If you ever want to prove the adage (that) “the only reality is perception” try reading the online reviews of a cruise you have recently taken.
Chances are, you’ll find yourself asking the same question!
You may read that the service was terrible, did it seem that way to you? How about the food? One poster wrote that the “food was so horrible (she) couldn’t find anything on the ship to eat.” Well, aside from the fact that food is a very subjective thing, given the number of dining options available, one should consider that a gross overstatement! I trust the poor woman didn’t starve to death...LOL!
Lorraine has a friend (and cruise buddy) who is a very picky eater – she doesn’t like this...she doesn’t like that...but she swears she could cruise just for the freshly-baked breads, breakfasts, and hamburgers. See? Food is subjective!
How about your stateroom attendant? Wow – some postings would have them to have been slovenly and rude. Did it seem that way to you? Lorraine has yet to run across any stateroom attendant who has been anything other than pleasant and through in their approach to their job. Some may be more open and friendly than others, but remember there are cultural and language differences aboard a ship. One she especially remembers was very shy and quiet until Lorraine asked why he never spoke. His response was, “it’s rude to speak to a lady until she speaks first.”
Be it known ALL CRUISES ARE ALIKE AND ALL CRUISES ARE DIFFERENT!
Lorraine has done more “consecutive” cruising than she can remember and has found those differences can manifest from one week to the next – the secret is simply that a cruise is what you make of it. You can choose to overlook the “bumps” and enjoy, or you can choose to dwell on them and ruin your entire experience. Just don’t get too “full of yourself” – go with the flow!
Sure – the bar service is often less than “immediate” – but that’s because popular watering holes become very busy at peak times. The servers can’t put everyone “first” and those bartenders are responsible for mixing for not only those comfortably ensconced at chairs and tables, but for those crowding around the bar itself, as well. If you’re going to gripe (as one poster did) – (that) “I had to get out of my chair and go to the bar to get my own drink” – then avoid that bar peak times or find another one – Lordy knows there are plenty to choose from!
Personally – Lorraine’s perception is the reality that “the only thing bad about cruising is NOT cruising.” The one exception she can remember is the one (and only) time she made the mistake of cruising during the holidays – bad move – the ship was overrun with “misbehaving “munchkins.”
Now, THAT was reality!