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Old 03-22-2007, 04:51 AM
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My husband and I are thinking about taking a 10 or 11-day Celebrity cruise or 12-day RCL cruise next year. Our TA warned us that the longer the cruise, the more "mature" the other passengers tend to be, age-wise. My husband and I are in our late 20s. We don't need to "party," but we also don't want to get stuck on, as someone put it in another thread, an "assisted living" cruise.

My husband also said that although he loves cruising, he's worried that 10-12 days might be a bit too long, that he might be "ready to come home" after 8 days or so. (I, however, feel like I could stay on a cruise ship forever! )

I was hoping to hear other people's experiences on longer cruises and what the pros and cons are.

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Old 03-22-2007, 05:56 AM
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After 10 days on the same ship I'm ready to get off. In October I'll be on one ship for 5 nights and I'll be getting on another ship for 7 nights. This way I'll have everything different. You'll probably see less children on a longer cruise though. If old people are an issue, leave your parents home.

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Methinks that thou art treading very dangerous waters in posting such a question on this board. Many of the posters on this board will fall into your "mature" classification and I doubt they view their delightful cruises as "assisted living"
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In my opinion a cruise of 14 days has never been long enough and I'm never ready to get off! There's always sonething to see and do...oh and eat! The only thing that puts me off of doing longer than 14 days is that nothing in my wardrobe would fit by the end!!

Also, we've done longer RCL cruises and have always found there to be a very wide mixture of ages on board. I certainly don't think in your 20's you would be out of place. I don't think the length of cruise is as important as the facilities aboard that counts. Just look for a ship with more to do. Some would say these tend to be the bigger ships.

We are sampling Celebrity this year and hoping for good food, good weather and good company. It would take a very bad cruise indeed for me to want to want that to end in less than 10 days!!
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:16 AM
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I've been on 3, 7, 10, 14, and 21 day cruises. I never have been ready to get off. They always seem to short. There has always been a good mix of ages on board, but seems to have less children for the longer cruises. I'm in my early 50s now, but began cruising in my 20s. The longest cruise, 21 days, was when I was 32 and there were plenty of people my age on board. I've had some wonderful adventures with older people as well, and some I couldn't keep up with. I really think you'll have a wonderful time and still will not be ready to come home.
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WOW a 21 day cruise, was there always something different to encounter?
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:41 AM
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To each there own... only way to know is to experience it for yourself. I'm glad everyone doesn't have the same preferences. In December I met a couple that have been going from ship to ship for year. They're no going to go home until May. Now they are true cruise addicts.

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Old 03-22-2007, 08:18 AM
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Cortney, work up to it; try the 10 day first and see how it goes.
If your husband likes it, next time go for 11-12.
The longest I have been on was 18 days and it was a nice mix of passengers. But I find I hit the "cruise fatigue" point at about 16 days. Of course as soon as I get home I'm ready to go again!
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SailorJack thanks, I resemble your remark ! SonnyV, I still like your thinking about the 4 and 7 back to back and will, sometime,
try that one on for size.

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Old 03-22-2007, 02:36 PM
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LOL Just to reiterate, I was not the originator of the "assisted living" remark. Someone who responded to a post of mine on another thread used that to describe the clientele on one of his cruises. I think it was meant more in referral to his fellow passengers' lack of vigor and activity than necessarily their ages. Hope I didn't offend anyone!

Thank you, everyone, for your comments on this...I think I would love 12 days on a ship *now I just have to convince my husband!
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