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Forum: Cruises
Feb 4, 19, 4:29 am
Replies: 51
Views: 5,713
Posted By bicker

Not really. The reality is that the previous...

Not really. The reality is that the previous poster is comparing a mid-grade mainstream cruise line today to the (financially inadequate) premium line that existed in the 1980s. Over the last thirty...
Forum: Cruises
Feb 4, 19, 4:21 am
Replies: 51
Views: 5,713
Posted By bicker

The truth of the matter is, though, that nothing...

The truth of the matter is, though, that nothing was ever free. The difference between everything being included and everything being a la carte is the difference between subsidizing the gluttony of...
Forum: Cruises
Jan 28, 19, 5:49 am
Replies: 51
Views: 5,713
Posted By bicker

It's fitting that they call it Cruise Critic....

It's fitting that they call it Cruise Critic. I've been a member there for almost fifteen years and I have never seen a change reflective of adapting the business to consumer behaviors that Cruise...
Forum: Cruises
Jan 28, 19, 5:43 am
Replies: 51
Views: 5,713
Posted By bicker

Not exactly. Rather, they're simply doing what...

Not exactly. Rather, they're simply doing what every sector in the hospitality industry is doing: Recognizing consumer behaviors and adapting. We flew on Delta airlines last weekend. In the main...
Forum: Cruises
Jan 18, 19, 3:43 am
Replies: 51
Views: 5,713
Posted By bicker

This. There is no better summary of the situation.

This. There is no better summary of the situation.
Forum: Cruises
Jan 17, 19, 4:17 am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

This difference makes a lot of sense and should...

This difference makes a lot of sense and should be expected. Holland America is a mass-market, mid-grade cruise line, affordable by a sizable portion of the marketplace. As do all mass-market service...
Forum: Cruises
Sep 12, 18, 6:07 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,471
Posted By bicker

But that was my point: They don't "share that...

But that was my point: They don't "share that responsibility". Their offer made clear that the responsibility is the consumer's, and if the consumer doesn't want all that responsibility, they gave...
Forum: Cruises
Sep 11, 18, 5:27 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,471
Posted By bicker

I think misperception is a major cause of that...

I think misperception is a major cause of that irritation for those cruisers. They are effectively causing themselves to be irate by way of not understanding the product that they're purchasing.
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Forum: Cruises
Sep 8, 18, 5:38 am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

Me too, but they didn't ask us where to post...

Me too, but they didn't ask us where to post their various captains. :)
Forum: Cruises
Sep 7, 18, 2:27 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

I'm not sure but safety is one of those things...

I'm not sure but safety is one of those things that we don't generally see tracking with cost, so it surely makes sense that greatest quality ("most skilled") will track with greatest risk (largest...
Forum: Cruises
Sep 7, 18, 12:17 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

And that's what I referred to as nonsense. While...

And that's what I referred to as nonsense. While anything is possible in specific cases, we can say with great assurance that luxury lines address such concerns more effectively and more consistently...
Forum: Cruises
Sep 7, 18, 8:00 am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

Speaking of nonsense...........[/QUOTE] When you...

Speaking of nonsense...........[/QUOTE] When you start objecting to the idea that people paying more get more it is a clear sign that there's not much point discussing it with you further. Value for...
Forum: Cruises
Sep 7, 18, 6:09 am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

I don't. At best, it makes no sense to criticize...

I don't. At best, it makes no sense to criticize something out of the context of the alternatives. At worst, it is deceptive and manipulative - saying so would be "a little strong".

The luxury...
Forum: Cruises
Sep 6, 18, 5:13 am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

Nonsense. They respond in a manner comparable to...

Nonsense. They respond in a manner comparable to other cruise lines in the same grade. Perhaps you should look into Seabourn, Silversea, or Seven Seas.
Forum: Cruises
Aug 7, 18, 4:46 am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

Indeed, and we can expect just as many customers...

Indeed, and we can expect just as many customers of the competitor-cruise line will have had a similar experience on that cruise line and out of spite intend to take their business to Holland...
Forum: Cruises
Aug 5, 18, 6:14 am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

We will have to agree to disagree about that. ...

We will have to agree to disagree about that.

Best of luck.
Forum: Cruises
Aug 4, 18, 6:48 am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,071
Posted By bicker

Without having been there with you, it's not...

Without having been there with you, it's not possible to calibrate your descriptions of the problems with the stateroom as you described them. Having been on a number of cruises, intermittent fan...
Forum: Cruises
Jun 21, 18, 5:12 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,154
Posted By bicker

Yes. Bount, SeaDream, Paul Gauguin, Grand Circle,...

Yes. Bount, SeaDream, Paul Gauguin, Grand Circle, Travel Dynamics, etc. all included.
Forum: Cruises
Jun 20, 18, 4:09 am
Replies: 58
Views: 6,965
Posted By bicker

Some people don't contextualize their comments....

Some people don't contextualize their comments. They'll post 100 posts about how people wear torn jeans, wife-beater tank tops, and baseball caps in the Dining Room on Gala night, even though they've...
Forum: Cruises
Jun 17, 18, 1:39 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 2,154
Posted By bicker

It is a high percentage, but I think it is worth...

It is a high percentage, but I think it is worth including NCL and MSC. Once you are considering all four corporations, you can safely say that the rest of the industry is substantially marginal.
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Forum: Cruises
Jun 17, 18, 5:39 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,154
Posted By bicker

From what I understand, some Silversea loyalists...

From what I understand, some Silversea loyalists have been worried about how Silversea has been degrading over the last several years. There are those who are even expressing optimism that the...
Forum: Cruises
Jun 15, 18, 4:14 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,710
Posted By bicker

CruiseFish.Net - Holland America Line / ms Nieuw...

CruiseFish.Net - Holland America Line / ms Nieuw Amsterdam / 7-Day Inside Passage / 2018-06-30 (http://www.cruisefish.net/finder.md?id_cruise=91242)

Red means fare increase. (Note that all of...
Forum: Cruises
Jun 12, 18, 5:27 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,710
Posted By bicker

It isn't a rare itinerary - rather it is simply a...

It isn't a rare itinerary - rather it is simply a hot market (Alaska) for which the mainstream cruise lines, like ours, have not yet added enough capacity.
Forum: Cruises
Jun 10, 18, 7:00 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,710
Posted By bicker

I booked our upcoming cruise 16 months prior, and...

I booked our upcoming cruise 16 months prior, and watched the fares carefully. Only one category ("N" - Standard Interior Stateroom located on Upper Promenade Deck) had a fare decrease. All other...
Forum: Cruises
Jun 2, 18, 2:47 pm
Replies: 44
Views: 3,264
Posted By bicker

If you restrict yourself to a local port then...

If you restrict yourself to a local port then your choices are going to be limited, and again, inferior to what you can get by embarking from a major cruise port, like Miami.
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