Why are cruises addictive?

Hello wonderful peeps!

Just wanting to ask why you are or are not addicted to cruises?

I have seen many people who've been on multiple cruises. I'm asking because we just purchased a vacation plan (aka timeshare) and I tried to book a place but had a really difficult time finding an available unit. Or if they were available, they were somewhere in Asia or South America - not doable with just 9 days off of work. I'm thinking of selling our timeshare and just sticking to cruises. Even though I haven't even gone on my first cruise, I think it's something I'm going to like.

Any thoughts would be appreciated. And really I want to thank this group for being friendly and patient with all the questions.

21 Answers

Well for us it is a number of things. We enjoy going to bed and waking up in a different port to go out and explore. We enjoy the sea.

The crew on the ship takes really good care of you. Your cabin steward who keeps your room clean, the bar tenders who always have a smile and ready to make your drink. Your wait staff in the dining rooms. Good food whenever you want for the most part. They do close for 15 to 30 minutes from time to time. You can eat in a traditional dining room, buffet. Get some pizza or go to the grill. Or treat yourself to a specialty restaurant.

Entertainment, from musicals to comedy. Lounges with bands and solo musicians. Of course there are the pools and hot tubs and movies. Then of course if your a trivia buff, theirs always trivia going on.

You can be as busy as you want or you can just relax and do absolutely nothing.

All of this his without washing a dish, making a bed or even for the most part never requesting new linens. Throw you towel on the bathroom floor.....magic a clean one shows up on the towel rack.

addicted since 1995!

After cruising for about 25 years sometimes the destination is just being on a ship. I like days at sea, the motion of the ship.

With assigned dinning your MDR staff get to know you and have drinks ready for you before you get to the table. A cruise is inclusive of food, lemonade, tea or coffee from MDR and free eating venues. Lots of different entertainment and activities.

Think of a 4 star resort that is in a different city each day when you wake up, no packing and unpacking, everything you could need in one place and service to spoil you not to mention all the fun and relaxation.

Yeah....thank you both for those replies. I HATE packing. I traveled to Japan and had to switch hotels...that was a pain lugging all my stuff around. I think I'm going to like cruising for the simple fact that everything (mostly) is inclusive of your fare. I hate surprise bills! And I like the fact that there's entertainment included, not having to worry about being in a different city and searching for tickets and then having to pay lots of money for those tickets.

Ho hum...now to sell this timeshare! Wish me luck...although with RCI, we were able to book our upcoming cruise for the lowest rate I've seen online.

For me, I like several things.

My 20 something y.o. kids will join me on a cruise, but not a land based vacation. Even better, they can't stray too far away, so I get some good family time.

I enjoy the pampering and endless choice of food.

I enjoy not having to reach for my credit card every time I choose an activity or go to dinner. (although upselling is very much a thing on cruises now!)

I enjoy visiting the ports, although I find the ship to be the destination and the ports are a "bonus." I enjoy shore excursions that get my whole family doing things they wouldn't otherwise do, like tubing through a cave or zip-lining.

I enjoy all of the live shows and find myself in the main theatre every night.

I get all of this and at a very reasonable price. (generally less than it would cost for a similar land based vacation)

For me, it is the total escape from the normal stress-ridden existence.

No employer, no mail, no news media, nothing but a ship-load of crew trying to make me feel like I am important.

It is a fantasy world (and one I pay for), but it is a welcome escape from reality.

Way back in the day, before we ever cruised, I was under the delusion it was for the rich and famous, and somewhat of a mystery. What I knew was land vacations, including kids, turned into a real PITA, and way too much work. After returning from an extended Thanksgiving thang, I said never again, and meant it. Fortunately we had some neighbors back then who cruised "a lot"...we sat down one evening over a buncha refreshments, (the TGIF kind), and they educated us...including what happens, and what it costs, and how to do it. (we're still talking cruising here kids heheh) It suddenly dawned on me cruising works out way better than land vacations, and basically all we had to do is get there. Havent been on an extended driving vacay in many years. Others have said all that need to be said about the value of it.

Now that we've been retired awhile (let it go at that but who's counting?) We've been going on 2 a year, and we have em scheduled clear into 2021, sometimes 3 a year. Best bang for the buck there is. And I may have mentioned, I never did find one of those burial suits with the secret pocket so you can take it with you.

Well for me, it is the lure of being pampered and catered. Living the royal life on a bourgeoisie wage. King and Queen for a week with a wait staff. We are not tyrants, a clean towel that I did not wash gives a reprieve from the monotony of "head of house". The room steward sets the pace for us. If he/ she is friendly and attentive, it goes a looong way in transitioning small cruise hiccups. The service is reflective in the gratuity and a small gesture like remembering your name is an added bonus.

The whole part of cruising is the cruise itself, rekindling that special oneness lost in the day to day toils of life, exploring new places on your own terms. Cruising is a metaphorical retreat from the taxing cares of the world. Yes, the ocean is our playground. addicted and loving it!

For me, a cruise is the perfect combination of adventure, relaxation, and pampering. The different ports are adventurous, but if I want to relax at the ship or on the beach then that is an option as well. And the best part is that all those pesky chores I would have to do--like cooking, cleaning, making the beds, etc.--are done for me.

A cruise is like an all in one vacation- you get to experience everything that you would on land or resorts. On the ship there is a variety of entertainment- comedy, dance, broadway musical shows, bands, etc plus there are a variety of eating venues from room service to casual to elegant dining. The shore excursions can be a walking tour, a beach , an all day resort. A cruise can give a passenger a taste of just about anything.

Well, you get to go on a ship and get pampered. Unpack once and you are set. Never have to make a bed or prepare a meal. Get to see more places than you ever, ever would otherwise.

Give me a minute, I'll think of something.

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