In response to the question posed during the State of the Industry panel -- Are you bored with the Caribbean? -- we asked Cruise Critic members to let us know how you felt.
We knew we could count on you to tell us and you did -- and at press time a heartening 71 percent of the respondents said, in essence, no way are we bored with the Caribbean.
Thanks, JanSun, for this insightful comment: "We have been to most of the ports in the Caribbean at least once and many times to the more popular ports. We are appreciative of the efforts of the cruise lines to add new ports over the years and hope they will continue to do so.
"It's interesting to watch the locals adapt and grow as the cruise tourist industry influences their area. Their amenities, services and professionalism grow with each year of experience.
"I agree with one of the posters that suggested more overnight stays and fewer ports as an option that cruise lines should consider. This would allow cruisers to have an opportunity to experience some island night life. Due to security and safety this would have to be a selected group of islands."
And we echo the sentiments of 98Charlie who noted that "a Caribbean port beats Ohio [fill in the blanks that pertain to your individual situation] any day, winter, fall or spring, and is a lot more exciting than Florida as a winter getaway for us!"
And, finally, Cruzermom takes us to task. "I think a more appropriate question would be 'are you bored with many of the cruise lines unimaginative Caribbean offerings?' It's the cruise lines (some, not all) that are the bore, not the Caribbean'."
Food for thought, for sure. Perhaps it could be addressed at next year's Seatrade. We'll keep you posted.