Few Passengers interested in the culture/society/economy
I was frustrated in my last cruise about the anti intellectualism of the typical cruise passenger. There were a few speakers and lectures but few people showed up other than my wife and I. Also the port talks were all about the shopping, and not about the culture, economy, climate, society, history or topography of the island we are visiting.
I would have loved to hear from people who really knew the island speak about what makes it tick and give me some information I could not find in a book. The typical passenger had little interest in the island other than as a place to shop or sit and bake on the beach. So sad!
Re: Few Passengers interested in the culture/society/economy
You must have been on an NCL cruise, I love those lectures, never miss them. Once they had a retired port pilot and last cruise they had an astronomer. Great stuff.
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We take tours to interesting locations such as Mayan ruins when we am on cruises, and ther tour guides generally provide a wealth of information about the island/country and the sites that we are visiting.
Many informed people do research on the countries or cities to be visited before even embarking on a cruise. Just a little Google and a printer and you can take your own lecture on the ship with you.
Your life must be awfully sad, since you appear to enjoy nothing.
I have noted that on the back of Carnival Capers there is a good size section that describes the port/destination in detail. It doesn't mention some of what you mention, but not everyone is interested in it.
As for the shop talks, yes, it is all about the shopping. I found that the shops in Grand Cayman were expensive! I found a gold necklace that I liked and then looked at the price, $290. I also noted a gold stingray pendant and the price almost floored me--$339!!!! I bought a carved black coral turtle pendant at Passman in Grand Cayman and wanted a chain to match, I didn't buy one on the cruise. I found one at home and only paid $209 for it. I could had a 30" singapore chain for $139, but I thought it was too long and went for a shorter chain.
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I have always seen and heard from the sponsors, of areas of interest and the history of the places of visitation. Many of them are nothing but a trip to visit the historic sites, culture, topography, and economy. The ship's papers usually have details about that, have written brochures at the purser desk and place the same in your room as the port gets nearer, the port sites are reviewed over and over again on the televisions, and the port specialists have meetings to discuss the port's features for your interaction.
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I was on the Freedom of the Seas, one of the largest ships in the world, in January. We were told there were 4200 passengers on board. I went to numerous on board events from lectures to games to dance parties and rarely were there more than 50 or so people. Usually a dozen or so. I kept asking the people I was cruising with, where were all the passengers? I was at a wine tasting, actually several, and the best attended had 9 people. Out of 4000 plus individuals only nine were interested in wine? What do all the people do when onboard? Sleep?
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