Eliza ... we have seen many teenagers on cruise ships and younger kids as well, and as you will know they are all well catered for and not just with food.
Seaangler ... the ages vary from cruising company to cruising company, Cunard I would say have the oldest passengers, Royal Caribbean a mid age range similar to Princess and Carnival probably the youngest.
Over the last 3 years we have visited more places and countries than we could ever hope to do with land vacations despite only seeing parts of them, but then again how many people visit Corfu but have never left their chosen area while on a 2 week holiday? so they do not even get to see one island.
A couple of years ago we were eating at Chryssi/Ninos and were able to help the waiter explain the food to a French couple. They told us they were on a cruise on a sailing ship; I don't think it was the Wind Spirit but one like it. The lady was an opera singer, and other passengers were musicians. They stopped in various ports e.g. in the former Yugoslavia, Venice etc. and held concerts with the towns' symphony orchestras. This sounds just wonderful to me compared to being on a giant ship with casinos and discos and having to line up for everything, but to each their own.
(By the way, they didn't tour Corfu in a herd but wandered around on their own. They ended up a Cyrissi after asking at the international newsstand behind the Liston for a recommendation to an authentic local restaurant.)
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 08áJuneá2011 at 10:56am - IP Logged
Dave and Kerry...Quote..
Over the last 3 years we have visited more places and countries than we could ever hope to do with land vacations despite only seeing parts of them, (but then again how many people visit Corfu but have never left their chosen area while on a 2 week holiday? so they do not even get to see one island)... (well said)
I agree in what you say...
Most ships dock for up to ten hours. I know you can not take and island in that time but some of it you will..I have seen the lines of pasengers get of these cruise ships and all go marching in a line. The Japanese are the best for this All in Regimental file all clicking away with there camers its so funny...
Message posted by Dave and Kerry on 08áJuneá2011 at 3:36pm - IP Logged
Chris ... part of the problem with the cruise lines is that they do not do a good job in selling Corfu either beforehand or onboard to their guests! 2 years ago we were on the Brilliance of the seas and we stopped at Corfu for the day, we had hired a car in advance as quite a lot of passengers do (not everyone goes around in groups) and picked up 2 friends who were on holiday for 2 weeks and took them to many places in the North West of the island and to meet some of the friends we have made during our previous 16 visits to Corfu.
Sadly the cruise ships only go to the well known places like Achillion palace or Paleo and Bella Vista, we have found over the last 3 years and this includes the Caribbean that the people more likely to book a group tour are the Americans and the same applied on our last cruise just over 2 weeks ago. After all there are people who are not confident doing things on their own in another country and sadly many believe comments and remarks made by others on cruise message boards about certain places not being good instead of finding out for themselves.
Dasia ... having been on a ship with 5,999 other people (the one in our avatar) I cannot recall having to queue once for anything on it! Such was the size and space ratio and places to eat, drink and be merry.
Having retired we went on our first cruise last year just to see what it was all about. We sailed on Cunard's Queen Victoria and absolutely loved it. We chose Cunard as we wanted a mainly adult trip. The passengers are older but many younger people 30-50s were onboard too. The ship is stunning and the whole experience was first class.
We had our second cruise on Queen Mary 2 and have now book a smaller ship, the Azamara Quest for a less formal holiday.
We research every port before we arrive and tend to do our own thing. There are often Hop-on, Hop-off buses which are reasonably priced and take you to all the main attractions.
We love all sorts of holidays and travel, including driving to Corfu and back several times a year. As we have time we take our time visiting places on our way.
We're looking forward to arriving by cruise ship in Corfu later this year!
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 08áJuneá2011 at 6:21pm - IP Logged
Thats why in my post I said dont knock it until you have tried it...
My club The Oddfellows the amount that love to cruise I would say 40% are going on cruises this year rather than coaches...They go on to say the food is far better on board ship than the cattle truck hotels they usealy go to on coach trips...
Message posted by Dave and Kerry on 08áJuneá2011 at 6:57pm - IP Logged
BBB ... Good to hear you liked the Cunard ships, we were not overkeen on the Queen Victoria and prefer not to have to dress up every night of the cruise as we did on the QV although the food was the best we have had on a ship.
The strange thing with Cunard is that they refuse to allow you to keep the seapass card when the holiday is over! Every other ship we have been on has allowed us to keep them.
Message posted by janmanessi on 08áJuneá2011 at 6:59pm - IP Logged
seaangler All I can say is what the people wont nowadays.
Fair enough comment, and each to his own choice, but what we want is not always what is good for us. I also worry about the damage to the environment generated by these huge vessels- the pollution etc. In Venice they are now building a terminal way out in the lagoon because of the damage to the city caused by ferries and cargo ships going in and out, yet these are minute compared to these vast monsters who currently have to moor beside St Mark's Square because they are too big to get into the port.
This is just one example, but there is no justification for the majority to have to suffer because the well heeled minority want something!
Message posted by Dave and Kerry on 08áJuneá2011 at 10:20pm - IP Logged
Jan ... are you sure about building a terminal in the lagoon? As far as I am aware via a TV documentary what they are actually building are barriers to stop the high tides and have nothing to do with Cruise ships! It is not often that ships moor near to St Marks square and when they do it is usually because the port is full and nothing to do with their size!
As for pollution I am not sure where you come to that conclusion from...cruise ships are cleaner than almost every city in the world and have far stricter monitoring regulation systems in place than most if not all of those cities, nothing that goes onboard ever goes off unless the ship is in a port! The brown waste water is cleaned before it goes into the sea and as such is drinkable.
As for a well heeled minority! I do not get where you get that from? Lots of ordinary working class people travel on cruise ships and not just the idle rich as you are trying to make out.
Message posted by elizajay (Moderator) on 08áJuneá2011 at 10:33pm - IP Logged
Ooooops, we were trying for tolerance on peoples posts...but it's not really happening here is it?
Re pollution...now I have done no research, but I know that aeroplanes leave a huge carbon footprint, not sure how that compares to the carbon footprint of a cruise liner...no doubt somebody knowledgeable will come along and let us all know!
But please, can we all just agree to differ on this? If you dont like cruising, it doesnt offend me...I still come to the beautiful island very year and spend my hard earned cash (not well heeled just very hard working!)...
so please dont be offended that some people do like cruises.
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