Longer Duration Cruises
You can choose to take a cruise of a longer duration or make your own itinerary by taking a Back to Back Cruise.
Many cruise ships go straight from one cruise to another so a great way to take a diverse cruise, of a longer duration, is to take two or more cruises back to back. A back to back cruise is basically taking two cruises on the same ship in a row, with no break in between. The ship is the same but the route and destinations are different.
When cruise ships complete several cruise routes broken up into voyages of between one and several weeks, different legs of the route can be taken as back to back cruises. This makes back to back cruises perfect for tailoring to your desires as you control the overall itinerary and can tailor your own cruise route.
Subject to availability you can even keep the same cabin for the duration of your back to back cruise.
- Value: You only need to get to port once.
- Orientation: You will already know your way around the ship, so there’s no need to spend time on orientation.
- Entertainment: There’s so much to do on board, there’s always a restaurant you didn’t try or a show you didn’t catch.
- Cruise destinations: See more of the area of the world you’re cruising around.
- Convenience: Board before the other passengers and be back by the pool while the new passengers get their bearings.
- You only have to unpack once.
- Take it easy when everyone else is rushing
- Goodbye to Last Day Blues (at least for the first cruise!)
When You Just Don’t Want to Get Off The Ship…
Whilst we are on the subject of Back to Back Cruises we thought it might be fun to talk about Mario Salcedo or Super Mario.
There’s a home-made sign on deck 11 of Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas that reads ‘Super Mario’s Office’. Every morning, a dapper, tanned passenger perches there, quietly tapping away at his keyboard. An office corner rather than a corner office, this is the HQ for 65-year old Mario Salcedo’s investment management business—at least when he’s not ballroom dancing, scuba diving, or smoking a Cohiba in the cigar lounge on board. For Mario, this is his everyday life and has effectively lived full time on a cruise ship for almost twenty three years.
He schedules trips around two years or 150 bookings ahead. That way, he can remain in the same cabin for an extended period of back-to-backs, as continual sailings are known.