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The Reasons Why I Impulse Bought a Cruise

Sarah has been on six cruises in less than six months and has cruised with Carnival, MSC, and Royal Caribbean.

Carnival cruise ship docked on the island

Carnival cruise ship docked on the island

Background

To give a little bit of backstory here, I actually just returned from a cruise one week ago from the day that I am writing this article. I was on a Carnival Cruise departing from Port Canaveral in Florida and the cruise stopped at Amber Cove/Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and the Grand Turks Islands. This cruise was five nights and six days technically if you count the last day when we disembarked. This past cruise was our fifth cruise since November 2021 so we definitely like cruises a lot. We returned last Saturday and we ended up buying another cruise that starts today!

Crazy Cheap Prices!

I'm sure that you’re probably wondering besides liking cruises, why did we impulse buy another cruise? Also, why again so soon? For those of you that have never been on a cruise, cruises are very relaxing and they’re a great place to have fun. For a travel vlogger, cruises give me a great opportunity to create new content by visiting new countries more easily.

Also, about two days ago, I was sitting at home bored and my husband and I were talking about maybe traveling somewhere this week. However, we don’t have a very big budget since we’ve been traveling so much lately. We checked flights to Los Angeles, Cancun, Puerto Rico, and many other places but as you know, last-minute flights are so expensive! Also, we completely forgot it’s spring break so it’s even more expensive to go on a last-minute vacation right now.

I knew I still wanted to go somewhere so I decided to check cruise prices. We’ve already been on three Carnival cruises since January so I checked other cruise lines first. However, the prices were expensive on MSC, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian so those were out of the question. Then I checked Carnival’s website and the prices were so cheap! Until the end of March, if you are a part of Carnival’s free membership club, cruise prices are as low as $30 per person! That’s a pretty sweet deal! Of course, there are taxes and port fees to pay so the total is more like $350–400 but if you think about it, it’s less than $200 per person when you split the cost with someone which is super cheap!

Therefore, we ended up booking another five-night cruise with Carnival. This time, we will go to the Grand Turks Islands, Princess Cays, and Nassau, Bahamas. We’ve already been to the Grand Turks Islands and Nassau but this price was too good to pass up.

Cruises right now are at an all-time low ever since cruises started back up from the coronavirus pandemic. Some companies like Disney and Virgin Atlantic are still really expensive but other companies are really cheap. Therefore, if you have some time and a bit of money, it’s a great time to do the first cruise.

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Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

Amber Cove, Dominican Republic

A Lot of Free Time

Also, another big reason we impulse-bought a cruise is because we have the time now. I am self-employed so I make my own schedule. As an online English teacher, I pick the hours I work so I can also take vacation days whenever I want to. My husband is also between jobs right now so he has more time than usual for last-minute trips. While he was working in his previous job, he had a lot of time off too because he was only working part-time. However, he still had somewhat of a schedule to keep so an impulse cruise wasn’t always easy.

Cruises are usually between four to seven nights so in order to go on a cruise, you need a lot of days off from work in a row. In most jobs, this can be pretty difficult to get all these days off. That’s one of the reasons I love to be self-employed so I can take these days off when I want to.

Impulse buying a cruise is a big decision because it’s a big-time commitment. It’s not just a weekend, it’s almost a whole week’s worth of time. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you shouldn’t impulse buy a cruise longer than four nights because it would be too long. Three or four-night cruises would be just right.

© 2022 Sarah Wong

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