Cruise ships are huge and have a large crew to cater to every individual traveler's needs. Hospitality rates high on cruises, and travel agencies offer vacation packages that are costly, but at the same time, offer a luxurious once in a lifetime experience. Many consider vacationing on the high seas to be the most romantic kind of vacation, and cruise liners are striving to prove them true with elegant and romantic settings aboard ship.
Most ships are equipped with swimming pools, music and dancing in the stateroom, casinos and special parties and entertainment shows. Some have entertainment for children. Service, ambience and cabin comfort are all part of a well-maintained ship. The crew must ensure that the passengers have no cause for complaint. Fitness centers, gymnasiums or other health related equipment must be state-of-art models and be in good working condition. Cleanliness along with subtle romantic touches is essential in providing the right atmosphere for an enjoyable, relaxing vacation.
Cruise packages also include excursions at different ports that the ship docks in. A tour guide can lead these excursions or they can be “freestyle” allowing passengers to tour on their own. Tourists not interested in going ashore can laze around on board, enjoying a pleasant day by the pool.
Overall rating for the ships include a passengers experience as a whole and comments on amenities like excursions, ambience, behavior of crew and other services. Reviews by passengers at the end of the cruise help give an overview of the ships performance, and what needs to be fixed.
A good review would be a tourist who felt they got a great trip for the money and would definitely sail again. “Worth it!” is the review that any cruise ship staff loves to hear.