A timeshare purchase is never a good idea. Some people buy them with the idea of a financial investment, but a timeshare is not a good investment at all. Besides, there are lots of fees involved. I recomend you to read good information about timeshares and how to use it properly: http://www.timesharescam.com/blog/171-timeshare-properties/
If we opt to purchase cruiseship time, it will be on The World. I don't see that actually happening... but just saying that is the way we would go. Never a timeshare.
Our current time share package in Las Vegas does give us the opportunity to cruise.
We have quite a good package and we can stay at various resorts or sites for a fraction of the cost. My son has used the timeshare trading system for his last few cruises with friends.
I'm guessing it all depends on where you go and which timeshare group you belong to.
As for the World.... I would buy into that if I could.
I have been to a time share information meeting and they said you could trade time share time for cruise but the way the money shook out I thought it was not worth it. For less money a year I can just pick my cruise and cruiseline and go when I want and where I want not hassle of trading and having a "Home Resort" that I may be stuck with.
As for The World, I have looked into it. There are other cruise ship Condo's that are newer. The idea of living on a ship is great, but on a condo ship like The World it is everyday living, you have to clean your own apartment, do grocery shopping, cooking, dishes and laundry. It is just not the same as being a guest on a cruise ship with dining room, entertainment, maid service and everything done for you. I think it would be hard to see family and friends. I guess I'd use it more as long term vacation and not living year round on the ship.
I did read an article about " Mama Lee" (that's what the crew call her) that after her husband died she lives on cruise ships. She used to live on HAL untill they did away with the officers hosted dancing. She moved over to living on Chrystal Cruise lines because there the officers will dance with the passengers. It cost I think 162 K for the year if I recall.
When i was on the NCL Pearl I ran into a lady that had been on the ship for a few months. After her husband passed away she looks for a ship and spends a few months at a time on it. She said she does most of the year on ships. she does not like being home alone and she says she is never alone on a ship.
My sister has several timeshares. She can trade them in for cruise if she wants. She has found that she can do better booking cruises on her own. I would never buy a timeshare. You can't sell them. She gave a couple away to her kids. A friend gave them another and they took it. Everyone feels differently, though.
On our first cruise Monique and I met 3 couples in the MDR on Princess, who spend their time on cruises, They, along with another couple have a bridge club that cruises almost all year long. Their reason? It's cheaper than an old folks home. They were nicest people we have met in many years. They were a " hoot". The sense of humor and the give and take between them was priceless. The whole table was laughing within moments of their arrival.
I have seen where you can trade your timeshare weeks for a cruise. However, when you look at the cost it is cheaper to by your cruise.
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