Travel Nut… and Cruise Lover here.
I replied to a similar posting shortly after the latest Carnival fiasco = http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/unsure-on-honeymoonbees-can-you-help#ixzz2O8r1SgsW
And for convenience I copy that reply here..
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I hear ya… I know that this latest incident cannot be good for the cruise industry and necessarily attracting NEW people who have never cruised before.
BUT that said…
What I am about to say here may be controversial… but it is the truth, as I see it.
There are lots of cruise lines the world over… some good, some bad. And just like the airlines there are some BIG Players, and some SMALL Bit Parts
And it is no secret, that like the airline industry… that sadly accidents / events can and do happen and that they can be upsetting for those involved (or at times even tragic)
And that in recent years, with the economics of things, cut-backs have had to be made.
What you as a customer hope for… is that cut-backs haven’t been made in regards to your safety or in maintenance.
In the case of Cruise Ships, I’d have to say that it is my opinion… that Carnival not only is a BIG Player, but infact the BIGGEST (with 11 cruise ship companies / brand names under it’s wing)… and over 100 Ships in total, the oldest of which are ships from the 1980s.
I feel that perhaps it has gotten TOO BIG… and in the name of filling ships… it has had too reduce pricing… sometimes to the point of what I see as being ridiculously cheap for a cruise vacation ($ 199, $ 299 and $ 399 cruises are not unheard of with this company’s various lines)
Which makes me wonder… if you are taking virtually a loss on fares, then WHERE are your revenues going to come from to keep the fleet in tip top shape ??
So be it customer service, maintenance or staff training and supervision, something has to give!!
Personally, I won’t cruise on many of the Carnival owned / operated cruise lines… because of these thoughts.
Although to be fair to Carnival… and the many companies it is comprised of… as the largest cruise company in the world… when something goes wrong with them, be it any little thing … then most naturally they are going to get a ton of press.
That said, however… I do prefer to sail with Celebrity a cruise line that is smaller (11 Ships) and newer (oldest ship 1995, the other 10 all since 2000).
So as a Cruiser, I am aware that sometimes accidents happen… but I also consider myself to be an Informed Consumer… and make choices that I have researched / am most comfortable with.
That isn’t to say that I won’t cruise with another cruise line…
Or even one that is in the Carnival Family of Cruise Lines, because I probably would… but it would certainly be one of their more upscale ones if I did… Seabourn, Princess, Holland America, Cunard… and that I would do my homework to learn as much as I could about that particular company and the ship I’d be sailing on BEFORE I booked.
So do I have any qualms about cruising because of the events that took place with the Carnival Triumph… the answer would remain NO.
Infact, I much expect that there will be a “subtle campaign” launched by the cruise industry (as a whole) to try and “plug” the loss of sales that will come as a result of the apprehension that this latest incident will bring about for NEW Cruisers in particular. (The cruise industry with its now many many lines, and continually building bigger and newer ships… has to always be entertaining the ability to find NEW Cruisers). What it means is that for awhile at least the sales to NEW Cruisers will fall off… and in order to fill ship quotas (to make money)… that prices will fall for the entire industry, OR deals will be offered so that returning cruisers like myself will fill the gap. And so it will be until this latest Carnival mishap falls from the prominent spot it has in the pages of the Newspapers and in people’s minds. This certainly was the scenario that took place last year with the sinking of the Costa ship.
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So long and short…
I wouldn’t give up on the idea of a cruise totally yet for your honeymoon. I’d just be looking at cruises that aren’t necessarily on older ships or offering deep discounted pricing…
If you have the funds, I’d be looking for a middle of the road, or a high end cruising experience for your Honeymoon.
It certainly happened for us in 2012 after the Concordia… when we booked our own Honeymoon Cruise aboard Celebrity (in that we saved $ 800 on our cabin). And we had an AMAZING time this January sailing 7 Days around the Caribbean, on what I can only describe as Honeymoon Heaven. LOVED every second of it… and who knows may now find myself a deal where I can afford to go back sooner than later.
Hope this helps,