Is Cruising Still a Better Way to Vacation?

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ok I agree with 8 of the 9 points. #4" The service is better." Not always. A resort can and often surpasses what you receive on a ship as far as customer service is concerned, although it is subjective. #9 point is right on. a home base such as the ship was great for the family when we all went to Bermuda.

Having done both cruising and land vacays, I would normally say that Cruising is the better vacation. However, being from Canada and our dollar sucking tremendously right now, it is cheaper in the long run for me and my wife to book a land vacation to an all inclusive resort. Personally though I would much rather be on the ship and agree with most points in that article!

Being from Edmonton, I would prefer to cruise the Panama Canal. But I agree, the dollars sucks right now and I don't forsee any change soon. But I still book an Alaska Cruise out of Vancouver for next July.

Sans the currency conversion issue, we have held that cruising vacations cannot be beat in terms of value... for us.

I guess I can generally agree with all his points. But we are hard core cruisers so perhaps a little bias there. On items # 3 and # 4 however he leaves a lot of room for debate. All that fine service from waiters familiar with you in the MDR as he espouses is almost something in the past. The only time I can agree with that is when we are on the "All Inclusive" line that we have cruised on for about 120 days so far (# 4). As far as # 3 goes, I get his point but believe he embellishes. I'm often asked my advice as to what's good on cruising and not so good by friends considering going on one. I always lead with his # 9 in my response.

To my Canadian friends here. We just got off a Princess Cruise/Tour of your east, 7 days in your great hotels and 5 days touring in your coaches. Never been to Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, never even heard of "Sugar Shacks" before, or never have been in that neck of the woods except for Halifax. Anyway, absolutely loved it. Go Canada.

PS--I didn't even know about the conversion stuff. I actually thought the USD and the Looney were about the same, before we got there. Thank you very much.

#1 I agree that for me a cruise can not be beat, one of my sister inlaw does not like a cruise because you get limited time in port. I can see her point. My favorite is to mix a transatlantic cruise with a few weeks in Europe pre or post cruise.

#4 For service I have gotten much better service at hotels and restaurants then the bad service I had on NCL Star. RCI and Celebrity give great service each time I have been on them. Carnival is always friendly and fun service. I think part of it is the assigned seating in MDR, Same staff each night, better service.

#5 Taxi fare will be spent for excursion or Taxi in port.

#6 Nothing like a sunset at sea.

#7 The all you can eat is is a double edge sword, Nice to eat all you want and not pay more. Not nice to gain a few pounds on each cruise.


Most of our vacations are now cruises but occasionally we do a road trip with our travel club.

Many of our Canadian neighbors will not be down over the winter this year because for now it is too expensive for them,. We will miss them.

I'll be cruising the Panama Canal for the third time next year. I hope that you get to do it too in the future. Alaska is a wonderful destination and I know that you will enjoy it. July is a great time to visit.


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