Sunday, January 20, 2013

Do You Cruise?

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I just read a blog post at 2 Wired 2 Tired Travels about a cruise she went on. Over the years, I've read about many cruise adventures from various bloggers, but I've always nodded my head, thought, 'that might be nice,' and moved on.  In the last year or so, I've become really, really interested in the idea of a family cruise, and now the idea is peaking.

A lot of you know we usually travel to Europe once a year for our big family vacation (something we love, Love, LOVE).  There have been times we have saved here and there all year long to plan out the exact trip we want.  Next year, however (we've already paid for our upcoming trip this year), I'm considering two things instead:

A).  A cruise in Europe (not sure I'd like this as much as a land trip though, because it's so nice to just be there that I might not want to spend a good part of the trip on the water), but if you've done this I could maybe be persuaded...I dunno.  Please...post away on your experiences with such a cruise, I'd love to hear about it.  I bet a lot of us would!

B).  Skipping Europe all together (gasp...I can't believe I said it), and do a cruise (the price would probably be about the same...I think?  Maybe a cruise would be more? I've heard they can get pretty pricey).

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And what about Disney...has anyone been on a Disney Cruise?

And on any cruise, do you have to pay for all of the great activities on board, or are they inclusive?

Any ideas, thoughts, experiences, opinions welcome.  I'm just in the fishing stage on this one, but the reality of a family cruise might not be so far off after all (I bet the kids would love it!).

Totally looking forward to your thoughts and ideas.

44 comments:

  1. I went to the bloggers at sea conference in 2012 & loved it. It was a bit pricey with the excursions, but a normal vacation w/paying for hotel & food the whole time would cost even more.

    The only bad thing for us was that the last 2 days the wind really picked up (enough so that they blocked off the 2 highest decks at night) so could really feel the ship rocking, where as didn't before. Plus for like 2 days after that still felt like was on a moving vessel. But if had the money would do it again.

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Lucy! I hadn't thought of the wind rocking the boat...for some reason I thought they'd be immune to it since they're so large (silly, I know)> something to consider...def. I appreciate your input tons!

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  2. I have not been on one, but had a few riends that have, one loved it as all went smoothly, another got sick, caught something on the cruise, and didn't enjoy it much. Can be hit or miss I guess.

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    1. There are so many reports in the news of tainted food, and I know it's a small percent of the overall total, but it makes me nervous anyway.

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  3. I almost booked a Disney cruise when my kids were younger, but we decided to just go to Disney World instead. I do want to go on a cruise some day for sure though!

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    1. Disney World is just never a bad choice. : )

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  4. I have been on a few cruises and they are fun. But ... you definitely want to find one that caters to what you are looking for.
    You don't want to be with your family when all the passengers are in their 20's and looking to mingle for example! :)
    LOL

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    1. Good point, and if we do opt for a cruise it'll be one I take to heart.

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  5. I have not been on a Disney cruise but I have been on a few other cruises. I went on a cruise from San Francisco to Alaska and back. I have been about the Caribbean and up the New England Coast and also down to Mexico out of Long Beach Ca.
    But you mentioned going to Europe via boat. I went to Europe with my father about 7 years ago via boat. We left out of Ft Lauderdale and landed in Copenhagen. We returned via South Hampton in England to NYC.
    I have a health issue which precludes me from flying. My father wanted to travel and I was the only one of his children who was able to take the time (It was about 5 weeks total that we were gone). It did not take long to get over to Europe but once we were there we did some sightseeing and one of my brothers lives with his family in London so my father wanted to spend some time with them. My husband came over for the 10 or so day we were in London (He can fly so he did--it was his first time out of the country other than the cruise we took for our honeymoon).
    I enjoy cruising. I think for the money it is a wonderful value. You just have to be sure that this is the way you want to travel. My husband loves it now (our honeymoon was his first time on a cruise).

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    1. Copenhagen is on my top ten list of places I want to see and soon! Your cruise sounds fabulous!

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  6. Those cruise ships look great! I have never been on a cruise but I know persons who have and they said it was a wonderful time.

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    1. I used to think they were old folks vacations, but I don't any more. So either I'm an old folk now (a DISTINCT possibility) or I've broadened my horizons in thinking (I'm sticking w/the latter). :)

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  7. we went on a cruise as a family years ago.
    my parents, my brother, my aunt/uncle and their 2 kids...
    we just did a regular cruise, not Disney.
    I LOVED IT. would for sure do it again, when the money is there ;)
    it gets pricey for the excursions... but they really get you with the drinks. lol, if you don't drink, that makes a big difference :)

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    1. Nice that so many in the fam got to go at once! I like that idea too. I wouldn't mind if our in-law's came along, and I bet they'd like it.

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  8. We went on a cruise to Bermuda when my oldest was 2. It was a lot of fun. We left right out of Boston, which I liked too. We are thinking about a family vacation to a dude ranch! Doesn't that sound like fun?? (Well, maybe some would disagree....lol

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    1. I think it does sound neat. I'm all for the unusual and I bet a dude ranch would be a blast, esp. w/kids in tow!

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  9. I have many friends who have been on Disney cruises and love them. I want to go on a Disney cruise someday. We went on a cruise for our honey,on and it was awful, not the romantic experience we wanted. It was Boston to Bermuda. When I go on another cruise it will be on a bigger cruise line out of a more tropical port.

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    1. And you're a Disney lover right, so it might be a super good way to make up for your honeymoon cruise experience. :)

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  10. I have never been on a cruise myself, but I've always dreamed of going on a Mediterranean cruise! I've heard Alaskan cruises are so beautiful as well. But for a family, I think a Disney cruise would be perfect! Best of luck with the planning :)

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    1. A Mediterranean cruise would be awesome, I totally agree!

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  11. I have never been on a cruise yet, but would love to someday! That being said, I have heard of some dangerous situations taking place on cruises, specifically one by a past real estate agent and his wife. It was a near miss for her with one of the workers. She knocked on their cabin door, but couldn't get her busband to wake up (he's a sound sleeper), and was fumbling for her keys as the employee was starting to come on a little stronger than what she felt comfortable with. She got the door unlocked just in time. Kind of gave me the shivers when he told us. Also kind of made we wonder how badly I want to go on a cruise!

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    1. Can you even imagine it being a worker??? That would totally bum out the trip, I hope she reported the person when they docked.

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  12. Disney cruises are SO SO fun! They have activities for every age group and the best part is, you don't pay a thing for anything on the cruise! Unlimited food too! Thats the best part when you have a big group! We loved the disney cruise we went on it was so much fun and we were so entertained on the ship. We did a carnival cruise for our honeymoon and we had a good time, it was nice to relax on the ship, but we also did a lot of fun excursions on the shore too! Its nice to come back to a clean room, and an amazing dinner every night! I highly recommend a cruise! You can read about our cruise on my blog!!

    Here is the link, hope this helps!!
    http://toriandalex.blogspot.com/2012/06/party-for-twos.html

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  13. I say you should take a cruise. It's a memorable experience!
    All adventures are worth trying right?

    I went on one in 2008 and that was interesting.

    I think I wrote about it somewhere. Just need to find it.

    I say do it! :) Plus the ship does dock and you get to go explore!

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    1. you know I'll be hitting the search on your blog soon to find it. :)

      We've still got Hawaii on our radar too, and you make it sound fabulous there!

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  14. I've never been on one either, but I know tons of people who have. They all loved the Disney cruise but I have heard MANY times that the best vacations are the cruises to Alaska. My sister just returned from one and said it was AWESOME!!!

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    1. I've heard two people rave about their Alaskan cruises too, and their pictures were gorgeous.

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  15. We've never been on a cruise, but my younger sister loved hers! She went to Alaska.

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    1. thanks, Alissa. I've heard the cruises to Alaska are very full of gorgeous once in a lifetime scenery moments. Glad your sister enjoyed hers!

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  16. My brother in law did a cruise up around Norway and Denmark, and said it was amazing. I can't be on a boat, because I'll get sea sick, and I get too antsy and feel trapped, and think of a giant rogue wave coming.

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    1. A Norway/Denmark cruise would be right up my alley. Copenhagen, Malmo, & Oslo are so close together, it'd be three 'wanna sees' all off of my list (my list is pretty long, haha, I'm not ashamed to admit it). :)

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  17. I've been on two cruises and enjoyed them immensely. Typically one price should cover just about everything on board the boat. Now, you'll have to pay to do things once you get off at ports, but you might be able to buy package deals through the cruise line for these day trips. I've never been on a Disney Cruise, but I've been to their parks and seen what they're about. I can just imagine a Disney cruise, open purse, stick vacuum hose inside, and suck everything out.

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    1. LOL, totally accurate visual of our last trip to Disney World. It was so much cheaper when we were residents of the state. Now we go once every blue blue blue moon because it takes that long just to recover from the cost. ;)

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  18. Rosie,
    There are a few cruise-related articles at my blog already and I'm doing some posts on cruising next week. It's definitely too early for you to book that cruise yet, so you have lots of time to decide. I'll be sharing pros and cons of different cruise lines, costs and other logistics.

    My sons just asked today which is cheaper, cruise or Europe. Cruising is cheaper! Especially if you get a cruise line credit card (for the cruise line you plan to use). We earned enough points for a free cruise for two last year, just by paying monthly bills with our CC. :)

    Email me if you have specific questions. I'll ask the cruise planner I'm talking to next week!
    Karen

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    1. I totally thought of you when I was putting this up. If I'm not mistaken, you were one of the bloggers I have seen talking about a cruise in the past.

      The credit card idea is one I wouldn't have thought of, thanks for sharing!

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  19. I have been on many cruises and really enjoyed them. I do like the NCL cruise line the best, but never did a Disney cruise. With young children, Disney is probably the way to go.

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    1. They'll be 14 and 6 next year. I might even be able to coax the 20-yr old... a good excuse to get him to come home to visit, yes? :)

      Thank you for your reply. I'll give NCL a look, I haven't checked them out yet.

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  20. I have never been on one, but I would totally love to do an Alaskan cruise. Whale watching would be so cool! I have also broached the idea of a Disney Cruise with my husband who nixed that idea pretty quick. He would prefer to just walk around the park, but it sounds like a lot of fun to me!

    I am so jealous you get to go to Europe every year. I have never been anywhere where a passport is required. I look forward to seeing photos from your trip this year!

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    1. I love the idea of a cruise to Alaska, but I'm not sure I would be able to do it. Cold weather, on the water, with big (beautiful I am sure!) whales close by would scare me, I think. Silly, I know, but true.

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  21. I've never been on a cruise and I'm mightily jealous either way you spend your holidays. Europe is on my bucket list but a cruise would be nice too!

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    1. Then a cruise to Europe would be perfect to get two things knocked off the list at once! :)

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  22. I would never go on a Disney cruise. I love Disney, but I don't think I would like being trapped on a boat with that many kids....lol.

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    1. Ah but your boys would have so much fun. :)

      You have echoed my husband's first thought, lol. I don't mind all the kiddos. The more the merrier (usually). :)

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