Expectations Vs. Reality: What Cruise Ships Are Really Like

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Spending your vacation on a luxurious cruise ship sounds like an exciting getaway, especially if you’ve been yearning to squeeze in some quality time with your loved ones. Between the lavish pools and facilities, the endless activities, the stunning views, the exotic locations, and the tours, the fun is never-ending. This is what we expect, anyway. However, it seems the reality of cruise ships doesn't always live up to our desires.

The glossy travel brochures and cheerful travel agents have nothing but positive things to say, yet there is a darker side to the cruise industry that’s only uncovered when you speak to former passengers and staff members. From odd moments to amusing experiences, these photographs are here to show us another side of cruise ships. Though there are certainly some darker tales to tell, these stories all come from a comical perspective.