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Old January 25th, 2011, 12:43 PM
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I am in fact trialling the plan this year - short fairly inexpensive trips (5-7 days) - every month of the year; I have July free (could be at Wimbledon though!) but then again I might rent a house in Italy or visit a Scottish island or two.

That is what retirement is for IMHO - I know I am very lucky but again 10 years ago I formed a plan. I am executing this plan as long as health permits.

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It is really fascinating to compare the costs and ports of call of various world cruises. Some will cost you $1000/day and half the days will be at sea. On a small ship I would not want to be at sea for 50 days (total).

But some Holland America or Princess cruises can be had for FAR less $$ and they visit more ports of call. I would wants at least two ports for every sea day or it isn't worth the time to me.
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Paul,

I agree with you on this - the balance between at sea days and ports has to be right!

I have always wanted to go to Hawaii but a cruise to the islands involves at least 4 sea days out and 4 sea days return? for a 1 day visit to each of 4 islands. That just does not cut it for me.

When I travel to NZ, I will probably fly Air NZ via Hawaii - spend 2 weeks there before arriving in NZ - now that sounds like another plan

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I sure would. I also like the idea of living on a ship once retired.
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Some other facts that blew me away on this one, the day my friends ship sailed from Southampton there were four ships sailing that day on "round the world tours",,,,,,thats 4 ships x passengers. I thought we were in global recession???

Not for some it seems when my mate and approx 8,000 others can afford £15,000 each plus to sail for 95 nights,,,amazing.

On this tour there are 30 stops in 17 different countries over that time, looks great but again maybe not for me all in one go, don’t know if I would actually have the right frame of mind to take it all in, in one go.

Oh and the £15k is just to be there, spending for 95 nights is on top again,,,wish I had that sort of money to burn, but respect to my mate he's worked hard for it and if his thing great.

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The actual cost of the cruise is not too bad IMHO - but I imagine discretionary spending money would easily double that and maybe the rest. I have met fellow cruisers who have recouped the cost of the cruise in the casino.

Good luck to him! I hope he enjoys the cruise.

I have to ask how many formal nights?

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Annie - you can go to Hawaii in four days and disembark in Hawaii and fly back. Most cruises do this.

To bad there are no more small ships doing Hawaii. American Safari used to do it - and they are a VERY good small cruise line.

But if you really want to see Hawaii - you can't beat Pride of America. But go for the islands, not for the ship. The ship is adequate, but the idea is to see Hawaii. You are in port every day, for long hours.

But I know you are a small ship person (you probably would be so distracted by POA you would forget to see Hawaii).
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Actually, not sure on how many formal, he never said. Cant guess, but will ask in tonights email. But I can say this, whatever tux and shirts I took onboard I can guess will have to be replaced at least twice for 95 nights,,,can you imagine still fitting into things you took onboard after that number of nights with cruise ship dining?

Half the ship must be geting off at ports to buy new gear,,,especially if it has elasticated waist or collar bands!!!
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I can't imagine packing for a cruise like that! We did a crossing on Cunard and every night was formal, including first and last night.

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Annie - you can go to Hawaii in four days and disembark in Hawaii and fly back. Most cruises do this.

To bad there are no more small ships doing Hawaii. American Safari used to do it - and they are a VERY good small cruise line.

But if you really want to see Hawaii - you can't beat Pride of America. But go for the islands, not for the ship. The ship is adequate, but the idea is to see Hawaii. You are in port every day, for long hours.

But I know you are a small ship person (you probably would be so distracted by POA you would forget to see Hawaii).
Paul - the ship is 'adequate' and has more than 2000 passengers - I may pass.

Thanks for the info though.

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1. Western Mediterranean Cruises
2. Central Mediterranean Cruises
3. Eastern Mediterranean Cruises
4. Northern Europe and Baltic Cruises
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Sure.....Just as soon as the fortune fairy dumps a load on me I will be yelling Hey Ray.... tell them to save a suite for me!! Wow, in my case that would be expensive as I am single and that single supplement would be a whopper.

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I think I wouldn't mind trying an "Round the World Cruise".
On the other hand my DW wouldn't al all happy.

My dream is to retire and live on cruise ships for the rest of my life.
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I would be interested to know if they rotate the menus much. How many different menus are offered on a 100 plus night sailing, repeated how many times?
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