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8 minutes ago, Jennifer Kelln said:

I love the idea of unpacking once and getting a taste of lots of different ports.  I am a water baby and love to see the waves from my cabin.  Unlimited Drink Package...yes please.  I also think cruising is a great value for my family.  With two boys who love to eat (my oldest orders everything in the MDR) it has probably actually saved us money over the years 🙂

Welcome, Jennifer !

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2 hours ago, FManke said:

the feeling of standing on deck, in the middle of the vast ocean with no land for hundreds of miles, looking up at more stars than you can ever remember seeing before

Thank you for reminding me of this! That is probably one of my best memories of our first cruise, standing on the helipad of FotS in the dark, the stars spread out overhead and their colors actually visible to me for the first time in my life. Messaged the kids to come and join us, and thankfully they were able to get there about 10 minutes before some people tried to take photos with their phones or cameras, which of course auto-fired the flash in the dark and alerted security to come and escort us all off the helipad because of the flashes wrecking the bridge crew's vision through their night-sight binocs.

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On 8/1/2020 at 11:33 AM, dawnelda said:

One more thing that I thought of: I feel very safe on a cruise ship. Years ago when I was a cute blonde 20-something-year-old, I would go to land-based resorts and be "propositioned" (if you know what I mean) by the local resort staff. Made me feel very uncomfortable and I wouldn't go anywhere on the resort property by myself.

Contrarily, the staff on RCL ships have always been extraordinarily courteous and polite and not leering in any regard. Now that my nieces have grown up to be beautiful young teenagers, I am thoroughly comfortable with them walking to/from the cabin by themselves without worrying about them being approached in an inappropriate way.

I feel like this isn't talked about a lot and I agree 100%. I've cruised solo and with others and the same with land vacations. The resorts in some countries are awful with the staff following you and making unwanted advances...and in my case, I didn't feel comfortable going to the managers because I was afraid of some sort of retaliation.

Never felt this way on any of my cruises, I've always felt safe walking around the ship.

For me, I'll always choose to be by the water. I grew up on the water, it's my happy place. Add just about everything else that has already been mentioned and it's a perfect vacation.

 

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For years, I resisted the wife's suggestion that we should take a cruise.  I thought it was to expensive; that I'd be bored trapped on a boat, then a coworker told me how much fun they had (this is a person who loves work and has to be made to vacation) I decided to give it a try.  Our first ship was Oasis in April 2018, and we fell in love with cruising.  Love that we could be as busy or relaxing as we wanted, explore ports we had never been, pampered by the crew, more food than one person can eat and sitting on the balcony with a nite cap listening to the ship cut a path thru the ocean,  Since then we have been on 4 cruises,  had to cancel my summer cruise to Alaska and fall cruise to NE/Canada and move them to 2021.  God willing we have 3 scheduled for next year, if they get a handle on the Covid problem I would consider a winter cruise if I can.  So yeah I guess it is an addition or obsession.

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As we're at a stand still with no end in sight, started to discuss alternate vacations with my wife.  When I started to put them together, all the pieces food, hotel, travel, attractions what to do on what day? - I actually have to think about it.    Guess that's why cruising became the "go to".   Just find an attractive itinerary, pay up, and your whole vacation is put together.  Just need to get to the port - but the lines can help with that too.

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Cruising is carefree...everything is included and, as a few others mentioned, you get to be 'pampered' by wonderful staff!  Land vacations bring you to one place at a time (and if you choose to go to more than one place your suitcase and belongings must go with you!!)...whereas cruises will bring you to as many places as you choose and you "live" in one room for the duration!  There is no time wasted looking for specialty restaurants either!!  That's the point...time is yours and when cruising...it remains yours to do whatever it is you'd like to do!

There is no other vacation that matches up to a cruise vacation but that is just my opinion 😉

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17 hours ago, Jennifer Kelln said:

I love the idea of unpacking once and getting a taste of lots of different ports.  I am a water baby and love to see the waves from my cabin.  Unlimited Drink Package...yes please.  I also think cruising is a great value for my family.  With two boys who love to eat (my oldest orders everything in the MDR) it has probably actually saved us money over the years 🙂

We always found Royal kid-friendly, especially on the day I lost my 5-year old son in the men's room (he exited out the 2nd door I never saw).  Our son loved to dress up for the MDR...

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On 7/31/2020 at 7:38 PM, Joe01 said:

Got to be honest here, I come across a lot of people over on CC and some here as well who just seem obsessed with cruising. It's like their main hobby that they can't live without.  Same with Virtual of the Seas - I went on those virtual cruises during lockdown but when they stopped, people seemed to freak out.

In all honesty, I was never addicted but my passion seems to have kinda faded over the last year, I guess I've just got my land legs back!

What makes people on here addicted to cruising? What about it do you love so much? Interested to hear what you have to say.

For me, it's a total escape from reality. I am blessed with a wonderful life...a husband I adore, 3 successful and independent adult children and 3 grandchidren, and amazing friends. That said, life has stress. The second I walk onto a ship, all of my worries seem to just disappear for a short time. I'm a nurturer, and having somebody else (or lots of somebodies) is such a blessing, and really rejuvenates me to come back and give my best to those in my life.
I love the sound and smell of the ocean, and that my only responsibility for the duration of my cruise is to make sure that I am clean...and even if I'm not (didn't get out of the hottub in time, whatever...) someone will still graciously care for me.

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