Comments on: How We Upsized Our Cruising Experience (Hint: On the Cheap!) One couple's story of escaping 9 to 5 until 65 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:22:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bryan Wed, 09 Mar 2016 18:46:18 +0000 It did sound like you had fun with the kids on the cruise. That is something I wish we would have done while our daughters were young. Now one is married and the other is graduating high school! 🙂

I am waiting for you and Greg to find a travel hack to use points or other means to bring the cruising costs down. I know you can do it!

By: Holly Johnson Wed, 09 Mar 2016 13:35:24 +0000 That cruise cabin is huge! We have only cruised once and we did have a balcony room. It was very small, though. Our children’s bunk beds actually pulled out of the wall over our bed! It was a lot of fun, though. We didn’t spend a lot of time in our room so it didn’t matter.

By: Bryan Wed, 09 Mar 2016 01:20:56 +0000 We did have a great time on the cruise. It definitely was the best one we have done to date.

I hear you about the cost of cruises and going to Alaska. We were considering going on an Alaskan cruise in July for Dianne’s birthday. It is amazing how much the price changes in between May and September. In can double or potentially triple in cost. Once we are out of the rat race, I will try to snag a deal on a last minute cruise when they are desperate to fill the ship. Until then I will look for some serious sales first.

Congrats on buying your Airstream. You did it! 🙂

By: Bryan Wed, 09 Mar 2016 01:11:01 +0000 Hi Jenn,

Welcome to the blog site – I am glad you found us. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

It sounds like you guys have found a great way to leverage the benefits of a mini-suite. That is a great idea putting 4 people into the cheap room and rotating them out in the suite. I bet the kids really appreciate the nice room when it is their turn.

I agree with you about being worth the price. It was great having the privacy and the extra room to stretch out and relax. I am pretty certain we will go with the mini-suite next year out of Ft. Lauderdale or Miami for our eastern Caribbean adventure.

Take care,

By: Steve @ Think Save Retire Tue, 08 Mar 2016 22:59:54 +0000 Wow – that sounds seriously awesome, Bryan. I’ve never taken a cruise before but have always wanted to. We were THIS close to taking an Alaskan cruise last year but decided that it was too expensive at the time. I honestly don’t remember how much it was.

The closest accommodations that I’ve seen to what you showed us was in the Four Seasons the night after our wedding. But that was on-ground. You were on a freaking cruise ship and easily got to use a bathroom nicer than anything I’ve ever owned. 🙂

Bet it was tough to come back!

By: Jenn Tue, 08 Mar 2016 22:47:50 +0000 We’ve only been on one cruise that a member of our extended family semi-organized. I knew that I would feel claustrophobic in an interior tiny room but the price difference was substantial. Since our immediate family is large enough to require 2 rooms (7 people), we booked one mini-suite with a balcony and one of the cheapest interior rooms. Then, since the cruise line priced the cost per person based on the room type, we said that we had 4 people in the interior room and 3 in the plush one. We had the kids rotate so that they all got a chance to sleep in the fancy room, which we found to be worth the price as well. It was nice to have that quiet private place to sip a drink, watch the sunset, and listen to the water.