Written by: Kuki
Unless you are cruising with a group of family members, an affinity group, or participating in a themed cruise, the social life of the ship is not likely your first consideration when choosing a cruise.
Nor do I think it’s one of the top things cruise line executives and advertising agencies consider when planning ships and promotions.
But I do think it’s impact on guest satisfaction by the end of the cruise experience is more significant than either the cruise lines or the passengers give it credit for.
From the planning perspective there’s little doubt the cruise lines direct more of their time, efforts, and money, to staffing, service, menu planning, safety and logistics, and entertainment for their ships.
Indeed a combination of all those things sets the tone for how passengers enjoy the social life of the ship, but the social life is the glue that bonds all of the factors together.
The cruise lines all do have a “cruise staff” who work with the Cruise Director to organize entertainment, as well as activities to attract the passengers attendance and participation, so it’s not fair to say the lines don’t pay any attention to encouraging socializing.
Admittedly there are some people who get onboard with very little to no interest in socializing. They want to relax, or just be with their spouses or significant others.
But, more so than on any other vacation, cruisers are generally looking to be social. It’s easy to tell as soon as you enter a port’s embarkation building, where while waiting, pretty much everyone is actively speaking to anyone nearby who looks like they may be willing to talk. In every embarkation waiting area there’s a noticeable buzz; that’s the beginning of cruising social for that sailing.
Once onboard that feeling continues. On a cruise it’s actually difficult to find people who have no interest in being social. On a cruise people’s behavior filters just seem to disappear. People are much more likely to participate in activities on ships that they would never even consider doing if they were at home. Possibly that’s because of the “I’ll never see these people again” philosophy, and OK, at times some of that may have a few alcoholic beverages involved, but there’s no way that is the sole driver.
You really do see more people smiling and you do hear more laughter on a cruise ship! There’s no where I’ve ever been where that holds more true.
On a cruise the food throughout might be excellent, and the service outstanding, with enjoyable scheduled professional entertainment, and people would leave the ship saying they enjoyed the experience. But if they didn’t get to enjoy the social part of the experience, they’d leave the ship disappointed to some degree.
On your next cruise step right up to enjoy the social life, embrace participating in life onboard regardless of underlying hesitations you might have, and even if there are a few bumps in other areas of the ship, I’m betting you’re going to leave the ship much happier.
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Posted: December 17th, 2013 under Kuki.