Considering 27 day cruise. Pros and cons?

My husband and I love cruising, but have never done more than 14 days. We are considering a 27 day cruise with Princess and would like some thoughts on what people like, and don’t like, about the longer cruises. Thanks. 

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I mistakenly posted my response to you on the wrong thread, one two years old. Anyway, our longest was almost three months. We thought we might kill each other being cooped up in a tiny cabin that long. But liked it so much I could have gone another month. It really depends upon how long one has been cruising and the type of cruise one enjoys. I believe the average cruiser evolves over time as tastes change, particularly with the age of said cruiser.

 

For instance, our first cruise was only a week long, we loved it. But 28 years later I detest taking a cruise that is much shorter than three weeks. I hate getting on a cruise and hearing about disembarkation procedures every day. We have always preferred the smaller vessels and expedition style itineraries, but today, on shore excursions taking a 14 hour tour and climbing an extinct volcano I don't do much of.  We have found we really like sea days anymore, so we book a lot of trans-ocean voyages. We also like to remain on board in port if something there doesn't pique our interest, particularly if we have visited a port multiple times. The larger ships with all the amenities they have to offer are fun, but they generally involve cruises of short duration. I find that the quality of service, food, entertainment and the all-around cruise experience diminishing in proportion to the length of the voyage. 

 

Some say that once you book a balcony you won't ever be satisfied without one. For us that is so true, in fact, no balcony mini-suite for me means no cruise. We also enjoy dress up or formal nights. Only about 25% of cruisers anymore like formal so it is becoming increasingly difficult to find lines that cater to that one quarter. Many complain over the nickel and dime character of today's mass market cruising. I really have no problem with that as it allows those with limited disposable funds to enjoy cruising while those with more resources can pay extra for almost every aspect of a voyage and still have a high quality cruise. The luxury cruise lines generally use smaller vessels and include just about everything in the base price including booze and shore excursions. I chuckle, since when on board those you hear guests complaining, like, I don't drink so I don't want to subsidize the boozers, or I don't eat meat so I don't want to pay for someone's else's gourmet feast, or I would rather pay for shore excursions and not have them included in the base price. LOL how in the world do they think the nickel and dime game got started in the first place?    

Outstanding...KENN...you nailed it..haven't done em as long as you, but close....we keep our own company mostly, but love listening to the complaints...

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My husband and I love cruising, but have never done more than 14 days. We are considering a 27 day cruise with Princess and would like some thoughts on what people like, and don’t like, about the longer cruises. Thanks. 

 

Sorry bout that got bushwacked in the middle....the longest we've been away is 3 weeks...not even considering being able to leave home for that long...I assume you have that covered...first, we keep our own company, don't travel with others...tried it once and don't like having a committee meeting to make decisions...besides, we like having dinner ourselves.  Sitting at bars is different.  Having said all that, there's no doubt sitting on the balcony watching the world slip by isn't boring for us.   I like the "diminishing returns" KENN mentioned...after awhile, you've hit the restaurants, seen the shows, and you better be physically able to do some of the tours on those long ones...otherwise...there you is...with a week or more to go...

 

 

Awesome trip to consider doing.

Well said Ken. I was just going to say Cons: none.

 But I do remember when we took our first 30day Tahiti cruise. We knew there were 8 sea days and we were concerned weather we would like it. Well 7 days into it we could not believe we had to get off the ship the next day. I’m looking forward to longer cruises.

Only conn I could conceive would be if you had a totally noisy boor for a neighbour that disturbed the cruise all the time but the chances of that are minimal and can always ask the cruise staff to take care of it so I see nothing but upsides to 28 days.

Like Kennicott stated -- as long as you aren't susceptible to cabin fever (make sure to use the entire ship, not just your cabin), everything should be fine!

We enjoy longer cruises.  Some of them are actually B2B, so in those cases menus and entertainment will often be repeated  This doesn't really bother us, menus have enough choice that we do not have to eat the same thing twice and entertainment is not all that important to us.  Some people get very upset about these things though, especially if they didn't realize it was actually two cruises marketed together.  One of the tests is if it returns to the starting port in the middle of the cruise.  At least Princess doesn't make you attend the safety drill twice.  Some other cruise lines do.

After taking a Grand Voyage of 72-day ( extended to 92-days with a B-to-B) on HAL & enjoying it so much, we signed up for a 115- day Grand World on HAL in 2014.  Just recently we returned for our 4-month, 113-day  Grand World 2018 on HAL.  The hardest part was making sure that all arrangements were covered while we were away - bills, mail, cars, house checks, A/C, tax returns, etc...  It was wonderful to unpack once.  You quickly make friendships that last as you get to know other passengers over the longer period of time.  You get to visit exotic ports without the hassle of International flights.  Usually the food and service are better.  There are plenty of extras.  Of course, the cost is high but well worth it.  I would love to do another World cruise. 

 

I cant imagine 72-115 days...you're making my eyes water....

 

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