What is good about cruising today

In the prior post about if service has declined on the major lines it was said we should start a discussion of what is good about cruising now.   So I will give it a start.

1.  the lecture series on Celebrity.   We had a retired WWII British Commander give a series of lectures on the rise and fall of the German U-boats during WWII.

2. Majority of cabins now have balcony,   Love to leave the door open a bit so I can hear the waves on the ship as I sleep (on Celebrity was able to clamp the door down open just an inch to get the sound but not the cold air)

3. Some ships now have Sushi at the buffet.

4. good and bad,   Ships have cell towers so your phones work,  $2.50 a min,  but they work.   It was people on cell phones that got help to the Costa Concordia when the captain to the Coast Guard all was OK,   just electrical issue.

5. Larger ships have more entertainment options. 

 

What do you find good on modern ships ?

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I recall back during some of our first cruises being on board with folk who had cruised a lot, we would chuckle when we would hear them say, "we don't complain", but then in the next breath indicate how inferior their present cruise experince was to others they had been on. Now, here I am, in the same boat, pun intended, doing the same.

I actually see some good things happening within the industry, I had to think about it, but there are. First off, many more can enjoy cruising nowadays as it is more affordable. Not just the well-heeled are voyagers like before but the common Joe, cruise mates come from all walks of life and different countries. That is a very good thing.

Second, I knock the big S.S. Gigantics but now having tried a few of them, I find some positives. One of the reasons for this is that we find ourselves in a shifting social demographic paradigm. Used to be we only cruised on the exploration type vessels, where we spent up to 17 hour days on shore excursions. Wife has a stiff knee now which makes that tough for her and I'm not all that much enamored by those exhausting tours anymore either. Rather, we have also always liked sea days but do so even more now. So, the big ships offer that and more. Lots more to do on board including excellent lecturers, one of my favorites. We like the balconies so I can sit and watch the flying fish as before, very therapeutic.

Third, we have been finding that the service and food in the main dining rooms, on the two mass market lines we use, are not all that tolerable. However, the specialty restaurants on the big ships are almost always exquisite in every category, even though we have to pay extra we can't knock it. Regent Seven Seas Cruises, which we also use, all aspects considered it is probably our favorite, but very expensive as it is an all inclusive, and their MDR, although better that Princess and HAL, shows significant decline as well. Now Regent has specialty restaurants too, but no extra charge, unfortunately due the no extra charge provision you can make only one reservation at a time, therefore you are extremely lucky to get one table for two per cruise. Plus, we find that the specialty restaurants on HAL and Princess are better than those on Regent.

Four--Internet has really improved as well as the signal, rarely do I find any location on a ship anymore where I don't have pretty fast internet service. Expensive you bet, but we have earned free internet on Princess and Regent (perks) HAL is stingy, no free ride there. But on HAL and Princess we do get free laundry.

Five---For the most part the lines off gotten rid of smoking. This is a good thing, IMO. It never really bothered me that much but I have been with others who were sincerely upset over it. Perhaps I wasn't bothered because only about 5%-8% on board smoked and only my wife uses the casinos, where it used to be pretty bad. Now, some lines do not allow any smoking at all inside the vessel, just on outer decks and not on balconies.







What I think is good about cruising now is pricing is still low considering what you receive.

The pricing is certainly an incentive, depending on the line and the destinations. If the quality of the food and service has declined, the specialty restaurants pick up the slack.

Really folks, when you take a land holiday and are touring around San Francisco, the restaurants will be quite expensive, In Boston, we found a great Italian restaurant. I worked out the about $120.00 per person. There is a bit of give and take on that matter. As for smoking, I am a smoker and I don't mind the areas we have left to smoke as I don't want people smoking when I am eating or relaxing, so I'm glad the lines still acommidate us.

Activities are great and also a great source on ammusement watching people try things our of their comfort zone.

And the cell phones not working, I consider a bonus.Happy

Cruising is the best vacation bang for the buck!

Agree w/cruznjan, it is the best value for your vacation dollar.

Prices have come down. Dining options have increased, though that makes you spend more. The Internet has helped newbies learn what to expect before their first cruise. We had to learn by doing. Not that I minded learning. Boarding has become streamlined, as has debarkation. Remember having to get up early and go to the theater so customs could go over your declaration sheets ? Ugh, my wife hated that.

1. Expanding ports of calls and itineraries. I'd not have considered Galapagos or Antarctica as possible destinations previously.

2. The different types of cruise line experience. From small, intimate ships to megabehemoths. From budget conscious & family friendly to wipe-your-butt-for-you luxurious attention (

Hmmm, for some reason, my previous post is incomplete and I am not being allowed to edit it. I am going to come back and try again later. Sorry for the incomplete thought.

How much more complete can you get then the wipe ?Wink

ROFLMAO... JusMe, thank you for starting my day with a hearty chuckle.

Ok... granted the wipe comment may have been much, but got my point across as to the wide variety of cruise experiences and luxury levels available.

I love that the oversized venues are being downsized and replaced with multiple more intimate spaces for smaller acts.

I can't even begin to explain how much I love the move toward non-smoking ships. I have a horrible reaction to cigarette smoke (wheezing, coughing, runny nose) and while I am all for a person's right to choose to slowly kill themselves, they ain't taking me with them nor are they going to ruin my vacation with intolerable conditions. Amen to the no smoking movement!

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