What’s Your Ideal Cruise?


I love the idea of visiting many ports and loved taking a stroll on the streets of Old San Juan, PR.

Here’s my idea of the ideal cruise:

  1. It involves older adults
  2. Definitely a balcony
  3. Visits a variety of ports
  4. Is longer than seven days
  5. Not  a party atmosphere
  6. More casual than elegant
  7. Tables for two in the dining rooms

It took quite a while for me to compile that list because I hated to admit that I’d gone from something close to a cruise ship party animal 30 years ago, to a very sedate,  happy to just hang on the balcony cruiser. It’s almost scary, but it makes me happy and let’s face it, I’m paying for happy.

I didn’t just compile this list on a whim. I gave it a lot of thought.  I put it together without worrying that someone may judge me as a prude for my stateroom preference or label me a slob for shunning formal wear.  I made the list because I’m approaching 60 and I am no longer willing to settle. I want what I want, which is pretty much all the above.

Now that doesn’t mean I’ll never take a three night cruise again or don formal wear, but some of the above is just not negotiable.

If you are feeling shortchanged on some of your cruising choices, you should consider making your own list. Put pen to paper and ask yourself what you really want out of a cruise.  When you’ve finished it, choose some of the areas where you are willing to compromise. While I draw the line on the balcony, if the only way I could cruise was to have an inside cabin, I would adjust.  I would hate it, but I would adjust.

Look at your completed list, and then search for your ideal cruise. You might just be surprised where it leads you.

What length of cruise do you take most often?

  • More than 7 days (50%, 4 Votes)
  • 3 or 4 days (25%, 2 Votes)
  • Seven days (25%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 8

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