We will still take a seven day cruise as our "shorter" vacation, but usually extend even those by a day or two on either end. Most of our cruises lately are 10 and 11 day and we have done 14. Our next scheduled cruise is a 14 day with two days post and two days pre. That he;ps to make the travelling worthwhile.
I guess there are a whole lot of folks who can't take 18 days and frankly can't afford 18 days. Gram would tell you that that is the only reason she still works.
Guess Helen and I will have to break the ice on this thread.
Our last was 45 days. One before was 70. Several have been 52, 62 and some others that were a tad shorter. Most have been in and around Asia, Across the Pacific, around Africa and into and around the Med and Europe.
So to answer your question BenO we do take 14+ cruises.
I love 14+cruises, no rush to do anything I went from Boston to Aruba and San Diego to Alaska and next Dec. will go to Hawaii for 15 days on the Infinity Looking for one to the Med. Happy Cruising Auguste
We'll be taking our first 14-day in Dec. on the Zenith. Previously, our longest has been a 10-day W. Med. And we're already looking at a 16-day Baltic in 2004. We've always felt that the 7-day cruises were a bit too short, so I think we'll really like the longer ones.
My last cruise (Africa and South America) was ~40 days. While I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, especially the many consecutive days at sea, I think two 20-day cruises might have been a better use of the time. Spending so many days on the same vessel, in the same cabin, eating the same food and seeing the same people dulls the experience. The first few days on board are usually the most interesting. There's the excitement of a new environment and discovery of things to do. After a really long voyage, it feels like you know just about everything there is to know about the ship and are glad to be getting off just for a change of scenery.
On the other hand, cruises less than 10 days are far too short. I need at least a week between the time I 'get my sea legs' and the time I have to start thinking about packing. I suppose a 2-week cruise is about the right length for me, but I'll consider a longer trip when the itinerary warrants it.
The longest I have taken so far is 11 days. Our Panama Canal cruise next March will be 16 days. We live in Arizona and usually have to fly cross-country for a cruise, so we usually extend the trip by one or two days at both the beginning and the end of the cruise, which we really enjoy and make a 7-day cruise into more of a vacation. Even next March we plan to fly to Miami on Sunday and the cruise leaves on Wednesday, so a 16-night cruise becomes a19-night vacation. We'll probably fly right home the day we disembark since San Diego is only an hour's flight from here.
I really like longer cruises! After I do my Glory cruise with Jennifer, I'm not going to do the 7 day variety for awhile, too many other places to see, and no more Caribbean!
I've been on 16 cruises 9 have been 10 days or longer, 7 were the 7 day variety and I vow never to let that number pass my longer cruises!!! :-) I was in my 30s when I started cruising and never, ever considered 3, 4 or 5 days and probably never will!!!
Next year, I'll be seeking advice from those of you who have sailed back-to-back, on a longer cruise! Going for the biggie, a ten day and then a 16 day transatlantic!!! :-)
Never done a 14 day cruise. I've considered it but after 7 days I'm feeling ready to exit the ship. Right at 7 days I'm at that point of wanting to stay on board for a few more days and wanting to get back home.
Really looking closely at taking the Zenith in November for 14 days though, at $950 pp for an outside cabin, it is soooooo tempting.
Many of us are retired, Glenn, but there are also those who are self-employed or who get liberal vacation perks. Federal employees, for instance, get 30 days a year. Many folks in private companies are allowed vacations of 5 weeks and more based on seniority. And then there are the doctors & lawyers & educators & seasonal workers. Add in legislators & other politicians, and civil servants in state and municipal governments and ....Well, you get the idea.
I took early retirement last year, Glenn. Alot of my longer cruises were before I retired but as Jack said, I worked for a German company and had 5 weeks vacation plus 15 paid holidays, more than enough for longer cruises or more than one a year!
Now I have the time, but reduced funds so planning isn't as easy as when I was working bringing in the coins!!! :-)
Ray; you have the record! The Question I get, is how do I stand being on a ship for a month at a time. Now you must have been ask, how do you stand being on a ship for 2 months? The question I would have is: Are these longer cruise all on the same ship or cruise line?
Since I am single I would never go on a 14 day cruise because I've all ways been told
the longer the cruise the older the crowd. Somebody asked how can you stay on a ship
for 70 days who cares that person has some big $$$$$$$$ to spend ,if you get a stock
tip let me know
Glenn, I'm not retired but many on these boards are. I get 5 weeks vacation from my day job but I also have a business I run at night and on weekends. This prevents me from taking long cruises.
The shorter cruises work out best for us. For a longer cruise, we have to strategize carefully to find the right time of the year and get the right people to fill in for us. It's not easy to do but then that's why we have to go whenever we get the chance.<grin>