We have enjoyed three cruises pre pandemic and when things settle down more, would love to do another. Just to clarify: by settling down, I mean the current staff shortages and the still high number of covid cases on board.
I realise covid will always be with us, as will norovirus etc and a cruise is a good place to catch a disease. However, this is not my main concern. We take a risk every time we go shopping, too.
It's just that reading some of the cruise reviews lately, it seems the little things which make a cruise special, have been taken away.
I know the staff shortages are a big problem but the inexperience of the crew worries me in case of emergencies. Also, it does impact on your enjoyment when the crew don't know as much as they should. One of the nicest things about our previous cruises: The wonderful crews, who made everything run so smoothly. Calm, knowledgeable and friendly!
The quality of the food seems to have deteriorated, the specialty restaurants are difficult to get into due to mix ups with reservations (again, inexperienced crew, perhaps?) and prompt room service seems to be a thing of the past, according to reviewers.
Small luxury touches which make us ordinary folk feel special, are not as prevalent. Gone are the nightly turndowns, paper news such as the Princess Patter, no chocolates on the pillows...before someone says it's a first world problem, yes it is, but we pay for a special experience and I don't think it's happening now.
I feel sorry for the hardworking crew and the cruise lines need to rectify the problem because, from the recent reviews, many people will just stop cruising if it's no longer a special experience.
As I said, I am only going on the cruise reviews I've been reading lately, mainly on cruises between Australia and New Zealand, as these are our favourites. Waking up to the sight of Milford Sound early in the morning after two days at sea, is one of the best experiences ever. Want to go again, but maybe in a couple of years, if cruising gets back to what it was. Hope so.
Please, no scathing replies! I don't want to hear that having a chocolate on my pillow each night is a petty complaint! It all adds up, as hundreds of cruisers agree.
How is your hand-writing these days?
Good morning Thursday 23 March 2023