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Old 12-16-2016, 06:48 PM
 
Location: New England
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Well, I don't think Mogadishu is very high on my priority list of places to visit.
If Somalia ever becomes peaceful I'm sure it would be a good beach destination.
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Old 12-16-2016, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Hudson Valley/Upper Downstate/Lower Upstate
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Oniontown, NY...Dannemora, NY...Swastika, NY

..and West Virginia.
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Central Mexico and Central Florida
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Anywhere farther than a 10 hour flight from the East Coast. Even in Business Class, it's just too hard these days (in our mid-60s with back and hip issues). We can make it to Europe, but Asia, Australia are out for us.
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Old 12-17-2016, 03:36 PM
 
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I'm never going on a cruise ship. Does that count as a place?
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Old 12-20-2016, 12:23 PM
 
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Oniontown, NY...Dannemora, NY...Swastika, NY

..and West Virginia.
Oniontown sounds delicious!
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Old 12-20-2016, 02:16 PM
 
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West Virginia? You're actually missing some beautiful places in the Eastern and Southern parts of the state, like Seneca Rocks area. Kanawha river valley and Charleston, forget it though.
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Old 12-21-2016, 06:31 PM
 
Location: On the road
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I'm never going on a cruise ship. Does that count as a place?
Counts for me.

To each their own and I get the reasons why some people like 'em but we have absolutely zero interest in going on a cruise ship, regardless of where it's going.
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Old 12-23-2016, 06:44 AM
 
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Counts for me.

To each their own and I get the reasons why some people like 'em but we have absolutely zero interest in going on a cruise ship, regardless of where it's going.
I agree with this.The argument is often "but I get to visit so many places in a short amount of time." To me visiting a place with a scheduled window of time with thousands of others getting off the ship with you, watching the clock, and getting back on the ship isn't really "visiting". I just went on an 8 day vacation to Jamaica and a friend who likes to cruise said "I went to Jamaica once. The ship stopped there and we were on the beach for about 5 hours." I wanted to say "you didn't REALLY go to Jamaica." To me that is like saying you have visited a city because you have had a layover in the airport.
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Old 12-23-2016, 09:17 AM
 
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I have a suspicion that most cruises are like most package resort vacations, where the emphasis is on food and entertainment, not the local environment. Yes, there will be exceptions, like Rhine riverboat cruises, or some Alaska cruises, I suspect, but those are a minority of cruises, and, in the case of Rhine cruises, very expensive for what you get. Plus, you miss the chance to explore local restaurants.

Am I wrong, cruise fans?
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Old 12-23-2016, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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I have a suspicion that most cruises are like most package resort vacations, where the emphasis is on food and entertainment, not the local environment. Yes, there will be exceptions, like Rhine riverboat cruises, or some Alaska cruises, I suspect, but those are a minority of cruises, and, in the case of Rhine cruises, very expensive for what you get. Plus, you miss the chance to explore local restaurants.

Am I wrong, cruise fans?
That is my impression, too. I have been on one cruise, and I may do it again in the future if I have reason to, but it is definitely not the sort of experience I find the most enjoyable. I like to travel to an off-the-beaten path destination and really experience the local culture as deeply as I can during the time I have there. All of that is basically the opposite of what you get on a cruise.

With that said, I did enjoy the cruise I went on. It's like a teaser for a "real" trip later. I found out, for example, that Santorini is pretty much the most gorgeous place I have ever laid eyes on, but if I wanted to spend more time on a Mediterranean island I would much rather return to Sicily because it seemed to have more to offer beyond jaw-dropping vistas. And I really, really enjoyed my tiny visit to Turkey and very much want to go back for a more substantial trip.
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