I love to read message boards. But I would be very cautious as to cruise or not cruise based solely on another's opinion. I think the boards serve a good purpose for passing information about what to do, what to see, what to pack, etc. But opinions vary greatly, especially on boards where we can hide behind cute monikers.
When it comes to picking a cruise, be cautious. If you read all the boards for Princess, HAL, Celebrity, Carnival, etc. and follow the advice/complaints, you will not be going on a cruise! Why? Because you will be so confused after reading so many "I will never sail xxxx again" and "I will never go on anyone but yyyy", that a decision will be very difficult if not impossible to make.
Everyone has a story to report. Everyone has had a good and/or bad experience. You can read them all over the board. I will not sail xxxx or yyyy or whoever because of this or I will only sail because of this.
What happened on Apr 21 on HAL's Maasdam most likely will have nothing to do with what happens on the Jul 21 sailing of the same Maasdam. Time changes things greatly. Even 90 days in many cases.
Final comment. The people who comment on the boards make up a tiny percentage of people who go cruising. Don't base a major purchase decision on the comments/advice of such a small group. Use other resources. There are many.
Having said my say (sorry Mrs. Alger - 12th grade english), I do want to remind you that I love boards, see you soon!!