Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!
Ask a Cruise QuestionPost your general cruise questions here.
One should expect, that companies like Crystal, Sevenseas, Silversea etc. would keep their entertainment sound levels to where 60-70 yr passengers don't have to put the fingers in their ears.
So far I haven't read anything about this even though I hear the same complaints from very many fellow passengers on each cruise.
Corresponding comments to the cruise directors (and the company comments cards) do not lead to any changes to the better.
After all, most of us seniors do not visit discotheks and correspondenly still have our hearing intact. Personally I use a hearing aid, but still with this one taken out, my ears hurt at the shows or at the dancing floors ..
The theater shows on the Carnival Conquest were way too loud. The shows on my RCI cruises have been fine. Not sure why luxury ships would have overly loud music -- never been on one.
SS Norway Sep 1997
Norwegian Sea Jan 1999 & Apr 2000
Carnival Jubilee Oct 2002
Norwegian Star May 2003 (Hawaii)
Carnival Jubilee Sep 2003
Carnival Conquest Nov 2003
Rhapsody of the Seas Jan 2004
Carnival Ecstasy Dec 2004
Carnival Elation Nov 2005
Splendour of the Seas Jan 2006
Rhapsody of the Seas May 2006
Carnival Ecstasy Dec 2006 (New Year's Eve)
Splendour of the Seas Feb 2007
Voyager of the Seas Mar 2008
Carnival Ecstasy Jan 2009
Voyager of the Seas Mar 2009
Carnival Ecstasy Jan 2010
Voyager of the Seas Mar 2010 & Dec 2010 & Mar 2011
Carnival Conquest - May 2011
Mariner of the Seas - Dec 2011 & Mar 2012 & Dec 2012 & Mar 2013
Navigator of the Seas - Dec 2013 & May 2014
I'm a bit confused by your question. We sail on Regent and Silversea and do not find the music to be loud at all but expect it would be quite loud on ships that cater to the younger crowd. Unfortunately, many people 40 and under already have hearing loss due to loud music and listening to it with earphones. They often do not realize how loud the music really is. If I were around loud music I'm afraid I would have to put earplugs in my ears (and I could still hear the music
Itineraries Sailed: Alaska (2 sailings) / Baltics / Barcelona Dubai / Cape Town Rio / E. & W. Caribbean (4 sailings) / Ft. Lauderdale Lima / Istanbul-Venice / London-Monte Carlo / Miami Barcelona / Mumbai Bali / New York-Southampton / Rome to Lisbon / Singapore to Sydney / Stockholm - Copenhagen / Tahiti / Venice-Rome / Vancouver-Tokyo
I don't mind it so loud at the shows, what I REALLY dislike is when it is so loud out and around the pool area that you can't talk to the person next to you with out shouting.
One of the things we liked about the "adults only" pool on the Carnival Liberty is that it is much quieter than the main pool area. No blaring music! Ahhhh!
Carnival Liberty May 2013
Carnival Liberty May 2012
Carnival Sensation Feb. 2008
Carnival Destiny Feb. 2007
RCCL Explorer of the Seas March 2002
RCCL Majesty of the Seas Dec. 2000
Carnival Imagination Sept. 1999
RCCL Enchantment of the Seas Feb. 1999
RCCL Grandeur of the Seas Feb. 1997
Most of the the time the show I find the w music on Princess to be too loud, to the point of distortion. My comment cards always say, Overly loud music in the theatre is not a substitute for good music. Nothing seems to change much though on most of the ships. I did notice on the Star earlier this year the music in the theatre was better
Unfortunately, many who set the audio levels at shows go on the Spinal Tap Principle (set it at 11).
Patty the Cruisin' Chick (may all your cruises be smooth sailin')
Hoping for another trip to the land of Aloha!
Carnival Jubilee - Mex. Riv.; Sensation - W. Caribb.; Holiday (2Xs) - Baja; Paradise - E Caribb; Ecstasy - Baja; Star Princess - Mex. Riv.; Sapphire Princess - Alaska; Island Princess - Hawaii; Golden Princess - Hawaii (one of the best cruises ever!!!!); another Golden Princess -- Hawaii
I have sailed exclusively with Princess (14 times so far) and have only rarely found the music to be overly loud. I am one of those who has never liked loud music, so Princess sound levels work for me.
It's not just cruises. Almost the entire entertaiment (espically live) world likes the music loud. Classical, big band, rock, etc... Carry ear plugs and adapt to the world instead of thinking it will be the other way.
Pac Coastal Celebrity Century, May 2014. Western Carib Crown Princess, Mar 2013; Mediterranean, Celebrity Solstice, May 2012; W. Caribbean, Carnival Conquest, Sep 2011; Transatlantic Regatta Oceania, Nov 2010; 7N E. Car., Carnival Fantasy, May 2010; W. Caribbean, Carnival Conquest, Feb 2010; Gulf of Mexico, Carnival Ecstacy, Dec 2008; Transatlantic Regatta Oceania, Mar 2008; Canada/New England Crown Princess, Sep 2007; Midway/Hawaii Regal Princess, May 2007: W. Caribbean, Grand Princess, Feb, 2007 ;So. Car.,Volendam HAL, Nov, 2006; Caribbean,Zuiderdam, HAL, 2005; W Caribbean Galaxy, CCL, 2005;Transatlantic Jewel RCI,2004; W Caribbean Sovereign RCI, 2003; Hawaii Infinity, CCL, 2002; Transatlantic Rotterdam, HAL, 2000; Caribbean Galaxy CCL, 2000; Mexico Harmony, Crystal, 1999; Caribbean Zenith, CCL, 1999; South America Royal, Princess, 1998/9; W Caribbean Noordam, HAL,199?; Caribbean Horizon, CCL, 199?; Caribbean Enchanted Seas, Commodore, 198?; Alaska Regal, Princess, 198?.
I find the music and vocal presentations often to be too loud on cruise ships and other venues. I usually have ear plugs in my purse and use them.
We have walked out of restaurants before ordering when the music was way too loud.
It noise levels are higher on the cruise ships that want to have more of a party atmosphere.
On a recent river boat cruise we found that the music was not too loud, but the people's talking was especially in the dining room. That is obviously age related as the cruise was marketed to elders and we booked it not understanded that in our mid-60's we were way too young for that cruise.