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Old February 21st, 2010, 09:38 PM
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I just saw this article from Yahoo. Just curious what other's opinions would be on this.

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Old February 21st, 2010, 10:46 PM
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Very infomative.

Like most other industries - nowadays you pay more for less.
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While I think some points are correct, the whole article is poorly written as though by a disgruntled soccer mom who felt she was screwed over after expecting 5 star service on her Carnival cruise. If people spent time researching their vacation opportunities rather than jumping at the best deal, their satisfaction would be much higher and they would have expectations appropriate for the cruise they select.
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I strongly agree with Ryan. There are some very valid points; e.g. weather may mean missed stops and they make a good portion of money off of you while you are sailing. However, there are a lot of less valid points that make the author look like more of a "disgruntled soccer mom" than anything else.

For example, how many of you have been on a ship that missed a call due to engine failure? I know that in 14 cruises (and knock on wood for the 15th) that I have not missed a single port of call due to engine failure or any other mechanical issue - thats 13 different vessels that did not break down at a certain point in time. And I am sure Ryan can comment on this - the number of times a vessel will break down compared to say an aircraft or a car is quite miniscule; point invalid.

I strongly disagree with the service being bad comment. I have had mixed experiences with this, but never enough to call the service across all lines and ships poor. And I would never call a cruise a "beer and pretzels" experience either. If I wanted one of those, I would have stayed in Tallahassee; a cruise does not even flirt with that type of experience - its way above it.

Now I can keep ranting, but I would just be pulling apart the article as a bunch of grievances against the industry - you guys get the point by now. To Kimbopolo, I wouldn't say cruise lines are scaling back yet. In fact, prices are lower than ever; so its not that you're paying more for less. You're paying less for more. HOWEVER, the lines are playing on the fact that they make a lot of money once people are onboard, so they are filling ships.
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