• River Cruising is the general forum for all cruise lines and itineraries; it includes 243 pages of threads; 13 threads have been updated in the last 24 hours
• River Cruising Roll Calls includes roll calls for all cruise lines; it has 48 pages of threads; 13 threads have been updated in the last 24 hours
• River Cruise Ports – Asia [“includes (but not limited to) all ports along the Yangtze & Mekong rivers”] has a total of 8 threads; the last update was 2 days ago
• River Cruise Ports – Europe, Including Russia [“including (but not limited to) ports on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, Seine, Elbe Rivers as well as Volga & Svir Rivers”] has 10 pages of threads; 5 threads have been updated in the last 24 hours
• River Cruise Ports – North America [“including (but not limited to) ports on the Mississippi & Hudson Rivers”] has a total of 5 threads; the last update was 11 days ago
• River Cruise Ports – All Other [“including (but not limited to) ports on the Amazon, Nile and other Rivers”] has a total of 1 thread; it was last updated 6 days ago
I compiled these statistics to show the small size and frequency of all the River Cruise forums. With this little activity, I don’t think we need to subdivide any further.
It could be argued that there is so little activity that everything could be combined into one forum, but I think there is a logic to the above division that is helpful when figuring out where to look for a particular type of discussion.
It also seems to me that the general River Cruising forum and the River Cruising Roll Calls forum are working well. Their mission is clear to most posters, and the level of activity makes them easy to monitor.
The problem, as I see it, lies in the River Cruise Ports forums. The topics of the postings in these forums include particular ports, particular rivers, particular upcoming cruises; reviews of particular cruises; particular ships; and entire cruise lines. Many posters suggest that a thread would be better placed in the general River Cruising Forum, and some threads are double posted in both areas.
Here is my initial idea to clear up this confusion:
• the descriptions of the River Cruise Ports forums should be changed to: “limited to discussions of excursion or embarkation points in [this geographic area]”
• posts regarding cruise lines, ships, and completed cruises should be moved to the general River Cruising forum
• posts regarding particular upcoming cruises should be moved to the River Cruising Roll Calls forum
There are two questions that I would like to get feedback on:
(1) Does this seem like a good idea?
(2) Should discussions of itineraries [e.g. Rhine River Cruises] go in the general River Cruising forum or in the appropriate River Cruise Ports forum [e.g. Europe]?
I am not an employee of Cruise Critic and I don't speak for Cruise Critic. All opinions are mine alone. Also, I'm only a Host on the various River forums -- everywhere else I'm "just plain Jazz."
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