What's Better About Cruising Now Then It Was 10 Years Ago
You often hear that "Cruising isn't what it used to be." Some people long for the days of sitting in a deck chair with a cup of boullion or a lively game of shuffleboard.
These things were fun but they aren't the things that most of today's cruisers are looking for.
The entire cruising industry has changed in the last ten years. What do you think is BETTER than it was ten years ago?
I think that the changes in dining is the best innovation. Freestyle and open seating dining on mass market lines has made cruising more fun for my wife and I. We actually were thinking of cutting back on cruises because the regimintation was becoming a bit too much for us. I was really starting to feel like part of the herd. Then we sailed on NCL and experienced Freestyle cruising and our love of cruising was reinvigorated.
I'll be interested in everyone's opinion.
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The many dining options, galore, and all the extras you never think would ever be on board a ship, are certainly the main difference in 10 years!
Want your teeth brightened, or a shave no problem. Want to surf, or ice skate..who knew this could ever be possible! These things ehnace the crusie experience for many, and not so much for others...but, they are there for the choosing.
The bad difference I think, is the fact, on some lines to enjoy the dining experience to the max, you need to pay, and dine in a specialty restaurant.
I hope I am alive to see what will be in the next 10 years!
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Conversely you might ask what was better about cruising 10 years ago than now ?
I personally have not cruised that much to respond adequately to this question .However ,my initial cruise in 1973 was one without a casino ,with only one dining room and without on shore side trips .The shipped docked ,everyone left to explore on their own .At night we had the option of seeing a movie ,relaxing on deck or going back on land .
We've only cruised for eight years , not 10, but I think one of the best "new" things is the option of Anytime Dining. We changed from Carnival to NCL as soon as it was announced. Now that Carnival has Anytime we're trying them again. I do think that (from experience and from reading posts) the quality of the food in the MDR has really gone downhill .
All of the thing's Trip listed are important to some cruiser's, but not to us. We cruise to relax and do our own thing.
When my dear parent's first cruised (the Norway) all the ladies wore a dress or dress slacks to even go on deck (and carried a handbag ). On Formal Night all the men were in Tux's and the women wore very fancy dresses. (I have the pictures!)
We never would have been comfortable in that environment .
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1. The entertainment - not just the shows in the theater, which are quickly becoming more artistic and grand. And that is going to take off even more now with RCI having Hairspray, NCL the Blue Man Group and Cirque productions. But also the onboard educational and lecture opportunities, with computer and photography classes, Celebrity's latest hook-up with Apple. There's all sorts of things going on and coming down the pike.
2. Accomodations - cabins are in most cases considerably larger, and on most ships probably 80% have private balconies.
3. Communications - A phone call or fax to or from the ship used to require a very thick wallet. And though I know cruisng is a vacation, the ability to stay in touch now allows many people to be able to cruise, that couldn't before.
I have more, but I may have to save them. It might be a good idea for a Blog one week Thanks Mike.
Good question Mike. My answer? ME! I'm cruising now and I wasn't 10 years ago!
Seriously, I too like the anytime dining, the entertainment, and the variety of itineraries. Sometimes there's TOO much to do on board, and I don't feel I have enough time to RELAX!
For us the best thing is the discovery of the trans-atlantic cruises which are pretty darn well a bargain and affordable.. The opportunity to visit countries and cities I would never of dreamed about 25 years ago..The large almost hotel sized luxury cabins with balconies which were almost unheard of 25 years ago when I swear you found yourself in a closet.. What I don't care for are the mega ships, ice skating rinks, wall climbing, etc. etc. Just call me old fashiioned and oh.. I remember so distinctly the white glove service on our first cruise...when cruising was a special event..
It sure is different than 10 years ago, still a good vacation value, even better. There are so many different ships to choose from and itiniaries. You get so many more food venues and more to do on the ships themselves. Its not necessarily better or worse than 10 years ago, just different. It still remains a great value when considering other options for travel.