Comparing Cruising to Land Travel

Jul 13th, 2005, 09:59 PM
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First I want Gardyloo to know I went back and read his cruise report. I sent you a fan letter the first time I read it! I wish I had your gift. Oh well. It seems like the 2 posters Artsfan and Abram who really enjoyed their cruise were on smaller ships. Aren't Orient and Oceania smaller, nicer lines then the big mega mass ship lines? Maybe that would be an entirely different experience. I am nuts, but I have been looking at Star Clipper Sail cruises. Only about 300 people and they have one that goes to 4 ports along the Croatian coast. But I'm also looking at going back to Barcelona and renting a car and either driving north or south from there for the other half of our trip. I may not like each trip we do equally, but I will never want to stop planning a new one! Thanks for your kind responses. I didn't mean to turn anyone off to cruising, they just need to know its not exactly like the commercials make it look.
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Feb 11th, 2006, 08:54 AM
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Hey cruising is fun if it is the style of travel you want. It gives you a taste for different places that you might want to return to for longer periods. We started out cruising. Then we added time at ports we wanted to get to know more at both ends of the cruise. Now, we're going back to places we really want to spend more in depth time in.

The plus for cruising only is that you get to see many places without packing and repacking all the time. You're traveling and eating while seeing sights. Money wise it can be a great savings.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 11:33 AM
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After reading the different opinions on the board, all I can say is that I love it all. We have been on several escorted tours, one independent tour, 9 cruises and some trips where we plan every single detail. Each trip is different. We are planning a cruise to the Greek Isles next summer, but also plan to extend our trip in Athens for several days and do our own thing. What I love about the cruise is sleeping in the same bed every night, great meals and entertainment, meeting new friends onboard, and only unpacking one time. You don't get to see as much of a city as you would like to, but you end up getting to see numerous cities at a very good price. You can always go back and see a city in more detail later. Again-its all good. Just to get to travel as we do is fantastic. I'll take any trip, any time.
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Apr 30th, 2006, 01:32 PM
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I love cruising & have taken 4 different ones. But, when it came time for our first European trip, I chose a tour because a cruise doesn't really give you time to see the area. Even though we did a 30 day 'whirlwind' tour to several countries, I loved seeing the scenery from the bus - vineyards, mountains, terraces, houses, castles, fields, olive trees, buildings, etc... My DH slept, but even he stayed awake for a lot of it.
Local foods - yum. You're more likely to miss all this by ship. The only advantages by ship are that you only unpack once, you don't need much cash, and you don't have to figure out where to eat or how much? This year we are doing both a land tour and an "on our own" train/plane trip.
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May 4th, 2006, 07:43 AM
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Well, this was interesting to read. DH and I have travelled to Europe many times and cover cities pretty in depth when there. We are walkers, and walk everywhere and just love to take in the culture and meet the locals, etc. That said, this June we are going on our first cruise ever, and it happens to be a 12 day Med cruise. Let's just say I am apprehensive. I agree, you are not in a port long enough to really see the city. For example we are in Barcelona for 8 hours!!! Hardly enough time to really enjoy and experience it. However, we are going to some places we have never been, so we can always go back. We at least get a chance to see them and decide whether we should return. I laughed at your description of the tour groups with the guide holding up the paper plate, I refuse to be a part of that, as I always laugh when I see them. I also agree about the amount of luggage necessary, you are right, you can't wear the same t-shirt for 3 days straight like I usually do (under certain circumstances , but you can do laundry is necessary. All in all it should be an experience, I am going with an open mind, and we'll see how it all plays out.
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May 4th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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Its almost bizarre that this post reappeared today. I wrote it almost a year ago. Here's why! Tomorrow we leave on a 13 day (yes 13) transatlantic cruise from Miami to Barcelona. I feel like such a hypocrite, but I do have some good reasons. Here they are.
My husband really wanted some down time to just-relax. 5 sea days in a row should fill that bill. If we don't count the Bahamas, and we don't, we only stop at 5 ports this time instead of 10. Three of the ports are places we've never been, Azores, Lisbon and Cadiz. The prices were really good, and I just had total knee replacement, so I can't really run all day for 10 days. The last reason, is I only agreed to do this if when we dock in Barcelona we can stay a few days, because I agree with the previous poster, 8 hours is too short!
I told DH this is it for cruising in Europe for awhile. Next year I want to either go to Croatia or return to Turkey, and even though being on the water sounds great, I want to do it by Turkish Gulet for a few days or by Yacht down the Dalmatian coast. I'll report back when we get home. I'm still going crazy trying to pack for soooo many days, and not offend my fellow passengers. Wish me luck.
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May 16th, 2006, 08:01 AM
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We have been on 19 cruises but when we decided we wanted to see Greece we chose a land vacation for a number of reasons. The first, Greece was our real destination and secondly, we thought about how we would feel if for some reason the ship was unable to go to Santorini. We spent 2 weeks between Athens, Mykonos, Santorini and Crete and would not hesitate to do it all again by land.
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May 18th, 2006, 10:34 AM
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We feel that cruising is by far the best way to do islands, etc. but we much prefer land travel in Europe due to all the in-depth sites there are to see there.

We've done 8 cruises and been to Europe 7 times so far. Of all our travels, we love going all over Europe by land.
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May 21st, 2006, 09:56 AM
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I really enjoyed reading the original review of your Med cruise. I figure the key to doing a Med cruise and not being exhausted, at least for me, is to pick the itinerary carefully. I've looked at Med cruises out of Rome with mostly Greek island stops and I think I'd be happy with that. I would also be willing to do a Europe cruise with a good mix of port and sea days.
That said it looks like you will be doing a TA cruise. I enjoy cruising but wonder if I'd enjoy all those sea days in a row. I hope you come back and tell us what you thought of this cruise.
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