While I agree that there are some posters who will blow the most minor problems out of proportion, there have been posts which have pointed out legitimate shortcomings of their cruises. It is important to distinguish between facts and opinions. Another important thing is to distinguish between major complaints and problems and minor inconveniences or situations that shouldn't concern the average person, even if they experienced them on their cruise. My usual reaction is to consider whether or not the situation complained about would seriously effect my overall enjoyment of my cruise. If it would, I would consider how likely it was that the problem would occur on my cruise. Unless it was highly likely, I would pretty much dismiss it. If it was likely, I would consider how best to deal with it and act accordingly.