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It’s now cheaper to see Europe on a cruise ship then by land travel!

It’s now cheaper to see Europe on a cruise ship then by land travel!

Oct 16th, 2007, 10:27 AM
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Howdy Y’all,

Guess I will be getting used to this greeting LOL since “Crabby” and I moved to Nashville, Tenn. two weeks ago, where he took a position at one of the universities. And I must say I love Nashville or at least the parts I have seen so far and the people are so warm and friendly but I’ll save all of that for another time and different message board venue.

I didn’t intend to start a “tempest in a teapot” but I do find it rather interesting and humorous to see how passionate people are about travel. But that is just how this ole girl views the world. My children tell me that I can even find something humorous at a wake LOL. Who said politics is the most controversial topic that so many are passionate about? Cruising vs. Land Based trips is almost as hotly discussed as Carnival vs. Royal Caribbean or Princess.

Kfusto, I totally agree with what you have to say. I would imagine after 100+ cruises, the same ports of call can become quite tedious and old and what you’re left with is the cruising experience. Still many first time cruisers and less seasoned cruisers remain in awe of the total package…that is cruising and touring. And then there are those of us who can’t imagine any trip without the smell of the salty air and the waves gently rocking us to sleep

Speaking for myself and “Crabby” we have reached the point in our lives, after years of travel both business and pleasure where we prefer the advantages of cruising. Let me say I HATE packing, unpacking and repacking more than I have to on any given trip. The mere thought of multiple trains, planes and automobiles and various hotels just tires me out before I even begin my trip LOL. I do love a good adventure and can definitely understand your preference for land based travel for soaking up the local culture. However, with all of the complexities in life and the decisions we are constantly forced to make a stress free vacation is usually what we opt for. For example, if the ship docks in Naples, “Crabby” and I are perfectly happy to hire a private tour guide to take us to the places WE want to see or if we just want to meander through the small streets, holding hands (yep, we still enjoy doing that) and discover the city on our own at our own leisurely pace we have the option to do that too.

Percy, you’re my type of guy! I look forward to the day when The Crabby Old Guy and I meet up with you and Jacketwatch on a fabulous cruise. Hmm, I think we all could really “rock” the boat LOL.

I guess what it all boils down to is personal preferences, attitude and financial considerations. So whatever you decide to do, The Savvy Old Lady wishes you good experiences and lasting memories. Kfusto, have a grand old time in Italy and I look forward to reading your review.

Stay Savvy!
Hugs,
The Savvy Old Lady©
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Oct 16th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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I think you're forgetting the tour companies. Your expenses are minimal (normally just shopping and any meals you have on your own), are prepaid in $, and the quality of your experience is almost certain to be better. In my experience, people mainly cruise for the experience of the cruise while people who use tours do so for the experience of seeing the country/ies they want to really see.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 11:07 AM
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SavyOldlady:

You got that right...jacketwatch and myself and you two would make a great foursome.

I am just one of these guys that does his homework very well.... I could almost be my own tour guide when I get to a place !!

For example a few months ago when I was in St.Petersburg Russia..and after we finished touring the St.Peter and Paul Cathedral.... as we left the Cathedral, we were going to go ascross the Triotskiy Bridge...... BUT I said to the tour guide,

"I would like to see the original log cabin of Peter the Great, so could you just turn left here at the traffic lights as we are only two blocks away."

"And then the Aurora Cruiser is just another few blocks down and I want to board the Aurora" (This is the boat that fired that shot at the Winter Palace on October 25 1917 during the revolution.").

He looked at me a bit amazed and said , "Okay Percy".

I never come to a cruise port blindly and I have never taken a cruise ship tour...But hey , that's me...that is my way of doing things .

Percy

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Oct 16th, 2007, 11:32 AM
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If that happens Savvy I wonder if the brig can hold us. _
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Oct 16th, 2007, 01:47 PM
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jacketwatch:

If the Brig does not hold us ...well you know what happened to the Vasa!!
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Oct 16th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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Ouch! Thats enough for me to think twice.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 03:19 PM
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PERCY...we are about to do a trans-atlantic from Barcelona...again..lol.. Do you have any gudes in the Canary Islands, Antigua, Barbados or St. Maartin.. Celebrity is giving us grief over casablanca.. [email protected]
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Oct 16th, 2007, 03:31 PM
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BTW I just posted a trip report from our htree day holiday to DC for those who are interested. Its in the US forum.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 05:25 PM
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HiParrotMom.

Nope got no guides for those Caribbean Islands!!!
I hope you get to see Michael again in Barcelona!
Have a nice trip

jacketwatch:

I will read your Washington DC excursion...was "W" there.!

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