UK Blog Post: Why go to the Cruise Show?

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#1
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The Daily Telegraph Cruise Show is on at Birmingham’s NEC this weekend, following the huge success of the London event in March this year, which was so packed it was almost impossible to move at times. All the main cruise lines, as well as lots of small, specialist operators, will be selling their wares at [...]

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#2
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Originally posted by LauraS
The Daily Telegraph Cruise Show is on at Birmingham’s NEC this weekend, following the huge success of the London event in March this year, which was so packed it was almost impossible to move at times. All the main cruise lines, as well as lots of small, specialist operators, will be selling their wares at [...]

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Think I'd give this a miss to be honest. Unless you wanted to try one of the other lesser known cruise companies, generally feel that most people will either go to a TA or website for companies like RCCI, P&O, Cunard and Celebrity, possibly Princess Cruises as well.

Used to go to the motor show at the NEC and that used to get packed as well, not a good experience.

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#3
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The London Cruise show was awful. A.W.F.U.L.

Too confined a space, nothing new, nothing innovative, nothing exciting. I stayed for 56 minutes, which in retrospect was 56 minutes of my life that I can never ever get back.

Impossible to move (not sure, Laura, how you can equate "impossible to move" with "huge success".

It was claustrophobic and highly unpleasant.

I felt I ought to attend, and regretted in from the minute I entered Olympia.
#4
England
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Joined Sep 2007
Well Greg you managed longer than I did at the Birmingham one.

I actually feel angry that I attended and paid money (petrol, parking) to do so.

It wasn't even the case that "All the main cruise lines...will be selling their wares..." a number of them (Costa, Princess, Thomson, MSC) weren't there.

I was going to ask how CC could affiliate themselves to such a thing, but as they did not turn up either I think that says it all.

Disgraceful waste of my time. I have emailed the organisers to register my disgust and would recommend anyone else with similar feelings do similarly. That way maybe this travesty of a 'show' will not con people into going to it next year as well.
#5
Derby , uk
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We were dissapointed too! not at all what i expected...maybe my expectations were somewhat too high!
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#6
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Originally posted by eviledna
We were dissapointed too! not at all what i expected...maybe my expectations were somewhat too high!
Yep.
I guess people "upselling" the concept in order to get footfall.