I’d really never considered a back-to-back cruise, i.e. combining two cruises on the same ship, until a friend suggested it. I was in the process of booking a cruise to the Caribbean out of the port of Miami – one of Carnival’s shorter five-day cruises which would visit Grand Cayman and Jamaica. After returning to port, the same ship – the Victory – was going to turn around and go off to Key West and Cozumel. Both cruises were inexpensive and I’d sailed with Carnival several times and enjoyed the “let’s have fun” vibe on board.
So why not? I did it. And I’d do it again. Here are some of the reasons why you should too.
1. Save travel time.
Depending on where your point of departure is and what port you are traveling to, travel time can be pretty substantial. In the US, if you’re coming from the West Coast, Midwest, or Northeast to a Florida port for a Caribbean cruise, then you are most likely flying, which means connections and possibly airport delays and hassles. From one of the southern states, driving can take the better part of a day. Imagine the time spent to drive twice, for cruises at two different times of the year.
2. Save money.
Whether it is gas or the cost of a flight, you’ll only be spending half of what you’d ordinarily be spending going to and from the port if you took the cruises separately, at different times of the year.
3. You don’t have to pack and unpack.
Most ships allow you to stay in the same cabin (you can find out for sure when you book the cruise). Everything you brought with you stays exactly where it is. No need to pack your suitcase and leave it outside your door at midnight the night before debarkation.
Read Reasons 4 – 11 for doing a back-to-back cruise in the Huffington Post!