DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Misconceptions About Cruise Ships

I believe one of the most misunderstood concepts about cruise ships is the vastness and size of the vessels.  People who haven't cruised before have difficulty imagining thousands of people on board one ship and tend to think you are all packed together like sardines.  They don't understand that it is like it's own floating mini city with restaurants, shops, theaters, etc.   What other misconceptions do people have about cruising?

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Some people still think that cruising is for "old people" and that there's not much to do.  They are just so so so wrong.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Very very true!  They think you will be "bored" ...

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I am an old person...... guess that's why I like cruising Big Smile   But then I started cruising when I was about 30 and had fun then.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

People tend to think you are "stuck" on the ship while at sea. They just don't get it. There is lots to do for those that want to be entertained but many of us ENJOY being "stuck" on the ship at sea.

Kennicott
Contributor Level: Captain
Well, there is so much variation between cruise lines, cruise ships, itineraries, business models of the lines and on and on, that one version of a so called misconception for a specific line or cruise may my not be at all a misconception from another's viewpoint.

Back to the basic:  There is no such thing as a best cruise line, a best cruise, a best ship, a best itinerary, etc. what is best is what is best for you. There are over 75 cruise companies out there operating over 350 ocean-going vessels, then another 1000 river ships. Basically, a cruise is an escape from the stresses and strains of experiences on land. Unfortunately, some cruises simply aren't relaxing despite all the advertisements to the contrary. So you have to do due diligence and research, the more you cruise the better you become at it. Listening to fellow cruisers helps immensely.    
meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

I hear that all the time!

 

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I agree with all of the above.

CelticCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

That's what people tell me too. I enjoy being on the ship. When I'm in a quiet mood, I can always find a place to read & when I'm in a social mood I can always find something to do. Plus the food, shows, etc.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

A lot of people I've talked to think the ship will be bobbing like an ice cube in a glass.

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Very true - they think you are on a little dinghy in the middle of the ocean lol.

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