I just can't wait to get home and write my review. Last time I posted it without reading any other member reviews and at the most two professional reviews. Now I am worried that my impressions will be contaminated by all of the cruise reviews I have read since.
I am very understated in my tastes in general. I have sailed on QE2 four times, the first when I was 11. But I love over the top things also- Vegas for example. I have seen pictures of the Elation and I almost can't believe that any of the colors that I am looking at exist in nature- I'm sure they do not.
I also have never met a stranger in my life. So I do not fear being surrounded by people of different parts of the country, or different planets, for a week.
But if you had been reading the CCL threads on cruisecritic for the last month, as I have, you would be nervis rite now. Vry vry nervis about goinon elaton! The people on those CCL threads appear to have the IQ of... I can't go on here because I am afraid of finding my message deleted. Total number of my postings deleted on that site: 4. Not looking to alienate people here.
So eventually the threads break down to the lowest level- outright class warfare. There was one going for a while where every other post said something like "I don't care! I do lik walmart and beeer! DW and ive cruised ccl 18 times and each one was mgnificent!" and the next one would say "Never in my life have I experienced such bland, repetitive food, the people were obnoxious, I expected more, even though this is a mass market cruise line with (and why do they always say this???) FADED CARPETS, CCL can't hold a candle to HAL, Princess, my uncle Joe's Whaler, etc."
So now I am just praying that my children don't stone me to death with dry, stale rolls while the waiters do their "tiresome" dance and I don't kill myself on the worn carpets or die from killer mold in the cabin.
What was I thinking? Why did I pick CCL? The only reason is because I needed a quad.
But any vacation is what you make of it and I have never had a bad time yet- even camping with two Newfies and a bunch of kids in the rain.
Did you guys check this one out- it appeared right after mine: http://www.cruisereviews.com/Norwegi...anSpirit15.htm
So if that could happen right after my great review, then there you go. Luck of the draw.
What do you suggest I do? Should I just not read any more CCL threads? Do you know that one of the threads on that site is entitled "Can I bring a box fan on Elation?"
I am lucky in that all of my eggs are not in one basket, I have unlimited time off, and I can afford to get away when I want. And like I said- I have fun anywhere! But I am starting to wonder if CCL was the right choice.
I'm sure it will be fine- everyone hates NCL, too, which as you know I loved, and QE2??? Not getting good press at all, and I was just on here a few years ago- you could have fooled me!