Seems for many cruisers, ripping that Band-Aid off at the end of a cruise is the way to go. Spurred by Azamara Club Cruises‘ recent plan to test late checkout, we asked fans on our Facebook page if they’d pay to stay onboard for a few extra hours on dreaded debarkation day. We were surprised how many weren’t interested. We thought cruisers might enjoy not having to rush off the ship, having a chance to extend the cruise experience a bit. We’ll say it: We were wrong.
Sure, those who drive to their cruise port have a good reason for getting on the road. Jody Leis Deal said on Facebook: “I’d have to say no ‘cause we have a long drive home so we need to get off early to get on the road.” Fair enough.
A lot of cruisers just want to get home. “I want to get off and go home!!” said Mary Beth Sharples. Tami Atkinson agreed: “I’m usually anxious to get back home to see our pets…” And Frances Taylor said: “No way. Want to get home a.s.a.p. Holiday over.”
We wonder, just a bit, why some folks are even on vacation. Ana Rose Dillabough “I love my family, I love my home, I love my job, and I love my life in the ‘real world’ so vacation of a week is more than enough.”
Then there were those who’d already busted the budget, like Richard Marko: “No…already spent enough on vacation.” Al Nettles falls in two groups: those whose budgets have been stretched, and those whose imaginations have been stretched. He said: “Nope…by this time I am already broke. Plus, there would be nothing to do.”
Lori Nixon Muscato also falls into the latter group. “What would you do on the ship? I can’t imagine wanting to stay later. Maybe I am not thinking clearly – but I think I’d be bored.”
For Janet Reynolds, the answer is never. “The cruise is over and I am just sad to leave the ship, it would prolong the agony!”
So, when it comes to the end-of-cruise experience, Debby Couture summed it up for many: “No, I’d rather rip that Band Aid off a.s.a.p.”
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