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Non-QE2 Area => Sea Shanties => Topic started by: Cruise_Princess on Feb 23, 2010, 11:56 AM

Title: Fab Douglas Ward Interview USA Today re whats missing in cruising today
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Feb 23, 2010, 11:56 AM
Have a read at this fabulous interview in USA today from the wonderful and knowledgeable cruise expert Douglas Ward.....

Every word is so true....cruising today sure isn't what it used to be is it???  As Douglas says.... Cruising is no longer the long line voyages made for passenger pampering...its a port a day..more of an obstacle course and remember when Dining on board a liner used to be a social occasion...now its grab and run...you never meet anyone..the ships are huge and not built for the Oceans...  Ah......bring back the good old days.  This is a great read.  Enjoy!


http://www.usatoday.com/travel/cruises/item.aspx?type=blog&ak=79938.blog



quote:   

 You've written about cruising for longer than just about anyone. What are the biggest changes you've seen over the years?

A: Back in the days when Wall Street wasn't in control (pre-1987, when Carnival made its first public offering), cruising was certainly more genteel – less about grabbing on-board revenue – and more about passenger pampering. There were fewer ports, whereas today some "port-a-day" cruises are more like endurance tests, with little time for relaxation and escapism.

Here are some items from one of the lists in (the Berlitz cruise guide) that show some of the things that have disappeared: "Bon Voyage" parties and visitors; streamers and balloons for sail-away; single nationality crews; live telephone receptionists (Click HERE for Ward's complete list of things that have disappeared).   
Title: Re: Fab Douglas Ward Interview USA Today re whats missing in cruising today
Post by: cunardqueen on Feb 23, 2010, 04:56 PM
Im inclined to agree, this open sitting lark for breakfast and lunch l really dont care for, you have hardly any chance to get to know your table guests, or the waiting staff. Ok so its not as good, But its still good for a great many more folks than it used to be.
When l first voyaged you had time to do all you wanted onboard at a nice slow pace, Now you need to rush everywhere to get anywhere and you still havent got enough time, and far from a QE2 cruise being relaxing l always needed a holiday to recover. But it was always fun fun fun ;D Now.. well its just sad sad sad

 Attached some other info on Mr Ward. Obviously this was intended for crew reading only :-X. now who wouldnt enjoy his job .... the comments sections are interesting reading
Title: Re: Fab Douglas Ward Interview USA Today re whats missing in cruising today
Post by: Jem on Feb 23, 2010, 07:04 PM
Im inclined to agree, this open sitting lark for breakfast and lunch l really dont care for, you have hardly any chance to get to know your table guests, or the waiting staff. Ok so its not as good, But its still good for a great many more folks than it used to be.
When l first voyaged you had time to do all you wanted onboard at a nice slow pace, Now you need to rush everywhere to get anywhere and you still havent got enough time, and far from a QE2 cruise being relaxing l always needed a holiday to recover. But it was always fun fun fun ;D Now.. well its just sad sad sad

 Attached some other info on Mr Ward. Obviously this was intended for crew reading only :-X. now who wouldnt enjoy his job .... the comments sections are interesting reading

Myles, that folder must be what a MI5 file looks like! Amazing info.
I totally agree with you two. All I want when on a vessel is a good sea view, watching the ocean race by and a decent book to read. The whole point is to be at sea and not in port every 5 minutes ticking off the 'done that' list.