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I know that you shouldn't assume, but I will throw caution to the wind. I assume that many of the members that post in this forum are retired, and I was wondering what you did to celebrate your retirement. Does not have be a cruise, just curious (throwing caution to the wind again) what other people did.

 

I took a cruise on the Freedom of the Seas with DW and another couple. All four of us got the drink package, and it was nice to not have to have a designated driver. We (DW and myself) booked a JS on the hump. I think we got spoiled and will be looking to book JS or higher on our future cruises. It was a Western Caribbean itinerary, and we had a great time. Labadee and Falmouth were alright, but the Caymans and Cozumel fantastic.

 

So what did you all do?

 

Craig

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We bought a travel trailer and learned to enjoy state run campgrounds. Then we moved to Florida where cruising has become our travel venue of choice. 5 ports and we are centrally located, so getting there involves NO FLYING!

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Sold our house, put everything in a storage container, and travelled for seven months.

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3 weeks on a beach. A cruise a few weeks later. 3 weeks in Puerto Rico a few weeks later. All followed by 5 months in the RV. We haven't stopped traveling yet although we have learned to take a month at home before leaving on our next trip and making all trips a minimum of a month.

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Retired 3/6, flew to Tokyo 3/8, embarked Regent Seven Seas Voyager 3/11 and enjoyed the most wonderful 87-day Grand Voyage that ended in Southampton 6/6. A long time in the planning and saving.....well worth it!

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Retired on 1/21, on 1/23 we were on a plane to Santiago,Chile for a land tour of Chile, Argentina, and Brazil

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I just finished my first year of retirement. I celebrated by doing 13 cruises -- some spur of the moment when prices dropped. We'll see what this year brings:)

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I just finished my first year of retirement. I celebrated by doing 13 cruises -- some spur of the moment when prices dropped. We'll see what this year brings:)

 

Holy Cra_. That's a lot of cruises! Good for you.:)

 

Craig

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A cruise inspired us to retire. I found the cruise, 28 days on HAL San Diego round trip to Hawaii and French Polynesia. Booked it!

Wait a minute, do I want to go back to work after 28 days? Nope! I had a great job and I told all of my co-workers that I had the best job in the building. But, the thought of returning after a 28 day cruise made the decision easy. We took our cruise in February, 2013 and since the end of that cruise we have completed 109 days on cruises.

I sort of miss that job, but the ability to cruise is good, too.

 

Jim

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I sort of miss that job, but the ability to cruise is good, too.

 

Jim

Nobody on their deathbed has said,"I should have spent more time at the office":)

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I celebrated my "official" retirement eating at the steak house on our cruise, last April!;)

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When DW retired, we celebrated by spending a weekend in Wilmington, NC (I was still working). We managed to get the tires and wheels from our car stolen in the hotel parking lot. We got to go back and forth a few times account that fun experience.

 

When I retired, I just luxuriated in an extra stay in the hot tub. I was numb and relieved that I did not have to go back to the hideous pit that my employer had become.

 

Shortly after that, we booked a transatlantic cruise.

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I spent a year in medical hell--6 hospitalizations totalling almost 2 months, including 5 surgeries and 3 months with an IV port at home.

 

Celebrated surviving that with a cruise last summer, and that started the cruise bug biting hard.

 

Now enjoying retirement and renewed health by cruising every chance I get!

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I celebrated by booking my first world cruise (which hopefully will not be my last). Been retired for three years now and have done two more cruises after the world one and have three more booked. If I had the money I would cruise ten months a year!:D

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I will also let you know next year! Will retire July 3rd, 2016. Have a cruise already booked for Halloween, That year! I Can't wait!! Ready to say bye bye to a job after 30 years! I am sure I will miss it, but I think I will survive! :)

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I didn't go in to work and avoided any efforts to celebrate. I loved my work and career and enjoyed working with colleagues but when it was over it was over. I have loved being retired.

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I retire June 30, 2016 and every time I'm in a silly meeting I just keep repeating my mantra . . . June 30, 2016.

But really, we will go on a cruise from Vancouver to Whittier and then two weeks on land in a rental car and take my son with us. His girlfriend is coming too but paying her own way . . . I know, I'm mean. But she doesn't have the cabin payment because I figured I'd be paying it for him so she could take advantage of that.

The TA asked about a retirement celebration on board so we will do that the first formal night, they say there'll be cake!

Then we will see about a Panama Canal cruise

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We took a three week RV trip, spent glorious MN days on our patio and are leaving in a week for a 17 cruise from San Diego to Santiago.

 

I couldn't do this with a job, just not enough vacation time so I had to retire. :)

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We took a transatlantic from Miami to Barcelona and did it again the next year and are scheduled again for April 2016. My husband is retired Army so once we get to Europe we can fly home from Germany for $20.00

It works great for us. We did the Canary Islands and Paris while we were there the first year and Germany this past April.

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I spent a year in medical hell--6 hospitalizations totalling almost 2 months, including 5 surgeries and 3 months with an IV port at home.

 

Celebrated surviving that with a cruise last summer, and that started the cruise bug biting hard.

 

Now enjoying retirement and renewed health by cruising every chance I get!

 

WOW look at all those upcoming cruises! Congrats and good thoughts on your renewed health.

 

Looking forward to my Husband retiring January 13.

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We celebrated by selling our house to escape the heat, humidity and cockroaches of the South and moved to Colorado to be with our daughter and her children.

 

Cockroaches don't survive the winters here and we have 4 seasons here compared 1 in the South.

 

Glenn:cool:

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My last day was 10/31/12

We sold our home closed on it 10/31/12, sold everything NO storage.

 

We have been traveling the world ever since just celebrated our 3rd anniversary.

 

We been on 11 cruises, have 7 more booked.

 

We are booked out till 10/31/17 our 5th anniversary of traveling. We will be adding on as we go forward.

 

http://www.worldwidewaftage.com

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My last day was 10/31/12

We sold our home closed on it 10/31/12, sold everything NO storage.

 

We have been traveling the world ever since just celebrated our 3rd anniversary.

 

We been on 11 cruises, have 7 more booked.

 

We are booked out till 10/31/17 our 5th anniversary of traveling. We will be adding on as we go forward.

 

http://www.worldwidewaftage.com

 

Where are you living? By that I mean what do you call home?

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Retired on a Friday, and woke up at the usual time on Monday, realized I didn't have to get up, smiled :), then rolled over and went back to sleep. Been doing that ever since.

 

 

SBtS

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I know that you shouldn't assume, but I will throw caution to the wind. I assume that many of the members that post in this forum are retired, and I was wondering what you did to celebrate your retirement. Does not have be a cruise, just curious (throwing caution to the wind again) what other people did.

 

I took a cruise on the Freedom of the Seas with DW and another couple. All four of us got the drink package, and it was nice to not have to have a designated driver. We (DW and myself) booked a JS on the hump. I think we got spoiled and will be looking to book JS or higher on our future cruises. It was a Western Caribbean itinerary, and we had a great time. Labadee and Falmouth were alright, but the Caymans and Cozumel fantastic.

 

So what did you all do?

 

Craig

 

 

We took a retirement cruise on the Explorer 2009,out of Cape Liberty.:)

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I am celebrating my retirement by taking this cruise one year later. My lady friend and I are both widows. My brother told me getting on this website might lead to a party the first night of similar people. My first cruise in 10 years and the other was only 3 nights long. So 7 nights is really exciting! Any interest in that kind of party? Dont know much about how this works...Thanks. Alyson;)

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tomworldwidewaftage....very much enjoyed your website.

 

This is what I wanted to do and still want to do. We sold at the same time and travelled for seven months. Kept a few things in a container. Now we rent and travel 5-6 months per year.

 

Thinking of giving up the rental, travelling for 12-14 months, and then starting again. Lot of things to consider.

 

Great website, thanks.

 

The one thing we have learned....yes we can travel with carry on only! It is surprising how little your really need when you come to grips with the fact that you are travelling for months and cannot 'take it all with you'.

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Alyson,

 

You didn't give much info -- and this is your only post so I can't stalk you!

 

What you need to do is come back to Cruise Critic -- on the yellow 'banner' under the major buttons (like Reviews, Find a Cruise, etc) -- find the link that is Roll Call Tool.

 

Click, and put in your ship and date. FIND YOUR ROLL CALL!

 

This is the trick to one or more get-togethers on board, putting faces to names, and possibly linked up with people for lower-priced/higher-value port adventures.

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Let me be the first non-retired :( person over 55 to post a reply.

 

The wife and I are looking forward to retirement in about 10 years. I can't plan that far ahead so it is a vast unknown right now, but we will continue cruising.

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