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We now have 4 cruises booked from now till next year. I'm sooo excited. I just wanted to share with someone that would understand :). Most of our friends think we're crazy. This is what we wanted to do in retirement and now getting to do it. We'll fill the gaps with camping trips. I love retirement!!

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Congratulations!  My husband plans to retire in a week and we've got three cruises planned:classic_love: We are so excited.

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 Love retirement. We usually have 3 or 4 cruises booked during the year. 

 

Enjoy your retirement.

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We retired 14 years ago and have not regretted it for even a minute.

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Been retired for a while — it gets better and better with practice;  and cruising is just one way of using the available time.

 

The amazing thing is that I still do not have time to get everything done.

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1 hour ago, packedandready said:

We now have 4 cruises booked from now till next year. I'm sooo excited. I just wanted to share with someone that would understand :). Most of our friends think we're crazy. This is what we wanted to do in retirement and now getting to do it. We'll fill the gaps with camping trips. I love retirement!!

good for you! Some of us still have to work but will be there one day. This is my dream, including the camping. 

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I tell people I work full time. I am a CPO - Chief Planning Officer for Paul (me) and Jeannie's (DW) retirement travels.

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1 hour ago, davekathy said:

Not having to go back to work after a fun vacation. 

 

Just retired Jan 1.  Unfortunately (for her) my wife has probably three more years until her numbers line up.  (That's what she gets for marrying an older guy).  But I'm loving it!  

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I retired 20 years ago. When I was working I was healthy .Four years afterward I began getting ill and am now dealing with 9 illnesses. Being retired has not been fun for me.However,I am still somehow able to go on cruises.

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14 hours ago, packedandready said:

We now have 4 cruises booked from now till next year. I'm sooo excited. I just wanted to share with someone that would understand :). Most of our friends think we're crazy. This is what we wanted to do in retirement and now getting to do it. We'll fill the gaps with camping trips. I love retirement!!

Good on you, enjoy living with gusto,

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We took three 2-week cruises last year and have the same booked for this year. Love being flexible to take advantage of last-minute deals.

 

The best part of retirement is not knowing what day of the week it is.

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Congratulations, and one day I hope to join you.  Combining cruises with camping trips is a nice mix.  I look forward to spending my time looking for last minute cruise and airfare deals.

 

Roz

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Cruising is one of the best things about being retired, along with ME being able to do what I want when I want, instead of being controlled by my career. I'm now in my late 70s and have been retired almost 15 years, and seeing the world one cruise at a time has made it simply wonderful. Since retiring I have done 40+ cruises with Princess, and currently have 4 more booked. I'm planning to keep on going and doing as long as I can.

Life has been very good to me, and I am most grateful!!

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Since retiring we are doing less cruising and more independent travel.   Now, our cruises are typically last minute add ons to a land trip that we happen to be on.   We thought we would do more cruising but it has not turned out that way.

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16 hours ago, packedandready said:

We now have 4 cruises booked from now till next year. I'm sooo excited. I just wanted to share with someone that would understand :). Most of our friends think we're crazy. This is what we wanted to do in retirement and now getting to do it. We'll fill the gaps with camping trips. I love retirement!!

Congratulations on retirement, it really is the best job ever. Been retired 6 years and are taking our 2nd world cruise next year. Life is grand.

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12 hours ago, leaveitallbehind said:

 

Just retired Jan 1.  Unfortunately (for her) my wife has probably three more years until her numbers line up.  (That's what she gets for marrying an older guy).  But I'm loving it!  

Congratulation on your new life.  🥂

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Congrats! While I certainly don't want to rush my life, that certainly is a perk I one day look forward to. Who knows what the future looks like though. I dream of living near a cruise port (or two). Imagine being able to hop on a last-minute deal and not having to buy airfare. Oh man!

 

It's a shame that the younger generations don't share the same enthusiasm. Working and saving your whole life is now an evil thing.

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15 hours ago, leaveitallbehind said:

 

Just retired Jan 1.  Unfortunately (for her) my wife has probably three more years until her numbers line up.  (That's what she gets for marrying an older guy).  But I'm loving it!  

 

I just quit when Laura retired. 😇

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I thought when I retired nearly 4 years ago that I'd get the travel and cruising bug out of my system in a few years. Nope. It's only gotten more intense. I had to re-do my financial plan because I'd planned a decrease in travel starting year 5, and now I realize I need to do the opposite. Fortunately, I figured out a way to do it.

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1 hour ago, wishIweretravelling said:

I thought when I retired nearly 4 years ago that I'd get the travel and cruising bug out of my system in a few years. Nope. It's only gotten more intense. I had to re-do my financial plan because I'd planned a decrease in travel starting year 5, and now I realize I need to do the opposite. Fortunately, I figured out a way to do it.

If you don't spend it now your kids will spend it later. 

Edited by davekathy

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We are 14 years into retirement and have not gotten over the travel bug. 94 days on princess last year, 99 this year and 106 next

 

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1 hour ago, davekathy said:

If you don't spend it now your kids will spend it later. 

...every time we book another I remind my kids that I am spending their inheritance one cruise at a time!  They just laugh. Don't get me wrong, there will still be something for them when the time comes, but I'm going to enjoy all that I worked hard for in the meantime.  

Edited by leaveitallbehind

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2 hours ago, John&LaLa said:

 

I just quit when Laura retired. 😇

...my wife is very tempted!  But she is a teacher and carries our benefits, etc., so I'm kinda running interference with that.....at least for now!

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