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Old March 13th, 2007, 05:11 AM
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I am so embarrassed about this article I found on a New Zealand website I am posting this on both websites!!!!!!!!

Young and thinking of Cruising? Think again! by Native1

Young and recently married, my husband and I thought we were jetting off on the best holiday of our lives! Not only were we going to Hawaii, we were going on an 11 day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands. The Love Boat (all sing along!) is what we were thinking - glamorous rooms, pools and food was exactly what we thought we were going to be in for.

Sadly, we could not have been more wrong! The disappointment began as soon as we exited the airport. It was impossible to walk outside, even near our hotel, as we could not get away from all the street hoodrats and prostitutes! Alas, we thought - but we're going on our cruise tomorrow, so we will still have a good holiday.

We were up bright and early the next day as we couldn't wait to get on the ship, but after waiting in lines that nearly stretched back to New Zealand, it didn't seem so exciting! The trip was dull too – there was not much to do, it hard to find somewhere to eat and there were soooo many old people.

We will never be so thankful in our entire lives as we were to feel solid land beneath our feet after a few days at sea! Here we were, the gullible two young kiwis, thinking that we wouldn't feel the slightest motion. Boy, were we wrong! We were so sick we spent at least three days in bed rocking to the sweet (rough) waves. But hey, we were on honeymoon so even if we didn’t love every minute of it, we were trying to tell ourselves we were! Never in our entire lives had we been so grateful to get back on the plane to New Zealand! We really appreciate our country so much more after that little trip.

So our advice to all you younger people thinking of going on a cruise is to do your research first! Find out if there are ships that the more youthful generation tends to book on. Please reconsider your decision to cruise if you even get slight motion sickness. It will not be for you! Lastly, if you're thinking of going to Hawaii and have an idyllic picture in your mind, this is quite possibly a mistake. Perhaps you could instead go to Lahaina in Maui, which is quite possibly one of the cutest places on this earth!

Good luck and happy honeymoon!


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This article is so one sided and written by what I consider to be a Naive person rather than a native???

Qoute "The trip was dull too – there was not much to do, it hard to find somewhere to eat and there were soooo many old people." Unquote

Usually there are multiple restaurants on board (at least 5 to 10 dinning options during the day and night).

If they could not find something to do on either sea or port days this writer is a very dull person and did not even try the slightest to enjoy this trip.
There are casino's, disco's, live show's, movies etc. available on all cruise ship's throughout the world.
That also does not even include the view you get on a cruise let alone visiting a new port/destination almost every day??

What's this about so many "OLD PEOPLE"? I can't believe this person was so age-est!!!! "Come on", old people are for the most part "Wiser" than you.
GRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Cruise web sites have been around for years that this person could have researched through???
e.g. ????????????? or www.cruisemates.com

I think the writer of this article has no idea of what cruising is about and you should not have published them?
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Old March 13th, 2007, 05:20 AM
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Wow, you're right. That should never have seen the light of day.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 07:44 AM
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We have had similar reviews posted here. One that stands out in my mind was on the Caribbean Princess. I read it and said to myself, she was not on the same ship as I was.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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Liam, thanks for posting that good laugh! Those people had blinders on!
Everything they said couldn't be further from the truth!
And I have to agree with Doug about that review of Caribbean Princess - she was not on the same ship I was on!

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So our advice to all you younger people thinking of going on a cruise is to do your research first!
Liam... guess these people should have listened to their own advice

An 11 day cruise to Hawaii and all they could talk about is the "hoodrats and prostitutes"... lord only knows what kind of a hotel they booked into!
Even in overly busy Waikiki, we've not had any problem going out walking in the evening. In fact the area is so busy at night criminals would have a hard time getting away with anything.
Odd they wouldn't mention the beautiful waterfalls of Kauai, or watching molten lava flowing into the ocean off of Hilo.

And to top it off.. never mind their opinion, which they are entitled to, if they are supposed to be writers.... it's badly written and in need of a good editor.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 02:55 PM
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The problem with the review is not that they disliked the cruise, it's that they never identified the cruise line or ship. They stated they were on the "Love Boat" which seems to imply they were traveling on Princess. But as we all know different cruise lines make an effort to attract different types of customers. I enjoyed Carnival because they have lots of activities during the day. I didn't enjoy Celebrity as much because the activities were limited. So they should have identified the cruise line and the ports of call. Also they can't blame the cruise line because they got seasick, it was their responsibility to bring along ginger or a seasick patch just in case.
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Wow, I've been to Hawaii several times and always found it to be beautiful. I have been on six Princess cruises and always found those cruises to be wonderful with plenty to do, or nothing to do, if that's the way you want it. I think there are just some people who should simply stay home.

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Yes...I would have like to know what cruiseline and ship they were on.

Also...the writer said there was nothing to do...I found this comment somewhat non-specific...what did they want to do that they couldn't?
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Well one thing for sure is that I'm not going to miss having them on my next cruise. Save that cruiseship space for those of us that love it.

I also hope that others will take their review with a grain of salt, and decide to form their own opinions by taking their frist cruise too.

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