Jeez people, we have the prime slot! We're getting a weekend before and a weekend after JC. For people with jobs this one is critical. Winning!
How can you argue that we should sacrifice the best time slot just to make sure we get on before HS? This makes no sense. Work with the problem. If the ship is dirty, clean it. If HS cruisers are a**holes, send them to Cpn Buzzkill for a good talking to. Or ban bad apples. Whatever. But to say that we rather go back to having a miserable scheduling right on top of New Years where we have to sacrifice vacation days just for traveling is ludicrous. Look at what we got for JC10. An amazing lineup. Much improved food. Much better timing. The ship is always a disorganized mess and the crew is always useless so nothing there is new and nothing will change based on when we sail.
C9, I trust that by now you are well aware of the problems after HS this year. I'm sure you and MSC have already worked out a plan for how we avoid repeating the bad post-HS experience next year, right? C9, please comment so we can lay this one to rest.
PS: I wonder what passengers on the cruise following JC think about us?
Total agreement here. Having the trip sandwiched by a weekend is key.
Also, last year being my first JC, I didn't have a non-Holy Shipped ship to compare it to. I didn't think it was that bad. My room was fine. Crew seemed ok. They were certainly a bit inattentive, but not surprisingly so for a European cruise line. I'm actually all in favor of more, rather than less, utilization of the ships for themed music cruises.
And given that last year was the first Holy Ship, I'm willing to cut C9 some slack for growing pains. Hopefully they've done everything they can to address the concerns posted by people the forums and otherwise.