DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

Land vs Sea Vacations

Having sailed for 8 days and traveled New England for 8 days, I can attest to the fact that I spent twice as much on the land portion than the sea portion.  We talk about being nickle-dimed to death on a cruise, but the daily land costs are far worse.

Cruising truly is a "better bang for your buck"!  Do you agree?

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ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I spend on a 7 day cruise about 2800 for the cruise and 100 for gas, 250 for a hotel and about 600 on board the ship.  That's $3750.00.  So I think it would all depend on what hotels you would stay at and meals and entertainment.  Excluding air fair.   So, I would say its about even.

I agree totally!

 

here is my reasoning,,, we went to Niagara Falls a year ago for one of the boys HS graduations. here is a breakdown 6 ppl went:

- from NC it is a 12 hr drive to the falls, 2 tanks of gas

- to Miami it is also a 12 hr drive 2 tanks of gas

ONCE we reach the port no more driving! were as we still drove around Niagara.

overnight stay for both on trips

- meals when in Niagara,,, $40 for breakfast $80 for lunch $120 for supper PLUS approx. $20 for extra snacks - one day up to $260 * 4 = 1040

- excursions - $50 per person for a 3 item ticket in niagra - $300 that is enough for us to do something for one day some days we just hung out so that total I about $800.

- we caught a deal on the Ontario side of the falls for $80 a night for a room that would sleep 6 this was 6/1 5 days at 80 = $400 not including the 15% sales tax and extra tourist fees

subtotal - 2240

We are going after Thanksgiving to Caymans and Jamaica - 2 ocean view rooms with 3 jn each room $2403 with normal food included. we will get an excursion in both places so that will run about $700 total for what we are looking at. not figuring in grats since we tip at hotels and restaurants, we will be using auto grats on cruise, plus pay extra to cabin stewards. One thing is that I do not have to arrange food plans,, if we all want to eat at different places, we can, while at a land based place we have to agree on where to go.

 

I did not include parking for you have to pay to park at both Niagara and the port so that is a wash.

 

 

 

I do agree.  I have the added benefit of living within driving distance (30 minutes to 2 1/2 hours) from 3 major ports so airfare is a big savings. 

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Without even looking at prices, cruising to me is a better deal because I am not driving all day.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Cruising is a better deal---if---.

On land Monique  and I can use our timeshare and buy a few groceries, and spend a week someplace and not spend a great deal. If we want to go anywhere we always have high airfares so that applies to both.

On land we may want to play golf... and depending on how many games we want to get in.. it adds up fast.

But take that away and cruising is better because the scenery is always changing.

 

BonMike
Contributor Level: Captain

We find the cost to be equal. We stay in Comfort Inn hotels which offer breakfast,  rent an economy car and often will buy a salad or fresh deli item for lunches and suppers. The portion sizes are way too big in most restaurants and we prefer to not eat heavy meals every night. 

We enjoy the shows and music on the ship but on land we often will go to an outlet mall or relax by the pool in the evenings and enjoy the warm evening air.

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Absolutely agree!  The cost of accommodations and dining add up quickly and that doesn’t consider shows, transportation and all the other wonderful things included in a cruise.  There are still a few places cruise ships can’t reach though, so we certainly enjoy land travel to the right destinations!

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

I think when I move next, it will be based around cruise ports Yummy

 

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I agree 100%. Sea is by yfar the better bang for the buck plus I enjoy it more. The added benefit of a cruise is once I am on the ship I do not have to worry about driving or getting from a to b. If i want to relax and have a few too many .. well my bad but it is ok. I do not have to worry about reservations or where to stop or plan fuel stops, food stops etc. It is worry free, hassle free. We still do land vacations because my wife likes a variety. Shi likes to cruise but she also likes other things. Me on the other hand would prefer to be on a ship .. done like dinner.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Cruising is a better deal.  No driving,  no cooking,  maid service..... I'm good.

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