How long of a cruise?

World Cruising
A place for world and extended length cruisers to share advice and experiences.
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 12:07 PM.
#1
Denver, CO
941 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
For those of you who have done one or more, do you think there is an ideal length for a world cruise-long enough but not too long?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Sue

Premier Cruise Line, The Big Red Boat, Bahamas. 6/90
HAL Maasdam , Alaska, 9/03
RCCL Jewel, New England/Canada, 10/04
RCCL, Vision, Mexican Riviera, 3/07
Celebrity, Constellation, Eastern /Southern Caribbean, 12/07
Azamara Journey, Western Mediterranean, 11/08
Celebrity Solstice, Eastern Med, 11/09
AMA Amacello, Danube, Nuremberg to Budapest, 10/10
Emerald Princess, Caribbean, 3/11
AMA Amadolce, Rhine-Luxembourg to Amsterdam, 6/12
Grand Circle, Danube Christmas Markets, Vienna to Nuremberg, 11/12
Azamara Quest, French Riviera, Barcelona to Nice, 4/13
HAL Maasdam, Canada/NE, 6/13
Oceania Marina, Barcelona to Barcelona, 11/13
RCCL Freedom, Eastern Caribbean, 6/14
NCL Breakaway , Bermuda, 9/14
Grand Circle , Christmas Markets on the Rhine, Strasbourg to Amsterdam, 11/14
#2
South Carolina
558 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Everybody's different and only you can decide what's long enough but not too long.
What's the longest cruise you have been on ? Was it too long or about right ?
Most world cruises are sold in segments. If you're concerned about cruise length, go on one or two segments to see how you like it.
#3
Denver, CO
941 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
I think 12 nts was the longest and that was fine. I'd like to think I could do 2 or 3 or 4 months but I'm not so sure. Part of me feels that if I'm going to do a world cruise I might as well go all out and see as much as I can . But unfortunately , you won't know if it's too long until you're there experiencing it.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Sue

Premier Cruise Line, The Big Red Boat, Bahamas. 6/90
HAL Maasdam , Alaska, 9/03
RCCL Jewel, New England/Canada, 10/04
RCCL, Vision, Mexican Riviera, 3/07
Celebrity, Constellation, Eastern /Southern Caribbean, 12/07
Azamara Journey, Western Mediterranean, 11/08
Celebrity Solstice, Eastern Med, 11/09
AMA Amacello, Danube, Nuremberg to Budapest, 10/10
Emerald Princess, Caribbean, 3/11
AMA Amadolce, Rhine-Luxembourg to Amsterdam, 6/12
Grand Circle, Danube Christmas Markets, Vienna to Nuremberg, 11/12
Azamara Quest, French Riviera, Barcelona to Nice, 4/13
HAL Maasdam, Canada/NE, 6/13
Oceania Marina, Barcelona to Barcelona, 11/13
RCCL Freedom, Eastern Caribbean, 6/14
NCL Breakaway , Bermuda, 9/14
Grand Circle , Christmas Markets on the Rhine, Strasbourg to Amsterdam, 11/14
#4
91,453 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
For a world cruise about 100 days although I have been on ones ranging from 78 to around 120 days.

For some people they are ready to go home before the cruise ends for others it is the right time and for some they are a little depressed when it is time to go.

Keith
#5
SPAIN
100 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
We have been on two ,Cunard 110 days and P and O 106 day .
I would have stayed on board longer if possible , it was like living in a small town . On the Cunard one we were on all three ships and that was perfect.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
URL=http://www.cruisecritic.com][/[url]
#6
Toronto
1,566 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
We did the Oceana 180 day world cruise. I only talked to one other passenger doing the full voyage who though it was on the long side. We loved the cruise but felt 180 was long enough - would not have wanted longer. The advantage of a cruise like that is while going all the way around the world, you do it slower thus getting a much higher port to sea day ratio. On the 180 cruise it was about 50-50. To go all around the world in a more tradition voyage of around 110 days you need a high percent of sea days or a voyage that does not do a full circumnavigation.

On the opposite end, one time we were taking a hotel shuttle to the port in Ft. Lauderdale. Two other couples got talking and one man asked the other which ship they were going on. The man replied he was doing a 10 day Royal Caribbean cruise. The first replied he was doing a 7 day on Carnival - he could not imagine going on a cruise as long as 10 days. I kept my mouth shut as we were about to start a 42 day adventure.
#7
Denver, CO
941 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
So you tried a 42 day before deciding to do a 180 day cruise?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Sue

Premier Cruise Line, The Big Red Boat, Bahamas. 6/90
HAL Maasdam , Alaska, 9/03
RCCL Jewel, New England/Canada, 10/04
RCCL, Vision, Mexican Riviera, 3/07
Celebrity, Constellation, Eastern /Southern Caribbean, 12/07
Azamara Journey, Western Mediterranean, 11/08
Celebrity Solstice, Eastern Med, 11/09
AMA Amacello, Danube, Nuremberg to Budapest, 10/10
Emerald Princess, Caribbean, 3/11
AMA Amadolce, Rhine-Luxembourg to Amsterdam, 6/12
Grand Circle, Danube Christmas Markets, Vienna to Nuremberg, 11/12
Azamara Quest, French Riviera, Barcelona to Nice, 4/13
HAL Maasdam, Canada/NE, 6/13
Oceania Marina, Barcelona to Barcelona, 11/13
RCCL Freedom, Eastern Caribbean, 6/14
NCL Breakaway , Bermuda, 9/14
Grand Circle , Christmas Markets on the Rhine, Strasbourg to Amsterdam, 11/14
#8
Anywhere, USA
1,938 Posts
Joined Mar 2001
We did the 180-day voyage on O this year. I was ready to get off the ship at the end ... but only because I knew we had three more months of other travels pending within 6 weeks. Had the post-RTW itineraries on the ship been exciting to us, we would have had no problems staying on. Our longest cruise before the RTW was a little over a month, but our cruise-land vacations had been as long as 4 months. That said, "how long is right" is very subjective, and things like tolerance for days at sea and ability to entertain self without having to rely on the ship's activities are important elements IMHO.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Click any of the links below to read about our travels.
Around the World - Oceania Insignia - 2017
Travel Blog
Travel Photos
Antarctica Ross Sea Expedition - Ushuaia, AR to Bluff, NZ - Ortelius 2015
Falklands-South Georgia-Antarctica - Small Ship Expedition - 2007
Galapagos Itinerary B (All Posts in the July 2012 Archive in the Sidebar); and Galapagos Videos
Greenland - West/South/East - Back to Back on Sea Spirit - 2013
North Pole Expedition - 50 Let Pobedy - 2014
Svalbard - with Silver Expedition - 2011
#9
Central Illinois
662 Posts
Joined Sep 2004
We also did the 180 with Wayne. The first month of the trip was very similar to another long cruise we had taken. By the end of the second month the trip became less of a typical cruise, as friendships with those taking the journey developed. We began to share life events: death, injuries, illnesses. We felt a connection to staff that we saw daily. There were over 100 of us taking the trip together, and the shared experience bonded us together. By the last couple months, the ship life became as much a part of experience as were the ports. We are not outgoing people, and on a typical 2 week cruise don't go out of our way to socialize. But we soon realized that the socialization was a very large part of the fun we had on the ATW. Others must have also felt that, as a large number of those cruisers have rebooked another 180 in 2019-- even though many of the ports on that cruise are repeats. Is every day perfect? no. Did we have a positive relationship with everyone? no. But, I would think that if you are a positive person who enjoys meeting people, the length of the cruise shouldn't scare you. If you tend to be critical, a long cruise that is likely to add up those less than perfect events, a long cruise may not be a good fit. You need to start with being honest with yourself -- I'm sure those I met on my trip who were in the "critical" group have a completely different account of how long the 180 days seemed to them.
#10
Denver, CO
941 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
I'm more concerned with getting tired of the food and ship life.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Sue

Premier Cruise Line, The Big Red Boat, Bahamas. 6/90
HAL Maasdam , Alaska, 9/03
RCCL Jewel, New England/Canada, 10/04
RCCL, Vision, Mexican Riviera, 3/07
Celebrity, Constellation, Eastern /Southern Caribbean, 12/07
Azamara Journey, Western Mediterranean, 11/08
Celebrity Solstice, Eastern Med, 11/09
AMA Amacello, Danube, Nuremberg to Budapest, 10/10
Emerald Princess, Caribbean, 3/11
AMA Amadolce, Rhine-Luxembourg to Amsterdam, 6/12
Grand Circle, Danube Christmas Markets, Vienna to Nuremberg, 11/12
Azamara Quest, French Riviera, Barcelona to Nice, 4/13
HAL Maasdam, Canada/NE, 6/13
Oceania Marina, Barcelona to Barcelona, 11/13
RCCL Freedom, Eastern Caribbean, 6/14
NCL Breakaway , Bermuda, 9/14
Grand Circle , Christmas Markets on the Rhine, Strasbourg to Amsterdam, 11/14
#11
Toronto
1,566 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
We have grown used to longer cruises now - never under a month. Prior to the world cruise our longest vacation was 96 days which included 70 days at sea. Boarding tomorrow for 35 days then 2 days off and another 21 days at sea

Menus will repeat just like they do on cruises that are only a few weeks. With multiple items on the menu it takes a longtime before you are repeating too much. On long cruise you need to pace yourself - no multiple heaping plates at the buffet.

World cruises tend to be on smaller ships with limited entertainment options. Wide ranging lectures on sea days are common.

Each cruise line will do things a bit different so try to learn about each line as much as possible. For example Oceania and Princess both use the exact same designed ship (from a former bankrupt line) but Oceania has open dinning while Princess has just early or late fixed sitting. Both lines normally have production shows on their shorter cruises. On the world cruises Oceania did not do them so passengers did not have the same shows repeating while Princess repeats their production shows each segment.

A world cruise exposes you to a very side range cultures and living standards. One of the only downsides I found was with so many ports over a short time it can become easy to have them starting to blend together - I had to take a lot of photos and notes just to remember what we did.