Freedom of speech ! Even on cruise web sites !

"BDRebel has commented on the review of Norwegian Star cruise to Caribbean - Western.

Comment: "If you can get past the ONE sentence in the review, then it seems like a pretty good review -- states what the reviewer liked and disliked about the cruise. While I may not agree with the OP's view, he or she certainly has as much right to state that (s)he will not cruise with a line that supports something that (s)he does not agree with."

It seems that certain posters have a greater pull with the moderators.!! Is all fair in love and cruise lines web sites? I think not

18 Answers

I agree for the most part, however the line in question was bordering on the rules.

While I never agree with censoring a post, in this case I will agree with the mods -- it did border on "hate speech" in the way it was worded (and yes, I too found it offensive)

It would be nice if the OP in that case could edit his post - it was a pretty good review otherwise.

I made the decision to delete the Norwegian Star review in question as I felt the language regarding LGBT passengers violated our Community Guidelines:

Be polite. As a diverse community of people with differing opinions, it’s important to respect those differences and be courteous to one another. Name-calling or verbal abuse will not be tolerated.

We're working on more specific guidelines targeted specifically toward reviews, to make it clearer as to what's appropriate and inappropriate when sharing a review here on the site.

That said, even with a more detailed policy, there will still be some situations that fall into a gray area and will require a judgement call from myself and other members of the management team here. Don't blame our volunteer Moderators for content being removed/deleted from the site. One of the functions the Moderators serve is to help us identify content that may violate the Community Guidelines, but the final decision to delete content is made by a staff member. And while it can be a narrow tightrope to walk, and we try to make the right, balanced decision, we're more likely to fall on the side of the keeping the conversation on the site friendly, respectful and welcoming.

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Oh, come now, really, was there ever a question as to whether or not the OP's post was legitimately expunged from his NCL's Star review? After all, his homophobic rant was not only clearly in violation of the forum rules contained herein but in violation of speech in civil society as we currently know it.

Don't kid yourself into thinking that the hate cheap shot was a mere sentence or a simple mention in a otherwise legitimate review, most of the entire context of the review was aimed at an ideological belief other than that having anything to do with cruising.

As for other comment, regarding bias herein, we have some trolls who Laura S was wise enough to kick off her website as "nuisance posters" who now have gravitated to other forums believing them to be more lenient with nusiances.

Contrary to popular belief, you are not protected by the first amendment on a website. The same goes for the person who wears a t-shirt that says F*** You on an airplane. The airline has every right to ask you to turn it inside out or remove in in favour of another. The only place the first amendment truly protects you is in a U.S. Federal / Governmental building.

If only the people who stood behind our Constitution and its amendments actually read them fully, instead of just quoting ( misquoting ) the lines they want, these things would never happen.

Now, about that right to bear arms line ............

btw, I have no idea what was written in the original post.

Constitutions? First amendments?

Britain has an ‘unwritten’ constitution: unlike the great majority of countries there is no single legal document which sets out in one place the fundamental laws outlining how the state works

Well, we have one because, after all, it was your system we wanted to break away from. Or did you forget that little skirmish ?

This is heading South quickly.

How 'bout we drop the subject and remain friendly?


What system is that you are talking about and what is the skirmish you refer to. I do also think that you are going rather off topic.

I agree entirely. Certain posters seem to be taking things too personal

All I did was state that the first amendment doesn't necessarily apply to all websites. This one included.


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