Posted February 14th, 2018, 08:18 AM
LOL, you're fine. It's all about priorities. Even in my neighborhood, with it's stereotype suburb (very similar income levels, 2.5 kids, etc), you see wildly different priorities. We travel. But our cars are relatively crappy. Neighbor travels once every several years, but drives really nice cars. Another never travels, but they've got lots of toys. Another built a pool and also never travels. With a finite amount of money, most people have to pick and choose. Even on more expensive cruises, you see a WIDE cross section of people. Some saved up for years to do it. Others can go every few months. On our last cruise, we sat next to this really young couple on their honeymoon. They had a backyard wedding, lived with parents, etc. Just so they could afford to go on that cruise.
Yes, they will be fine, and you pegged it right about priorities. We spent a good share of our married life raising 5 children. We were lucky if we could scrap together a tent camping trip once a year. And that still involved me cooking and doing laundry! Our first cruise we used my hubby’s bonus money for for our 25th Anniversary in 1995. It was on a line that was old and not mainstream, and went bankrupt shortly after. It had zero entertainment, but for the little time we had on board, we vowed to keep trying to cruise. We were bitten by the cruise bug. So, our priorities changed, from buying “stuff” to saving for “experiences”. We started a vacation fund, that we treat just like any bill, and deposit money to it every pay day. Now that we are retired we can only deposit once a month from our retirement income, but if we didn’t, that money could easily have been spent on “stuff” rather than “experiences”. We are lucky enough to try to cruise once a year if we are smart, and choose only an inside cabin, and only on a rare special occasion book a specialty restaurant.
So, you see, we are not all 5 cruise a year in a suite people. Just your average every day people just wanting to cruise.