We've talked about this before, but let's "re-up it" as we say in my biz..
There's something about the day you book a cruise that puts a spring in your step and brightens your mood. I've been in a very good mood ever since I booked our latest cruise even though its not for a few months yet.
And in contrast, as soon as you step off the ship, there's this impending sense of doom that you have to go back to reality... (And you may already be a little down from seeing your drink n' sink card bill...)
focus: What do you do to break the post cruise blues? --The obvious is book another cruise but thats not always an option!!
I actually got so sick wit the flu that I didn't feel so bad about not being on the ship. I was grateful for my bed!! Until I went back to work.. Then I felt crappy for a good week.
Adventure Of The Seas 06/06
We always book an excursion on the departure day. This seems to help a little in extending our vacation.
We did something extra on our last cruise. Because the cruise started and ended on Wednesday, we took a few extra days vacation. Instead of flying home on Wednesday, we flew home the following Sunday. Having the extra days of vacation really helped with the cruise blues. As a bonus, we have family who lives in Anchorage so we didn't have to pay extra for a hotel room.
On the day of departure, we did the Blackstone Glacier tour (fantastic). They dropped us off at the airport where we had a rental car reserved. We were now ready for the second part of our vacation. We explored Anchorage, ate some great food and drank some tasty bear, took a day trip up to Seward, and just had fun. We even saw a pod of Baloga Whales! My DH saw a mother moose and her baby (I was driving and missed it).
By the time Sunday rolled around, we were actually ready to go home.
When I first found out that our cruise left on a Wednesday, I was not very happy but now I think it's great!
12 days of vacation vs 9 days really made a huge difference!
Renee - The better half of RobRen :-)
Carnival - Spirit: Alaska (August 8, 2007)
Carnival - Miracle: Exotic Western Caribbean (April 9, 2006)
Royal Caribbean - Explorer of the Seas: Eastern Caribbean (January 2005)
I just reconnected twice this past year with my favorite band group on the Miracle. Once in April and then in August. Had a blast. These boards certainly help a lot to get it out of your system and meeting up with the new people that you met on the cruise that I'm keeping in touch with. I'm now I guess called a groupie and can't wait to join up with the band again on another cruise; hopefully next year or the year after. Mary49
I always look at my pictures and read my journal entries over and over. It makes me happy And then I tell everyone I know about my wonderful trip.
OoOoOoO That is a fantastic idea!!!! I think I will purchase a "cruise journal" for my daughter and myself. Each time she has a free moment, she can jot a few things about her day in it and when we get home and she gets nostalgic, she will have her "cruise journal"......Thanks for the idea!!! :-)
My 1st cruise was with my teenage son in July 2007. I was on such a high that I didn't think I'd get post-cruise blues. But I started to miss the huge ship, looking out at the beautiful blue ocean, and being away from home on vacation. We have not been able to vacation much in the past.
Top feel better, I look at my photos in a huge album (I printed them all out). I look at them on the pc at work (I always carry my 8 gig flash drive), I still have them on my digital camera (so I can watch the movies too!, wherever I am and I have my trip journal as well. We have the professional photos framed on our entertainment center. We also talk about the cruise from time to time.
I also booked a June 2008 cruise on Fascination (solo this time) within a few weeks of debarking Senstaion. Now there's that to look forward to. That really helped me from slipping into the blues.
After that one, it will be a few years before I cruise again so I don't know how I'll fill in that time.
I sort through all my pictures and odds & ends that I have saved from my cruise.....for instance, I asked the maitre'd to make copies of the menus for both formal nights.....he was happy to do it for me. Then I get started on my scrapbook. It's a wonderful reminder of the cruise and something you can share with your friends and family...much more interesting than just looking at a bunch of photo's. It takes me a while to do each page, so by the time I get it finished, it will be time for my next cruise.