Audience-Alienating Premise: Instead of a speeding bus, the film takes place on a slow-sailing cruise ship as its main setting, which for many audiences completely missed the whole point.
Eight Deadly Words: The biggest problem with the film is supremely lowered stakes versus the first film. The bus allowed for constant tension and innocent civilians trapped in a confined space. In this film, the majority of passengers escape via lifeboat once Geiger enacts his plan, and any danger afterwards feels like a major contrivance due to the simple fact a cruise ship is way slower than a bus. Also, in the original, Howard Payne made Jack get personally involved as revenge for messing up his first robbery. Geiger is only interested in stealing diamonds and wrecking the cruise line. Insurance would cover both of those things, so why would Alex care? He wasn't on-duty, he has no personal involvement to Geiger, so he could have escaped on the lifeboats with Annie and kept her safe.