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Old 09-23-2008, 03:48 AM
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With all the rising prices of gas and flights and cruises, do we still cruise or do we just chill at home and watch the travel channel?
Seriously all Inclusives or cruises which will eventually work out better?

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Old 09-23-2008, 04:43 AM
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Good question spiritfilled!! But i know me personally no matter how high the gas prices or anything get I still will be taking my annual cruise every year, hopefully i will be able to go twice a year like i normally do.

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Old 09-23-2008, 06:00 AM
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Wow... Hamlet Act3 Scene 2... I am not a fan of these "staycations". If you want to cruise, there are a lot of very good values right now. (especially if you are willing to do a last minute cruise) Don't listen to the pundits who would have you believe that cruising is out of reach. Don't get me wrong, I have done the all-inclusive thing and have had mixed results. You still get all the food and alcohol but there is little to no change in scenery. After a couple of days, I feel that I am in a federal low-security prison camp. Sure, you can play golf all you want, eat what you want, and your mobility is unrestricted, but, you are still confined to a certain area.
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:37 AM
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Many people will give up other things before they give up their vacations. They feel they have a right to their vacation, they've earned it. They will sacrifice in other areas to go on the much needed vacation.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:35 AM
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I pray I will be able to maintain my salary. I will give up everything I can, but I treasure my vacation. If there is anyway possible, I'll be cruising. You can have the all-inclusives, give me a ship any day.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:17 AM
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I have a feeling bookings may be soft right now; it may be because a lot of people like Spiritfilled are sitting on the fence. I say this because just in the last few weeks I have received some amazing bargains from Princess and Holland America.

I could also be because many people (like myself) are becoming very resistant to flying--and not so much because of the prices and added fees, but because it has become such a miserable experience.
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:34 AM
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I will continue to cruise, but I shall look more and more for the cruise specials prior to booking. To bring costs down we still have the options of downgrading our personal cabin preferences, taking shorter cruises, staying away fro the specialty restaurants, and taking less costly shore excursions.

Of course, if prices continue on the upswing without the economy improving-cruising will suffer big time-what would happen next is anybody's guess! Remember, some people will continue to cruise-no matter what!

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Old 09-23-2008, 02:33 PM
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I have to cruise at least once a year, or I may physically malfunction.

The cruise lines have nickel and dimed us for years. I've been nickel and diming them right back for every dime now. Now is the best time to book a cruise! Get the low rate locked in and get your cabin.

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Old 09-23-2008, 06:45 PM
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Dwayne-It's a good thing your only a few weeks away-Go out and take the cure! You need to scrub off the land moss on the bottoms of your soles! A cruise, in fact - any cruise will do-it's time to take the cure!

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Old 09-25-2008, 11:56 AM
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Now now now I Never said I was on the fence I was just asking a question because truth be told if I can do a cruise I am going to do a cruise.

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