Here's a link to an interesting article about the ways people are beginning to question rampant consumerism. Interesting what research tells us about buying happiness - how experiences are more valuable than things etc ....
Further down, the article discusses travel and supports my hypothesis: 'tis better to take four 1-week cruises per year than one 4-week cruise per year. :-D
For me, I would opt for, 4 shorter cruises, than, one loooong cruise. I like the entire process of the research, and, all the things one does, going about getting ready to cruise.
For a truly long extended cruise, I would get nudgy, and think I would actually get a bit bored. Too much food for sure, and I would, just want to get home. Doing it my preferred way, I would always have something to look forward to.
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One two week cruise and one, one week cruise, would be perfect for me.
The article is interesting but it shows that once people go overboard on their spending they often have to go just as overboard the other way in order to get out of debt or the load of "stuff" they have.
It all boils down to a simple philosophy and practice. "Live Below Your Means."
You don't have to live like a pauper but you should save 30% or more of your income. Worked for me.
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After having had our first seven day cruise in more than five or more years... there is no doubt...seven days is not enough. No sooner are you "into" the cruising when it's time to re-pack. We really and thoroughly enjoy the 13-14 day cruises with with two pre-cruise days somewhere...By the end of the 14th day on a cruise I want to be home in my own bed...Give me another few months and I'm off and ready to go again.. Thinking about an 11 day cruise for next year, but seriously don't think it's long enough, the itinerary is the draw.
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I have been on 5 day cruises and 7 day and 10 day cruises. 5 days is too short, in my opinion, as you are just starting to figure the ship out and it's time to get off. 7 days at sea are fine, the 10 day I was starting to get bored at the end.
I normally try to cruise twice a year Nov/Dec and Feb/Mar. I think i would like it better if I split the year up better but the summer time prices are killers. Also 1 reason I cruise is to escape the cold for a while.
2 cruises a year are fine but after sailing most of the Caribbean I think 1 longer cruise to a new destination would probably fit the bill. I love cruising but there are alot of other things I would like to try for a vacation too. Life is too short not to experience everything you can.
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