Policy & Procedures Change

Some of the information posted here often pertains to the way things were on a ship a year or more ago, or based on what their website says.  Having taken numerous cruises in 2016 on different ships on the Princess line, I want to comment that a lot of this information is outdated.  Policy/rules change constantly and the way something was done a year or four ago, may not apply today. I would like to believe it is an effort to improve things ...

Port and Ship tips become outdated as well as things change.  I am tired of hearing that the Royal does not have stairs in the center - they changed that.  Some ports deemed walkable are not due to weather conditions that washed out walkways and made gaping holes in the streets.

With the vast number of choices for food on a ship, it is hard for me to understand poor food ratings.  I believe that people do not explore what ALL the food options are on any given ship - the choices extend way beyond the MDR and buffet and are included in the price of the cruise (e.g. International Cafe, Alfredos, etc.)

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I agree that all the tips will probably be outdated after a time.

Generally, I look to see how old the tip / complaint is before I assign a level of credence to it.

As far as the stairs on Royal, I'll probably be using the elevator anyway since my cabin is at the top of the ship. 10 - 15 decks is just too many stairs for me!

I was on Deck 14 - Riviera and used the stairs 90% of the time ... Hope you have as great a time on the Royal as I did - it was an awesome ship. I had taken the same cruise in April on Southern Caribbean but in reverse order. I liked the itinerary in Nov that you are taking better!

Actually, I probably will be using the stairs. I'm getting too fat and lazy in my office, and going to the gym is against my religionWink, so I can definitely use the exercise.

Are you still on the ship next April?

I'm thinking about it lol ... my son and I love that route and enjoy every port ... will keep you posted ... we are a blast on a cruise!

Everything has a "best by" date attached to it as far as we are concerned.

In addition to the date written, another thing we take into consideration when looking at port tips, reviews and such... the writer's frame of mind. If the writer is one of those doom and gloom types who has multiple complaints and nothing good to say about anything, we take the entire review with a grain of salt.

At what point to draw the line and start removing posts from a website is another matter.

Removing posts seems pointless if people look at dates. I object more to the recent "informational posts" that are incorrect or based on an outdated cruise experience.

That "if" is a big one. I've been guilty of reading comments on a review or a topic that started 3 years ago and responding as if it is present day. ~lol~

I have never understood why the posts aren't displayed with most recent comments first instead of having to go to last. Any explanation?

We always read the Carnival FAQs before we leave so that we are aware and prepared for changes that have been implemented since our previous cruise.

Ratings and reviews are from personal points of view, so they may be interesting to read, but not taken too seriously unless a huge number of people are in agreement. I prefer to follow reviews from people around my age, if I can, when it comes to excursions or ships in general.

I agree. I tend to mentally filter out those that seem like a rant or a fanboy review.

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