Replies: 38 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2013 2:16 PM Last Post By: Groo
Feb 7, 2013 10:34 PM
changing times...So i know how most of us feel about 'cruises' - Ocean resort cities designed for the drinking, eating and carousing 'non travellers'. But there are cruises and 'CRUISES'...I can't really believe i would ever come to the place i would ever even consider a cruise of any kind... Well other than freighters, which while they sound romantic and interesting, often are not. Commercial freighters can mean travelling for long periods of time with less than a dozen unknown people who may, or may not speak English: crew who probably don't speak English, long days at sea, and stops at cargo docks far from anything interesting for undetermined lengths of time... so you can't go very far from the boat. This does not really appeal to me.
But I love sailing, love sea travel, and to be honest, am no longer limber enough to indulge in the more adventurous type sailboat sailing that i love. Small ships are great, and zosu and I had a great time on the Aranui, a freighter/passenger ship with about 200 passengers in Tahiti; I've travelled in BC on even smaller passenger/freighters, for short trips, and enjoyed them. And when plans fell through a couple of years ago for a Tall Ship trip in the Caribbean, I ended up on a massive luxury Sailboat 'cruise' which despite my cynicism, wasn't that bad (less than 200 people) called the Windsurf.
It's not only me that's getting older. Sorry to say, we all are. Travel in my 70's looks like it will have to be a bit tamer than travel in my 60's. Who knew? Change happens, and sadly, for some of us, travel styles have to adjust.
So I am considering (the horror of it all!!!) a cruise. Mind you, not your ordinary Caribbean or Mediterranean kind, but what they call a 'repositioning' cruise....Why?? because they are cheaper, being between 'seasons', and they often go to more interesting places than they do in their regular season..... For instance, from Florida, through the Panama canal, stops along Central Am. and Mex. and ending up in Vancouver, or from Kobe japan, via China and Alaska to Vancouver. Not only do they sound interesting, but the prices are really good. (yes, i know there is a theme here, but i live near Vancouver)
take a look at these:
and for an extra 3 or 400 bucks, the boat comes all the way to Vancouver, since it's headed to Alaska for the season....and then there is this one
There are more, but i just pulled these as examples.
HOWEVER... they are not cheap unless there are TWO people (which is why it took me nearly ten years to find someone - zosu - to go with me on the Aranui. I actually met zosu here on the Thorn Tree. I've travelled with lptt people two other times as well. One was great... the other a total disaster. But I learned a lot about sorting out the incompatible... and now there is skype, if you can't meet in person.
So is there anyone out there, able to travel independently, who might be interested? maybe not necessarily these trips, but at least interested in discussing such a trip.
Feb 8, 2013 4:28 AM
1I'm planning an Alaska cruise wth another OT regular, about 18 months from now. I would love to catch up with more of you while in Western Canada.
And after that one, I am open to others, as I also love ships and the sea.
Feb 8, 2013 7:47 AM
Feb 8, 2013 6:19 PM
3So i know how most of us feel about 'cruises' - Ocean resort cities designed for the drinking, eating and carousing 'non travellers'
Oh-Oh I think you've let peer pressure affect your decisions.
You mention the destinations sound interesting, yet what are they, but non-floating cities where your focus will be where to eat, drink, stay, or carouse.
I took a Royal Caribbean cruise to see for myself. I took one where we stopped at a different island every day, so I was able to go off on my own for the day without any concern about where I was spending the night. I am also looking at a re-positioning cruise. Now with that said, I do think Holland America is more geared toward the black tie and tuxedo crowd.
I regularly look at the singles discounts part of Vacations to Go
Good luck and happy trails.
Feb 8, 2013 6:48 PM
4Canay, Vancouver and Victoria are on my must-see list, as I have cyber friends in both places (both trvel-related and other). Where else I get to depends on how much I save in 18 months (and I have just bought a new car).
Feb 8, 2013 8:24 PM
5I've never considered myself a Çruise' type person to this point in my life. However, one of my interests is that I'm a member of a community band(woodwinds & brass) here in a small town in the East Kootenays of BC Canada.
One of our members is an accomplished flute player and she is going on her 4th musical cruise. She said there are about 40 musicans in the band and they all pay their own way. It's a one week cruise(Carribean); they have a couple of hours of practise each day and give 2or3 Concerts for the other guests during the week. She says she has a lot of fun.
So that said, if a cruise had a specific focus like the one mentioned above, or a specific itineary, I could become interested. As i get older it's maybe never say never.
Feb 9, 2013 12:28 AM
6Your concept sounds interesting. Husband would love it. My trouble is that I get motion sick on a kid's swing!! Thanks for link, will send on to some friends who might find it interesting. One has had to forgo her love of cargo ship travel because she has turned eighty. Insurance also goes up once we turn 71 and then goes up regularly. Shame we don't get dis ount for all the time we didn't use it when we were in our prime. JoyV
Feb 9, 2013 11:16 PM
7Randy, i got these links from Vacations to go, and from what i can see 'singles discounts' are few and far between. I have checked them out. The only cruise line that offers rooms for singles is P.and O. and there are very few that will attempt to find you a same sex roommate, but it seems not to anywhere i am interested in going. My preference is a 'one way trip, not round trip. The only other option is special 'Singles" cruises to the Caribbean for the party types. NO WAY!!!.
I love the Caribbean, but can't see why one would 'cruise' it when it is so easy to spend time there and island hop. I've done this several times. I would head out of town the days the cruise ships came in, because the town would be deluged with day trippers, prices would double, and I would be hassled by vendors.
As you must know, going on your own means double or one and a half times the fare stated so there is never a good deal for the single person... unless you think one and a half is a good fare.. I know a 'cruise' for what it is, however i would think that a repositioning cruise might attract a slightly different clientelle, seeing that it is not going in the right season weather wise, nor to the popular cruise routes, i.e. Alaska, the Caribbean or the Mediterranian.
i am certainly open to suggestions on how to get around the 'single supplement' problem.
Feb 10, 2013 12:46 AM
8Younger Ontario friends recently took a "repositioning" voyage from BC to Sydney and were more than impressed by the price, the ship and the ports visited.
For me, I'd be interested in trying it but I yearn for the days when ships had several promenade decks (not one open deck with vistas obscured by lifeboats and a ship's side cluttered by private verandahs), when grog was duty free ( the shipowners pay no excise) and I was accompanied by a beautiful 25 year old who these days, unlike me, seems to have aged.
Older friends very recently voyaged on a container ship from Columbia to Sydney. They very much enjoyed the trip but the vessel (sensibly) took the southern great circle route, so they saw nothing much between Panama and Auckland.
Feb 10, 2013 2:06 PM
9Groo... that's what i mean about the container freighters... the romance of that kind of travel is mostly gone. There are a few still running, but you have to look like hell to find them. The Aranui is one, and the last British Mail boat http://rms-st-helena.com/. I would love to take this one, but it is terribly expensive for me.
Feb 10, 2013 3:44 PM
here's one I saw at cruise.com that might interest you. look at the April 21st one.
lowest price to have the room to yourself was $2070USD , but for a 22 day one way cruise seems pretty darn good to me.
I was recently quoted 871 pounds sterling, Cape Town to St. Helena and back w/o the Ascension Island leg. I'd be curious what you got being part of the empire so to speak.
Feb 10, 2013 3:50 PM
11P.S. it's the extended version of the one you listed, but on a different Norwegian ship,ending up in Vancouver
Feb 10, 2013 7:34 PM
Feb 10, 2013 7:37 PM
13damn i wish they would put the correction thing back... dunno whats so bad about it. Anyway, the one you suggested is the one through the canal, and i am not as interested in that one as i am in the ones that leave from china or japan, and come down from Alaska. while a few just make a couple of stops, there is one that goes into some great places.
Feb 11, 2013 3:11 AM
14Canay, you do know my Vancouver friend, and apparently have stayed with her. I think some sort of meeting will have to happen.
Maybe this will result in more cruises?
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