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I looked at a few on Princess and RC for my honeymoon a few years ago before going a different route, and while a couple of cities got about 36 hours, most were pretty quick day stops. I'm sure itineraries differ, but I can't imagine ever doing one myself. For an older person who doesn't really see himself going to Europe more than once or twice in a lifetime, I suppose it could work.
Your description makes it sound like 5 PM - 7 AM M-F and after 4 PM on Friday to 7 AM Monday.
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so it seems like cruises are well suited for old people who are fine with minimal exposure to the location they are at. families(Disney type cruises) and for people who think eating ship food and drinking should be the highlight of a vacation.
for me i want to really experience the city or country i am in. or if at a beach just relax, watch the sunset etc...
and ship food no matter how good cant compare to the local food you could have at your destination.
I'm not sure what surprises me less. That Knight loves cruises or that Sugarmag gets excited for Disney cruises.
Since they run ESPN, I'm legitimately surprised sugarmag would give props to another Disney product.
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
Cruising is not my favorite but it has its place. Vacations are usually going to fall into 1 of 2 categories: relaxing or sightseeing. Cruises are definitely the relaxing type. You will not truly get to visit places but you will spend a lot of time eating, drinking, and sitting by the pool. It honestly is a nice break because (if you do it right) you barely have to think about anything.
Also, its pretty cheap in the grand scheme of vacations.
BTW, the way I always got booze onboard is to bring a moderate amount in using a water bottle that I carry. Then load up at the ports, again pouring it into a water bottle and bringing it back on. Its not like airport security where they make you pour it out (at least as of a few years ago the last time I cruised).
I have been on RC and Norwegian when I was younger (teens and 20's), but next week taking the family (incl 3 and 6 year old) on a Disney cruise, only thing bad about it is no casino on board :(
The sports bar is great though. Ship the kids off to their activities and check out the ship, it's damn nice.
Yeah, but you can do the same thing at a resort, too. Even a Disney resort. Resorts have pretty much the same kind of excursions and kid-distractions as a cruise, but the rooms are 20X bigger and the alcohol is 20X cheaper.
Explain why a cruise is any more relaxing than staying at a resort.
hint: its a trick question
cruises are cheaper, they aren't better at anything.
My parents did the cruise to Alaska. My dad's friend was military with not a lot of dough and this trip was his retirement party. It was cheap, but some of the sites are best seen by boat on the Alaska trip.
Yeah, if I were going to do Alaska I'd definitely do a cruise. I could also see doing a cruise around the Mediterreanean just because its so close to so many different countries and A-list vacation cities.
But in terms of the Carribean or something like that, resorts pwn cruises.
MIddle America is too busy paying its cliff tax, so they are ooff to discounted Sandy resorts this year.
The only cruise line worth a look is Windstar. http://www.windstarcruises.com/
again, if going to Europe I would want to get the culture of the city. Eating dinner in mass dining hall on a ship with other americans isn't really experience the culture
I don't do cruises. I go somewhere for a week and scuba dive as much as possible. I need to be able to hit the beach whenever I want.
there's a hardcore cruise along the Bering Sea that hits some really cool ports only accessible by boat
I've been on many. My grandparents used to take their entire family tree (my nuclear family, aunts, uncles, cousins etc). They were a lot of fun, mostly because my entire family was there. There were always a few girl options for my brother and I. We got a bunch of really funny stories out of them.
The only cruise I went on without a big posse was a few years ago, when my wife and I were having trouble conceiving, we booked a five day to Bermuda (out of Baltimore) just to get the fuck out of town. It was pretty last minute, but the trip turned out to be some of the best times she and I have ever had together. Of course we avoided the other shitty passengers like the plague...but it was a great, cheap, lazy way to eat and drink and get sun without agenda or thought.
Because I can drive 20 minutes to Baltimore to get to "the resort."
Don't get me wrong, I love resort life WAY more than cruises (it's not even close), but depending on where you go, a flight or two back has the potential to undue a week of relaxation if there are delays or layovers etc. That would be the only answer to your question.
Why anyone would fly to get on a cruise ship...beats me.
So, did you get an Allenbaby out of that?
Alaska or Antarctica are the only two reasons to ever step foot on a cruise ship.
There are some cultural/historical cruises around the Med and Europe that can be interesting with the right guides and wines (I've heard). Wife, daughter and motherinlaw cruising Celebrity in the the Carib early Feb for MIL's 75th, and must say I'm OK that work doesn't allow to me go.
Also amazes me that a cruise ad popped up within 10 seconds of clicking on this thread.
FWIW, I have heard the cruises out of Baltimore, while convenient for many, are kind of a mess (at least for gamblers) because it takes a while to get to international waters and the casinos are not open until then.
Cruises are great for island hopping in the Mediterranean. how else are you going to see santorini, Sicily, and naples all in one trip? And, you certainly aren't going to want to visit those three places for more than 2 days. But, they are the BEST 1 or 2 day stops. Also, the food was top notch on that one.
If you want to get immersed in a culture, then go to one place and don't move for at least 3 weeks. Otherwise, cruising is a great way to see the Med.
If you can't find a way to spend more than 1 or 2 days in Sicily or Naples/Amalfi Coast, you're doing it seriously wrong. A cruise would easily be the worst way to see those 3 places.
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