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Old 10-02-2008, 01:14 PM
 
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When you book a cruise you know in advance what the ports of call are, that they are only going to be there for a short period and you plan accordingly. Most people like this as they can go port to port and see as many different sites in as little time afforded.
If you have specific ports or destinations that you want to spend a lot of time there, then don't take a cruise ship but make plans to fly there and reserve your own hotels cars, etc and then you'll have control over what you want to see and do.
Cruise ships are a business, they have to take as many people as possible to see as many sights as possible in the shortest amount of time allocated.
Crusie ships can be a ball if you join in the many festivites offered on board. Where else can you go for about $100.00 a day, you get a room, great food, great entertainment, and many varied activities to keep you busy. Plus you only unpack once and have no car to worry about. It's a lifestyle, you either like it or not, just as everything else in life. But I would say cruising is the best bang for the buck.
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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When you book a cruise you know in advance what the ports of call are, that they are only going to be there for a short period and you plan accordingly. Most people like this as they can go port to port and see as many different sites in as little time afforded.
If you have specific ports or destinations that you want to spend a lot of time there, then don't take a cruise ship but make plans to fly there and reserve your own hotels cars, etc and then you'll have control over what you want to see and do.
Cruise ships are a business, they have to take as many people as possible to see as many sights as possible in the shortest amount of time allocated.
Crusie ships can be a ball if you join in the many festivites offered on board. Where else can you go for about $100.00 a day, you get a room, great food, great entertainment, and many varied activities to keep you busy. Plus you only unpack once and have no car to worry about. It's a lifestyle, you either like it or not, just as everything else in life. But I would say cruising is the best bang for the buck.
I agree with that. Heck, a $100 a day, we sail for $60/pp per day. You'll never beat that! No to mention all the food and activities on board.
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Old 10-02-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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is it more the ship or the destination that is more important to you?
I love the beach so mainly it was where the ship was sailing. I first went
on RCCL the Song of Norway, then Song of America, and Sun Viking which
really I loved, it also sailed to great places. I also found out when you
get to your cabin and meet your steward, give a tip, and will you be spoiled!
They really get paid little and work so hard to please you. They also know
the places to shop, and beaches etc.
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Old 10-04-2008, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I agree with that. Heck, a $100 a day, we sail for $60/pp per day. You'll never beat that! No to mention all the food and activities on board.
Beckycat: How are you doing $60 per day? Do share!
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:31 PM
 
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Beckycat: How are you doing $60 per day? Do share!
She probably helps by manning one of the oars...
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:33 PM
 
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I think it just depends.

We went to Alaska for the destination.
We went to Catalina Island/Mexico because it was a short trip.
We went to Europe for the destination.

I tried to pick the same cruiseline all three times but couldn't because it never worked out with our schedule. I guess in that case, the ship to me doesn't matter a whole lot, huh?
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:36 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Add me to the folks who think that the ship is more important.

With the exception of Key West (which I love, love love), all of the destinations of the cruises I have taken have all been time-share hawking tourist traps. I am no shopper and basically, you stop to shop. I once remarked that our cruise ship was the world's most expensive shopping shuttle.

I spend most of my time on the ship - in the state room, actually LOL. I am not, by any means a "people person" and I am very happy sitting in my room knitting, reading or listening to music.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:43 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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We cruise for beach time as far as destinations. We could care less what other sights there are to see . . . just show us a beach. The ship is important as far as rooms. We want a balcony room b/c we sit on our balcony, drink our coffee and read. We do not participate in on-ship activities at all, LOL, and don't care about the swimming pools, shows, etc. But we do like decent food and knowing that food is available via room service or at various locations thru/t the day on the ship.

We cruise to get away from the world . . . so tourism or getting to meet people or engaging in activities is just not part of our agenda.
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Va
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I always always always pick our cruises for the ship! Always...why because there are times that the weather is bad and you cannot get into port, or there was a delay, or do not drink that water.... or the things you want to do on the island are sold out..... for whatever reason... when we plana cruise.. it is about the ship that we have never sailed.... there is so much to do.... and I love the ports of call, because then you have the ship and all the crew waiting on you! Do we go to the ports?? Sure we do, we get off, walk around about an hour so we can say we were there, then we go back and get treated like a King and Queen on the ship! But then again... I love spending time with my husband.... not all those strangers...
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:23 AM
 
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The size of the cabin & balcony aboard ship is important to us. Like Ani we spend a lot of time on the balcony. Destinations are somewhat important as well, especially if they have interesting shore excursions.
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