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The cruise industry evolves at an extremely fast pace. As a result, changes are constant. To that end, CruiseFever.net has put together a list of changes happening to cruises:
- More Relaxed Dress Codes
- More Power Outlets in Cabins
- Cheaper/Faster Internet
- More All Inclusive Options
- Longer Port Stops
- More Specialty Restaurants
- More Wow Factors
In my opinion, these are all welcomed changes. Having more power outlets in cabins as well as cheaper and faster internet seems like a necessary change to adapt to today's technologies and need to stay connected. While before people used to board cruises to try to get away from everything, today there is a constant need to have affordable and reliable access to the outside world at all times.
One of the perks of cruise ships was not having to pay for anything out of the ordinary once aboard. Therefore, it is frustrating when cruise ships try to nickel-and-dime you for things that should seemingly be a part of your all-in price. Per the previously cited article, good to hear that some cruise ships are offering free beverage packages and even free shore excursions, free specialty dining and free Wi-Fi.
When looking at cruise itineraries, I am sometimes shocked at how little time stops at ports of call are. I am sure I am not alone when I say I am more interested spending as much time as possible on cruise stops or at least having the option to do so. Therefore, longer cruise stops are certainly a welcomed change.
The quality of food and the number of options on a cruise are always a concern on cruise ships. Plus who wants to have dinner every night for an entire week or more at the same restaurant and table, even if the menu changes? Consequently, more specialty restaurants is a welcome development.
When it comes to looser dress codes and more “wow factors”, I can certainly see why some people would prefer for things to remain as classic and elegant as they were for over 100 years on cruise ships. In my case, I never understood why people were excited about having to bring a tuxedo, suit or dress along just to wear it for one or two nights. And for all the time you will have to spend on your cruise either when traveling from port to port or during days at sea, those “wow factors” make sure everyone stays entertained throughout the journey.
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