It’s often said that the latest and greatest cruise ships have so many attractions, you could stay onboard for a month and never get bored. But does anyone put it to the test?
As proof that it happens, we cite this entertaingly bemused post by member LMaxwell whose elderly neighbor stayed on Oasis of the Seas for five weeks – without getting off.
“He booked four cruises in a row on Oasis [one of Royal Caribbean’s largest ships] as a single in a GS [Grand Suite],” LMaxwell explained. “He said they offered him a cheapo deal on an OV [Ocean View] cabin so he decided to stay a fifth week.”
When our poster inquired politely how the gentlemen found his month-long stay in Oasis of the Seas’ Grand Suite, his reply was remarkably understated.
“I don’t even want to KNOW what it costs to travel as a single in a GS for a month,” LMaxwell wrote. “I asked how he liked it and he said, ‘Oh, it was very nice.’”
Nice, indeed. The smallest suites on Oasis are quite large even for two people, and some offer Jacuzzis and grand pianos.
What’s perhaps more intriguing, though, is the fact that our super cruiser didn’t disembark the ship at any of the Caribbean ports of call over five weeks of cruising.
LMaxwell continues: “I asked why five weeks on a ship and he said he was intrigued to see all the shows and everything on the ship, as opposed to world traveling. Said it took him about three weeks at a casual pace to see and do everything and then two weeks just relaxing and didn’t bother to disembark at ports.”
Even on a big, entertainment-filled ship like Oasis, not getting off for five weeks is remarkable … even a bit daunting. For those of us who tire of crowds, making an escape from time to time would be especially necessary on a big ship like Oasis.
LACruiser comments: “We are D+ [Diamond Plus] and truly love cruising, but if I had to stay on the same ship, repeating the same itinerary, eating the same meals I’d lose my mind. Not to mention how much weight I’d gain!”
Quite. Maybe the septuagenarian gentleman is a massive fan of Hairspray (he should certainly know all the words by now). Maybe he burned off all the calories on the surf simulator. Perhaps when cabin fever set in, he scaled the climbing wall a few times.
What also impressed LMaxwell was also how quickly his neighbor rocketed from zero to Diamond status in Royal Caribbean’s loyalty program: “He went from 0 cruise points (had never sailed with RCI) to 98 points.”
Members of RCI’s loyalty scheme earn one Cruise Point for every night on board, double if they book a suite, and bonus points for single occupancy. Whereas it takes some cruisers take years to attain Diamond status — the original poster took 22 years to reach it — this gentleman made it in one extended holiday. It’s a bit like flying to Australia and back three times on British Airways in First class, just to attain Gold status as quickly as possible.
Would you stay on a ship for a month without going ashore? Let us know in the comments.