I really was frustrated during my last cruise (on the NCL Dawn). Every time I went to the pool there was very loud music. I got so tired of screaming at my wife to be heard. It all gave me a big headache. I wish they would turn the music down or have periods of time with no music.
Before events in the lounge there was many times where most people were over 60 in attendance but they played really loud music more suited towards 20 somethings.
You'd love the adult only Arcadia (P & O -UK) then, no screaming kids splashing in the pools or whining for a ice cream, just people relaxing around a QUIET pool sipping cocktails and reading books. Only music is at sailaway parties, or afternoon bands when at sea
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I agree that some ships have the music, live or recorded, much too loud. I particularly noticed it on the Emerald Princess last November, but then found the wonderful "Sanctuary Pool", where it was designated a "Quiet Area" - wonderful swimming against a current machine, all adults, nice sun and deck chairs.
A few 1/2 hour sets by a band during the day is nice, but too much, too often and too loud can be distracting.
Look at me - complaining about something on a CRUISE!!!! Am I nuts?
This is one of the reasons why I don't understand people hogging the lounge chairs closest to the pool area. That is usually the noisiest part of the ship. It is too much foot traffic and way too much music and CD announcements for any real relaxation. Also, how can someone read through all the noise and chaos??
I live in NYC and can sleep like a baby on the subway but the music and noise on the pool decks rattle me after a short while.
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Call me crazy, but isn't this the "Cruise Gripes" section? If someone were to post a message here about how wonderful everything was on their cruise, it would be moved elsewhere, as it was NOT a gripe.
If you're saying that "Conversationalist" posts ONLY negative comments, that's different, but posting a gripe in the "Gripes" section seems logical to me.
To get off the subject of the OP's intent for a moment, and return to loud music around the pool, We've cruised a good number of lines in all price ranges. And I have discovered a relationship. The less expensive the line, the louder the music is around the pool. Indeed, the lux lines generally have NO music around the pool, unless it is part of a specific event like a pool-side bar-b-que or the like. Even then, it is of reasonable volume.
As all the lines and ships we've cruised usually have whatever poolside musice they have (if any) via live band, you'd think the lower cost lines would be the ones to have no music. Live bands aren't free, you know.
What surprises us is that the cruise line knows months in advance the demographics of the passenger list for any cruise and yet do not seem to cater to the majority in their selection of music. When the list tells them that the average age of the passengers is 60+, the music to be played and the volume it is to be played at should reflect that point. When the predominant make up of the list is younger then play their music at their volume. It not rocket science.
Nothing worse for we of the crooner generation to be serenaded with rock disco music at a hearing aid destruct volume while trying to relax in conversation. Is anyone on the bridge listening? Or is the music too loud?
I actually spoke to the asst cruise director the first day on our last cruise (NCL Dawn). Th poolside music was so loud. He said that they only did that the first day. To my surprise, the rest of the trip, it was at least tolerable. The other thing is that they tend to leave volume to whatever band is playing and bands tend to want everyone to hear them. Like it or not. :evil:
Don’t need or want to be in the MASS that congregates around the pool area. But, if it’s your thing then you go for it. For me it’s cruising from hell, far too busy, far too much noise and that’s just the number of people, never mind the music.
Thank God, they now build ships that allow you to lounge away from the pool area, because if that was my cruise and trapped in a scenario that was pool only loungers,,,then I’m jumping ship.
The option to be only at poolside areas for relaxing in my opinion is the thinking persons nightmare from hell…But, like a magnet some are drawn to this area…why, don’t get it. There are nicer and more social areas on this big ship in which to relax,,,,and those I choose,
Got to be at the pool,,, I don’t get it. And if you do please explain why, what is the appeal of laying side by side with 2 inches of space around a piece of water, and all that goes with it?