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I cruise so I can hear those toilettes flush. Just can't hear em often enough. .
Hee! Your comment made me LOL. Every time I get back home from a cruise, I find myself expecting that loud noise the first time I flush the toilet at home. Then I get depressed when I realize I'm not on a cruise anymore
I cruise for the entire experience, however, I find it better than land vacations and a lot more affordable. The month before my first cruise in 2009, I spent 9 days at my friends' hotel in St. Croix and was bored after a few days and it was so expensive with just meals and entertainment (excursions) and cost more for myself than my first 7 day cruise with my ex even with my friend giving me the hotel room.
I don't really care for many sea days nor laying out on the decks. I do enjoy the dinners in the MDR and the shows and enjoying the ship. I LOVE having a different port to visit every day.
I've never been a cruise , but I can't wait to go. I'm going to cruise to try something new , go to a new place I've never been, a ship I've never been on , and plus it's so affordable. Can't wait to try it all
Another biggie for me, being rocked to sleep each night. Always sleep like a baby
Premier Royale ~ Bahamas '88 ~ RCCL Song of America ~ Bermuda '97
RCCL Nordic Empress ~ Bermuda '98 & '99 ~ Carnival Destiny ~ carrib '00
Celeb Horizon ~ Bermuda '00 ~ Carnival Triumph ~ carrib '01
Celeb Horizon ~ Bermuda '02 ~ Princess ~ carrib '03
NCL Dawn ~ bahamas '04 ~ Celeb Zenith ~ Bermuda '04
NCL Dawn ~ bahamas '05 ~ HAL Noordam ~ sth. carib '06
RCCL Explorer ~ Bermuda '06 ~ HAL Noordam ~ sth. carib '07
Celeb Summit ~ Bermuda '10
Carnival Miracle Bermuda '11 Miracle 9/27/2011 Bermuda Cruise Review
HAL Veendam ~ Bermuda '12 & Link to my Veendam Review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?p=35193644#post35193644
Carnival Ecstasy ~ '12+'13 & Link to my 2013 Ecstasy Photo review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1788306
Celeb Summit ~ Bermuda Aug '13 ~ RCCL ExplorerOTS ~ carrib '14. 154 days at sea! 20 more coming up! I just found out there's no such thing as the real world just a lie you got to rise above...~ John Mayer Regrets and mistakes, they're memories made...~ Adele
I have read quite a few threads where a person comments, or heaven forbid, complains about something on his/her cruise and many a poster here comes on and says well...I don't cruise for:
the drinks of the day
the dining rooms
Most of those folk state they cruise for the sea, like they are sprites or merfolk or something. I was just wondering if you are one of those why would you not buy a boat? Last I heard the sea lets everyone on. If you are not one of those folk, why do you cruise?
I cruise for the ports,the food, the music, the DOD'S, the dining rooms, the activities, the people, the bars, and most importantly for the sea .
I cruise for relaxation, meeting new people and the food.
2/20/2006 Carnival Elation Cozumel 5 days- What started this addicition!
Celebrity Summit-2011 Bermuda, PH suite
Carnival Destiny-2008 Deep Southern Caribbean
Ocean Princess and The Fair Wind-1984-85 (entertainer) Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, 28-day Atlantic Crossing, the Greek Isles, and the Southern Mediterranean.
I love cruising just to be on the ship and to disconnect from the rat-race in a sense. I do not bring the cell, i-pad or laptop and do not wear my watch except when in port. There is a sense of relaxation sitting on a balcony and seeing nothing but water while hearing the sounds of the ship cutting through the waves. The drink of the days help too.
Carnival Fantasy April 2009
Carnival Fantasy July 2009
Carnival Elation May 2010
Carnival Triumph April 2011
Carnival Elation May 2011
Carnival Elation May 2012
Carnival Elation June 2013
Carnival Elation June 2014
Carnival Elation June 2015
OP - I cruise because my DH loves it and yes, WE DO HAVE A BOAT, our 2nd one so far. I am not boat crazy like DH, but a cruise is a lot more relaxing than a land vacation where you are constantly on the go throughout the day. I still love my land vacations though.
2001 Carnival Inspiration
2004 Carnival Conquest
2012 Carnival Conquest
2013 Navigator of the Seas
I normally am the planner of our vacations, and I feel the need to plan to minute details because the rest of them could stay in the room and watch TV all day. Plus, I don't want to be planning while I'm on the actually vacation.
With a cruise, everything is taken care of for me, especially the eating part. I cruise because I can get away from it all, I get unlimited food, and I'm taken care of. Food is a big deal for those I travel with; therefore, if the food is not great or the service isn't up to expectations, then it makes a difference. It's a less about the people in our case because I see them every day, or if we're traveling with extended family, we see them at least once a month.
When my children were younger we used to take land vacations. They kids were on vacation but I was only on semi vacation. I had to organize meals and activities for the family. I would very often hear “Where are we going to eat?” “What are we going to do today?”
Then we went on a cruise for vacation and alas I was on vacation. Dinner is at 6, be there or eat at the buffet. Activities look in the Capers. This was great, I was free! (No I didn't let them run free)
Now the kids are grown and it is just the DW and I. They only thing that has changed is our cruise is no longer a week, now it’s a B2B and next summer a B2B2B.
So in addition to everything listed, I also cruise for the memories. Each cruise brings back the memories of each and every vacation that the family has taken.