Turkeys at Sea: 10 of the Worst Ideas in Cruise Travel

November 23, 2010
Banning people from bringing bottled water onboard? Taking away hard-earned perks from your most loyal passengers? It seemed like a good idea at the time.

As our thoughts turn to roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and a side of calling a ship "unsinkable," we wonder: In all of cruise travel, which ideas will go down as the greatest turkeys of them all?

In the spirit of the holiday season, we must add this: Most of the lines mentioned made good on their initially poor choices, often in response to passenger protests (by pen and -- more likely -- by wallet). Yes, we understand that you'll never make the shot that you don't take, as the motivational poster in our office bathroom says. After all, it takes great courage to implement a financially unfeasible Hawaii-based cruise program or alienate passengers who smoke.

Check out our list of cruising's most questionable ideas, and then vote in our poll:

What's the top turkey in the history of cruise travel?

--by the Cruise Critic Staff