The longest cruise I've been on is a 7 day. I always seem to be ready to go home by then. I love the itinary's of some of the longer cruises, but I wonder if I would get antsy being on a ship for 2 weeks or longer?
I've also been on a few 3 & 4 day cruises - and I loved them but just not long enough. Seemed just when I was starting to relax it was time to go!!!
My longest was 17 days and shortest was 3 days. I think 8 days is the perfect length for the budget. Considering I mostly drive to my cruise ports, and most are 10-11 hour drive..I make sure the length of cruise will make the drive worth it. I normally travel with family (sister and her husband and son) and they usually cant afford the airfaire..I live alone so i can swing it if possible.
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Kuki..after some thought after reading your blog, I agree that the 3-5 day cruise should be left to the experienced cruisers and the 7 day is best for the 1st time cruiser..I would add one caveat, your first 7 day cruise should not be port intensive and if possible include a private island
I use to be of the belief that the 3-5 day cruise should be the first, but once again, you have shown me the light
I think that given the costs of cruises, especially since most people also have to fly to the ports, a short cruise the first time is the way to go if you are relaly not sure you will appreciate what a cruise has to offer. They know that if they liked it, they will do a longer one in the te future.
Most people do nto wnat to spend more for a week if they might regret having spent it. If they lnly paid for a 3-4 day, they will not feel they have wasted the cost of a full week.
My first cruise was a 4-nighter with my then 14-year old son, on Sensation in 2007. I'm glad it was only a 4-nighter as I found out my son does not love cruising. He liked the novelty of having the cute little cabin with a bed by the window, loved the video arcade, and loved playing imi-golf on the top deck. But he wasn't interested in meeting other teens or particpating int or even watching any activities or shows. He wanted to eat in the room or on lido deck. I would have been pissed of if I'd paid for a whole week and he didn't like it. The cruise ended just before he would have been walking around saying "I'm bored."
I learned that I will not cruise again with him at least until he is much older and can appreciate the dining room, shows, etc...
It also made me realize I can have a cruise that is all my own. So I planned a 4-night solo cruise and now have my mom joining me. Money prohibits me from taking a 7 or 8-day cruise but I still want to do that and I hope to do a 14-day or transatlantic cruise after I retire.
In short, the best cruise length is what fits your immediate needs, based on your cruise experiences to date as well as of those going with you, your budget, where you want to crusie to, and how much vacation time you have. This can change from year to year.
I have been on two 4 days cruises and next week a 5 night cruise. I go with my girlfriends and leave the hubby and son at home so I was never comfortable being gone to long. However my 2011 cruise will be a 7 day cruise. Now that my son is getting older I will be more comfortable being away a little longer.
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