What Cruises Are You Better Off Avoiding?

We all love cruising, otherwise we wouldn't be on this site. But there are some cruises that you are better off not taking. Here are a few:


Do you agree? What has been your experience with these cruises?

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11 Answers

There are good points in this article. We avoid Spring Break but understand those in the teaching profession don't have a lot of choice. We have sailed a ship two weeks before dry dock and found it OK but others who sailed the week before have found it not very good as some parts of the ship were being dismantled early. We have not been on the first after dry dock or the first sailing of the ship, but we have been on the first sailing from an US port. There were several small glitches. As to the topic of "themed" cruises, sometimes you aren't aware of them. Twice we have been on "singles" cruises with 300+ and 500+ in the groups. Sometimes.it did feel like they took over the ship, but it was a very interesting "people watching" adventure. Out of all of those I'd pick the themed weekends because you can meet some very nice people and they are all there for enjoyment and want to be there. Fewer grouchy (complaining at guest services) people from the group. We also tend to avoid the Summer for the same reason we avoid Spring Break. In the past we have avoided the weeks between USA. Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had sailed on those dates twice and found the crew a little less "up" than normal. On the third time we asked a crew member and she explained that this was the week the crew learned if they were going to get Christmas off. More crew apply for the holiday than will get it. So even if they do there best at trying to be happy for the passengers, sometimes it shows. That being said, we did go that week last year and have it booked again this year...Sometimes things work out in strange ways.

I make it a point to avoid cruises from England to NY that travel the North Atlantic in April. Especially if the arrogant owner of the company is on board.

...and on ships that are "unsinkable"?

We once took a cruise to nowhere on the QE2 just before it went into dry dock. I was sorry that I had taken it. The ship was really in need of refurbishing. We had a good time but...

Yea--I was kinda thinking same thing.....

I would definitely avoid Spring Break cruises and cruises that are likely to have a lot of "20-somethings" onboard.

I would avoid themed cruises unless it's something I'm interested in. The other two, dry dock and maiden voyages, I wouldn't avoid.

You ask, I answer: The Caribbean islands are great to port at if coming from or going to somewhere else. For instance, South America circumnavigation or just round the Horn, doing an Amazon trip, doing a partial or complete transit of the Panama Canal. They are also great for doing a first or second cruise, like the Mexican Riviera can be. But to do either endless times, been there done that, boredom personified otherwise. Especially on a short booze cruise type of experience where the gigantic mega-ships cruise around in circles and visit all ready over crowded ports on occasion. Sorry folks, that isn't the same as ocean cruising or exploration cruising is for me. To each his own. I also agree with the O.P. that maiden voyages should be avoided, unless you have money and time to spare. After dry dock, I have no problem with those; as far as theme cruises, we have been on only one and again a few times on some with large organized groups which we have had no problem at all with.

Good information.

Anybody have a sure way of knowing if a 'theme' has been picked for your cruise? I was at a cruise night a month ago and someone booked a cruise (years ago) only to find that about 50% of the ship's passengers were part of the theme. That particular cruise line says they learned from that experience and will not book such large 'theme groups' any more. Smaller OK, but not an overwhelming majority.

A guess I have, and I have seen it a couple times -- is when you are looking for a cabin, and you see a huge block of cabins sold on a particular deck, and above/below most are still available -- I smell a theme. Other thoughts?

Just found my own answer from clicking on the link glomarrone posted atop this topic. After the cruises to avoid, the comment section listed a website called themecruisefinders which was identified by multiple responders. Search that, and your own particular cruise, and you should come up with a theme (or not) on your cruise.

Now I have more homework to do.


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