Past Cruises (all except one from NYC)
Carnival Triumph to Canada: August 1999
Carnival Victory to Canada: July 2000
Celebrity Zenith to Bermuda: July 2001 AND July 2002
Celebrity Galaxy to Caribbean (from Baltimore): July 2003
Voyager of the Seas to Caribbean: July 2004
Crown Princess to Caribbean: July 2006
Carnival Victory to Canada: August 2007
Carnival Miracle to Caribbean: May 2008
Staten Island Ferry, I mean what else in NYC is free?
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.
Ryan- The Cruise Encyclopedia
Oasis of the Seas
Allure of the Seas
Freedom of the Seas
Mariner of the Seas
Navigator of the Seas
Grandeur of the Seas
Enchantment of the Seas
Monarch of the Seas
Voyager of the Seas
Sovereign of the Seas
Cunard Queen Mary 2
Cruise Total as of March 2012: 100 Cruises
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.
Teen Host Past Cruises CCL:
Fascination (8/26/00) (2/18/02)
Sensation (8/19/12) NCL:
Sea (2/22/03) PCL:
Crown (3/5/11) RCI:
Freedom (3/7/10) Future
Carnival Pride (12/16/12)