Posted October 26th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Some people like to travel and immerse themselves in the local culture (ie: backpacking through a region and staying in hostels, eating in local restaurants, completely soaking up the culture.) To them, spending just a few hours in each port would be useless to them. Some people like picking a single destination and spending their time discovering the area while enjoying a hotel or resort. Some people are afraid of water. Some people get terrible motion sickness. Some people get bored by the rather structured life on board a ship, especially on sea days.
To be honest, I am still not quite sold on cruising. I truly enjoy being part of this forum and learning more about cruising, but from a personal standpoint...I need another cruise or two to decide if it's for me or not. There are aspects I enjoy, and there are aspects that I do not enjoy. The same goes for "traditional" land-based vacations. The question for me is - which one do I enjoy more. Currently, it's land-based vacations. That may change some day, but right now I am not completely sold on cruising.
The biggest thing for me is that I travel constantly for work, and love being part of the local culture...seeing things few tourists see, getting myself in to somewhat "sticky" situations where the true side of a country, good or bad, comes out, etc. You generally can't do that on a cruise - you pull up to a beach in Jamaica but it could be any beach in the world for that matter.
That isn't to say I dislike it. It just may not be completely for me as it is for most people on CC. That being said, like I said, I truly enjoy being part of this forum and learning more about it, which does keep the chances high that I will continue to at least give cruising a chance.
These posts describe me pretty well. I've only been on a few cruises and while there are some things I really like, there are other factors that make me hesitate to book another.
I've spent a little too much time on this site the last few days researching a potential trip. I know I'll love the destination (Norway - I've wanted to go there for ages) but I don't know if a cruise is the way for me to see it. I always feel like an invading force of aliens, arriving by ship, touring around, then running back to the mother ship to head off on our next conquest. When I want to really see a place, I prefer to stay in a hotel and stay at least overnight.
But cruising can provide good value, which is why I'm so undecided. Sometimes reading this board can get me enthusiastic, and sometimes I'm reminded of the reasons I don't want to cruise.