Retirees VS Vacationers - Be Kind

I consider myself blessed to be a retiree on permanent vacation 365 days a year. On my last cruise, I realized how many people that are still working can only cruise when vacation time permits and/or resources allow.  I totally get why they are trying to make the most of their time and became particularly sensitive to other cruisers raining on their parade.  

Hope everyone is CONSIDERATE of other cruisers and realizes not everybody has the time and resources to do everything they want to do.

Feeling fortunate and blessed to be cruising ... how 'bout you?

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At 61, I have no plans to retire any time soon and will continue to enjoy getting up and going to work somewhere. Wink

 

Very Blessed thanks for asking, sailing NORWEGIAN SKY JAN 2017...

Absolutely!

At 54 years old, I have 874 days till I retire -- which I am looking forward to with every fiber of my soulBig Smile

 

61? Hah!   I thought you were around 35.

Aaaahhhh, you sure do how to make an old man blush.

Big Smile

When I was in my 50's I sure felt like I was in my 30' but how thing changed in the last 6 years. 

We feel fortunate to have the flexibility to cruise regardless of retirement status.

I still work but try to schedule engagements around my desired cruise schedule.  That might sound silly but I prefer not to have deliverables while I'm away.  For example, a couple years ago I had chapter galleys to review and return. I could not bring my entire reference library with me and had a tough time getting large files to email in order to meet my deadlines.  It was frustrating to say the least.  When I have work to do, I appreciate the ability to connect from the cabin rather than going to the Internet lounge where it is noisier. 

Regardless of my situation, I try to be sensitive to others.

We'll likely travel less after retirement than we do now since most of our cruise funds come from bonuses and profit sharing.  One thing we are looking forward to is the opportunity to take longer cruises.  Seven day cruises are about the max we can do now. 

At the moment, we are looking forward to our 5 day Bahamas cruise in January.  It's the only cruise that fit in the time we could take off--old ship, subpar itinerary, but we appreciate the opportunity to go, and we'll enjoy it to the max Big Smile

I was fortunate enough to have quit my last permanent position in my late 30's,  since then I have only done contract work for who I want when and if I want.  I would take a contract around my cruises and household projects (can't work,  painting the house or when getting a vacancy ready for new tenant). When I'd get a call to see if I wanted a position they would ask "When is the next cruise"  LOL   They knew what was more important to me.

 

I have been blessed enough to go semi retired in my late 30's and full retired at about 50.  The only problem with retiring so young is that all your friends are still having to work so not a lot of friends to go cruising with Sad.

 

When I traveled with friends that were working they did try and cram everything in and see everything not knowing if they would ever get back to those countries.   I prefer a much slower pace of travel and seeing things,  if I like a place I will go back to visit again.

We are both still working - and can only afford to cruise once a year. The cost of air flights from western Canada is usually more than the cost of the cruise. We use other vacation time to visit with our children and grandchildren who live in different parts of the country from us.

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