I have been on one 3 day (Big Red Boat 97) and the maiden voyage of the Grand Princess out of Galveston 2005, it was a 5 day. I am booked for the 7 day Conquest Dec 14th out of Galveston. I am really looking forward to the 7 days with my Mom ans sister.
As you can see I don't have a lot of cruises BUT I am HOOKED!!
Hoping to take a cruisetour to Alaska next year with my DH and others
wanting to get a group thing going.
As most of you know, we're lucky enough to live very close to 5 cruise ports, and as a result, we have been taking 5 or 6 seven night cruises each year. We are doing a couple of 5 nighters this year, as we've found that we really like "Inspiration" and 5 nights is the longest it does. As soon as I retire, we probably won't be able to continue this pace, as no doubt money will be lots tighter, but,,,,,,,,maybe......
Well, we try to take at least one cruise every year. Some are longer (last one was 14 days) and some are shorter (the one before that was 6 days). However, my 14 day cruise in 2008 may now limit my ability to take a cruise in 2009 so the pattern may change. The pattern is determined by my budget. I need to win the lotto. Even if I miss the 09 cruise it was still worth the 14 day cruise in 08 I can now say I have seen Venice Italy. 8)
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Freedom of the Seas 2012
Carnival Splendor 2010
Carnival Freedom 2008
Carnival Elation 2007
Celebrity Infinity 2006
Carnival Ecstasy 2005
Carnival Paradise 2004
Star Princess 2002
Viking Serenade 1994
Been doing 1 cruise and 1 or 2 land vacations each year. Cruises are always 7niters land vacations anywhere from 3 to 7 nites.
However my land vacations for this year got cancelled so I will do 2 cruises this year.
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Vision Of The Seas
Independence Of The Seas
Allure Of The Seas
Oasis Of The Seas x3
Liberty Of The Seas x4
Freedom Of The Seas x3
Navigator Of The Seas x2
Explorer Of The Seas x2
Voyager Of The Seas
Enchantment Of The Seas
Rhapsody Of The Seas
Majesty Of The Seas
Monarch Of The Seas
Sovereign Of The Seas
I like to cruise twice a year and have been for several years. Once with the kids and once without. I have done 7 nighters with kids the last 2 years and 4 nighters without them. Prior to that two 4-5 nighters a year.
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Song of America Dec '90
Starship Majestic May '89
Sovereign X 5
Majesty Jul '01
Enchantment X 4
Regal Empress Dec '02
Mariner May '07 April '08
Grandeur Feb '08
Inspiration Oct '08
Radiance of the Seas Oct '10
8) 8) now that we finally have a fairly decent cruiseship terminal
here in sanfrancisco,ship traffic has certainly improved. And the
terminal is walking distance to downtown san francisco and the
giants baseball stadium, plus a streetcar line is in front and just a short
walk to the subway. it is great for the tourists and businesses around
the terminal. last weekend there were 4 events happening on friday
night in the same area, to say the least the excitement level was quite
high. so you come to SF
2008 1 14 day cruise and 1 04 day river cruise
2007 2 14 day cruise
2006 1 07 day cruise
2005 1 07 and 1 14 day cruise
2004 1 07 and 1 15 day cruise
2003 2 07 and 1 14 day cruise
2002 1 03 and 1 19 day cruise
I think ideal would be two 14 day cruises every year; it is just land trips get in the way
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F Scott Fitzgerald
Seven Seas Voyager (30nts) - Dubai - Cape Town - Nov 14
Due to "life", I've been cruising on average once every other year. The good news is that now I am in a better position to cruise more often. I have 2 scheduled for 2009 so far. I am checking prices on an 8 day cruise (thanks to the "Rug Rat" info) from Ft. Laudrdale for Jan. or Feb. 2010. Once you're addicted ... it's hard to stop
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also booked: 10/10/13 Carnival Victory B2B, 01/12/14 Carnival Sunshine
Not much pattern, here. I like to do a 7 night at least once a year, if a reason arises after booking my annual cruise, I'm apt to add another one during the year. Some times I even add a 3rd cruise. That's about as close to a pattern as I can come!
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Mariner of the Seas
HAL Statendam Alaska Cruise Tour - 09/09/12; Disney Magic - 12/01/12; Allure of the Seas - 05/26/13
- take one seven day cruise in the caribbean/mexico every year
-take one seven day cruise during a 3 year period in a place other then the caribbean or mexico
- have not taken a cruise in the last 3 years
-have you ever taken a full charter cruise
- other pattern
We try and do a 14 day about every 18 to 24 months.
This way we save the money for our cruise. Our Alaska cruise is out of sequence because my Dad wanted to go this year. He agreed to last Labour Day weekend , we couldn't refuse (he turned 91 in Jan 08)
SS Ithaca , Volendam , Mariner of the Seas (x2) , Veendam , Coral Princess , Island Princess (x3) , Emerald Princess,Sapphire Sapphire (x3),Diamond Princess
Strong preference for longer cruises (10 days plus), no fixed pattern, but probably average 2 a year lately, although this year's count will be exactly zero, due to many other non-cruise trips. We'll pick up again next year. Have one booked already in 09 from Barcelona to Istanbul.
Virtually all our cruising now is to places other than the Caribbean and Mexico. We generally avoid them like the plague. If we want to go to the Caribbean we'll fly somplace (Grand Cayman) and get a condo.
In the last three years 4 cruises. One eight day, the rest were 10-14 days. Last cruise was Jan 08, last land trip was Mexico March 08, I cancelled my trip to Antigua given my mother's illness. I will not leave a frail family member for a trip. The next big trip we planned was land trip to Europe Spring 09. Cruise was planned for Jan 09. We will see what will be then, if not then, the next year. Family first.
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Good subject Venice, our first cruise was the Fairsea back in 1973 while still Sitmar cruises. That was Mexico seven days, crusining was not for us. It was not until 2001 that we went to Alaska on Princess for seven days. What a difference twenty five years makes, different industry with much more to do and see. We became hooked and have been on seven cruises since then all at least ten plus days. twice to the Med and Hawaii this September. We love the Caribbean and it is still new to us but seven day cruises from California are not enough time, so we do at least ten days. The Caribbean is somewhat limited with longer schedules I guess we can explore B2B. Mike
Travel Mike's Future cruises: Mariner Galveston 2-26-12,Magic Galveston 3-4-12 NCL Pride of America Hawaii6-2-12 HAL Statendam 9-9-12 Vancouver
Actually Venice, Dad was the cruiser in our family.
He took many cruises around the Pacific Ocean in his youth. He laid out on deck, soaking up the warm, tropical sun. He swam in the warm ocean, and partied on Waikiki Beach. He ate at the "all you can eat" buffets aboard ship. He even got to tour the bridge a couple of times.
He also visited many tropical islands. Of course, he fired 8" ammunition at most of them.........