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    Just checked out some passenger reviews of the cruise ships I'm going to be working on. Most are good, but there's always a couple which Complain of bad food, untidiness, a smell of sewerage, rude staff, and the dreaded brown water coming out of the taps. Are these genuine complaints, or hate mongering? Because if the ships really are in this condition, no self-respecting seaman (or person) should be seen on them. And why aren't the suits at the top sorting it out (if it is true)?

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    Because that would cost money.

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    • #3
      That sounds like luxury compared to some ships that roam the high seas.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
        Just checked out some passenger reviews of the cruise ships I'm going to be working on. Most are good, but there's always a couple which Complain of bad food, untidiness, a smell of sewerage, rude staff, and the dreaded brown water coming out of the taps. Are these genuine complaints, or hate mongering? Because if the ships really are in this condition, no self-respecting seaman (or person) should be seen on them. And why aren't the suits at the top sorting it out (if it is true)?
        Because people are complaining for the sake of complaining? Have a read at some hotel reviews in trip advisor. I was looking at the page for a hotel in Dubai that I know is fantastic, but people were giving them bad ratings based on some serious petty things, e.g. "there hotel staff took almost 6 rings to answer the phone" (it's a busy hotel you twerp!) and "the food was overpriced" (It's a 3 star hotel and I don't know what your used to but a good 3 course meal for ?10 isn't bad in my books!)

        Take what Faust said. There are a lot worse ships floating around out there with some accommodations that animals couldn't live in so I wouldn't go reading those sorts of things.
        I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

        All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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        • #5
          - Yes, some people don't like the food
          - Yes, occasionally there can be a slight hint of eau d'**** and piss in the air
          - Yes, staff, when faced with some drunken idiot who insists on blaming his waiter for the fact that the flight was delayed can occasionally be less than friendly in return
          - Yes, sometimes the water coming out of the taps doesn't look like the water which comes out of the taps at home.

          As with most complaints about anything, some are genuinely people who felt that a holiday they had paid good money for was spoilt by poor quality service, other are just moaning, miseravle bastards who love nothing better than to complain.

          As for why the "suits at the top" are not sorting it, for most companies where these issues are seen as genuine there will be pressure to get it sorted, but companies operating older ships and selling cruises cheaply also understand that they are not operating luxury cruises and that there is only so much that can be done on the budget which is limited due to the fact that they sell the cruises so cheaply.
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          • #6
            Don't forget the random fuel smell floating around the ship Those aren't exactly major problems, things happen - besides, the crew accommodation will be far far worse than anything the passengers see
            ?Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn?t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.?

            ? Mark Twain
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            • #7
              It appears we all know who the company in question is.

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              • #8
                Could be any company - ain't you seen Cruise Critic
                ?Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn?t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.?

                ? Mark Twain
                myBlog | @alistairuk | flickr | youtube Views and opinions expressed are those of myself and not representative of any employer or other associated party.

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                • #9
                  I found myself reading cruise critic for the 'voyages' I had been on the ship as a cadet and they were pretty spot on. I'll never understand why the chefs put so much salt in the food, unless it was just to sell more drinks.
                  Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by alistairuk View Post
                    Could be any company - ain't you seen Cruise Critic
                    I've been having a wee read of that website, mainly TUI. Oh it's very amusing...
                    I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                    All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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