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Old September 21st, 2012, 06:10 PM
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Default Why i like cruising: cleanliness, comfortable beds, reasonable charges

The following article appeared on the internet and it reinforced the reasons I like to cruise among them cleanliness of the cabins, clean comfortable beds and reasonable rates.

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Most Americans aren't looking for much when sleeping away from home: cleanliness, a comfortable bed and a few amenities to make them feel pampered.

But, unfortunately, a handful of hotel chains have a tough time satisfying even the simplest requests. Two surveys have recently come out about the quality of stays in America's hotels -- one in the July issue of Consumer Reports and the other from J.D. Power & Associates -- and many national chains fell well below par.

At some locations, guests have reported finding cockroaches and bedbugs, stains on the sheets and odors they couldn't identify.

Though both surveys found that, overall, customers have become happier with their hotel experience in recent years -- likely due to the fact that many chains have updated their rooms, added pools and included more services like breakfast options, laundry facilities and workout rooms -- many chains nevertheless failed to improve customer satisfaction.

In the Consumer Reports survey, one-fourth of respondents had at least one complaint, the most common being uncomfortable beds, noise, unsatisfactory heating or air conditioning and décor.

The cost of a hotel stay has also risen in recent years. One night's stay was expected to increase to an average of $107 this summer, up 5% from last year and close to the peak of $108 in 2008. Despite rising prices, a few hotels have maintained value with customer satisfaction. Microtel Inn & Suites, for example, received top scores in the Consumer Reports survey and also scored well in the J.D. Power survey.

The following rankings are based on Consumer Reports' data and are taken from
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Old September 21st, 2012, 11:47 PM
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Crusing does offer you a big bang for your buck.

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Old September 22nd, 2012, 12:29 AM
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In my opinion cruising is the best type of vacation .
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 12:59 AM
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As a woman traveling alone, cruising is the best option out there for me.

I don't have to drive, worry about "is this a safe neighborhood?", where to go for dinner (I usually get a large table for dinner and am very lucky in my tablemates!), get to see places I would never otherwise be brave enough to visit alone (Cartagena, Panama Canal (how would I do THAT?), Europe and the Mediterranean.

Cruising has opened up my world. It was scary the first time, but now I'm addicted!
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