How many not so good cruises till you stop using a cruise line ?

When I first started cruising I was Loyal to Royal.  I tried a Princess and the food was horrible (This was 20 years ago when I was eating a lot and often,  you know,  youth)  I avoided Princess for 20 years until a group cruise and it was a great cruise with good MDR food and service so Princess is back on my preferred list.


Later in my cruising history I tried NCL,  My TA advised me against it but it was a good itinerary and price so I gave it a try.  Worst cruise I have been on.  I avoided NCL after that until I got a killer price on a re positioning cruise on the Pearl ($350.00 for 7 nights).  That cruise was good, not great but good for the price still typical bad food and service of NCL  in the MDR IMHO,  Then there was a cruise for Charity that was changed from RCI to an NCL ship kind of last minute (RCI pulled all ships out of CA due to issues in Mexico),  I only went because it was a fund raiser for a good cause and friends were also going.  Again Bad food, bad service and problems with cabins,  3 of us out of a group of 50 had to complain and get cabin changes because of issues in our original cabins.  Now I avoid NCL.  


How many bad or jusr so-so cruises does it take until you stop cruising a cruise line ?

13 Answers

We cruised on NCL Star twice and really liked that ship. They had Red Lion Pub back then and that is where our favorite entertainment was. Now it is O'Sheehan's and we will find out how good they are next Feb. Happy

The last cruise we took was on Freedom, a 14 day cruise...not so good for us. Really boring except for Halloween. It was an "old folks" cruise and you trip over many more wheel chairs and walkers(my heels are still hurtin). The entertainment was boring, the only hilight was the cruise director. They really did injustice to a chicken fried steak(a thin slice of roast beef with milk on it....ugh) Even tho this was a "busted" trip, we are still staying with Carnival. Next cruise we booked is on Vista for 7 days. We hear an Oasis class ship is coming to Galveston, we may try that one.

We have only had two cruises that could be considered as bad, and that was really because the style of the ship didn't suit us. One was Thomson in the Mediterranean and the other Norwegian Jewel out of New York. I wouldn't cruise on either of these lines again although there was no one specific problem. We just felt that the experience didn't fit with what we expect from a cruise. Celebrity, Princess, RCI and HAL are the lines we prefer, and having done several cruises with each we would forgive difficulties on a single cruise, but if they were repeated we might reconsider.


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