For some time now I have thought about all the issues related to cruising. I have come to some conclusions I would like to share with you.
First of all, if you cruise, you will need to get to the ship. Right? It does not come to you. Where I live is nearly always 2000 to 4000 miles away from a cruise port, and will involve airfare. Flying to Vancouver for us is the shortest flight we can take for a cruise. But how many times can we go to Alaska in the winter? How many times would we want to?
We prefer to go in the winter to escape the cold in Alberta, so we are faced with the longer flights. Flying in the winter,caries the real risk of weather related delays, hence we always fly the day before our cruise departs and we take a hotel in the departure city. If you use the cruise line hotel booking, you will find that you will be booked into a pretty pricey hotel, but you will find that they will also have breakfast facilities, and will often pick you up at the airline and transfer you to the hotel. They will also have a dining room to use after your arrival.
Or you can arrange your own hotel, often for less money than the big guys. You may then have to pay for transfers to and from the hotel, breakfast, no dining room etc.
Living in Alberta we also have to consider that if we have a heavy snow fall, we might not get out on that early morning flight to Miami, or Fort Lauderdale. We cover that by taking a hotel the night before at the airport so we don’t have to rely on a taxi at 5.00 am to get to the airport. All this is expense you must factor into what your cruise is going to cost. So,far we have costs for taxis, food, hotels, and extra time on the start of the trip.
From home we can fly to Toronto, Montreal, and then south, but gain one adds in the chance of one more winter flight delay, so we go via Houston, or Dallas. We have also found that using an American carrier such as Delta, United, or American to be very cost effective compared with a Canadian airline. One exception is to use West Jet, but they do not always fly when we need to go, so usually they are out. Disappoints me too, because we own stock in West Jet!
All this will get you to the airport, and now you have added hotel, taxi, and meal cost to the cost in American to the cost of the lowest price cabin on the ship. It soon adds up.
My next blog will deal with the rigors of the actual flight etc. and why I have come to detest flying all because of the airports. Ciao for now!
TODAY’S WEB SITES
Karen Klassen, has written a wonderful column in the Calgary Herald to try to explain what is wrong with our national and provincial oil and gas policy, and why Canadian are getting the shaft by it. Definitely worth a look if you missed it in the Herald. Klassen
I just love this one, it is a video clip of our new Prime Minister telling a TV moderator in French, down in Quebec, a few years ago, that we have never had a good prime minister from outside of Quebec, AND that Quebec does not belong to Canada, but Canada belongs to Quebec. And now he is our Prime Minister. God help us! Trudeau
Finally, one to make you laugh. It is a clip of Buddy Hackett doing one of his routines. It is a bit rude, but it is funny, enjoy! Hackett
Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome, Italy.
One has a Cross in front of him; the other one is holding the Star of David. Many people go by, look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the Cross.
The Pope comes by. He stops to watch the throngs of people giving money to the beggar who holds the Cross while none give to the beggar holding the Star of David. He feels sorry for him.
Finally, the Pope approaches the beggar with the Star of David and says: "My poor fellow, don’t you understand? This is a Catholic country; this city is the seat of Catholicism.
People aren’t going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you’re sitting beside a beggar who is holding a Cross. In fact, they would probably give more money to him just out of spite!"
The beggar with the Star of David listened to the Pope, smiled, and turned to the beggar with the Cross and said: "Moishe, would you look who’s trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing!"
Have a great day, and be nice to one another.