Originally posted by: CruisingCM
It is unfortunate that the cruise did not live up to your expectations. A couple things to keep in mind pertaining to some of your comments...
Ship safety - #1 priority is safety of the ship and its passengers. A cruise ship sits tall in the water and acts as a sail. Wind of any kind will affect how a ship handles, especially in a port area. Port cancellations and re-routings are not uncommon in cruising and is a risk that every single passenger agrees to when signing their cruise contract. Disappointing yes... but consider the alternative if a ship is pushed into a dock or underwater rocks as a result of a surge while trying to maneuver itself. What may not seem that bad to you can be a real threat to a multi-million dollar vessel and its passengers and crew. Even you acknowledged that weather can turn nasty is the blink of an eye. Consider yourself lucky that the ship's captain had safety in mind.
#2 Food supply chain - What many people do not realize is that most popular cruise lines ship their food supply to distant ports for re-stocking mid voyage. They do not have any control over food safety otherwise. Sure, passengers can go ashore and eat at restaurants to get a flavor of local cuisine but that is a personal choice. If you get sick, well then... you only have yourself to blame. The food supply to thousands of people on a ship is an entirely different matter. Loading local food that is not subject to food processing safety regulation puts everyone at risk for heaven knows what. While some ships do select from local markets, it is often that they have long-term relations with the vendors they work with, the chef doesn't just walk into an open market and start picking up fish. It's a lot more complicated than that.
#3 Drink packages - Caveat emptor (buyer beware). Purchasers need to look at what is included and not included in the packages they buy. Most popular lines offer a water package separate from the drink package.
#4 Food quality - Read reviews about a particular ship before selecting a voyage. If there is one thing you can count on it is that food quality will be included in most consumer reviews. If 5 out of 10 reviewers complain about the food, there is a 50% chance that you won't like the food either. What odds are you willing to take regarding food quality on your next voyage.
Do hope your next voyage goes better.