The Downside of Cruises

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    That's what I love about a cruise. Get a touch of what a place is like before you commit longer time and money to just one or two places. The longest cruise I've been on was for 12 days and a few of the places we stopped, I didn't get off because I had already spent a week at each place prior. This allowed me to enjoy the ship amenities without the crowds since most we "on shore."
     
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    Agree

    Many islands I would not want to visit again, others I would gladly return for a week or two
    Some ports I just skip because I have been there before and don't want to take another bus trip to look at run down shacks or visit a skanky beach

    I did a 12 day Med cruise where you visited a new country every day. Exhausting, but a great way to sample southern Europe
     
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    LOL We must have taken the same Med cruise. I did get to experience some ports in countries I had previously been to but not these ports so I thoroughly enjoyed those.
     
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    Traffic jams can be as bad as in the US.

    I was stuck at the St Gotthard tunnel for four hours once, due to closure on account of too many vehicles jamming up the place.
     
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    My cruise was with Viking. For those who "know cruises," it was a mid-sized ship with about 900 passengers. For comparison, river cruises take 180 or so, and the big cruise liners carry 2,000+, and include Las Vegas performance stages, casinos, and shopping malls. MANY of the cruisers we met had started with a Viking River cruise, then decided to try this one. Virtually all of them preferred the river cruise, in spite of the more Spartan accommodations,

    I took a Viking river cruise last year from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland, and it gave us more of a full-day at each stop, which was more satisfying. You took a tour during the day, and you could actually walk off the ship after dinner and walk around the town. Also - and maybe this is a minor point - Viking had a guest lecturer from each country who came on and talked about what it is like to actually live in those countries: schools, taxes, wages, housing prices, and so on. For me, that was one of the highlights.

    Since I'm now retired, we are thinking about "a month in Italy" or something like that next year. We'll do it after bowling season ends, but before the kids are out for the Summer. May/June.

    Thank God for Air BnB.
     
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    A "mid sized ship"? With 900 passengers?!
     
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    I have heard nothing but praise for the Viking River Cruises

    Great way to tour. On a cruise ship out in the ocean, all you can see is water

    On the river cruise, the scenery slowly moves past you
     
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    That is small by todays standards
     
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    Have never done a cruise. Though have seen the AIDA docked in Gran Canaria.
     
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