Cruising Is Not for Dummies
Written by: Kuki
Those of us who are somewhat experienced are easy to spot in these situations; we’re the ones standing there with our mouths agape, tongues laying on our chin, and our eyes bulging from their sockets in disbelief.
It amazes me that some people put more thought into the decision of choosing between a Latte or a Frappe at Starbucks, than they do spending large sums of money on their cruise vacation. A cruise vacation is not an insignificant purchase. Not only are you putting up a reasonably significant amount of hard earned dollars, you’re risking what to most is limited vacation time.
It is particularly befuddling to me because information today is so incredibly easy to access. With a click of a mouse, the cruise information one can access at no cost, on the Internet, makes research an easier task than figuring out how to program a new telephone.
Seemingly a great many people prefer to stick with all the cruise information they garnered from watching reruns of The Love Boat on television.
Perhaps this would seem trivial and unworthy of discussion if it weren’t for the complaints we so often see after the fact! When problems arise, and these people, who were allergic to researching, find the Internet so easily after encountering problems, it does give one pause. It would be fine if they were just venting, or sharing useful information about problems they encountered.
But so often these post cruise “issues reports“, blame the cruise lines for not informing the passengers regarding things they could have so easily known about if they’d expended any effort to educate themselves prior to purchasing the cruise. For example, when I see people complaining about changes to itineraries it irks me some because that is one of the most oft discussed and explained “issues” on the Internet. And never mind the Internet, if they’d even taken the time to read a cruise line brochure, this information is readily apparent… and not just in the fine print. It’s certainly not that I think the cruise lines always handle these issues well. Their largest blunder is often a lack of communications regarding these occurrences with their passengers.
So, it’s not that there aren’t valid issues that can arise on a cruise. The cruise lines don’t always handle everything properly, and when they don’t we all want to hear about it, tell about it, and hope it enlightens others. It’s when people complain about issues that they so easily could have at least been aware of, and when they want the cruise lines to be responsible for every possible occurrence, that I become less patient (to put it nicely).
It’s truly not that I am unsympathetic to anyone on a cruise vacation who encounters problems which negatively impact their cruise. However, when their choice to cruise with little to no preparation to forewarn themselves of possible happenings or pitfalls is obnoxiously obvious, it cuts my sympathy level exponentially.
It probably irks me so because we see the same sorts of behaviour so much during our everyday lives; people wanting to make someone else responsible for almost everything, while denying any of their own responsibilities. It’s all a part of the finger pointing, litigious society, we’ve become.
As a matter of fact…It’s your fault I even wrote this blog. If you don’t agree, sue me.
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Posted: September 30th, 2008 under Kuki.