The Worst Cruise Experiences of 2018

As we wrap up the year 2018 don’t forget that we have great savings on cruises for you and your family now you can go ahead and search for your cruise packages. Today we wanted to bring you Cruise Critics picks for Worst Cruise Experiences of 2018. We believe its important to learn more about other experiences on some cruises before you go ahead and book.

While sailing on a brand-new ship to cover its launch, I went ashore with some other journalists. When we returned to the vessel to board after our day in port, the line was long and moving slowly. Crew members had set up some speakers with upbeat music to make the uncharacteristically long wait more bearable. Many people in line were dancing and having fun when, suddenly, the music stopped. We looked around to discover that a disgruntled passenger had walked over to the speaker and pulled its plug. As he walked back to his spot in line muttering to himself about the music being too loud, his fellow passengers began to “boo” him. A crew member informed him he wasn’t allowed to touch their equipment before plugging the speaker back in, eliciting cheers and applause from everyone but Mr. Crankypants. This anecdote has a happy ending, but it’s amazing how quickly an ill-mannered passenger can bring down the vibe. Don’t be that person!

— Ashley Kosciolek, Editor

My worst cruise experience of 2018 happened during an Abbey Wine biking excursion on a European river sailing. As someone who is fairly active, I was excited over the prospect of a biking 38 miles alongside the Rhine River through fields of flowers, winding hills and quaint German towns. What I failed to recognize is how unusually hot it was for a mid-April morning, how long 38 miles really is, and, most importantly, how terrible I am at maneuvering a bicycle. Three miles from the Abbey and I was ready to give up. But good wine and great friends got me to the Abbey (and a very nice cab driver got me back to the ship).

— Christina Janansky, Producer

My Antarctic expedition was not all rainbows and penguins. I had to share a tiny cabin with a stranger for 18 nights. Let’s just say it did not enhance the experience.

— Louise Goldsbury, Managing Editor, AU

My worst cruise experience of 2018 by far involved my husband, the onboard casino and a loss that pretty much could have paid for another weeklong cruise in a balcony cabin.

— Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor

When you board a ship, you expect it to be a safe place, where the entire crew is looking out for your well-being… which is why it was so disconcerting when my brother-in-law had his backpack stolen out of the lounge on embarkation day during a European river cruise. While the backpack itself was recovered — it was found crumpled in a corner of the lounge — his iPad and wallet with credit cards were missing. Luckily, he didn’t lose his passport, and his driver license was elsewhere. But the entire experience was a reminder that ships can be small cities unto themselves — and like you do in any city, you can’t let your guard down completely.

— Chris Gray Faust, Managing Editor

The worst cruise of the year had to be Abercrombie & Kent’s aborted “Northwest Passage’ cruise in August and September.
We found out once aboard that the ship they chartered could not sail through ice!! After a week of sailing up Greenland, the ship could not get through the Bellot Strait. Worse, they had no back-up plan for this forseeable event – encountering actual ice in the Arctic. They had to beg the Canadian Coast Guard to come to escort the ship through the Strait. After several days, a Coast Guard ice breaker arrived, only to escort a freighter through the Strait, and then abandon us. We sat for several more days. Then Abercrombie aborted the cruise and we sailed back to Greenland, stuck on the tiny ship for five more days. And worse yet, Abercrombie has refused to give any refunds, claiming that the cruise “was completed’!! What a waste of $35,000 and two precious weeks.

— Bill Coulson

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