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Old July 8th, 2013, 08:32 PM
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I'm curious about whether anything has changed in the years since I've seen this discussed. . .

Understanding that this site is populated by cruise fans, how many of you these days do all your pleasure travel in form of cruises? For our purposes here we will not count business travel (or business/pleasure combined trips), or family visits.
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I'm curious about whether anything has changed in the years since I've seen this discussed. . .

Understanding that this site is populated by cruise fans, how many of you these days do all your pleasure travel in form of cruises? For our purposes here we will not count business travel (or business/pleasure combined trips), or family visits.
100 % of our vacations for the past 5 years has been via the cruise mode.
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I like to cruise but we other trips as well.

In the last 15 years we have been to Vegas a couple of times, we have flown to Hawaii, visited Disney twice and have traveled to Canada and we did 16 trips to Europe.
Not to mention a few trips to NYC to see the sights and Broadway.

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My better half is adamant to do an A.I. next trip.
Only the price will keep us on a ship.
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A jazz radio station in the NYC area has formed a travel department and is trying to organize a group trip to Capetown ( SA )International Jazz Festival next April (2014). This has been on my "bucket list" so it would mean that I would skip my annual jazz cruise in the fall of 2014 to the caribbean

I am researching the cost and logistics of a "side trip" to Victoria Falls and a 2-3 day photo safari cruise on the Zambia Queen
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Nope, like to mix it up a bit, last trip this year was a few days down in Disneyworld. Aside from cruising, we do take car trips up north to Wis. as well. Cruising makes a wonderful vacation, but there are other trips I like to take too.
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The only time the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I do anything other than cruise, is for "Family Reunion" obligations. Actually, many of our recent family reunions have occurred aboard ship as well.

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A jazz radio station in the NYC area has formed a travel department and is trying to organize a group trip to Capetown ( SA )International Jazz Festival next April (2014). This has been on my "bucket list" so it would mean that I would skip my annual jazz cruise in the fall of 2014 to the caribbean

I am researching the cost and logistics of a "side trip" to Victoria Falls and a 2-3 day photo safari cruise on the Zambia Queen
So are you saying that in the past several years you've been 100% cruise?

Just an OT piece of advice. . .do not do a "photo safari cruise." Go to a game park for a few days. When we were in Cape Town we flew over to Port Elizabeth and spent four days at Shamwari. Point is, if you want to see the critters, go see the critters. That means base lodgings and Land Rovers. Don't waste your time floating around a boat.
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I mix things up.

We have always done both cruise and land vacations. We like to travel to Europe on a non-cruise vacation. Last year we combined a twelve day Med cruise with two months on land in Europe. This year we just finished a great, three week, vacation to the Southwest and Betty will leave for Europe the day after Labor Day to spend a month with our daughter and Betty's sister touring Europe. We will meet up in England at the beginning of October and stay for a month and enjoy ourselves.

I still like cruises and when we do a cruise outside of the U.S. we usually spend four or five days pre and post cruise touring the area. Last December we did Southeast Asia and enjoyed our time in Singapore and, one of my favorite places, Hong Kong. We will be heading to Australia next year but will do an additional month to travel the Eastern part of the country and visit with family.

It's a blessing to travel and I know I don't have too many more travel years left so we are making the most out of it.

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AR..thanks for the advise...makes sense and probably easier logistics and saves $$$$ inter-air Africa fares are very high
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We like to cruise but do other things as well. Before cruising the Med we spent 4 nights in Venice and then post cruise a week in Rome. We have done bus tours in Europe and Costa Rica and enjoyed them both. Also we do road trips such as the California coast, the Maine coast and to Florida. We are just back from a month long road trip touring the Canadian Maritime provinces.
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Until this thread I didn't realize how predictable we've become. We have done the same thing every year for the past ten years:
-a 10 day cruise
-a week in OBX
-two 5-6 day Vegas trips
-weekends in Atlantic City every couple of months
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I would rather cruise. The family would rather take a land vacation. Compromise happens. Next vacation will be San Antonio.
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I do enjoy spending time in port cities before cruises and I make it a point to do that as often as possible.

Our last Alaska trip we spent two full days in downtown Seattle to see the best parts of that area, and it was great.

I also really enjoy river cruises and other small ship cruises where you are in port every day. I am about to take a Blount cruise that only visits Maine, New Brunswick, Mass and Newport Rhode Island. It is an immersive trip in the destination.

In truth, I would like to take car trips when I retire, but since I am still working I like cruises because I can work during the cruise. I have Internet access and I can write while we travel from place to place.

I have somewhat lost my joy over the typical Caribbean cruise, because I live in Phoenix and don't get "winter syndrome" where I need a tropical break.
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My better half is adamant to do an A.I. next trip.
Only the price will keep us on a ship.

Us too!

Each holiday starts out being planned as an AI .... then I get prices, and convince DH that the best deal going is a cruise!

It's perfect for us - it gives us lodging, meals, daycare, entertainment and casino - all rolled into one price. I love it. My kids love it.

We do little road trips and weekend getaways here are there. I got an email from Disney offering free meal plan from October to December. I priced out flight to MCO and staying onsite at Disney ..... did the math .... and we are cruising Oasis in October
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In order to make the budget work, and cruise sometime early 2013, the summer Vacay this year will likely be 3 days in Sandbanks Park in Ontario. It seems like the ocean without being the ocean.

Last summer, we spent 4 days at Niagara Falls. Her choice destination....
When we got back, I pointed out to the Mrs. "Hey, you realize we just spent more than a cruise, right?"

Also, I havent told her yet that this year is an "Airline Points Year", which pretty much rules out All-Inclusives. We have enough points for 4 to Florida, and not much more.
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I know! It's crazy. I priced out a week at a beach house at Crystal Beach (up near Sherkston). Crazy.

It was cheaper to fly to florida and take a cruise.

I would like to try an AI as I know my kids would love those pools - but other than swimming they would be bored. My kids are only 6 and 7 - but they love the musicals and entertainment you get on a ship.
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Judy:

In the vacation world it is: All-Inclusive. A all-inclusive resort where you pay one price and all food and liquor and "most" activities are included in one price.

In the computer world AI is "Artificial Intelligence"

In the medical world it is "Artificial Insemination"

But I think this thread refers to the first one.

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Judy:

In the vacation world it is: All-Inclusive. A all-inclusive resort where you pay one price and all food and liquor and "most" activities are included in one price.

In the computer world AI is "Artificial Intelligence"

In the medical world it is "Artificial Insemination"

But I think this thread refers to the first one.

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Rob and I like to cruise but we also like to use our three timeshare weeks. Dollar for dollar, cruising is the best "bang for your buck". The cruise experience is great because you have a great opportunity to meet people on the ship, like at meals or activities and you have the opportunity to go to many ports. What I like about using our timeshare weeks in the "flexibility of depositing your week through Resorts Condominium International to go to another location" to see another area in depth. To economize we try and buy the Entertainment Book to go out for meals, at least once a day, preferably for lunch since it is cheaper. The Entertainment Book also offers discounts for museums and entertainment venues.
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Balabusta,

Fran and I also used to buy (when it was available that is) the Entertainment Book when we went to Virginia Beach. We also purchased one annually for the Mid-Hudson region in New York. Some great deals to be sure and they were always "sponsored" by a worthy cause or charity so it was a win-win.
Ti's a shame they don't have one servicing this area.
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Fran and I also used to buy (when it was available that is) the Entertainment Book when we went to Virginia Beach. We also purchased one annually for the Mid-Hudson region in New York. Some great deals to be sure and they were always "sponsored" by a worthy cause or charity so it was a win-win.
Ti's a shame they don't have one servicing this area.
Todd the Entertainment is such a "great buy" especially when you buy it "mid year" and the price is reduced. Rob and I are going to Palm Springs next week and even if we use the book, one time, it's already paid for itself.
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Wayne and I love going on cruises - we just did a 14-day Canada/New England cruise with Holland America at the end of May - but we also love our travel trailer. In fact, we're going to spend nearly a month in our 23-foot trailer this summer. We'll head for the Maritimes first (Nova Scotia to see Rollerdonna and other friends, and Prince Edward Island to visit family members), then to southwestern Ontario for a family reunion, and finally to a 3-day square dance/camping group for an international camporee in Indiana.

Ship2shore - if you've never been to Sandbanks Provincial Park before, it's well worth visiting. And depending on what you like to do, there is quite a variety of things to see and do in the area. We live only about 40 minutes away, so if you'd like to meet, send me a PM and we'll see if we can arrange something.
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Cruises & junkets to Vegas says it all. Sometimes a few days in the embark or disembark port city if we have never been there.

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As much as I love cruising, I also enjoy all inclusive vacations because I am a beach bum at heart! On a cruise, our stops at the port beaches are never long enough for me, so I really enjoy spending a whole week at a resort on the beach, regardless of the food or the entertainment.

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Rollerdonna, you should "come to Virginia Beach". Not only do you have the "beach" but you are about an hour away from Williamsburg, where they have a rebuilt historic area. Then too, you have the outlet malls, day cruises in Norfolk, the Boardwalk Art Show every Father's Day Weekend, the Chrysler Center and the MacArthur Center. There are several timeshare places that you can rent for one week that are located along the beach. (check with Resorts Condominium International or Interval Ownership). It is sad that many tourists pay upwards of $200 a night in the summer when they can rent a timeshare unit for several days more for not much more money.
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Well, the thread seems about to die, so I thought I'd do a tally.

As of this writing there are 417 views, from which only 17 people answered the question. I find this amazing in itself. . .so much lurking, so little posting. And I think the view count is unduplicated, but Mike or somebody will tell me for sure.

Of the 17, only six are "cruise only," and the rest indicate some sort of mix.

If there's a theme, it is that rock-bottom price seems to be the determining factor in many cases.

I didn't give my view at the beginning, but we're clearly in the "mix it up" category. Probably fewer than half of our pleasure trips are on ships, even though we enjoy them very much. We're close to Mike's mindset. . .go lots of places and get to know lots of people and hopefully a little about what makes them tick.

Anyway, certainly not enough data here to conclude much of anything. Really a shame that so many people won't post simple answers to simple questions
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It IS a shame and thank you for bringing that up.

I wish we had ways to incentivize people to post more - if you have any ideas let me know.

However...

Let's be realistic. The new cruise paradigm is towards more elaborate shipboard activities for all ages; the Royal caribbean model, especially. There are people who just love cruise ships and cruise for the service, the food and for the freeing feeling of being at sea.

There are people who cruise for the onboard activities (floating resort ships, or floating amusement parks) - but the thing about that it that it is a little like Disneyland - you don;t make it your exclusive vacation.

I have ALWAYS considered cruising to be a means of travel, and I am not a fan of languid Caribbean cruises - they bore me silly. Just waiting around for the next meal or trivia game is fine if you need an escape from real life, but I prefer the cruise as a travel adventure paradigm myself.

But I am also a big fan of seeing a place in detail and getting to know it. But I would also never exclude cruises as a vacation based on much of the silly nonsense a lot of non-cruisers seem to perceive about them.
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