Taking a Long Cruise

How long is too long?  I know many feel the longer the cruise the better it might be but I have to admit I was exhausted after 18 days with 6 more days to go ...Maybe I'm too old but even with mixing up the daily activities on or off the ship, I grew so tired towards the end that I had to retreat for a long hibernation to my cabin for a few days.  I had sensory overload from all the sights and food overload from so many options and numerous meals per day and people overload from mingling with strangers for so many days ...I think 2 weeks is my new limit ...

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It's all in the mindset. We took a 28 day HI and SoPac cruise in 2015 and it was a fabulous adventure. We were ready for the length of the trip.  Same goes for the B2B 15 day Panama Canal cruises we took this year.  We were in the right head space for the extended trip. Don't get me wrong. When the end of the cruise came around, we were ready to go home. We loved both voyages.

Presently, we are considering the 60 day Circle So. America cruise in 2018. One of the major conversation topics as part of our decision making is "Can we do 60 days on a ship?" The discussion is ongoing :)

I've only ever done 7 or 8 day cruises. I have a 10 day planned in April. If it goes well, I can see a 15 day LA/Hawaii in the future.

As much as I like to dream about a 120 day world cruise, I'm not sure I could take it without checking out the shorter cruises first.

I've done a 7 day. a 15 day and a 23 day. I really want to do a nice 32 to 35 day Princess from down under to Vancouver... But that cost to much right now.

What I really want is 6 month world cruise, like Gloria took.

Mmmm. maybe I can start crowdfunding for that.

 

Our longest was 15 days.

My longest cruise was 2 weeks but we did a week in Porto Rico first and then a couple weeks in London after it.   I also did a couple weeks in Rome before a 14 night transatlantic to Florida where we spent time in Florida after it and on my 10 night Greek Island cruise we did a couple weeks in Rome before  and after the cruise.  After traveling for 5 or 6 weeks I could have done more.  I want to tray a 60 day cruise,  but no friends have the time off or $$ to do it rite now.  

 

I think it is just mind set.....I did not think I was staying on the ship or the hotel for weeks,   I looked at the hotel and ship as my home for the next month.  This mindset also had me relaxed to not be running to cram everything in in a day or two.   I had enjoyed it so much that I did a month or longer trip each year for a few years.

We prefer to cruise for 7-8 days at the most and then spend a week or so on a land vacation in Florida when we get off the ship. Booking a B2B doesn't interest either my husband or me.

 

 

I think I would like to try it at least once.

Another consideration to mull over when considering an extended length cruise is the cabin you will inhabit. Having a balcony, more room to move around in the cabin, and a couch / love seat have become more important to us. On extended-length and transoceanic cruises, there are lots of consecutive sea days and hanging out in the cabin is a pleasant break from the hustle-bustle on the public decks. Choosing a cabin category became much more important to us because the older PC ships do not routinely include a sofa/love seat in the balcony class staterooms.  For one of those, you need to jump up to the mini-suite. Newer PC ships have a Premium balcony category which includes a love seat but not much in the way of additional space. 

While it may not seem important to you, at least take a few moments to consider the point within the context of your personal tastes and needs. Being cooped up in an interior cabin for a month would have made us cray-cray-crazy... but ymmv.

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