We always said we’d NEVER take a cruise until we were so old it was our only travel option. Never, ever. We’ve always planned trips where we walk or hike a lot. We want beautiful scenery but on a budget. Cruises wouldn’t satisfy our needs. Until one did.
How did we change our minds? In preparation for taking our extended trip, we read many blogs to get insights on the best way to travel round the world. One blog mentioned traveling back from Europe to the US on a repositioning cruise to save money. Really?!
We didn’t believe it so we crunched the numbers for ourselves. If we got the least expensive stateroom on the 14-day Celebrity Equinox cruise from Barcelona to Ft Lauderdale, the price per person is $1,038. That amount covers room and meals for 13 days as well as transport back to the US. The comparable cost for 13 days lodging and food plus airfare would have been $1,608. So, that would leave us $570 each to cover a few extras on the cruise and still have some money saved.
Even with money saved, would a cruise be worth it? A cruise slowly travels across time zones so goodbye jet lag. We realized that days spent on a ship, writing and cataloguing photos, might allow us to finish up all trip documentation by the time we arrive home. We thought that wrapping up all that, before we start a social whirl of friend and family visits back in the US, would be helpful.
We won’t miss flying. When did we last enjoy taking a long trans-Atlantic flight with cramped upright seating to come home from a vacation? The long delays on our last flights won’t be missed either.
Will we get enough exercise and walking? Can we eat healthy food and small portions? Will we be bored? Those questions had factored into our decision to “never, ever” take a cruise. We’re not sure about the answers to those questions, but we’re going to find out. Stay tuned….