Newsletter Survey Results
Below are the results for past Newsletter Surveys:
December 2012 – Celebrating at Sea
Question: What’s your favorite thing to celebrate at sea?
- 28% — Anniversary
- 14% — Birthday
- 10% — Wedding
- 10% — Spring Break
- 5% — Honeymoon
- 5% — High School Reunion
- 28% — Other
March 2012 – Small Ship Cruising
Question: What do you like most about small ship cruising?
- 33% — Intimate atmosphere onboard
- 33% — Visits to smaller, less traveled and unique ports
- 17% — Overall more personalized experience onboard & ashore
- 8% — Ability to get closer to port / no tendering
- 8% — Higher staff-to-guest ratio than bigger ships
February 2012 – Bermuda
Question: What activity would you most look forward to during your cruise to Bermuda?
- 20% — Snorkeling
- 20% — Visiting the beaches and swimming
- 20% — Touring the island
- 10% — Experiencing the nightlife
- 30% — All of the above
January 2012 – New Year’s Resolutions
Question: What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2012?
- Just to try and work in an extra cruise. Kevin does an excellent job for us!
December 2011 – Travel Tips
Question: What are your travel plans this holiday season?
- Two weeks on NCL Sun doing eastern and western Caribbean – February when it is terrible here in Minnesota.
- Traveling to Anguilla for a week with my family. Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like warm weather, sun, sand, blue water and a steel drum band!
- Cruising the Western Caribbean on the Jewel of the Seas over New Years eve. Looking forward to a wonder New Years eve party. No worries about driving home, let the captain do it. YA
- New Zealand January 2012
November 2011 – Into the Future
Question: What amenities or features do you most want to see on future cruise ships?
- “I think complimentary Wi – Fi would be very good. An easier way to get to shore than a tender!!!”
- “Personal Laundry facilities and access to the ice machines on each floor.”
- “Continuous Promenade and 24-hr food & drink access”
- “I want to cruise with my wife (both in 70′s and with COPD) and travel in the Caribe without a passport”
- “I would like to see no more up charges for specific restaurants like it used to be ten years ago.”
- “I would like to see rooms that hold more than four people. Even a penthouse only holds four! It is difficult for people with more than two kids to go on a cruise. Most of our extended family is not taking their kids to Alaska for these and other reasons.”
- “indoor swimming pools on all ships. Complementary w-fi and 24 hour fodd/drink access. Thank you.”
- “indoor heated swimming pools, laundry facilities (coin op), ability to bring personal liquor for your cabin, no more “special” dining venues at extra cost, and absolutely no more formal nights in main dining room”
- “I would like to see the 150,000+ ton ships with a built in deck catering for just single people. I don’t care how small the cabin is, as it’s just for sleeping! This would put an end to the approx. 50% supplements we have to pay at the present. Come on you shipping lines! There is a huge untapped market waiting for you!”
October 2011 – Adventure
Question: What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done on vacation?
- “Ziplined across the bay in Labadee, Haiti.”
- “Climbing Dunns River Falls in Jamaica.”
- “Temporarily took the controls of a Cessna while over the Chesapeake Bay.”
- “Sledged down an Olympic sledge trail in Oslo Norway, in the dark (only had moonlight).”
- “We were in Tanzania and we decided to take the hot-air balloon ride over the animals. It was Amazing. AND well worth the money. An elephant ride up the side of the mountain to see the palace in India. Fun and adventurous. Visiting Antarctica.”
- “We went on an all-day hike up a mountain and at one point we had to shimmy sideways along a ledge that was less than two feet wide. The views at the top of the mountain definitely justified the long climb.”
- “I went on safari at the Masa Mara in Kenya in Sept 2010 and took a walking hike with an armed ranger. To our surprise a hippo started to charge us and the ranger quickly and safely got ourselves out of danger.”
- “Komodo Dragon: Komodo Island, Indonesia. We hiked an hour and a half (each way) into the remote jungle from where the Zodiac vessel dropped us on shore from our cruise ship. The Komodo Dragon is the world’s biggest lizard and a fierce predator. This solitary meat-eater is a reptile, a cold-blooded animal. It is a fast runner; it can run up to 11 mph (18 kph). It is also a good tree climber and swimmer. Komodo Dragons live on islands in Indonesia, including the island of Komodo. It averages almost 9 feet (2.8 m) long, but can get up to 10 feet (3 m) long and weighs up to 300 pounds (135 kg). It has large jaws, four short legs, and five-toed feet with sharp claws. The tail is longer than the body. It senses chemicals with a long, yellow, forked tongue. The Komodo Dragon is a carnivore (meat-eater). It eats almost anything that it can catch or find, including goats, deer, wild boars, other lizards, and dead meat that it finds. The Komodo Dragon has disease-ridden bacteria in its mouth. After it bites its prey, the victim will sicken and die from blood poisoning within a day or two. The Komodo Dragon will then find the body and eat it. Komodo Dragons have been known to kill people. It was a hot and humid 1 and 1/2 hour walk to return to our Zodiac boat . When we got back on board our ship we heard gossip about someone being chased by a Komodo Dragon. The two of us were talking about it on our little deck outside of our cabin when the man in the cabin next to ours leaned around and said ‘that was me it was chasing- I nearly had a heart attack!’ “
- “We indulge in holidays of extremes, last year Royal Caribbean’s unbelievable Oasis of the Seas, this Christmas Emirates flight on the new huge Airbus 380 to cruise from Dubai on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, then return to Dubai to stay and visit the Burg Khalifa, the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere. Not bad for a couple of ‘over 70′s'”
- “Picture yourself in a 48′ Yawl sailing up the Northeast Coast of North America. About 10 miles from shore, as you cross from Newfoundland to Labrador under full sail, the winds pick up, icebergs appear and with a sudden williwal you find the mast of your boat broken in half. There is scurry of activity to get turn the boat upwind, the sails in, sheets (ropes) tied down and the motor started. The nearest port is in Cartwright Labrador where you get the mast unstepped, and the locals begin the work of splinting it like a broken leg and new spreaders designed – all out of fairly primitive tools. After an amazing feat, the mast is put back together and put in the boat. You now continue, cautiously, up to Goose Bay to pick up supplies and let a few of the boat’s crew disembark. Four of you are left to bring the crippled boat home (1500 miles). You gas up and set out only to find that there were the dregs of jet fuel that got into your gas… the engine stops. Now you must continue your trip under total sail with no power what-so-ever – no radio, no electricity for pumping water out during a storm… nothing but good sailing technique. You encounter a full gale storm off the coast of Newfoundland with seas in excess of 50′. Water/waves are crashing over the boat. The bilge pump breaks. You are now sending buckets full of water topside. Somehow, you make it into a snug harbor in Newfoundland to wait until the storm subsides. Finally you head home. This was my most adventurous vacation. There were other incidences during this vacation, all of which I will never forget.”
September 2011 – Formal vs. Casual
Question: Formal or casual?
- 74% — Casual
- 26% — Formal
August 2011 – Golf
Question: If you could play 18 holes with anyone, living or dead, real or fictional, who would you choose?
- “Phil Michelson. Phil is not only a great golfer, but his public life is an example for professional athletes and everyone else. He shares his time, his talent and his money for many worthy causes. He is, far and away, the one person I would most like to meet.”
- “Phil Michelson. He is a marvelous roll model. I’m 80 and have seen a lot of people in my day. He is the one I would most like to meet personally.”
- “Bobby Jones – the pure golf swing”
- “Bill Murray”
- “Kevin Sweigard, heard he was a real swinger!”
- “Bing Crosby – he was such a good golfer and great fun guy. When I play a bad ball I can imagine him crooning to me and making me feel better. Just imagine the laughs we would have with him comparing me to Bob Hope!”
- “The Dahli Lama. Big hitter, the Lama.”
July 2011 – Fitness
Question: What’s your favorite form of exercise?
- 20% — Dancing
- 15% — Weightlifting
- 10% — Yoga / Pilates
- 10% — Aerobics
- 10% — Walking
- 10% — Running
- 5% — Cycling
- 5% — Aquaerobics
- 15% — Other
June 2011 – Nightlife
Question: What’s your favorite nightlife activity on a cruise ship?
- 27% — Casino
- 20% — Musicals/Plays
- 13% — Comedians
- 7% — Bars
- 7% — Disco
- 7% — Piano Bar
- 7% — Stargazing
- 7% — Ballroom Dancing
- 7% — Adult Games (Quest, Newlywed Game, etc.)
May 2011 – Service
Question: Which house chore do you dislike most?
- 19% — Dusting
- 19% — Window cleaning
- 15% — Ironing
- 15% — Vacuuming
- 15% — Cleaning the bathroom
- 11% — Preparing meals
- 4% — Mopping
- 4% — Washing / folding laundry
April 2011 – Singles Cruising
Question: What’s the best place to meet singles on a cruise?
- “In the dining room – my friends and I ask to be seated with other singles and then we have plenty of time to meet everyone!”
- “Shore excursions. Then you know they have similar interests.”
- “I like to visit the different bars, but the excursions are good too.”
- “Happy Hour specials!”
March 2011 – Green
Question: What environmentally-friendly measures have you adopted?
- We have saved a lot by recycling out bath/hand towels and using them more than once – saves energy and water too!
- We have recycled everything possible for years, compost for the garden, and so on.
- I purchased a rainbarrel to catch the runoff from our roof – use it to water my plants.
- I switched the majority of the light bulbs in my house over to the CFL type from incandescents. Janie my wife does not like the color of the CFL bulbs (too white), but she agrees that lasting up to 8X longer and using 1/3 of the energy for the same amount of luminescence is hard to beat. Plus incandescent bulbs will be banned in the U.S.A. in 2014 as they already are in Europe and Brazil.
- I replaced all of my incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs.
- We recycle everything we can and we avoid wasting water.
- I use a refillable water-bottle and thermos to cut back on waste. Bottled water is a scam anyways.
- We have a compost bin in our yard and we use as soil in our gardens.
- We have gardened organically for over 35 years growing most of our own veggies, some fruit as well. My father and grandfathers did the same! Now our children do and are teaching their children!
- Waste Free Wednesdays! When packing your lunch try to use things that do not have to be thrown in the trash- plastic containers instead of baggies. Also, no plastic water bottles in our office. Reusable cups are great!
February 2011 – Themed Cruising
Question: If you could pick any theme for a cruise, what would it be?
- Oldies cruise!
- Sports Fans
- Gardening and cooking
- The art of serving tea and teas around the world.
- As a retired musician I would like to see (hear) of a Jazz or Big Band Cruise.
- I would pick Photography – from amateur to pro – lessons, contests… we would not lack for subjects!
- Classical Concert Music, Theatre or Opera
- To dress as the opposite sex for a night. What a hoot that would be to see some of the men in dresses!!!! LOL!
- An “Old Times Honeymoon Cruise”
- Annual Girl friend Cruise
- Over 40 Singles Gala
- “Mad Men”
January 2011 – Wildlife
Question: Which wildlife fact do you find most wild?
- 17% — A snail has the ability to sleep for three years.
- 17% — The only animals to walk right-foot, right-foot, left-foot, left-foot are camels, cats and giraffes.
- 8% — A tiger’s skin is striped just like its fur.
- 8% — Starfish don’t have brains.
- 8% — The average life span of a dragonfly is 24 hours.
- 8% — A whale’s heart is the size of a small car.
We also received two user submissions:
- Male deer only mate two weeks out of the year.
- The black widow eats the male’s head after mating.
December 2010 – Community Service
Question: What is your favorite Holiday Cookie?
- 19% — Gingerbread Cookies
- 13% — Mexican Wedding Cakes (Snowball Cookies)
- 13% — Shortbread Cookies
- 13% — Sugar Cookies
- 6% — Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 6% — Devil Chocolate/Mocha Cookies
- 6% — Melting Moments Cookies
- 6% — Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
- 6% — Snickerdoodle Cookies
- 6% — Sugar Cookies with Raisins
November 2010 – Exploration & Discovery
Question: Which cruise destination would you most like to explore?
- 25% — Mediterranean
- 14% — Australia/New Zealand
- 7% — Alaska
- 7% — Greek Isles
- 7% — Hawaii
- 5% — Caribbean
- 4% — Tahiti
- 2% — Africa
- 2% — Antarctica
- 2% — Asia/Far East
- 2% — Bahamas