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Sunday, 7 November 2010

Cruise update

I really MUST try and update this blog at least once a week, it's looking very neglected. It's not that I don't remember to, I just never seem to get time to do it. That, and my life basically revolves around work and graphics...the average person isn't going to find my work interesting...and everyone already knows about my graphics through my Adori Graphics blog.

I do have a few small tid bits which I haven't posted about on my other blog. Things like my recent vacation which I haven't blogged about yet because my feet haven't touched the ground since I came home! We had a wonderful time though, with a few small negatives, but these were outweighed by the positive experience generally.

I thought this particular ship was well run and had excellent customer service. Us Brits are not known for good customer service (no tipping = no incentive for good service me thinks). But apart from a rocky start this ship seemed to run like clockwork, unlike the previous ship we'd been on.

My main complaints were:
  • Some elderly passengers who felt entitlement to the very air that you breathed and whined about know, the beach was too sandy, the water was too wet...that kind of thing. 
  • Food - too arty farty and no choice for those of us with more conservative palates...goodness knows how the grumpy older folk got on with it.*
  • Stock replenishment - pretty dire at first, but seemed to improve after the first day or two.
  • Queues - we seemed to spend an awful amount of time queuing in this ship. I know us Brits love a good queue but this was ridiculous at times.

Things I loved:
  • The European ports much more than the Caribbean. 
  • The unexpectedly mild weather
  • The fact it was less humid than the Caribbean (all our other cruises were there)
  • The fact that because it was less humid, my lungs didn't feel like they were wilting
  • The people we shared our table with
  • The customer service

The things I loved far outweighed the things I didn't like/enjoy. Look out over the next few weeks as I slowly add some pics and a little about each port that we went to.

*I honestly have nothing against elderly people, in fact I hope to be elderly myself one day. The thing I do object to is rudeness, lack of consideration and people who throw manners back in my face by being rude. Oh, and people who whine. It just happened that all of this came from elderly passengers. The kids, teens (mostly) and younger adults were all respectful and well behaved.


Jennifer said...

I agree with you on the whiny and entitled elderly. I don't think that growing old entitles you to make life uncomfortable for those around you...and I hope to remember that when I am old :)

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

Can't wait to hear more about your trip and see more pictures of course! Glad to hear that your cruise sounds like it turned out better than our cruise in August. I do have to admit that I wouldn't mind going on another one just because I absolutely LOVED the excursions, they were truly amazing. Still haven't convinced my husband that it's a good idea though and to be honest, if I have to convince him, typically it's not. LOL

Adori Graphics said...

The excusrions are usually pretty good - but overpriced I think. Still, they are a great way to squeeze in as much of the location as you can.

Will try and update one port every few days...still processing the Madeira pics :)

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