The Cruise Ship Gets Hot You Should Probably Ignore

The internet is a great place to share experiences, but there are a few cruise ship reviews that you probably shouldn’t give much thought to when making a decision.

I love reading about other people’s experiences on a Royal Caribbean cruise, including what they liked and disliked about their cruise. But I will rarely, if ever, use it as the basis for my own plans.

The reason you shouldn’t base your buying decisions on someone else’s experience is because your cruise could be completely different. Also, your particular tastes may be different from theirs.

It’s quite common for me to see a message on the Royal Caribbean blog message boards from someone who has returned from a cruise complaining about something they did, saw or experienced on board that they didn’t like it at all. In some cases, this is a result of not knowing what to expect, or perhaps just not caring.

An important mantra of reading other people’s reviews is that we all have different tastes. Think of something you love but know others can’t stand, such as a favorite sport, a hobby you enjoy, or a local restaurant. You like it, but know someone who has the completely opposite opinion to yours. It doesn’t hurt you, nor does it mean that others might not like it either.

Of all the commonly reviewed cruise experiences, here are the best takes to safely ignore and try for yourself anyway.

Food and restaurant reviews

They say “everyone is critical”, and that is certainly true for restaurants.

One of the most mixed opinions on a cruise ship is the food served on board, both the food included and the additional costs.

With so many dining choices, many people like to share their opinions about a restaurant, including individual dishes, service, or the restaurant as a whole.

When it comes to food reviews, I always think of broccoli.

Broccoli is a particularly polarizing food because there are so many people who love broccoli and so many people who absolutely hate broccoli. What does that mean? We all have different tastes and just because someone loves or despises broccoli doesn’t mean you will either.

So when you read about Meemaw’s Fried Chicken N’ Waffles at the Mason Jar or the Taste of Royal lunch, you shouldn’t be deciding whether to order something (or skip the restaurant all together) because of the review. from someone.

This also applies to the service. Every restaurant has a bad day in terms of slow service. Think of eating at home and I’m sure you’ll remember many times when your favorite restaurant was very slow or your server wasn’t great.

Slow service can happen anywhere, and it’s something Royal Caribbean is constantly working to prevent.

My advice is not to limit yourself or skip a restaurant because of what someone else thought of the food or the service. Try it at least once to see if you like it or not.

Mattress comfort

“I struggle with mattresses being uncomfortable” is another topic of discussion that is of course purely subjective.

There are many theories about cruise ship mattresses and whether or not they are too firm.

Like all models from a mattress store, some people will prefer a firm or soft mattress. Your cruise ship mattress will be no different.

If you find the mattress firm, you can always ask your cabin attendant for a mattress topper. Or request another duvet and tuck it under the sheet to provide more cushion.


Is the pool deck, Adventure Ocean, Royal Promenade or the ship itself crowded? Much will depend on your personal definition of overpopulation.

A researcher from the University of Tokyo looked into how people perceive congestionand it turns out that the sheer number of people around us isn’t the end, the be-all of what makes it feel crowded.

“I was a bit surprised to find that the density of people in a given space wasn’t the best predictor of perceived congestion; in fact, it turned out to be walking speed, or velocity , people around the tax collector,” said Project Assistant Professor Jia Xiaolu.

If you hear that the pool was crowded on a sea day, was that person in the pool all day? Did they observe it from an upper deck? Did they spend all day or 10 minutes? And more importantly, how do they determine what is too cluttered?

Let’s face it, Royal Caribbean cruise ships are not private yachts and their ships are sailing at full capacity. It’s no secret, so there will be other guests around you most of the time. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad experience.

Some people like to be the center of the party, and that includes being at a bar or pool where lots of other people are hanging out. Meanwhile, there are people who prefer to have a space to themselves all the time.

If you read that a ship was crowded, that’s not a scientific analysis of the experience or that you shouldn’t sail on it.


You’ll find comedians, Broadway shows, singers, and plenty of other live entertainment on your cruise. With it comes everyone’s opinion on whether it’s worth watching.

Royal Caribbean invests heavily in live entertainment, so you won’t be short of bands, singers, actors and more.

Shows aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships are always the source of endless criticism. Look no further than the ongoing talk surrounding the Broadway show, “Cats” on Oasis of the Seas, for proof.

My advice is to see the show to determine for yourself what you like or dislike.

I’ve seen enough magicians on cruise ships to swear by them, but that’s my opinion. I know others who love magic shows on cruises. It’s proof that we all have different tastes and that someone else’s review of a show shouldn’t be relied upon to determine whether you’ll see it.

cruise ships

The best catch of all time for cruises that is worth completely ignoring are cruise ship reviews.

Because cruise ships offer so many choices in what you can do, the experience will be very different for each person. You certainly can’t determine whether you should sail a ship or not based on whether someone else liked or hated the ship.

But what if there are a lot of negative reviews about a particular ship? I get this question all the time from readers.

My response is that cruise ship reviews are useless due to the amount of variation each person on that ship can have.

First and foremost, I believe the number one reason for a negative cruise ship experience is not knowing what the ship has and doesn’t have on board.

People often ask “What is the worst Royal Caribbean ship?” thinking there are at least a few hiccups that everyone should avoid. It is not the case at all.

It has less to do with a hereditary flaw or a problem with the ship, and more with what you want in a cruise ship.

If you’re still not convinced that all of those negative cruise ship reviews are wrong, consider the nature of online reviews.

People who write reviews online are far from objective, and anything but a professional reviewer. Often they will let minor issues overwhelm the bulk of their experience and give an undeserved 1 star review.

Want proof? Here is my favorite exercise.

Do a Google search for the Great Wall of China, which is one of mankind’s greatest engineering achievements.

There are over 15,000 reviews and it has a 4.2 star rating with hundreds of 1 star reviews.

“It’s far too long. They should offer routes across.”

“Very annoying. He didn’t move and it wasn’t fun.”

“Too much walking.”

You might scoff at these ridiculous reviews of an amazing feat, but these are the same kind of biased reviews you’ll read about cruise ships.

Read more: Why You Can’t Trust Online Cruise Ship Reviews

Instead of relying on online cruise ship reviews, look at what each ship you are considering does and does not offer. Consider your own personal preferences (Do you like to have lots of kids activities? Do you want waterslides? Need Broadway shows?) then choose the right boat based on those thoughts.

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