Every hotel manager I've met has told me the same thing: when the weather is bad, passengser ratings of the ship go down. I've seen people say the ship was bad because they cruised with a head cold, the kids didn't behave, they didn't like one port and sometimes, just because they're negative about everything.,
The point is, don't let one person's postings influence you too much. If someone raises a red flag, then ask others to tell you their experience as well. This isn't only true of Carnival postings but the other cruise lines as well. Always keep in mind that you're reading people's OPINIONS here. Anything I say is just my opinion as well.
On the message boards, I find that most folks are quite balanced in their appraisal of a cruise ship. It's better to get a general consensus than pay too much attention to just one.
Yes, because if you only listened to me you would think every cruise is great, you always have fun, the service is always excellent, the food perfect, the weather always gorgeous and the ship full of beautiful people. Those are just my experiences. Others seem to not have as good a time as me.
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Dave the Wave AKA- Diamond Dave
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Very true Anne. But for some it is very difficult to forget home or work worries and concerns even when on holiday. Small aggravations which normally would not bother most people on a ship become annoying to a person who has just left a difficult home/work problem,knowing this has to be solved or taken care of at the conclusion of the cruise. I agree that a cruise opinion should not be written by anyone who has had major personal worries on a cruise.
I've always found the most "helpful" post include a little background information on what the circumstances are. i.e. the weather was awful, and we were seasick the whole time. That way I can put the posters comments in perspective.
We all know that cruising isn't for everyone and every cruiseline isn't for every passanger, so I try to keep my perpective when reading posts.
Mostly, I try to remember that it is a vacation, and should be fun! (I tend to get a little hysterical during the planning stages! )
I just read a review where the lady indicated she wanted a refund for a full day because the ship didn't set sail until about 6pm. She was completely upset about the delay and the hassle.
I was on that same cruise! I felt the cruise line did a wonderful job with the chaotic situation. They provided a lunch bufet in the hotel and let us hang around in a casino in another port. An additional port for free and gambling time?? Yip! We just made the best out of it and made some friends.
If you were to read both of our reviews, you wouldn't know we were on the same ship on the same sailing!
Valor May 2006
Conquest April 2005
Conquest April 2004
Holiday May 2000
The only time I really have a concern is when I see a pattern emerging over time. If the ship consistantly gets some low marks, especially those that try to compliment other aspects of the cruise I have a concern. When the poster starts out that 'everything' was bad including the weather I just kinda take it with a gain of salt. Same thing for those that tell me that everything was perfect and the whole world is right now. <G> I am glad they had a great time but really! <VBG> Whe I review a ship I really try to be as honest as I can and point out both the really good and the bad and concentrate on the things that I found pleasant and good and the overall ambiance of the cruise. I also try and find those things that I think others would enjoy to share those things that wwe found fun.
I once came down with a cold when I cruised on the Grand Princess and even though I probably didn't enjoy myself as much as I would have if I hadn't been sick, I wouldn't let that keep me from going back. In fact, it made me want to go back on Princess even more so I can see what I missed the first time around. Bad weather, head colds and kids who don't behave might be annoying, but they're also beyond the cruise lines' control - so when reading reviews it's a good idea to pay close attention to WHY the reviewer felt the way they did about the cruise. You'd be suprised at some of the silly things people complain about. Most importantly, take every review with a grain of salt because as some of the posters said above, you can have two people on the same ship at the same time who will have two completely different views on how it went.
Some of the best times we ever had could be viewed as disasters by someone else.
The lack of a cabin steward for 4 days, water sloshing out both ends of the Jubilee swimming pool, the "bump"in the night that sent us (and our wine glasses) to the floor at 1AM. The cabin with twin beds BOLTED to the floor, ports missed due to
weather / tendering problems, etc..etc..etc..
Each and every one of these events was an adventure which we remembered long after our sea legs stopped wobbling. Seven days without incident would be a very boring cruise indeed.