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After coming home from our recent cruise, the one question that I have been asked again and again is not, “Where did you go?” or “What did you do?” it is: “Do you like cruising better or do you like going on a ‘traditional’ vacation?”

Cruising versus Traditional Vacations

A simple question, however, the answer is not so simple. My husband and I have talked about the two methods of traveling many times and we can’t say that we prefer one over the other. We are so torn about which one we like better, that we are almost to the point of flipping a coin to decide the destination of our second honeymoon (cruising the southern Caribbean or visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands). I could make a list a lot longer than you probably want to read about the pros and the cons of cruising and of traditional vacations, but I won’t. (I do have the list available if any of you are interested in reading it). 😉

I think the easiest answer to this question is: they are both awesome! Cruising provides the best “bang for your buck” as far as seeing many places in the world in one vacation. You get a small taste of what the destination offers so you can decide to come back at a later date and stay for a longer period of time. It also provides you the convenience of eating whenever you like and not having to search high and low for a good restaurant. A traditional vacation allows you more time to explore one destination and get away from the tourist traps. It gives you the chance to really relax and do what you want to do without any concept of day or time.

The correct answer depends on what you are looking for in your perfect vacation. Once you figure out what would make your next vacation “perfect” you will be able to figure out if cruising or a traditional vacation is the right option for you.

Do you have a preferred vacation method?

Happy Travels!

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  1. January 31, 2012 / 7:49 PM

    We prefer Cruises. We have done 12 and will only vacation this way for the most part. Cruising has taken me to over 32 countries and as you say gives you that little taste to decide whether to come back. I will be heading on two more in February… love your blog by the way…

    • January 31, 2012 / 8:17 PM

      Sayvan, where are you going in February? (If you don’t mind me asking). Where’s your favorite place that you have cruised to? Thanks for reading! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about your adventures when you get back from your cruise.

      • January 31, 2012 / 11:00 PM

        We will be heading to Nassau, Aruba, Curacao and La Romana DR for 8 days. We will then be on a 7 day adventure to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Roatan, Honduras and Belize. I shall give detailed reviews on my Blog. Some may even be live!

  2. February 1, 2012 / 6:44 AM

    I’ve never been on a cruise … I think I’m too claustrophobic. Perhaps someday …

    • February 1, 2012 / 6:26 PM

      Kramerjen, the rooms are quite small so if you have claustrophobia that could be an issue. I was expecting them to be even smaller so it was a nice surprise once we got to our room and saw that it wasn’t as small as I expected.

  3. February 1, 2012 / 12:25 PM

    I’ve not done a cruise since I was a kid so I’d be interested to go on one as an adult. My sis went on one and didn’t like it because she said everyone was old and cranky. Biut I still would go

    • February 1, 2012 / 6:28 PM

      Elle sees, thank you for taking the time to read my blog! I know some cruise lines cater to a certain demographic but our experience with Carnival was that they had a good mix of people; young, old, couples, family, group of friends, I would definitely recommend it.

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