Not only did I like your article and agree with it... I posted a link to it on my blog as well.
Every vacation is what you make it.
Some of the worst things that have happened to me while travelling are stories that I laugh about today... like my partner ordering liver in Spain because he couldn't read the menu and just chose randomly. We still laugh at it. You can choose to enjoy or choose to wallow, but it's entirely your choice.
I read your article with interest, because "that" phrase absolutely drives me out of my mind, especially when used to belittle someone with a legitimate issue. I feel strongly if you go into something with a rotten attitude things will probably not be fun. But sometimes great people with great attitudes don't get what they bargained for and it should be okay to discuss it and express disappointment without being labeled a malcontent. Thanks for an excellent, thoughtful article
In keeping with decorum, the following was also posted as a blog response.
I strongly agree with you, Kuki.
On some sites, when a cruiser on Line XYZ has what they feel is a poor cruise experience, regardless of the reason, I feel it serves no purpose whatsoever for the supporters of Cruise Line XYZ to go into a veritable shark feeding frenzy.
Want to keep problems to a minimum? Stay reasonable in your expectations and I believe you will always be better off.
When it comes to conflict resolution, my 27 years of experience in law enforcement followed by ten years running both a senior apartment site and an adjoining family site, pretty much validates my suggestions on this topic.
You even perhaps may want to review an article I wrote for Cruisemates on that subject probably a year ago, maybe a bit longer. I'm sure it's in the archives.
Kuki, what a great article!. I, like so many people, who have been on cruise, go on a cruise with an open mind. On any cruise, there might be the unexpected, but you have to have a sense of humor. When Rob and I used a week of timeshare, several years ago, to Palm Springs, Rob spent almost the entire week there in Desert Regional Medical Center. He was told by a nurse that he had cancer. That evening we were given great emotional support by both a lay minister and a rabbi. The next day, after seeing a specialist, Rob was told that he did not have cancer. The outpouring of friendship and support of the people we met in Palm Springs, made us want to buy a timeshare week there. So it was out of a potentially sad thing that we met some wonderful people who we never would have crossed paths with!