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Spiritfilled 09-07-2006 07:41 AM

Hello well I have yet another question SonnyV and Dave56 you all seem to have went on many many many cruises and I see some others have done quite a few cruises as well I guess my question is howin the world does one get 100's of cruises under the belt I mean that seems like it would take a life time. My sister says 3 day cruises are really not worth the time what are the thoughts to all this??? :rolleyes

S&C_06 09-07-2006 08:13 AM

Well I am not sure how people get 100's of cruises under their belts, but my wife says that travel agents sometimes count viewings of ships or the one day Travel Agent cruises to look at new ships as cruises...As far as 3 day cruises, my first cruise was 3 days to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, I guess it is a good starter cruise, and if you want a "little" get away and can afford it, it is nice. My wife has these clients that take probably 2 cruises a year and at least once, if not both are 3 day cruises to Catalina and Ensenada, why? I have no idea, they like it, sometimes they stay on the ship at the ports and sometimes they leave the ship. I guess it is all personal opinion.

Spiritfilled 09-07-2006 08:15 AM

Thanks S&C_06 I see you are going on the Freedom soon give us reviews when you return okay thanks again for your reply.

Sonny V 09-07-2006 11:25 AM

The Freedom will be my 30th cruise with Royal Caribbean. I only have one 3 day cruise. I did get credit for a cruise even though it was only 3 days. If you book a suite you get credit for 2 cruises. I never book a suite because I could almost go on a back to back for the same amount. I met a lady from California that had over 180 cruises. She has the most, but there are a few close behind her. We have friends that have 136 cruises. They do back to back cruises 3 times a year. Sometimes in a suite so they get another credit. I don't think a travel agent gets a credit for lookink at a ship. I was on the Freedom in May for a free two night cruise and didn't get a credit for that. No complaints here, I was thankful for the free cruise My first cruise was on a Carnival ship in 1993. In 1997 my second cruise was on NCCL. The same year I tried Royal Caribbean and never has a desire to sail on any other cruise line. Sorry, didn't mean to tell you my life's story...


S&C_06 09-07-2006 11:56 AM

Spritfilled I will answer questions upon my return and let you know how everything went...I will do the best I can I am going with my wife, 3 kids, brother in law, father in law and his girlfriend, so we will be busy people.

And as far as travel agents getting credit for cruises...I dont know about what Sonny was saying, I was just basing my comment on that travel agents personally may count viewings as cruises, but not as far as credits with the cruise company....

Sandy 09-07-2006 01:44 PM

Sprit, we love 3 day cruises and have been on many of them. When we want a long weekend away but can't take a whole work-week, the 3-nighters are perfect. We leave Friday morning and are back in town Monday afternoon. We can take a lot more 3 night cruises a year than 7 nighters, so we do. We also take longer cruises, but the 3 night cruises are definitely worth it to us, when that's all the time we have to spend.


Sonny V 09-07-2006 02:03 PM

Sandy, you must live near a port. If I did, I would take 3 night cruises too. I have to pay the cost of a 3 night cruise just for my airfare. What a bummer...


Sandy 09-07-2006 07:03 PM

Sonny, I don't live near any ports doing 3-night cruises. My closest port is Baltimore, and I've never even sailed out of that one!

There are often sales with low airfares between me and either Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, plus we've used frequent flyer miles in the past and have flown for free. We don't mind spending the money, because our perceived value of a 3-night cruise getaway is so high!


Sonny V 09-07-2006 07:15 PM

Sandy, I see your point. I use my frequent flyer miles to sail out of San Juan. I figure if I'm going to get free tickets I want the most I can get. We did the Adventure in February and will do another cruise out of San Juan next year. I'm booked for a Freedom cruise on Oct 15th and I'm watching for a 4 or 5 night cruise the week before. I was planning on flying in to Ft. Lauderdale a couple of days early anyway. Something out of Ft. Lauderdale or Miami will work.

Sandy 09-08-2006 06:22 AM

Sonny, I love the Enchantment 4 and 5 night cruises out of Lauderdale. I'm escorting a group on the Enchantment in January, and am excited about it because I haven't seen that ship since the stretch.

We're also sailing Pride of Hawaii in December, with friends, and I'm keeping an optimistic thought about that one...


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