Perhaps I should take the time to comment on the actual journey. This is my fourth transatlantic. cruise Two have been in the fall (MSC Simponie from Genoa to Buenos Aires in 2007 and Grandeur of the Seas last fall from Barcelona to Panama) and the other two in the spring (this one and Costa Atlantica from New York to Dover in 2010).
Passengers who select this kind of voyage are not the same as those who pick a cruise in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. To put in bluntly, this is not a party cruise. There are no wild orgies on board, there are few young people and this is neither Carnival or Aida.
There are a few first time cruisers on this ship but not many. Most are relaxing and having a good time.
Then there is the couple that I met at lunch. They are really unhappy campers. Of course, she had no interest in cruising in the first place. In the second place, late 30s/early 40s is about 20 years or more younger than most passengers. Thirdly, they did no research prior to booking.
As a result, they were horrified to find they were on a ship much smaller than they expected, angry that they had paid full price for their cabin and unhappy that there is “not anything to do.” Special diet wasn’t available, they don’t like the movies since some of them are kid oriented…. wah wah wah.
You get the idea. I listened for about five minutes. After asking them facetiously – what were you expecting? The Love Boat (they said yes) I got irritated and went into standard military problem solving mode: no, they haven’t talked to guest services, or the head waiter (re: diet) or the Crown and Anchor person. I guess whining is as far as they will go.
Meanwhile, I am still having a great time. We have managed to convince management that the Viking Crown lounge is better without music in the morning so the crafting group is having a great time. There are hundreds of interesting people and classical music in the afternoon. I am hitting the gym daily and I have gone to all the beginning salsa, swing, and ballroom dance classes. Poor George, he is going to be out of excuses not to learn fairly soon.