Short cruises

does anything less than 5 days really count as a cruise ? Do you get bragging rights for a 3 day voyage ?

I mean, if someone tells you they've been on let's say 14 cruises, but you find out 11 of them have been 3 or 4 night getaways, would you consider them an " experienced " cruiser ?

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I think all cruises count....however if your a cruise addict you may not be able to fathom the thought of taking a short cruise.Wink Everyone who has cruised more than 1 time could be considered experienced. Its pretty much the same routine at the ports/dock/check in etc no matter how long your cruise is. The more you go through the processes of cruising the more you know. Also, things change so there is always something more to learn on cruise.

No matter how short the cruise, you still experience embarkation, disembarkation, check in, dining, ports, etc. With each cruise, we become more comfortable with all the processes.

I also think that cruises of all lengths cdount. If that is all the time that you can vacation, then it is great that you can get away for even that short of a time.

The number of cruises or days at sea does not necessarily make an "experienced" cruiser. Many seasoned travelers have seen the world and taken very few cruises.

"Bragging rights"? Who cares? I consider someone who has taken any kind of cruise and made it back to port an "experienced" cruiser ..

Short cruises are just a tease... I even did a 5 day, and it was barely enough to get a tan! But I still love them and will join any cruise if someone asks/pays lol

I think all cruises count count. Yes to those of us addicts a 3 or 4 night is just not a cruise it is a weekend get away. For a lot of people that work 3 or 4 nights is all they can get. I know when I can not find friends with time off to go for a few weeks or a month I'll take a 3 or 4 night cruise as it is better then nothing.

3 and 4 night cruises are a great way to try a new cruise line. I did a 3 night Celebrity cruise to see if I liked Celebrity, then later I did a 14 and 10 night with them. I stayed away from Carnival for years until I gave them a try on a 4 night, I had enough fun to cruise with them 7 more times.

What gets me is people that have only cruised with one cruise line 2 or 3 times and then argue that that line is the best when they have nothing to compare it with. (but maybe we just don't understand their way of life)

Even if someone does the same 3-night cruise over and over on the same ship to the same ports, I think every cruise “counts”. They found what the like, they’re happy and they’re cruising!

A cruise is a cruise, but since we aren't close to most cruise ports the cost of transportation would almost be more than the cost of a three or four day cruise. Our next cruise is a 5 day out of Charleston, South Carolina. We can drive there.

Ok, how about this. Cruise lines now give perks based on sea days accumulated. Years ago, some lines gave loyalty perks based on the number of cruises. So, a three night cruise counted the same as a ten night cruise. How would you feel if your neighbor got more perks because she took three 3 night cruises and you took one 10 day voyage ?

Carnival was notorious for this and some people padded their cruise history with short cruises. Of course Carnival used to allow cruises on any of their lines count towards loyalty rewards.

That is how it was when I started cruising with RCCL, every cruise counted the same. But that was 20 years ago.


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