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macmom111 02-10-2009 06:17 AM

it seems like all we hear is hard times for everyone these days. I usually cruise in Feb and Sept. We could not do the Feb cruise because of plans that could not be changed. Now ready to book the Sept cruise but I am hesitant because of the economy. We have not been hurt to much at our house...yet, but that could change.
So I am going to hold off on booking the Sept cruise for a while. And I hate it... I enjoy the planning almost,ALMOST but not quite as much as the cruise.
what is everyone elses thinking on this?

penny3333 02-10-2009 06:51 AM

Everyone is scared, but if we keep our jobs, we'll be on board in December and again next year. We both work too hard, I scrimp and scrape during the year, so when it comes time to relax, I REALLY need it. I might not be able to do as many cruises or as long of an itinerary, but if there is any way possible at all, I'll be on board!

texastraveler1953 02-10-2009 07:48 AM

While there is fear alround us...I feel that we have to move forward but cautiously. What we have done the last to cruises...was to choose a repositioning cruise. They have both been around $30.00 pp per day toatl for inside. I also enjoy the planning and at the same time I have a great sense of pride that I found a bargain on what we love to do most. The economy will recover and if we are all wise about how we spend our money we can still going on enjoying life.

sparks1093 02-10-2009 09:03 AM

Not really. My personal economy isn't that bad off right now and that's what drives these types of decisions for me. I'll book a future cruise when I have the money and when the price is right.

MACLEODC 02-10-2009 01:40 PM

We haven't changed our cruising plans as of yet. As long as I have the money I plan to go, go, go.

Dwayne 02-14-2009 07:26 AM

Birds have to fly, and I have to cruise.

Since the downturn of the economy and my income level, I've been doing more cruise price shopping than normal. I canceled my spring cruise plans, and opted for only a winter cruise this year. It gives me more time to pay for it. I'm still keeping my eyes open for a close to home deal in the mean time though.


amalloy 02-14-2009 10:46 AM

YES! we had really wanted to go on a 7 or so day adventure but decided to save a little money and go on a 5 day instead! this will be my 2nd cruise and my b/f 1st. so i figured he needed to get his feet wet. Im so excited every one at work is so tired of hearing me talk about it! 43 days away!!

Svein 02-14-2009 11:28 AM

Not at all. As a government employee my salary stays the same, or increases slowly, but the interest rate on our house mortage has been decreased considerably, so our economy is actually better now. It feel so good - being left out from the incorporate bonuses in good times, it's now time to sit down and relax and be happy to have a safe job.

Bob1958 02-16-2009 12:24 PM

We're doing okay for now, but we also feel a bit guilty spending money on a cruise when things are so bad for so many. On the other hand, if you can afford to take vacations like this, it's helping the people who make a living in the cruise business, right?

Jim C. 02-16-2009 02:29 PM

That's the ticket... I'm helping the cruise line business... yeah.. I'm being patriotic by helping the economy... .. oh I like that, makes me feel better

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