It's The Little Things...
Years ago we were disembarking a cruise in Grand Cayman for excursions to several places. The day was stifling hot and the lines were long getting off. At the dock were tables with ice water, iced tea, etc. For some reason that has stuck with me and nothing ever tasted better. It IS the little things...
On my last couple of cruises on Royal Caribbean there was no one who escorted us to our cabins and on one we were in a suite. On the Norwegian Star there was a white gloved stewardess who took my wife's carry on and escorted us to our cabin. My mother and father in-law were in an outside cabin and they had the same treatment.
It's little things like that you miss when it doesn't happen.
Have to agree. This past May when we were in Cabo San Lucas just before we boarded the tender was ice tea, cold water and punch.
Also wet ice cold towels to cool off.
Sea of Cortez on Ryndam 9-28-2005
Round trip Los Angeles to Hawaii, Summit March 26, 2006
Vancouver – Alaska – Los Angeles, Sept 16, 2006 on Summit
It's the Little Things
Our first cruise was on Sitmar. They had a white-gloved hostess who greeted eveyone before they boarded the ship. Behind her were uniformed bellmen(?) who offered an arm to the ladies and picked up carry-ons with the other and then took passengers to their cabins.
On that same cruise, we had a room steward who quickly learned that we liked cocktails in the cabin at 5 p.m. and delivered a martini and a gin and tonic without being asked.
Ain't that the truth!
The little things are disappearing from most popular-priced lines, slowly but very surely. After a cruise a few weeks ago on which the little things were in extremely short supply, we've begun to seriously re-evaluate our cruising philosophy.
We are considering trying some of the more expensive lines, and perhaps cruising a bit less frequently to help offset the additional cost. Although we certainly subscribe to the belief that there's no such thing as a bad day on a cruise, the mass-market sameness--and the obvious corner-cutting--is starting to get to us.
Plus, walking around a ship on embarkation afternoon these days is sort of like strolling through a small-town street fair. . .
Buy a soda card?
Buy a specialty restaurant reservation?
Buy a wine tasting?
Buy a massage and some woo-woo spa treatments?
Buy wine for dinner?
Buy an umbrella drink?
Buy a cruise video? (In advance)
Pretty soon I expect to see them selling corn dogs and apples on a stick. God, I hope I'm not giving them ideas.
It's not that we mind buying the things we want--we're perfectly aware of what is and isn't included in the cruise price. It's the persistent, almost frantic hawking that's getting on our nerves. They're even coming around to the dinner tables now selling their wine tastings. Gimme a break.
"I'm dining at the moment thank you. Please go away."
I agree with the Street Fair atmosphere on the first day. I was a bit put off on the first day on the Star. We went up to the buffet area and had lunch and were approached no less than eight times in thirty minutes for drinks. Yes: You just have to say "No thank you." but it does get a bit tiring. Especially when there were two on the table. Thankfully it did slack off after the first day.
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