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Old 02-22-2017   #16 (permalink)
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How do you like cruising as compared to a beach vacation? I can't bring my self to do it, but I am constantly tempted.
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How do you like cruising as compared to a beach vacation? I can't bring my self to do it, but I am constantly tempted.
My wife and I discussed this pulling into St Maarten. While we enjoy the beach, I think we would be "beached out" after a few days. The cruise breaks up the days and compared to a resort, I think there is more bang for the buck in the cruise. Obviously, you can find cheaper stays at beaches. But, if you want the conveniences offered, I think (at least compared to what we've done in the past) the cruise is a better deal. It's definitely a no thinking to it week or so. They do all the meals, entertainment etc.

Additionally, where we are on the East Coast, it is easy to get to several cruise ports within a couple of hours without flying.

I was really worried about the length of this cruise and the size of the ship (4180 passengers!). But, the time went really quickly and except for a couple of buffoon moves like have a dance show in the middle of the main thoroughfare, we really didn't see the crowds. In fact, there were times that many parts of the ship were empty!
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My wife and I discussed this pulling into St Maarten. While we enjoy the beach, I think we would be "beached out" after a few days. The cruise breaks up the days and compared to a resort, I think there is more bang for the buck in the cruise. Obviously, you can find cheaper stays at beaches. But, if you want the conveniences offered, I think (at least compared to what we've done in the past) the cruise is a better deal. It's definitely a no thinking to it week or so. They do all the meals, entertainment etc.

Additionally, where we are on the East Coast, it is easy to get to several cruise ports within a couple of hours without flying.

I was really worried about the length of this cruise and the size of the ship (4180 passengers!). But, the time went really quickly and except for a couple of buffoon moves like have a dance show in the middle of the main thoroughfare, we really didn't see the crowds. In fact, there were times that many parts of the ship were empty!
Did the passengers skew older? My wife and I are in our 30s.
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Great photos Mike! Thanks for posting them.

Glad you had a nice vacation. We have not cruised for 3 years, but Pam mentioned she would like to start again, so maybe next winter.
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Did the passengers skew older? My wife and I are in our 30s.
On this cruise, yes they did. I would say 60% were mid 60's and up. I think that might be true of most 12 day cruises. In our experience, the shorter cruises are a younger crowd. Additionally, few young folks go in Feb. March tends to be the Spring break crowd. Summer is younger families with kids out of school. Fall is a mixed bag.

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Great photos Mike! Thanks for posting them.

Glad you had a nice vacation. We have not cruised for 3 years, but Pam mentioned she would like to start again, so maybe next winter.
We have tapered off quite a bit. We used to do 2 a yr. This one was the first in 2 yrs.
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Thanks for the report Mike!

Still not tempted in the least. Few too many viewings of Titanic, maybe. Or cramped college bedroom nightmarish flashbacks?

But that ship is pretty impressive!
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Makes me miss cruising. We did 6 RC cruises and then found PDC....
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Old 07-21-2017   #23 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing!

We just booked a Southern Carribean cruise, leaving out of San Juan for April 2019! We have a LLLOOOONNNNNGGGGG way to go, but we are excited!
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