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Old 06-20-2006, 04:32 PM
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My wife and I will celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary the last of August. She has always wanted to take a cruise and now, finally, she's going to get it. I have searched the internet and spotted some cruises I think she would like. 1) 7 day to Mexican Riveria and 2) 19 day to Mex. Rev and on thru Panama Canal to Tampa Bay. QUESTIONS: Since this is our first and probably our only cruise, is 19 days to long for a man who really loves the mountains and has only been out to sea by about 1 mile? How is the best way to book online, cruise company or special deals sites? (Here in the mountains we don't have a travel agent nor would one probaly know any more than I do.) I'm sure I'll think of other questions but I hate long blogs.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:44 PM
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If you've never cruised before, and are not sure if you'll like it - I'd suggest the shorter trip. The 19 day Panama Canal will have many more sea days - if you're not sure how you'll like it - you're better off limiting the number of days. If you're planning to go this August, and you have no cruise specialist travel agents available, I'd suggest researching which itinerary on which cruise line and talk with one of their cruise consultants. There are many cruise specialists on this board who may be able to give you better advice - I'm sure one will be by soon.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:51 PM
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A couple of thoughts for you. . . .

First, if you are unsure of anything regarding the cruise, contact a travel agent who specializes in cruises. They can give you good information and get you great deals, too. In addition, they will watch the prices for you in case your cruise price goes down. I think there are a number of agents on this board who could help you.

Secondly. . . .If you have not been on a cruise and are worried about being on a ship for 19 days, consider a cruise that stops at enough ports.

We love cruising, but we make sure that we are not at sea more than 2 days at a time because my husband doesn't particularly like being a sea for long lengths of time. Personally, I don't mind being on a good ship for a few days without a port, but we're all different.

AGain, a travel agent can help you make decisions on this.

BTW. . .I had a friend who did the Panama Canal cruise last fall, and she loved it!

Out of curiosity. . . .Where are the mountains of mountain man?

Good cruising!
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:58 PM
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I always have to watch those "sea days" - my husband gets antsy after two days - it's time to get off the ship..... so, none of our cruises have had more than two consecutive days at sea...
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We are in the mountains of New Mexico, Ruidoso to be exact. Before we lived in Northern NM Red River to be exact. Thanks for the info.
I don't mind quiet, don't know about water everywhere and flat flat flat.
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Old 06-21-2006, 05:35 AM
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Hi mountain man,
if you like the mountains, why not cruise near them?
May I make a recommandation? Take the Rhapsody (MSC Cruises). The ship starts at Amsterdam the 12. of august 2006. POrts are Eidfjord, Bergen, Stavanger, Oslo. Seven nights cruise Norwegian Fjords. I like this aera.
Make a good decision
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:44 AM
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My recommandation for cruising and mountains in late august is alasca. What can be more beautiful than the wonderful nature combined with an elegant cruiseship.
All cruiselines have wonderful Alasca itineraries, try Celebrity or Princess and take a look at their websites and then like advised before, find a TA specialized in cruises, who can help you finding the right one for you and your wife.
If itīs too difficult where you live, there are some good online Travel Agencies in the US with excellent offers in cruises.

Good luck.
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:53 AM
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Mountain Man. . . .I LOVE RUIDOSO! It's been a long time since I visited, but I love the area. I used to live in Las Vegas, NV, and I know what you mean about the moutains. Of course, we have them in TN, but they are quite different from the ones out west, no?

I understand, therefore, what you mean about worrying about being in a flat ocean scene. However, once I cruised, I fell in love with the difference. I love both. I think you will love the tranquility of the ocean and the different beauty you'll see out there. If being away from the moutains really concerns you, then you might want to consider Alaska or the Scandinavian cruises.

And, seriously, you can find some good travel advice from agents on this board.

Good luck!!!
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PS One thing that I always thought pretty interesting is the fact that Ruidoso is rather quiet, the opposite of its name (Ruidoso in Spanish means noisy.).
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:19 AM
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I guess there are those that love the rocks in the west. We lived in Colorado for 12 years, I've never been so happy to move from a place in my life. We're in Alabama now, so we're getting closer to the ocean. Since your wife has always wanted to go on a cruise, where is her preferred destination? As one who gets to cook, clean, take care of the garden, the animals, etc., 19 days of being pampered would be heaven. If you go with an open mind, I'll bet you will have the time of your life. For a 40th anniversary, try to make her dreams come true. She deserves it, as well as you. Whatever you decide, may it be the best vacation you've ever had. Best Wishes!
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Old 06-21-2006, 09:55 AM
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Actually Ruidoso is named after the small river that runs thru it - Rio Ruidoso - meaning noisy river.
 
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