The Downside of Cruises

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    My wife and I just returned from a lengthy cruise - 10 European stops on a 15-day cruise.

    Although basically all cruises are great, from an accommodations, food, and pampering standpoint, these multi-stop vacations have a big downside that few people ever talk about.

    You can't really experience a city in a one-day stop. In our case, Viking cut short most of the city stops for reasons that escape me (don't want to pay the bus driver for a couple more hours?), but regardless, what can you learn about a city from a couple hour bus tour and a casual walk? Very little. You see most of the major "attractions" and actually experience almost nothing. It is only slightly better than an hour spent watching Youtube videos of the place.

    At BEST, the cruise gives you a chance to identify cities that you might want to visit more completely on ANOTHER vacation.

    Our cruise was interesting, but not satisfying. Next time I want to visit Europe, I'm likely to do it by car.
     
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    I had a friend do it by train. He would book a sleeper car. He didn't go to places close. He used the travel time as sleep time.
    But then, he was single.
     
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    Being trapped on a boat with a bunch of people yeah what's not to like?
     
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    I've been on ten cruises and basically agree

    It is nice that you can see multiple ports without having to unpack your bags. You just wake up in a new port everyday

    But, like you said, you only get to sample the destination. Maybe a bus trip, few hours on the beach, 45 minutes looking at crappy souvenirs
     
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    I felt exactly the same way after my once in a lifetime cruise to the Caribbean. Like a wine tasting? I did actually stop one place I would gladly return to for a week's vacation. This type of cruising was no doubt begun by the travel industry for exactly that purpose.
    I hope you had fun anyway.
     
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    If you die, they'd have to stick you in a freezer, and that's just way too much ice cream for everyone else to eat before it melts.
     
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    Never been on a cruise for the same reasons.
    Now if I could get on a cruise ship and head to say Jamaica,get off the ship and stay for a week and then either fly home or get on another cruise ship i'd be interested.
    That way you get the best of both worlds.
     
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    I've been on two cruises, and have always been satisfied with ports of call that lasted only a few hours. It's what I anticipated when I booked the cruises.

    It's enough time to shop or enjoy a beach or an excursion.
     
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    I went on a 7 day trip, via ship, to Hawaii once. Private ship though. Three stops. We never really docked, other smaller boats came out to get us. Spent more time on the islands than on the ship. Very enjoyable.
     
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    Which cruise company?
     

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