When we were younger and had a normal working lifestyle, we used to do one week "all inclusive" getaways south to places like Cuba and Dominican Republic. One of the reasons was that we could get a good deal. Airfare, meals, booze...all included in the one price you pay, and it was so easy.
We saw cruises advertised, but the problem for us was that by the time you added on the airfare to the departure point, it became fairly expensive. And then of course you had to get home as well.
Ruth did a cruise once back in the winter of 2001, but it was through the company she worked with. It was a bonus for making sales numbers and most of her office went on a four day party excursion from Tampa, Florida through Key West, and on to Cozumel, Mexico. Everything was sponsored by different suppliers, and the flights from Canada were included so it didn't cost her a dime.
The cruise ship Ruth was on in 2001.
Ruth, ready for the Captains Dinner.
But cruises can actually be very reasonably priced if you 1) don't have to pay any airfare and 2) shop for deals and sales. So, I've been keeping my eye open for an opportunity the last couple of years. We had actually came close to taking a one way "repositioning" cruise last fall going from Europe to North America, but then our Iceland idea came along and that's the route we chose in the end.
So now, we're looking at a way to get from Halifax, Nova Scotia to New York City in late October and early November. And there are a couple of different cruise ships that have Canada/New England cruises going on at that time. Something like this...
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This particular cruise actually leaves Quebec City and ends up in Fort Lauderdale. A great way for snowbirds to get to Florida! But we want to board the ship in Halifax on October 31st, do four days on the ship, and disembark when the ship docks in New York City on November 4th. Great idea, but we don't know if they'll let us do that. We'll contact them this week and find out.
So, some questions for you. Please leave comments below because we're really interested in this!
Have you been on a cruise? What did you like about it? Would you be interested in reading about our time on a cruise ship?