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Are cruises just not the best vacation options anymore?

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Of course, the more you cruise, the less novelty you will feel. Also, if you cruise a whole lot, many ports will be repeats; so much of the newness there will also be gone. Finally (again for people who have cruised over the years) there has been an undeniable reduction in many of the aspects that made your earlier cruises so great —- yes, it is obvious there will be a lessening of the experience as individuals continue to cruise - but hopefully, as they have more free time, they will start taking more land vacations to more fully experience the areas they first tasted while cruising.

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21 hours ago, ariesknowbest said:

I would say that cruising has changed, and not for the better.  Before it was an intimate way to travel.  Nowadays with most of the midpriced cruise lines having ships that hold over 3000 people, people, myself included, feel that they are herded like cattle.  The food is definitely not as good and the service is not as personable.  At the ports, with that many people getting off of the ship, the destination is overcrowded and commercialized.   I use to love cruising.  I have been on over 60 cruises and now I prefer to travel differently. 

 

Then cruise on a luxury line, and pay the equivalent of what you paid in the past.

 

Cruising on the mass market lines is a LOT cheaper than the old days.  And, as with most things, you get what you pay for.   I find the mass market lines to be fine for me.

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It’s so subjective! One person might think a particular cruise was “amazing” and someone on the same sailing might think it was “terrible”. Depends on their unique expectations, tolerance levels, general attitude, etc. So, while I’m someone that scours reviews before I try something new, I also do so with a HUGE grain of salt, and an eye towards looking at the bigger themes in light of my own personal attitudes.

We’ve done 5 cruises, with our 6th coming up. We really enjoy cruising. It’s not “the best” way to travel. But no way is “the best” — at least not for everyone. We know people that cruised once and hated it. We’ve really enjoyed our experiences though, and keep coming back to it (with various other types of vacation experiences mixed in). For us, variety is the spice of life! But also for us, cruises are just “easy” and relaxing.There’s relatively little planning and work to do vs. some of our other vacations (e.g. camping, road trips, Disneyland, flying to a city/destination etc) — and while I love our other vacations too, sometimes cruising is perfect for what we’re looking for at the moment.

We’ve had negative experiences on all of our cruises. But we’ve also had many wonderful ones on those same cruises! I love to write reviews, and will be very honest and thorough in them, pointing out the good and bad. Funny thing is, for the most part what I remember most are the good parts. Case in point, we’re doing another Alaska cruise this summer, after having done one 9 years ago. My memories of it are largely very positive. Yet I went back to find my old review and saw that I wrote about several negative things that I had since long forgotten about. I shared them because they might be of interest to others (especially if there was a lesson to be learned from it). But, really, I didn’t stay hung up on those negatives and obviously enjoyed it enough to want to spend the money doing it again!

 

Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks. Worry about what brings YOU joy, and then do it! Life’s too short for anything else.
 

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On 5/17/2019 at 7:45 AM, SRF said:

 

Then cruise on a luxury line, and pay the equivalent of what you paid in the past.

 

Cruising on the mass market lines is a LOT cheaper than the old days.  And, as with most things, you get what you pay for.   I find the mass market lines to be fine for me.

There is little point in comparing mass market cruising today with the way it was on the same lines a couple of decades ago: the industry has changed so much that it is comparable to comparing shopping at an old neighborhood store with shopping at a big box store.

 

Today’s luxury lines offer what lines like Princess, Celebrity and Holland America used to offer;  while today’s mega ships simply did not exist in the past.

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We  love cruising for many,many reasons. We don't always take a cruise when we need a vacation, there are times when we drive to the coast, visit a neighboring country and go to a resort or rent accommodation. Whenever we can, we take a cruise. Both have pros and cons. We love traveling in general, and that is most important, to enjoy it!

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On ‎5‎/‎16‎/‎2019 at 10:14 PM, navybankerteacher said:

Of course, the more you cruise, the less novelty you will feel. Also, if you cruise a whole lot, many ports will be repeats; so much of the newness there will also be gone. Finally (again for people who have cruised over the years) there has been an undeniable reduction in many of the aspects that made your earlier cruises so great —- yes, it is obvious there will be a lessening of the experience as individuals continue to cruise - but hopefully, as they have more free time, they will start taking more land vacations to more fully experience the areas they first tasted while cruising.

A little off topic but you raise an interesting point.  We certainly fall into the category of those who have cruised "more" but have never tired of cruising.  In fact now, after more than 40 years of extensive cruising, we are as happy as clams (an appropriate saying for cruisers) when on a 60 day cruise or a 10 day cruise.  For us it never gets old.  If the port is a place for which we have no love, we can simply stay on the ship (its great when most other passengers are ashore) and enjoy the vessel.  We also love our extended land trips, but always return to cruising and even try to combine cruises with our land trips.  I guess we could say that we do get tired of some ports, but do not get tired of cruise ships.

 

 

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