Cost Comparing Cruises

Would you rather spend a lot of money on one cruise and go first class or spend a little money on a bunch of cruises and scale down?

I can understand if people who have limited vacation time and can only cruise once a year want to go all out for their vacation ... But if you are retired and can cruise frequently, it seems to me there are ways to scale down on cabin choice and cruise more often!  The cabin is the least important part of the cruise to me.....

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By being thrifty, we can cruise twice a year (maybe three times this year, fingers crossed) instead of only once. I at least want an ocean view for the natural light, but we don't have to have a balcony or a suite. We don't spend much on the ship or in port, but we enjoy ourselves. I wouldn't cut back so far that we felt deprived of a great experience, but we don't mind doing without the extras (except my specialty coffee--must have it at all cost Big Smile At least one cruise per year is a cheaper five day--it's enough to get a winter fix.

We are in spa balconies this time, but that's because we had to wait so late to book the Splendor (vacation schedules) that we didn't have much other choice besides bad locations and interior rooms, and it's important to us to be close together. Next cruise, we'll be back to our usual cheaper cabins. Our normal big splurge is a cove balcony, which isn't much more than OV, but it's our very favorite cabin type and quite a bit cheaper than a regular balcony.

Suites are wasteful, imho. One suite could equal two cruises, with plenty of extra spending cash.

Because we have to fly everywhere... and from Canada--- usually cost two to three times the price of the cruise. I really want to cruise more often with an inside cabin. But costs area big factor at the moment.

We fly from western Canada, and like johngold, the cost of the flights is always higher than the cruise. We cruise on a budget and choose a porthole window or Oceanview, never a balcony. We've also only cruised with Carnival because their cruises have been much more budget friendly for us.

Less money for more cruising without scaling down too much (still gotta have a balcony). Last year I was comparing a cruise on RCL vs Carnival for the family vacay. It was almost 2x as much, so we stayed with Carnival.

So far I've been cruising once a year. I'd like to do two but I like a balcony. For me it's a must do. If I could do two a year I'm good with that. But yes, a balcony is more money. I love cruising but not ten times a year. Don't want to be burned out on it plus I still have to work.

I generally go about every 8 months. I get a balcony, as I need the private outdoor area to hit that perfect "Zen".

Jan 18 will probably be the last for about 18 months due to impending retirement, and not sure about finances (it may take a while for my retirement checks to start flowing regularly, as well as new home cost, moving, hopefully new (used) boat, etc.)

You've mentioned "burned out" before but I don't think you realize how much life changes when you are retired ... The sameness of the days when you are not working gets old after awhile and having a cruise to anticipate and sail on breaks up that monotony. I like having somewhere to go and something to look forward to every month ... I will never get burned out on cruising and fear the day when traveling becomes too difficult for me ... for now, it keeps me young.

We never stay in suites but do want an outside cabin, at least. When we sailed in the 80s with our kids, we booked inside cabins to save money. We now do longer cruises since we are retired. Before retirement we were saving money for our retirement. Now that we sold our house and no longer need to save for retirement, we have money to take longer cruises and other vacations as well. We just returned from a 5-night vacation in GA and stayed at a lovely resort, The Legacy on Lanier Lake. Anyone ever been there?

I live in Dahlonega Ga. It is near Lake Lanier.


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