Post # 1
Given everything that’s happened lately with Carnival and Royal Caribbean, does it make you think twice about booking a cruise?
BF just told me that Carnival is charging around $50 a night for rooms. At that price, I think I would not hesitate to go on a Carnival cruise! Back in June 2011, my brother and sister-in-law took a Carnival cruise for their honeymoon and had a great time.
So what do you think? Would you still book a cruise with Carnival or Royal Caribbean? Would you consider a different company? Or do you refuse to book a cruise AT ALL? I’m curious, share your thoughts on this 🙂
Post # 3
@LadyBlackheart: WAIT WHAT?!
I WOULD GO IN A HEARTBEAT OMFG I NEED TO GET HOME RIGHT NOW AND RESEARCH SOME CRUISES.
No it doesn’t make me think twice. Life and travel will always be risky. I mean.. planes are flying. In the air. WITH NOTHING HOLDING THEM UP. That’s a scary thought. But does that stop me from flying? Nope. I love flying!
Post # 4
@LadyBlackheart: I was actually considering a wedding on the cruise ships at one point but in light of the recent events, I can’t get myself to go on.
Post # 5
We’re planning an 11-day Mediterranean cruise (Greece, Egypt, Turkey), but on Holland America. (They have the exact itinerary we’re looking for.)
Post # 6
I went on my first cruise in January, with Norwegian. It was a 7-night / 8-day cruise to the western Caribbean (Mexico, Belize, and Honduras – departing from New Orleans). Honestly, I probably would have never considered going on a cruise if two friends of ours hadn’t brought it up. We all ended up having a great time. It was really affordable, especially since we crammed 4 people into a 142-square-foot cabin!
I don’t think I would book a cruise with Carnival since I think of them as more of a “young people partying loudly and messily” company. I’ve heard rumors of assaults taking place on board, and if I didn’t like spending time with drunken college kids while I was in college, I certainly don’t want to do it now that I’m on the other side of 25. I haven’t heard anything bad about Royal Caribbean aside from the fact that they’re more expensive. I have no complaints about Norwegian.
Post # 7
Personally, no. But none of the recent stuff has changed that because I never would have gone on a cruise before. I HATE (hate hate hate!!) boats and the thought of being stuck in the middle of the ocean for days on end makes me panicky.
Post # 8
Ive never been on a cruise but i would LOVE the experience. For some reason though cruise and honeymoon just dont seem like a match to me. We are very introverted and would want to do something more one on one for such a special event. But just because there have been bad cruise situations doesnt mean i wouldnt get on one, just like i’m not going to stop driving just because there are people out there getting into accidents.
Post # 9
@LadyBlackheart: I would still go on a cruise. I only went on one once when I was about 10 years old. Nothing that had happened lately would change my mind. Plus that’s an insane price!
Post # 10
We just booked a 15 night cruise to Hawaii!
The age group of passengers often depends on the itinerary , the duration , location and price. You are going to get more youg party animals on a 3-4 day cruise out of miami or LA than a two week cruise out of Vancouver or an ocean crossing from Europe to New York.
Post # 11
@LadyBlackheart: I don’t like cruises at all. I’ve never been, but I have no desire to go either. I don’t like structure or being trapped on a boat. I know it makes stops, but I’d rather be on a beach, not floating on water that I can’t swim in whenever I want 😛 I could care less for pools. Plus, my understanding is that many are not all inclusive so it could really add up.
Post # 12
Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever
Post # 13
@peachacid: Yeah it’s a risk. There are always risks in life. I could post pictures of people’s houses caving in all day! It’s life, enjoy it!
Post # 14
Nope, not this gal. Everything on the ship is over priced, your only allotted so much time to get off of the ship at port, and you are stuck in the middle of the ocean.
Id rather go on a vacation some where nice and take a day cruise on the ocean. That way I can still explore all I want, go so many other places and do so many other things!
Post # 15
I’d never go on a cruise, regardless of recent events – it’s just not my style of travel at all. I’d rather be on the ground in a new place, seeing and experiencing the local culture and interacting with people, not on a boat full of (mostly) other Americans with occasional stopovers in a port town for a few hours. It’s like of like, cruise ship = floating hotel. If I’m going to travel, it’s not like “staying in the hotel” is the purpose of the trip – I see the hotel as the base where you sleep and leave your stuff while you go check out the museums, the sights, the cuisine, the local culture, and not the place where you spend all your time, do all your socializing, have all your meals, etc.
Post # 16
I would go, honestly, the best time to do anything is after there was a big issue it, for instance, just after 9-11 was the safest time to fly, heightened security. Just as with this, I am sure Carnival is on high alert, they have a reputation to repair, they will be looking to treat the customer as king and will take all the extra precautions to make sure the ships are in great working order.