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If you want to go on a cruise, fine. But believing that it'll be less stressful than hopping on a plane could result in unpleasantness for you.

It's simply a matter of preference. We have done a number of Queen Mary II crossings because it was convenient, about the same price as flying and a far more comfortable experience.

One extreme case of "cruising as transportation" was to take a 39 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Osaka, Japan instead of flying. The tab? About $3,500 a person - which was less than business class airfare. (That was followed by a week in Kyoto, bullet train to Tokyo. After a week there, a flight to Beijing for a week stay. Then bullet train to Shanghai for ten days. This was followed by a cruise on a different line along the south coast of Asia (with a three night stay-over in Yangoon). We got off the ship in Mumbai, stayed a week there and then flew home. While the trip was about the length of many "world cruises" (about four months), we stayed at least a week in the major stops that most cruises - at most - spend an overnight.

Another was stringing seven cruises serially, (comprised of five ships on four cruise lines with land stays in-between) on a trip which started with a river cruise from Budapest to Bucharest, extended to the Black Sea, then through the Mediterranean. Then up the coast of Norway and around the North Cape, down to Mermansk, Archangel, Solvetsky Islands in Russia, then back over the top and down the UK - returning on the QM II to NYC.

We don't mind cruise ships (prefer them to planes), but enjoy sightseeing ashore even more.

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