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Old November 11th, 2013, 01:43 PM
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Is This the Most Ridiculous Feature in the History of Travel Magazines? - Skift

Here at CruiseMates we rarely mention the winners of different "cruise surveys" from various magazines, etc.

In fact - we never mention them. Why? Because we have noticed that these surveys always seem to have the same winners year after year - but the surveys rarely share the list of winners? And why would that be? It could be because "the fix is in" for each individual survey, so to speak.

So, we want to ask YOU a question - do you read glossy travel magazines like Conde Nast or Travel & Leisure? If you do, be sure to look at the link below and decide whether or not those publications are giving you the real deal in travel, or whether they are just more concerned with appeasing their advertisers?

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Old November 11th, 2013, 03:14 PM
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I used to subscribe to many travel magazines, including Conde Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure but now only get Cruise Travel. I cancelled them because of all the subliminal advertising in the 'articles' as well as the excessive amount of regular ads.

I do get Destinations as a AMEX Platinum card member, so while it isn't a subscription I am still paying for it. It is nothing but a fashion magazine cloaked with travel destinations.
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Years ago, I used to get Porthole and it seemed most of the magazine was mostly expensive ads...Actually, most of them are pretty much the same.
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Since we're in the business, we use to get alot of them to help keep us abreast of changes and new items of interest. But as was already pointed out, they are so loaded with advertising, that you maybe get 1 page of actual travel information for every 10 pages of advertising.

I use to like Porthole magazine, but that's gotten to be the same as all the rest, so we dropped them and now, like Dave, the only one we get is Cruise Travel. While they have alot of advertising, it's no where near as much as the others and they do have some good stories. I love their letters to the editor! Too bad it only comes out bi-monthly.

But I hear what you're saying about the survey's being slanted and the stories definitely slanted towards their biggest advertisers. Then again, when you really think about it, there haven't really been any huge changes in the industry to move a 'C' rated cruise line up to an 'A' rating. Just doesn't happen. Rankings have pretty much been stagnant since I can remember.

But it's also funny how we have NEVER read a negative cruise review in any of the cruise magazines or never see anything negative written about a ship they're highlighting. It does appear that every cruise line and every ship is absolutely perfect!

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Thank you all for this topic. I am very interested in learning more about cruising, and have been trying to figure out which magazine to subscribe to. All of you insights has made me decide to do a little bit more research and maybe not subscribe at all, but to continue getting my information from CruiseMates and like venues.
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There is an 'ocean and cruise' society that has a member magazine. I used to belong but every year they awarded Holland America their 'best cruise value' award, plus several other awards, and it got to be ridiculous. I think I stopped getting their magazine about 12 years ago, but I just went to their website and guess which line was their most recent winner of best value?
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Conde Naste Travel is not on my reading list. They portray I type of travel I dislike and, like the article, you see how they change the article by using professional models, altered photographs and too many high end destinations.

Basically, I no longer subscribe to any cruise magazines. They just became repetitious and you could see that advertising dollars paid for more than a one or two page spread.

Like David, the Amex Platinum, publication "Destinations" never makes it into the house anymore. It hits the recycle bin on the way into the house.

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There is an 'ocean and cruise' society that has a member magazine. I used to belong but every year they awarded Holland America their 'best cruise value' award, plus several other awards, and it got to be ridiculous. I think I stopped getting their magazine about 12 years ago, but I just went to their website and guess which line was their most recent winner of best value?
I know who you mean and just met one of their editors so I did subscribe. He had told me a contributing writer had written a "scathing review" of Carnival Breeze, so I wanted to read it. The article barely even mentioned any drawbacks at all.

Neu2Cruise - definitely stay with the cruise web sites like us - we can and will tell you the truth about any cruise ship.

There are other web sites out there - but we are always honesty and will not "shout down" anyone who has a negative comment to make.
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