We know price is important to most cruisers; there’s little else that’s as satisfying as enjoying a trip while knowing you snagged a great deal. But, cost aside, which other aspect of the cruise experience do you value most? We polled our readers to find out.
What we asked: Price aside, what’s most important to you on a cruise?
What they said: About 59 percent of more than 5,000 voters say they place the highest value on the itinerary. Another 19 percent say service is most important, followed closely by the 18 percent who chose food. The remaining 4 percent went with entertainment.
What it all means: Itinerary it is! Clearly there’s a big difference between the historic ports of Europe and the sunny beaches of the Caribbean.
In tune with that, Teri Lounder Weiss says on Facebook, “Without question the itinerary, to me the ship is just transportation to get me to more islands. I hate at sea days!”
Although some folks — like Bryan Finley, Gail Lynch Walton and Erika Reinikka Draper — vehemently agree that itinerary is all that matters, there are some who claim it varies according to what your travel goals are.
“Depends on the cruise,” says Ken Hartman. “In May we did the Oasis and didn’t really care about the itinerary. Last October, we did the Med and it was all about the ports.”
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