Do you go for quantity of cruises or length?

So on one of my creeping through the boards and looking at some old and new topics mood, I notices that there are so many varied opinions and preferences on length of cruise to book.


Now personally, I think that even a 7 day is even too short, but it's my go to length given work and time off that I can take. It gives me the opportunity (if budget also is there) to do 2 cruises a year. I am keeping an eye on some longer cruises, but I only get 2 weeks off in a year.


I'm curious with some folks that have numerous cruises booked in a year and some massive re-positioning to boot that where does the time and money come from?? Of course there is probably a perfectly fine explanation like possibly part time work or retirement, but wouldn't mind hashing out the question of... Do you go for one nice long cruise in one shot, or do you try and go for a few shorter cruises? 


I long for the day I can just pick up and take any cruise I desire, but unfortunately a girl has gotta workCrying 

Do you put all your eggs in one basket, or do you spread them out?


And GO!

35 Answers

We do both. I prefer the longer 14 to 30 day cruises. We will do 7 day and occasionally a 3/4 day. We are retires and for the most part travel at the drop of a hat. So we will book a week or two out for some really good deals. No we usually can't pick our cabin and it's almost always inside. But I don't care not in room that much and I'm on a ship.Happy

Being single, cruise length is determined by what friend I get to go with me. I have done everything from 3 night weekend party cruises out of my local port to Baja up to 10 night Greek Islands and a couple 14 night transatlantic cruises where I extended them with land travel to turn them into 3 to 5 long week vacations.

If I 'd have more travel companions, I'd be happy to do a lot more cruises. I think a 90 day world cruise would be great. My limiting factor is finding friends that have the time off and money to go with me.

I went semi-retired in 1999. Since then I only take contract positions for people I know in my old industry. They all know to ask me before I start what my travel plans are. I have been on some contract jobs that they have called in another contract worker to fill in when I go on a cruise.

For me a 3 or 4 night cruise is more of a quick get away then a cruise. 7 nights is ok, but 10 to 14 nights is when it starts to get good.

Yes, you can really enjoy and savor longer cruises.

I am quite happy with the 10 - 14 day cruises but would like to try a longer one. I just cannot wrap my head around a 3 or 4 day cruise. It takes me 2 to 3 days to unwind into cruise mode and the last day is always thinking and packing to leave so I would get nothing but frustrated from a 3 or 4 day not to mention the prep and costs to and from the port. The short ones would be great for a long weekend if you lived in or close to a port but for some of us in the middle if the continent that is not an option. I loved the 14 night cruise we did last year but my wife was not as enthused. By about day 12 - 13 she was wanting to go home and we still had a few days in our destination port plus the trip home to go.

I've only done 7-8 night cruises due to difficulty getting extended time off from work. Once I retire, I look forward to the longer cruises.

Same here. I did one 5 day and it was just too short. Even the 7-8 nights feel short. Work right now is my contributing factor as well. I could probably do a 14 day cruise, but I'm stuck for the rest of the year with no time off Crying

Short trip of 7 days are reserved for Bermuda, like the next one in 2017. I like the long 21 or so that take up my entire holiday. Moneys worth and all that.

Now I will take a 7 day when we decide as a group where we are going and when...Big Smile

I am looking forward to the time to take a RT LA to Hawaii, and a Transatlantic B2B with a Mediterranean cruise.

A world cruise would be great, or at least a transpacific.

Length over frequency, hands down. Air travel is challenging for both of us. We prefer to get out of the cold for a month each winter and cruising is the most enjoyable way to escape, for us.

I usually do two 7 or 8 day cruises a year. I work in a small department so it is hard for me to get two weeks off at a time. They have let me do it to visit family in Germany because the airfare is so expensive so it is not worth it to go over there for a week, but that is an exception. I do hope to do some longer cruises when I retire.


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