Originally Posted by annecamp
My husband and I are thinking of going on the 35 day South American cruise. Are concerned that it may be to-o-o long. Any comments?
Oh, no ... no ... no. Too short maybe, but never, even too long!
I did a 35 day cruise on the Statendam last September/October and it was just heavenly. Unlike a "normal" seven or ten-day cruise, the whole environment onboard the ship is one that invites relaxation, lots of hours that you just wile away the time. The passenger population also tends to be a bit more friendly. You'll find yourself looking forward to running into the same people in the various venues around the ship, knowing that a good conversation, and perhaps a few laughs, are just around the corner. With short cruises, people are way too preoccupied with seeing everything and doing everything that they can pack into seven days. They really don't go out of their way to be particularly friendly when you meet up with them around the ship. Chances are they are with their own groups of family and friends and since they only have a short number of days, naturally they want to spend that time exclusively with that group. On a longer cruise you get a lot of people who want to meet others and want to get to know a bit about them. It's a really friendly, inviting environment.
The ship too is different. There are certain things offered, such as special balls and activities, that are just not offered on the shorter cruises due to lack of time. Let's face it, on a seven-day cruise, it's all about the ports. There will generally be at least three of them, most likely four, so there really isn't enough time to offer a lot of special tours and activities onboard. On a longer cruise, you have more sea days and the opportunity to take advantage of a lot more around the ship. It makes for a much nicer cruise.
I guess I would have to say that you have to try a longer cruise to really see if you enjoy it. Some people are just not cut out for a lot of sea days in a row, and if that's the case, a longer cruise could begin to get on their nerves after a while. I know that on my 35 day cruise, we had six days at sea returning from Nuka Hiva to San Diego at the end and I have to admit that there were some people onboard who were getting downright antsy. The cruise was pretty much over, so they just wanted to be off the boat.
Give a long cruise a try. Just don't expect it to be anything like a shorter one. In my opinion, you will find it to be far superior to your shorter cruises, and if you're like me, you'll want to do longer cruises exclusively from that point out.
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