It may sound extravagant that we choose to take a 16 night cruise to Barcelona vs. flying to start our extended European visit. However, when home free, we must pay to live somewhere and the trans-Atlantic cruise takes care of our room and board for two plus weeks.
Combine this with the return cruise and an entire month of living expenses are taken care of for the two of us. To make a comparison between a 16 night cruise and a 1 day flight to Barcelona, we cannot simply compare the cost of the cruise to the cost of flying from Phoenix. The flight would certainly get us into Barcelona sooner, but the cost comparison would need to include lodging and food for 16 nights on land. Everyone has different levels of accommodations and dining. Using our previous trip to Europe as a guide I calculate the cruise to be cheaper by almost $2,000 when taking the 16 nights into consideration.
In addition, I find the days at sea the most enjoyable. The view of the sea changes dramatically each day, from large waves to a smooth ocean, clouds and reflections. While cruising, there are absolutely zero decisions to make. I’ll actually be a bit disappointed when we arrive at a port as the days at sea are so enjoyable.
Days at sea can be an exercise in over indulgence or simply exercise. Each day we skip breakfast, except for orange juice and coffee, then off to the exercise room we go. So the cost of joining an exercise club is also taken care of at sea. Bon Voyage!