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OMG KENN...went back and reread what I posted to start this thread...so sorry...yer right...I guess it COULD have been read that way
Shucks. And for a time I thought perhaps we had another forum for cruise reviews. A few years ago I tried finding reviews other than C.C. and Cruiseline, I couldn't, guess they are the only game in town.
If you want all the reviews on Cruiseline you have to be careful and click on the "all reviews". What comes up first is their "verified" reviews. Verified reviews are simply those referred by Cruiseline selected travel agents who booked said reviewer for the cruise, as far as I can determine no further scrutiny is given to the review than that. Using the Pacific Princess as an example only 2 out of 18 reviewers are "verified". At one time Cruiseline used to verify reviews other than those from agencies if one sent in proof that the reviewer actually had taken said cruise. I understand that process was pretty labor intensive so it was dropped. Other than that I actually prefer the Cruiseline handling of reviews better than I do C.C.s. In particular Cruiseline keeps all your reviews in your profile, so if you want to go to one for reference it is readily available. In the case of C.C. you have to spend considerable time going through all the reviews for a particular vessel before you run across yours.
C.C. does take a lot of time allegedly scrutinizing reviews, supposedly to weed out the fakes.
I agree, if you go through all the reviews you can find arguments from terrible to super-super. Trying to find an average is okay but what I read the reviews for is to find opinion in order to determine what the vessel provides for in the way of entertainment, voyage education, amenities, comfort, service, cabin arrangements and other stuff.
Using the Pacific Princess again, here is a list of ratings from both C.C. and Cruiseline. Cruiseline uses a 1 to 5 star system which matches up with C.C.s Excellent, Very Good, Average, Poor and Terrible: C.C.--- 244 total-- Excellent 152, Very Good 60, Average 27, Poor 4 and Terrible 1. Cruiseline----74 total---31 5 points, 25 4 points, 14 3 points, 2 2 points, 1 2 points.
So, using an average rating calculator, and assigning stars to C.C. ratings, the C.C. average is 4.467 stars and the Cruiseline average rating is 4.09 stars.