Cruising: Is It For You?

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We have only been on 2 ½ cruises but have a very good idea of the pitfalls and highlights of cruising in general. I should explain the ‘1/2’ cruise – it was on the ‘Athena’ and was only for two nights in and out of Fremantle.

The main advantage of ‘cruising’ is that you only have to unpack once! Like the old ‘Butlins’ holidays we used to have in the UK, it was ‘all-found’ – theoretically, once you have paid for the holiday, all meals and accommodation are supplied.



The prices per day range anywhere from $150 upwards – comparable to an inexpensive hotel room. (This is probably the reason why some seniors actually live on a cruise ship!) In addition to this, one can relax, take advantage of many activities provided free by the cruise line, watch first-class shows and have meals at any time of the day, almost.

Medical facilities are included on all cruise ships, and personal service is supplied by a dedicated cabin steward.


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My husband and I were on the Majestic Princess in March and had a great time. There ended up being covid on the ship but we did not get it. They put in place the food was to be dished up by staff and handed out masks to everyone. Those that got covid were placed on deck 9 and meals taken to their room.
 
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Note from the Editor:
This article was kindly written for the SDC by member Alan G.

We have only been on 2 ½ cruises but have a very good idea of the pitfalls and highlights of cruising in general. I should explain the ‘1/2’ cruise – it was on the ‘Athena’ and was only for two nights in and out of Fremantle.

The main advantage of ‘cruising’ is that you only have to unpack once! Like the old ‘Butlins’ holidays we used to have in the UK, it was ‘all-found’ – theoretically, once you have paid for the holiday, all meals and accommodation are supplied.



The prices per day range anywhere from $150 upwards – comparable to an inexpensive hotel room. (This is probably the reason why some seniors actually live on a cruise ship!) In addition to this, one can relax, take advantage of many activities provided free by the cruise line, watch first-class shows and have meals at any time of the day, almost.

Medical facilities are included on all cruise ships, and personal service is supplied by a dedicated cabin steward.


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Note from the Editor:
This article was kindly written for the SDC by member Alan G.

We have only been on 2 ½ cruises but have a very good idea of the pitfalls and highlights of cruising in general. I should explain the ‘1/2’ cruise – it was on the ‘Athena’ and was only for two nights in and out of Fremantle.

The main advantage of ‘cruising’ is that you only have to unpack once! Like the old ‘Butlins’ holidays we used to have in the UK, it was ‘all-found’ – theoretically, once you have paid for the holiday, all meals and accommodation are supplied.



The prices per day range anywhere from $150 upwards – comparable to an inexpensive hotel room. (This is probably the reason why some seniors actually live on a cruise ship!) In addition to this, one can relax, take advantage of many activities provided free by the cruise line, watch first-class shows and have meals at any time of the day, almost.

Medical facilities are included on all cruise ships, and personal service is supplied by a dedicated cabin steward.


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Among the cruises I have been on are two around the world cruises of just over three months each. We never had any illnesses or worries. I booked tours in most ports far cheaper than the cruise options. Other times we went and found a taxi and went places buses could not reach. What you spend on board can come from the extras you receive. Love cruising with the right cruise lines.
 
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Note from the Editor:
This article was kindly written for the SDC by member Alan G.

We have only been on 2 ½ cruises but have a very good idea of the pitfalls and highlights of cruising in general. I should explain the ‘1/2’ cruise – it was on the ‘Athena’ and was only for two nights in and out of Fremantle.

The main advantage of ‘cruising’ is that you only have to unpack once! Like the old ‘Butlins’ holidays we used to have in the UK, it was ‘all-found’ – theoretically, once you have paid for the holiday, all meals and accommodation are supplied.



The prices per day range anywhere from $150 upwards – comparable to an inexpensive hotel room. (This is probably the reason why some seniors actually live on a cruise ship!) In addition to this, one can relax, take advantage of many activities provided free by the cruise line, watch first-class shows and have meals at any time of the day, almost.

Medical facilities are included on all cruise ships, and personal service is supplied by a dedicated cabin steward.


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We had just finished our third cruise when covid struck. Up until then we had enjoyed them and were planning on going on more but were disappointed with the lack of hygiene enforced going into the buffets by staff. No point standing there making sure people used the soap stations if they were just going to let them walk through not doing so.
But seeing what happened on ships with covid, and how covid has never gone away and watched a program about what happens on cruises and what these cruise lines get away with we made a decision to never go on a cruise again. Unfortunate but that is life. And now every cruise ship passengers are still getting covid, what sort of holiday is that, confined to your cabin, getting cold food and not being able to choose. No thanks. It is a different world now.
 
We have been on 23 cruises and every cruise line is different and everyone’s experience is different. What I would say in contradiction is that when we were confined to our room with Covid we received excellent treatment. Proper room service, free movies and internet and constant free medical suppport. Our confined days were refunded 😀
 
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Note from the Editor:
This article was kindly written for the SDC by member Alan G.

We have only been on 2 ½ cruises but have a very good idea of the pitfalls and highlights of cruising in general. I should explain the ‘1/2’ cruise – it was on the ‘Athena’ and was only for two nights in and out of Fremantle.

The main advantage of ‘cruising’ is that you only have to unpack once! Like the old ‘Butlins’ holidays we used to have in the UK, it was ‘all-found’ – theoretically, once you have paid for the holiday, all meals and accommodation are supplied.



The prices per day range anywhere from $150 upwards – comparable to an inexpensive hotel room. (This is probably the reason why some seniors actually live on a cruise ship!) In addition to this, one can relax, take advantage of many activities provided free by the cruise line, watch first-class shows and have meals at any time of the day, almost.

Medical facilities are included on all cruise ships, and personal service is supplied by a dedicated cabin steward.


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We have been on over 15 cruises prior to Covid. Had several days being unable to get off ship due to illness. "Medical facilities are included on all cruise ships" - but just look at the cost of on call doctors or nurses. Shore excursions are more expensive because of the insurance the ship pays, and also if your excursions arrives back after departure time, the ship will wait - incurring very expensive port fees and pilot fees. We were booked on an excursion when there was a tsunami warning. We were taken to the highest point on the island whilst privately booked snorkelling tours went ahead. Luckily there was only a modest wave height, but it could have been disasterous.
 

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