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 $$ doing it. Other people take several a year. And, the "economy"? I don't even want to go there. Seems like there's a huge number of people who are going to cruise no matter what insanity happens..following certain stock reports will confirm that. Those mega ships aren't being built with the "hope" they'll be sailing full up. I just think its absolutely amazing, given the daily struggle most folks have just to get by. Any thoughts?
JUST WHO CRUISES ANYWAY?
Another group that cruises are the ones that friends kept "nagging" until he only way to shut them up was to go. (Just an aside: we are the "nagging" friends.) And then you become addicted and nag other friends. We started because I won a cruise, but continued because we saw different places, unpacked once, got warm during the Winter in CO, it was cost effective, totally relaxing, you could be as busy (set your hair on fire busy) or as laid back (sit in a deck chair and veg for a week) as you want, make new friends, share an adventure with other friends, found something we both enjoy, and it was a nice retirement activity. While cruising isn't for everyone it is an exciting adventure to save up $$$ and try at least once.
While cruising isn't for everyone it is an exciting adventure to save up $$$ and try at least once.
Now you're being sneaky heheheh...you know darn well what happens to most folks who try it "at least once"....
Like Yankee said, there seems to be a misconception that cruising is for the rich folks. I always thought so. What got me interested was the idea of cruising with Packer players. Surprised the heck out of me when my wife agreed. We went on 4 of those cruises before we left the nest and did one on our own. That was an Alaskan cruise.
We cruise, because it is there. Build a cruise ship and we will come