Where people who work on cruise ships , when they vacation with their families and friends, where do they go ?
Do the cruise ships employ onboard therapist so the crew can go "vent" when they have passengers from hell who just makes their job unbearable (we have all witness a poor waiter who has to serve a real butthead all week) ?
If the crew could have a comment card program for passengers and could reward "perks" at the end of a cruise for outstanding (really nice) passengers that they would love to serve again (360 degree feedback) would passengers act differently towards the crew ?(an example of a "perk" would be that the cruise line would send you a letter saying your waiter/cabin steward really enjoyed serving you on your cruise and would like you to cruise with him/her again and here is a $50 ship board credit)
Based upon the ratings success of the tv reality show featuring Southwest Airlines and how it shows the airport experience from the frontline employee's perspective, if a major cruise line is considering doing a reality show on it's passengers? In both the airline and cruise business, customers must relinquish "control" and adhere to the rules of the business and lots of people don't like that aspect of the experience
As cruiselines build bigger and bigger megaships that can hold 4,000-5,000 guest on a 7 day cruise, if they introduced a "steerage class " where you could cruise for $99 p/p - like in the olden days of ocean crossings before the introduction of the jet airplane) how many CM cruise addicted folks would cruise for price vice perks ?
If the federal government, due to security reasons, placed an embargo that for 1 year no U.S. citizen can cruise on a ship that is not under a U.S. flag registry (thus leaving the POA as the only major cruise ship), what would we all do for that period to fill the "void" in our lives ?
If a third party presidential candidate ran on a platform that they would ammend the tax code so that all expenses related to cruising (up to 3 cruises per year) you could deduct on schedule A of the 1040, would you vote for that candidate?
Cruiselines seem to be leaning more towards "niche market " theme cruises (i.e NASCAR, Book Clubs, Gospel, Extreme Sports, Soap Opera stars, G/L etc) . What would be examples of some really "off the wall" theme weeks that they might consider ?
I'm a huge Bed and Breakfast fan..When I first started cruising in the late 70's a cruise was advertised as a hotel that took you to the islands, now the ship is the destination. If a cruiseline had a deal where you just paid for your room and they served breakfast, but you had to "fend" for yourself for the rest of your meals/entertainment and they promised that they would stop at an island everyday from noon to 8 pm, but each passenger is on their own (no organized shore excursions etc) and the price was right, would you cruise on that ship ?