I think the short answer is almost everybody. If ever there was an example of a total luxury, or "conspicuous consumption", its got to be cruising. You take nothing from it other than pleasant memories, pics, and some souvenirs. Its not like buying a car, or furniture or appliances. Or your mortgage or rent. No matter how you slice it, and despite our referring to it as an addiction (it is), it can't rank up there with what most folks have to do to get from day to day. And yet, people save for YEARS to take one. Retirees spend serious $$ doing it. Other people take several a year. And, the "economy"? I don't even want to go there. Seems like there's a huge number of people who are going to cruise no matter what insanity happens..following certain stock reports will confirm that. Those mega ships aren't being built with the "hope" they'll be sailing full up. I just think its absolutely amazing, given the daily struggle most folks have just to get by. Any thoughts?

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I think once people realize that oftentimes a cruise costs the same or less (depending on the line, destination, etc.) than a land vacation, it's easy for them to get into it and go more than once. Also - travel is becoming more of a focus than it has been in a long time, I think. Especially in my age group, 20's and 30's, experiences and memories are becoming a priority over material things and bigger houses. Travel is huge for many of us and cruising is one of several great ways to do it.

We did try to cruise very year but have not for the past 3 years due to money constraints plus the cost of flights just to get to a cruise port. We save and go when we can.

If you have been on a cruise you already know who cruises and why. Everyone cruises because they can, they must, they want to, they love it .....

It is sort of like an escape. It is sort of like reading is one form of escape but cruising is the ultimate escape from cooking, cleaning and the world as a whole which for the most part these days you must admit is pretty messed up.

Fascinating the answers so far..especially yours SARAH....folks way younger than us are on all our ships...and once some of em realize we may be old"er" but not yet decrepit, we have a grand ol time.

Well said... I can add nothing....

Cruising costs less than a land vacation, when you figure in all the costs of food, travel and drinks. Plus you go from destination to destination tired. Packing and unpacking.

That cost thing is what got me...before we actually took our first one, I was convinced it was just too expensive..I remember our first two cruises vividly...even tho we didn't have a clue as to what to do, how to do it, etc...and then when we actually figured it up, including "prep", it came out less than a serious land vacation, with none of the daily stuff, which gets tiresome after awhile, even tho its supposed to be a vackay. Nothing beats cruising for the best bang for the buck. and THEY do all the work. And for the newbies out there, the costs are actually controllable, depending on what kind of accommodations you want, excursions, packages and so on.

Yep .. as I always tell my better half .. why I always want a cruise as my vacation ... I drive to port and park the car and from then until we get back in the car I am in total relax mode with no worries other than me glass be empty mahn.

Cruising has become our preferred vacation method. Seems like you can control costs and know what you're getting. The "hotel" moves to the destinations, and if you stick to the plan, its less expensive than visiting several destinations (al la carte) with separate transportation, meals, and activities. You only unpack and pack once.

Negative: You only stay in a port 1 day (unless you cruise some high end boutique lines). But it provides a nice sample of destinations.

Or unless you go to Bermuda where any week long cruise stays 3 days.

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