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CBS this morning spoke of a survey that purported that the very best way to "relax" was to go on a cruise.

Says who?

Frankly, we'd never want to go on one, for many reasons:

1) Let's start with the cost, obviously. It won't be cheap to do it!

2) Voluntarily being packed onto a ship with thousands of other people doesn't seem very "relaxing". Peace and quiet? Uh... I doubt it.

3) These days, it seems that diseases sometimes start on the ship, and then you're more or less stuck there, maybe even in your cabin.

4) A friend told us that, on their cruise, whenever the ship docked, they were FORCED to leave the ship for the day and go ashore! Really? No thanks!

We enjoy the peace and quiet right here in our country home, surrounded by several acres of trees. Neighbors are a few hundred yards away, if we want them, and we sometimes visit friends or have them over here, but otherwise, we are allowed to do as we please, how we please, whenever we please. At night, there are no sounds except the whispering of winds in the trees, if we have the windows open -- and maybe an occasional car going by on the dirt road 250+ feet away. No loud voices in the hallway or stomping feet above or below us.

Mind you, we DO enjoy trips by car to Maine (to a favorite B&B) and other places, sometimes, but we're not fond of bars or other noisy places.

Go on a cruise to "relax"? Not for us, thanks. I have to wonder whom they asked.

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