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Old February 24th, 2008, 02:43 PM
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I have cruised many times on a variety of ships during the winter, spring, fall and summer. One thing is constant- most passengers fit a stereotype. White, small town, over 45, and regular repeat cruisers.

As I sat in the restaurant eating we do alot of people watching. One thing I always say is "those people look like someone you would see on a cruise ship." While there are exceptions, people that you see on a Royal Caribbean Cruiseship nearly always look and act like stereotypical cruisers. I see alot of older people who look to be retired. I see alot of overweight people, almost everyone is white and there are tons of people who tell us they are from the Midwest. Why?
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Wondering why you feel the need to add a second user name???

But to address the topic. I don't think you've been very observant. Particularly addressing Royal Caribbean, they draw more family cruisers than most of the other cruise lines other than Carnival.

So... by that very fact, their demographic consists of a younger group. In fact if you cruise during any and all school breaks you can regularly find between 300 and 1000 passengers under 18.... and that means they are normally there with their parents, who are most likely to be in the 35-55 age range.

Longer cruises do draw more attention from older, possibly retired folks...thats due to their larger disposable income, and the fact that time is not that important. They are no longer limited by restricted vacation tame.

The shorter 4 and 5 cruises will almost always carry a younger age group onboard.

Bottom line... I don't believe your observation is anywhere even close to factual.
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I have cruised many times on a variety of ships during the winter, spring, fall and summer. One thing is constant- most passengers fit a stereotype. White, small town, over 45, and regular repeat cruisers.

As I sat in the restaurant eating we do alot of people watching. One thing I always say is "those people look like someone you would see on a cruise ship." While there are exceptions, people that you see on a Royal Caribbean Cruiseship nearly always look and act like stereotypical cruisers. I see alot of older people who look to be retired. I see alot of overweight people, almost everyone is white and there are tons of people who tell us they are from the Midwest. Why?


I don't think OP you will garner much responses here than you did hitting on Carnival cruisers. Just saying and just my humble opinion.
hmm, btw, Good luck with your NEW screen-name, Conversationist.


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I have cruised many times on a variety of ships during the winter, spring, fall and summer. One thing is constant- most passengers fit a stereotype. White, small town, over 45, and regular repeat cruisers.

As I sat in the restaurant eating we do alot of people watching. One thing I always say is "those people look like someone you would see on a cruise ship." While there are exceptions, people that you see on a Royal Caribbean Cruiseship nearly always look and act like stereotypical cruisers. I see alot of older people who look to be retired. I see alot of overweight people, almost everyone is white and there are tons of people who tell us they are from the Midwest. Why?
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Yes, Conversationist is back with more complaints. Why do we bother to respond

I am 43, from Florida, white, drink and smoke, sing and dance, a frequent cruiser on Royal Caribbean, not overweight and wear a Speedo. Do I fit the profile?
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We are in our fifty,last year in January we cruised on RCI and we went back in August on the same ship. First cruise we were among the youngest
the one during summer we were among the oldest.You can see it depends wich month you cruise. Mateli
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Yes, Conversationist is back with more complaints. Why do we bother to respond

I am 43, from Florida, white, drink and smoke, sing and dance, a frequent cruiser on Royal Caribbean, not overweight and wear a Speedo. Do I fit the profile?
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you son of a gun! You're not quite "OLD" then, cuz according to OP, "old" is over 45!


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You're not quite "OLD" then, cuz according to OP, "old" is over 45!


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CQ, we will never be old!
No such thing as "old"!

You are old as you want to be and feel!

Plus men that wear speedos don't age! 8)
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Obviously the OP never cruised WAY back when. I have been crusing independently since 2006 but cruised with my parents from 1992 till 2003. Back in 1992 yes...the cruise industry was dominated by the retired community. Except for Carnival...but they are the reason the clientle is so much different now than it was.

I have yet to cruise on RCCL but I have cruised with Carnival and NCL and can tell you that the demographics on those ships are definatly 20's- every age.

I myself am only 23...but I can garuntee I will be that "old" white cruiser you refer to.

Say what you want, but you won't bother us. Avid cruisers usually unite with each other. But I will defend my "older" cruisers.




The best part of this whole thing is that you are probably older than me. So I could complain about you being too old to cruise.


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To the Gods of the boards...

Why not just look through his screen name & delete all the posts? There...problem solved.
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