We think that the cruise line industry is on a course of self-destruct. To fill their vessels they have not only lowered their prices, (and their culinary and service standards) they have abandoned or refuse to enforce their rules on smoking, their rules on dress code and their rules in queuing up to take one’s turn. These cut-rate cruises of today have become a free for all and I would hate to see the results of such corporate lack of discipline and leadership when a ship ever became in danger.
We have given up the Caribbean altogether. Before we are branded snobs, let it be said that there is a snobbery that has taken over the activities of these sailings that is called reverse snobbery. Passenger can now be seen walking about the Atrium on formal night dressed in shorts, dirty t-shirt, ball cap on backwards bearing a bottle of beer in hand. The sneer on their faces clearly says they despise those who choose to dress for dinner. Their stance is that they consider themselves just as good a passenger as those formally dressed passengers. Well, up to that point of their entry into the Atrium, dressed deliberately to shock, they were just as good. But then their actions clearly make them out to be the snobs that they really are.