Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Celebrity
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old August 26th, 2000, 05:03 AM
CrzLvr
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default The future of cruising

Cruising has changed over the years, most of which I have witnessed. Now that there are Mega Ships with more people on board, it really amazes me to picture where the cruise industry is headed.

Full Service Agencies are a thing of the pass. I recall a time when FIT's were arranged at ports abroad, with limos awaiting at the pier for passengers tours. I recall a time when deck chairs were assigned by cabin number in advance of sailing. When dietary needs were catered to with strict demands met.

Now with fast service, low contact Agencies abounding, I believe that the times are changing, and will soon revert to the days of yore. Mega ships will be likened to Condos, some will reside on board and cruise the life fantastic all around the world. Their wish will be a command, spoken softly. But then I dream big!

In the meantime, a week here, a 10 day there, until that great cruise comes my way, is plenty good enough for me.

What do you think the future of cruising will be?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old August 26th, 2000, 12:28 PM
hdawson
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: The future of cruising

I do believe we have just about met the max size for cruise ships. Think we'll see more 70-90,000 ton ships in the furture, although new builds will slow down some.
Definite need for new ports to explore. Suggestions??? Of course everyone is expecting Cuba to open up some time. But where else in the Caribbean? Any good locales that have not already be exploited?
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old August 26th, 2000, 02:02 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,410
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default RE: The future of cruising

Crzlvr,
I certainly don't have your experience in cruising (having just begun cruising in 1994).although my goal is to get there <G>
Awhile back I wrote an article on passenger's expectations.
<http://www.cruisemates.com/Articles/Kuki/expectations.html>

Think this has something to do with where cruise lines are now, and where they're going.

Regards,
Kuki
Features Editor
CruiseMates.com
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old August 26th, 2000, 02:45 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 10,908
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default RE: The future of cruising

I think we will continue to see bigger and bigger ships all the time. Everytime they make a major leap in size people say they don't believe they will any bigger.

Here's my highly cynical view...

Someday they will be like space-stations, they'll never dock, you'll just take a shuttle to get to them.

They won't even move, but they'll have a sports deck for every cabin.

There will be a big shopping mall in the center.

There will be movie theaters, bowling alleys, roller coasters and hockey arenas, and everything will be charged to your room key.

Garth Brooks will give free concerts and there will be theaters for all the country and western artists like in Branson MO.

Restaurants will include McDonalds, Olive Garden and Sizzler as well as RainForest Cafe.

At least three will be named "Trump" something.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old August 26th, 2000, 10:26 PM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 1,274
Default RE: The future of cruising

My heavens... what a horror. Sounds like a nightmare to me. Sort of what has happened to air travel... now that the "great unwashed" are flying, instead of taking the bus or train. One can hope that some oasis will remain... apart from the lowest common denominator.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old August 27th, 2000, 01:11 AM
Carole Dunham
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: The future of cruising

And the day that happens Paul, is the day I quit cruising. However, with that bleak picture, I can always cruise less but cruise on an ultra deluxe. I believe those lines will keep their ships small, continue to provide excellent food and high end service. Why oh why don't I have a rich uncle!

Carole/cruzdiva
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old August 27th, 2000, 05:56 PM
JeffCoud
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: The future of cruising

Cuba will definitely be a new port. I would like to see more of the big ships go to some of the smaller caribbean islands that are less tourist--what about St. Barts or Guadelupe or St. Vincent or Dominica. I'd even go to Haiti (other than Labadee) to see if there is anything there to see. I find sticking to the "major islands" rather boring and other than our W. Caribbean cruise later this year (have never been that way) I can't see going back to the Caribbean all that many times. I'd rather go to Alaska or the Baltics I'd guess, or the Med. I guess I don't find the Caribbean all that interesting if the choices are Little Switzerland or beaches everywhere you go. I guess maybe some islands that are more unspoiled....although I guess once the cruise ships get there they won't be that way any more. Oh well, just my ruminations.

Jeff
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old August 27th, 2000, 06:18 PM
CrzLvr
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: The future of cruising

Good to have you back Jeff, how was Alaska?

Now Cuba sounds nice, but scary now. Was on Tortola and wanted to go to Virgin Gorda to the Baths, but never did. How about Virgin Gorda or Anquilla?
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old August 27th, 2000, 10:48 PM
Babette
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: The future of cruising

#1, I think Alaska will become more restrictive - along the lines of Bermuda. There really are too many ships sailing there.

#2. With more berths to fill, airlines will have to put on more flights to the usual departure ports... or the cruise lines will have to provide charters to FLL, MIA and SJU.

#3. I see much lower fares and charging for meals. Hate to say it, but with so many berths to fill...where else can the cruise lines go???

#4. Don't see too many of the smaller islands opening up as "usual and customary" ports of call. The average cruiser would be bored to tears.

#5. See more cooperative marketing efforts between cruiselines and casinos.

#6. Hawaii and Tahiti will see more growth. Charters definitely will be needed.

#7. Upcoming 2004 and 2005 SOLAS requirements will put Premier under, period.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old August 29th, 2000, 11:52 AM
hdawson
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: The future of cruising

What are the new SOLAS requirements for 04 and 05. Haven't seen them yet.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old August 29th, 2000, 03:12 PM
David Starkey
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: The future of cruising

The future for crusing looks great. Only six percent of the population has enjoyed the likes of crusing. The problem is, that all we enjoy about traditinal crusing is going by the wayside as ships get larger and service and attention to quality become a thing of the past. The cruiselines effort to "get anybody and everybody" on board has greatly reduced the quality of the experience. I am not talking about being "snooty" but people should know how to use the silverwhere and be thoughtfull about there fellow passengers. I have, over the years invested much vacation time and money via vacations and ownership of stock in several cruiselines to share a genuine concern that cruiselines offer a "quality" product.
As we have all seen in the airline industry, larger is not better and that a "special" vacation offered by a cruise vacation is sailing into troubled waters. This mass market approach to selling cruises to everyone has already affected quality and will dilute the desire by experienced cruisers to continue.
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old August 29th, 2000, 06:15 PM
CrzLvr
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default RE: The future of cruising

There were several of your statements that caused me to bristle at first, but then, I read you comments several times and moderated my initial comtempt for some of those statements. I concluded that there is a market in cruising for those who think along the same lines as you, and offer the amenities that you would prefer to have while cruising. The choice is there for you if you have strong feelings about the cruise industry appealing to the any and everybody you refer to in your comments. You have the right to make those choices, and no one in this country would ever deny you that right.

However, your statement: "This mass market approach to selling cruises to everyone has already affected quality and will dilute the desire by experienced cruisers to continue." I must take exception to, as this is not what this country is about. Sometimes people forget that the 'mass market' affords the corporations, the opportunity to expand and develop. I personally would never withhold the pleasures of cruising from anyone, who wants to experience it, with the selfich approach of believing that it would decrease my desire to cruise, because others can and do.

That is what makes this country great. This is my opinion of your opnion, we are both entitled to one.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cruising Economics 101 ...Impact on Future Cruising Plans venice Chit - Chat for Cruisers 55 January 27th, 2008 02:44 PM
Future cruising Discounts CruisinGuy Teen Cruisers 4 January 18th, 2008 09:16 PM
future cruising jlmecker Ask CruiseMates Staff 3 March 14th, 2005 02:35 PM
future cruising jlmecker Carnival Cruise Lines 13 March 10th, 2005 06:23 AM
future cruising jlmecker First-Time Cruisers 2 March 8th, 2005 02:37 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:51 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1