroom is the size of the sink. It was impossible to shave or wash your face without splashing water all over the place because the "sink" is the size of a soup bowl.


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