My Travelin’ Shoes Really Wants to Go to Europe! Should I Cruise?

map of UK and IrelandEveryone knows I love to travel. I just have a few States in the US left. Mexico is marked off my list and Canada should be this next year. So what is next? How about the England, Scotland and Ireland?!!!
I start researching trips a bit ahead so this trip is not happening next week. I am a little bit too old for the backpacking trip to explore beautiful countryside. I want to travel in a bit of luxury with best experience possible.

Now, I can do the usual bus trip tours to see all the big ticket sites, but that involves changing motels several times. So, a good friend of mine from Dorchester, England advised me that cruising around the Isles would be my best bet. That might be a great idea since I like to cruise. The search was on and it did not take long to find one of the most famous ships, The Queen Victoria from Cunard Cruises. I see several pros to taking a cruise…

  • Same bed every night
  • Unpack only once
  • 13 to 15 day cruises with itinerary to visit all cities on my wish list
  • Meals and entertainment available
  • Meet people from all over the world on this floating city
  • You can do it all or do nothing. No set schedule – you decide what to do
  • A cruise excursion is usually a learning experience
  • With a cruise , you know what your cost is up-front for room, food, and activities. If you travel by car, you may know your air, hotel and car rental costs, but the problem is gas, food, drinks, entertainment and tours will really add to your cost.

I really am leaning towards a trip like this. What do you all think? Have you ever taken a cruise in another country? I would love your opinion.

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34 Responses to My Travelin’ Shoes Really Wants to Go to Europe! Should I Cruise?

  1. I have never taken a cruise but Hubs has and he has been trying to convince me to take one for years! You would have so much fun with your travel bug self 🙂
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  2. I have never been on a cruise. I have also never been to Europe. I need to start saving up! I need to get myself some traveling shoes!
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  3. I like cruising, but I tend to get sea sick, so I am not sure if I would go on a cruise quite that long.
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  4. Rachael says:

    I’ve never taken a cruise or been out of the country. Both are on my bucket list to happen in the next two years.

  5. Cruising is FABULOUS but I would only recommend it for the Mediterranean. If you want France, England and Spain, it’s better to go by train. You’ll miss too much not staying inland.
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  6. Henrietta says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise, but you do have some very valid points on why one would be convenient! I really like the idea of not having to change up hotels and it would be nice to have the option to follow the itinerary, or not!
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  7. Scott says:

    I think you have already decided – go on the cruise! So much more fun than just driving!
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  8. Lauren says:

    I went on a cruise three years ago and loved it! I have been dreaming of going to Europe again and have been thinking of cruising there too. I’m just afraid there would be places that I would miss. Can’t wait to see what you decide to do.
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  9. I took a cruise through the Greek Isles. If I go on a trip like that again, I would definitely travel with a group.
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  10. If I were you I would go to Ireland first. I’ve never been but it’s somewhere I’d love to travel to. Have fun on your next vacation.
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  11. Karen says:

    I’ve never cruised around Europe but I have done a few Caribbean cruises and I loved them all. I know cruising isn’t for everyone but I really enjoy it.
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  12. First of all, I’m so jealous!! I have an insatiable wanderlust and have been dreaming of the day I can travel to another country. I’m one to opt for backpacking though; I love a good adventure 😀

    I think if you just want a leisurely, enjoyable trip where you don’t have to worry about much a cruise like the one you mentioned would be perfect!
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  13. Veronica says:

    I want to go back to Europe too, but I wouldn’t do a cruise, because I want the freedom to explore. However I would definitely so a cruise there in the future
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  14. Liz Mays says:

    I think I’d want mostly land time if I were to go back to Europe. I don’t think I’d do a cruise for that destination, but I sure would for islands.
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  15. This does sound amazing! I think Id have to pass cause I hate planes, but I wish you the best planning!
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  16. Debra says:

    I’ve never taken a cruise before and am anxious to do one. I say why not cruise Europe – it would be a fab trip!
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  17. I’d love cruising! I’d happily take a cruise outside of the country.
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  18. brett says:

    i haven’t. but i would in a heartbeat. what a great way to see a lot of the world!

  19. Melissa says:

    Yes, do it! I think it would be a great way to explore Europe!
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  20. I’ve heard of people who tried to take the cruise ship. So far, all of them would agree that it’s one of the best experiences of their lives. For a change, I would recommend that you take the cruise ship and find out what you are missing. 🙂

  21. Hanan says:

    I’ve never been on a cruise myself, but yes!! It’s on my bucket list, and I’d love to experience it one day. Love your list of pros!
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  22. Debbie L. says:

    We loved taking our ALaska cruise! Best vacation we ever had!!! I say “Yes” get out and see the world!!!!

  23. We love cruising! This year will be number 5 for the family. It is a great way to see the world with kids. The ships have activities for every age group, so everyone has fun, and nobody feels stressed out (read me).
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  24. Christie says:

    Like you had to ask? I would cruise Europe in a hertbeat!
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  25. Tracey says:

    I have never taken a cruise but have traveled to Europe a few times. Whatever way you decide you will love it!
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  26. I will not ever go on a cruise. They all sound lovely but I am so not interested in 1) traveling on a boat and 2) going outside of the USA.
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  27. Autumn says:

    I’ve taken a cruise before. It’s great to have the same bed every night, and ours even had an all-you-can-eat soft serve ice cream bar! There are also activities and excursions provided by the cruise line. It’s so great that you are planning so far in advance. Safe travels!
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  28. Dina says:

    I’ve taken a cruise to some caribbean islands. It is a fun way to travel. But I’m planning a trip to Rome this year. Not on a cruise because I want to see more than a one day Rome adventure, you know.

  29. krystal says:

    I love cruises! I would love to go one internationally. My friend did an Italian cruise and loved it.
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  30. Shell says:

    I’ve only ever taken a Caribbean cruise, but I really enjoyed it. I’d love to take one in Europe!
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  31. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to go to Ireland.
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  32. Dawn says:

    I have neither cruised nor been to Europe. However, I would love to cruise to Europe, so I say yes, you should cruise!
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  33. I have never been on a cruise and I hear so many good things about the cruise experience. I like the idea of taking a cruise across the ocean and then a train across the continent.
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  34. I think visiting Europe via a cruise is a great option. You save so much and dont need to find a hotel, transportation or entertainment.
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