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

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If you shop around you can get very good prices. You can do a 7-day Alaska cruise right now for $228 per person. That's almost cheaper than staying home if you happen to live in the Seattle area and can easily get to the dock.

Lot's of cheap cruises for Florida residents, too, if you don't need a plane ticket to get there.

intercst
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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!

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I've been on a dozen cruises and never seen anything like that. Was it a Soviet cruise line?

intercst
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intercst:

"You can do a 7-day Alaska cruise right now for $228 per person."

That's still $556/week for 2 people! Believe me, we can stay home, even go out to eat, for less than that!

To each his or her own, no argument. :)

Vermonter
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When the Chinese start building and operating cruise ships, what are they likely to look like?


Be a mile long and take aboard 100,000 passengers at a time?



Take the passengers for a visit to Australia, where only 5,000 get back aboard?


The world wonders!


Seattle Pioneer
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intercst:

"You can do a 7-day Alaska cruise right now for $228 per person."

That's still $556/week for 2 people! Believe me, we can stay home, even go out to eat, for less than that!

To each his or her own, no argument. :)

Vermonter



Not traveling is always cheaper than traveling. Question is: do you want to see Alaska or not? And is the price within your comfort zone?

Karen
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I don't know if I would say it's the best way to relax, that might be a nap, but it can be a wonderful way to spend a couple of weeks. My wife and I took cruises around the Mediterranean with another couple, twice. The ships had about 600 passengers, cruised overnight, and docked in a new port early every morning. We left the ship as soon as we could every day, walked around the port cities or rented a car and headed off into the countryside, and returned to the ship as late as we could every evening. We didn't spend a moment in the onboard casino, never went to the nightclub, but still ate breakfast and a late dinner on board almost every day, and the food was spectacular. The crew of the ship treat you like they hope to be in the will, which is a nice change from real life for a week or two. So I've gotten to see parts of Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Crete, and Turkey a day or two at a time, sometimes only one city in a country, sometimes half a dozen between the two cruises. It wasn't cheap, but I don't regret a penny or a minute of it.
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"Not traveling is always cheaper than traveling. Question is: do you want to see Alaska or not? And is the price within your comfort zone?" - Karen


I've found that one of the best part of vacation is getting home and sleeping in our own bed.

Ahhhh!

Art
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RV: 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:


We went on a 7-day river cruise from Budapest to Passau (Germany). Enjoyed it immensely, but we were tired at the end of the week. They want you to enjoy something every day. For future cruises I may skip some of the shore excursions and just sit on the deck and sip wine. So, relax? No, we were busy. Too busy.

We had taken the optional two days in Budapest and two (or was it three?) in Prague. Both were excellent additions.

After Prague, we visited friends in Berlin. Sadly RV was right on: 3) These days, it seems that diseases sometimes start on the ship, We were sick by time we reached Berlin, and contaminated our friends. Cancelled our planned extension to Cologne to save friends there from our disease. By a stroke of luck comparable to a grand conjunction of the planets, we were able to get days in Paris at our time share there. (People wait years for resers there!) https://www.diamondresorts.com/destinations/property/Royal-R...

We had planned to fly out of CDG, but not to stay in Paris.

We dragged ourselves up to the check-in desk and the Cheerful Charlie desk guy say "HI! Welcome to Paris! Where are you from?" By now the Countess is sick and tired and just wanted to go to bed. So she answered, "Los Angeles". Cheerful Charlie says, "Really? What part of Los Angeles?" She wanted to shut him up, so she answered (truthfully.) "San Pedro." "Oh really! Is the Busy Bee Market still there? They make the best sandwiches!" We collapsed. That is a small market a few blocks from our house. Nobody would ever know about it, except this guy. He went to school at Loyola Marymount, and lived with a family in San Pedro. Talk about a coincidence! But the experience lightened our day. (It continues to give us smiles from time to time.)

But we will likely take another boat cruise.

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I never found "vacations" relaxing. When I was working I'd always come back a day or two early so I could rest, reorient and get some down-time before going back to work. I am not one of those people who "enjoys the journey." The journey is a pain in the ass. I don't want to "go" somewhere. I just want to"be" there. I'm waiting for Star-Trek's transporter system.

But ultimately, the #1 reason to not go on cruises or travel much at all: The People that I meet.

When it came to "vacations" I was like Huey Lewis and the News: "All I Need is a Couple days Off."
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<<Not traveling is always cheaper than traveling. Question is: do you want to see Alaska or not? And is the price within your comfort zone?

Karen>>


I hitchhiked from Seattle to Fairbanks in seven days via the Alaska highway in the summer of 1972. After hitchhiking to Anchorage and back to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, I took the White Pass and Yukon narrow gauge railway to Skagway, Alaska, then took the Alaska ferry to Juneau and finally flew back to Seattle to end my vacation.


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<<I've found that one of the best part of vacation is getting home and sleeping in our own bed.

Ahhhh!

Art>>


Heh, heh! So is your wife a travel junkie, Art?


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Karen:

The original question was about relaxation, really, and my main point was that, for us, "relaxation" does not involve being surrounded by crowds of people -- on a boat or anywhere else. Enjoying some time occasionally with a couple or two of our friends, sure, but not crowds.

Just us.

As I said, to each his or her own.

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then took the Alaska ferry to Juneau

We lived in Juneau in the late 60's.

ImAGolfer
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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.

Vermonter


DH & I don't go on a cruise or any trip to relax because we can relax at home but I will say that sea days are relaxing. We don't call them vacations any more because we're both retired. We travel to explore, see different beautiful scenery and for the adventure! We travel to see new and strange places or go back to our favorite places. We have two main ways to travel. Motorhome and cruise ships. We're not into crowds either, but even our national parks are getting very crowded.

We didn't know if we would like cruising so we tried a 7 day Alaska cruise. LOVED IT! We've now done 6 cruises. One 39 day transpacific to the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. It was an amazing trip. We just finished a 40 day a transatlantic to Bermuda, Azores, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Copenhagen, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, German, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland & Norway. It was very emotional for me because I visited the birth countries of two of my grandparents. We saw amazing places that we won't soon forget.

1. No cruising is not cheap, but neither is buying and owning our motorhome. We still LBOM so why not do what we enjoy.

2. We choose smaller ships of no more than 1900. On some sea days we could walk on the promenade deck and see very few people. We do not enjoy eating at the buffet and the crowds in that area so we choose to eat in the dining room for breakfast and dinner. We ask for a table for two. When we're in our room you don't know there are others onboard the ship. Once in a while you'll hear a voice in the hall but muffled. I hear my neighbors at home just as much! We like the shows and expert lectures but we don't do any of the organized options onboard. We found where to get the popcorn and take it back to our cabin to watch movies at night. ;)

3. If you get sick at home you're pretty much stuck in your house so you don't spread what you have. You can catch something at the store or library too! We've been lucky and haven't gotten sick.

4. In our 134 days on a cruise ship we were only required to leave the ship once for customs but you could get back on board the ship as soon as it cleared customs. We know people who did just that and you NEVER are forced to spend time on land if you don't want to. We have made several life friends on our cruises. We've even meet up with them at our house, their house, on Skype and on camping trips!

I know that cruising or motorhome travel is NOT for everyone. Some people don't like to travel and there's nothing wrong with that. We do love travel. We have taken a trip every year we've been married (46 years) and we didn't consider it a trip unless we left the state of California. Our dream was to retire and travel even more. We are living our dream! I do HATE living out of a suitcase so that's why cruises and a motorhome are so perfect! Some day we won't be able to travel like we do now and that thought makes me sad, so I'm enjoying as much as I can while we're still healthy enough to do what we love. We typically travel 3 months out of every year.

Utahtea
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