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So often you learn of those who put off dream vacations to one day and one day never comes.

Very true! :cool:

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I boarded a 120-day world cruise shortly after I retired. It was a wonderful way to launch retirement! The only problem is that I became hooked on longer cruises, which has turned out to be an expensive retirement hobby.

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I boarded a 120-day world cruise shortly after I retired. It was a wonderful way to launch retirement! The only problem is that I became hooked on longer cruises, which has turned out to be an expensive retirement hobby.

There was a time when I would have loved "living on a ship" for 6 months out of the year. I love my pets so much this idea is now out of the question. :cool:

 

We have a Crystal cruise booked that was supposed to be my special retirement cruise. Now that I've decided to retire 2 years earlier than I'd originally planned, our Princess cruise to Alaska is the official retirement cruise (though I'll still be 6 or 7 weeks of work left when we return).

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As noted several months ago, we are doing Viking Sky’s TA for our retirement cruise. OMG, so nice

 

 

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Hmm, didn’t mean to hit send.

We boarded Sky Sunday just over a month after retir....ahem, stopping work and so far it has been great. I highly recommend it to everyone!

 

 

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I boarded a 120-day world cruise shortly after I retired. It was a wonderful way to launch retirement! The only problem is that I became hooked on longer cruises, which has turned out to be an expensive retirement hobby.

This is exactly what I'll be doing next January, but I'm worried that I'll want to work a little bit after returning from the cruise so I can fund future cruises. Social Insecurity probably won't be enough to travel like I'll want to. ;)

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This is exactly what I'll be doing next January, but I'm worried that I'll want to work a little bit after returning from the cruise so I can fund future cruises. Social Insecurity probably won't be enough to travel like I'll want to. ;)

 

Haha. That's kind of what I did. I took a 10-month contract project after I got back. It helped to fund the 3-month "grand voyage" I'm taking in June.

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I will retire from fulltime work on Jan. 18, 2019 and leave 11 days later (Jan. 30) for a cruise around the world on the Oceania Insignia. We'll leave from LA, return to Miami, be gone for 6 months and visit 90 ports. It's truly a dream come true! I'm going to need several huge suitcases, though, because most of my friends, family and coworkers have asked to stow away with me. :')

 

 

 

Wow!! You are doing what I am dreaming of doing in 2022!!! Hope you’re having a wonderful time. Are you doing a blog? Please post the link if you are.

 

 

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Wow!! You are doing what I am dreaming of doing in 2022!!! Hope you’re having a wonderful time. Are you doing a blog? Please post the link if you are.

I'm not sailing until next January....2019. I will probably do some posts on the Oceania board, but no blog.

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Go-Bucks, I know you'll have a wonderful time! As much as I think that would be a wonderful trip, I would pine away for my furry kids left at home. *sigh*

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Go-Bucks, I know you'll have a wonderful time! As much as I think that would be a wonderful trip, I would pine away for my furry kids left at home. *sigh*

I have no problem leaving the dog and family behind.....that's what email is for! This is my once-in-a-lifetime memory making adventure and I'm not getting any younger or healthier. :')

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We retire together 4/4/19 leave on NCL Dawn 10 day in a suite on 4/12/19

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Hello, Just saw this thread. I am retiring this July. Have a rock and roll cruise book with Princess in Feb 2019. Taking my bother and sister and their spouses. So we have combined a retirement cruise with a family reunion. Looking forward to it

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There was a time when I would have loved "living on a ship" for 6 months out of the year. I love my pets so much this idea is now out of the question. :cool:

 

We have a Crystal cruise booked that was supposed to be my special retirement cruise. Now that I've decided to retire 2 years earlier than I'd originally planned, our Princess cruise to Alaska is the official retirement cruise (though I'll still be 6 or 7 weeks of work left when we return).

 

Sailed Emerald Last July to Alaska. Wonderful cruise and wonderful ship

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Just finished our TA on Viking which was a great start to our retirement year of travel. We are now in Valencia until April when we move on to Milan.

 

After a month and a half of retir....ahem, not working, I highly recommend it! The daily nap is a real winner and the days with two naps are even better!

 

 

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Hello, Just saw this thread. I am retiring this July. Have a rock and roll cruise book with Princess in Feb 2019. Taking my bother and sister and their spouses. So we have combined a retirement cruise with a family reunion. Looking forward to it

Sounds wonderful....have a great time!! :D

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I retired on 1/1/18 after 30 years on the job. I started very young. I planned not 1 but 5 cruises over the coming year. Went on one in March, one in June, 2wk in December, 2 wk in May 19 and one in December 19.

 

 

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Cheerfire17, wow you are jumping in with both feet and not stopping to rest. Good for you

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Yes, I knew I wanted to do this. I also am taking my daughter who is in college. I have always been loyal to Carnival but trying other Carnival brands too (Princess and Holland America). One of the first things I did after retiring was to buy stock in CCL for those onboard credits on their lines. That was great advice I got from cruise critic!

 

 

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Yes, I knew I wanted to do this. I also am taking my daughter who is in college. I have always been loyal to Carnival but trying other Carnival brands too (Princess and Holland America). One of the first things I did after retiring was to buy stock in CCL for those onboard credits on their lines. That was great advice I got from cruise critic!

 

 

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Sounds like a good plan and also after 30 years you deserve a break; and now you will get it

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Sounds like a good plan and also after 30 years you deserve a break; and now you will get it

 

 

 

Yes, thanks!

 

 

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I am retiring in August of 2019. We are doing a 10 day Princess Quebec City to NYC with a few days there at the end to stay where we did on our honeymoon, many moons ago, at the Algonquin....450 some days to go!

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I'll officially retire at the end of January 2019, but will be out of the office prior to that on vacation for up to 10 weeks. Tonight I booked my first "retirement" cruise, sailing on the RCCL Anthem of the Seas on a 12 southern Caribbean cruise. Got the 2nd to last studio balcony room (a balcony, hooray!) available with a reduced single supplement. The price and itinerary are awesome. I've never be to San Juan, and two of the ports St. Maarten and St. Lucia are particular faves of mine. AND I get 5 sea days which I also love.

 

 

One is not enough! Tonight I booked my "second" retirement cruise. Friends and I are sailing out of New Orleans on the NCL Breakaway in December on a 10 day Western Caribbean cruise. We're spending 3 days in NOLA after the cruise as well. Now I just have to get through the next 7 1/2 months. :p

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Before I turned 50, I read an op-ed piece in a hobby mag that changed how I viewed "retirement". In the piece, the author was recalling how the club he belonged to had received a large donation of unused, unopened model trains. A gift from a recent widow. Her husband had been buying pieces to build the model railroad empire of his dreams once he retired. Sadly, he retired, got sick and died in under a year. The moral of the story was to not wait to do the things you want to do in life. Life is short! Why wait until you retire? Do it NOW so you have the mobility and energy to enjoy it to the fullest. long before that i had been traveling, but that article changed my view. At 50, we transited the Panama Canal, and have done at least one cruise a year since. I turn 60 in 2019, and planning that trip now (Vancouver to Singapore). 66-10mo's, which will be "retirement", not sure yet. But by then we will have been most places we have wanted to go, so maybe it will just be a revisit to my faves. . . . .

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OhioLair,

I totally agree. There are so many places that my wife and I want to see and rather than putting it off and waiting until I retire, we are doing them now whilst we can for health and financial reasons. Yes, there are many re-modeling jobs etc that are required about the house but nothing major, and in my opinion they can wait until I do officially retire and then I will have more time on myhands.

I always say to my wife that when I am lying on my death bed, I want to be able to say “remember the time we went to Asia, or Australia or New Zealand” instead of “remember that new kitchen we got installed” !

We always wanted to see Australia and we ticked that box last year along with Singapore. We enjoyed it so much we are going back to Sydney this time next year and also going to some of the pacific islands and Hong Kong. Others on my list are; (in no particular order, San Francisco, Hawaii, Alaska, and I would like to see more of Asia.

Our son also has the travel bug and later this year will going to Antarctica and all round South America. Now THAT would a fantastic trip for me but perhaps a bit too cold for my DW so I will settle for Alaska.

Sasksiler; Well done to you on booking what I am sure will be wonderful trips. So much to look forward to.

My countdown clock today is telling me 408 days but,...who's counting!

Remember as a fellow poster said, make the days count, not count the days !

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I can't remember if I've posted about my retirement cruise here yet. I retired on Monday. At the end of the month, I'll fly to Japan for a few days in Tokyo before boarding Windstar Star Legend 27-day Far East to Pacific Northwest Star Collector. I'll have a leisurely ocean crossing to decompress from all those years of work. Then in Alaska, we will have 6 naturalists on board for about 200 passengers. There will be zodiac and kayak excursions from the ship in Kenai Fjords, Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords.

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Ohiolair, I so agree! Though I have booked a couple of "retirement cruises", I been travelling for several years and plan to continue to do so as long as health and finances allow. I have other plans for retirement too that my work/life balance won't allow for, including a move to a more temperate climate. I'm so very tired of Saskatchewan winters - we're expecting 5-10 cms. of snow today (about 2-4 inches).

 

In addition to not leaving things until one is retired, I also encourage folks to retire when it is feasible. We had two individuals in our workplace who passed away this year, both who were eligible to retire years prior, but who for the own reasons continued to work. I feel for them, as they never got to experience retirement and at least of them expressed regret for the plans that never came to fruition.

 

As the old saying goes, don't put off to tomorrow what can be enjoyed today.

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I'll officially retire at the end of January 2019, but will be out of the office prior to that on vacation for up to 10 weeks. Tonight I booked my first "retirement" cruise, sailing on the RCCL Anthem of the Seas on a 12 southern Caribbean cruise. Got the 2nd to last studio balcony room (a balcony, hooray!) available with a reduced single supplement. The price and itinerary are awesome. I've never be to San Juan, and two of the ports St. Maarten and St. Lucia are particular faves of mine. AND I get 5 sea days which I also love.

 

 

 

 

 

One is not enough! Tonight I booked my "second" retirement cruise. Friends and I are sailing out of New Orleans on the NCL Breakaway in December on a 10 day Western Caribbean cruise. We're spending 3 days in NOLA after the cruise as well. Now I just have to get through the next 7 1/2 months. :p

 

 

 

How awesome for you and what great things to look forward too !!! Enjoy every minute. Congrats!

 

 

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I can't remember if I've posted about my retirement cruise here yet. I retired on Monday. At the end of the month, I'll fly to Japan for a few days in Tokyo before boarding Windstar Star Legend 27-day Far East to Pacific Northwest Star Collector. I'll have a leisurely ocean crossing to decompress from all those years of work. Then in Alaska, we will have 6 naturalists on board for about 200 passengers. There will be zodiac and kayak excursions from the ship in Kenai Fjords, Tracy Arm and Misty Fjords.

Sounds great! Enjoy this adventure. :D(y)

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I will be retiring June 2019 after 35 years of teaching.

I will be taking the last Princess cruise to Alaska for the season in Sept 2019.

Then in 2020, I will go on a 2 week riverboat cruise in Russia....Moscow to St. Petersburgh.

I hope to continue my yearly Christmas cruise to Mexico but that may become every 2 years as I will be closer to family and enjoying holidays with them.

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My retirement was something of a surprise as I was forced to go early on medical grounds so no counting down the days and planning a celebration!

 

I am unable to fly now but an fortunate to live near enough to Southampton to make cruising possible. We would both love to see Quebec, so have a 24 day round trip booked next year. We would love to do the Baltics again too but will have to see how the savings hold up. Meanwhile, we have 2 weeks in the Med and a 3 day shortie (that one with our son) to go this year :)

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I retire in 2.5 years and I'm already thinking about a retirement cruise. My husband will still be working, so we can't take anything longer than a couple of weeks, but I'd like to plan something very special for the fall of 2018.

 

What did you do for cruising when you retired?

 

 

A 2 week vacation to Alaska .We flew to Fairbanks and did a 7 day land tour by bus and train .The second week was a cruise and it was fantastic.

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Current plan is to retire in Dec 2017, after 36+ years. Have a Crown Loft Suite booked on the Oasis of the Seas for January 2018.

 

Just in case the plan gets accelerated to a June 2017 date, I have the westbound TA on the Freedom of the Seas booked in October 2017.

 

Things have changed a bit ... as they usually do.

 

Didn't make the December 2017 date, so the CL on Oasis did not happen.

Didn't make the June 2017 date, so the Freedom TA did not happen.

 

But, I just handed in my papers yesterday and will retire in July of this year after 37 years 1 month and 5 days..

 

Have an Aquatheatre Suite booked on Oasis for the whole family in August, a transatlantic on the Brilliance of the Seas in September, and a Crown Loft on the Allure in October. You can't take it with you.......

 

Looking forward to going to Home Depot at 10AM on a Tuesday, never having another Monday, and not shoveling the snow off the driveway at 5AM with a 0 degree wind chill so I can get to work.

 

 

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Things have changed a bit ... as they usually do.

 

 

 

Didn't make the December 2017 date, so the CL on Oasis did not happen.

 

Didn't make the June 2017 date, so the Freedom TA did not happen.

 

 

 

But, I just handed in my papers yesterday and will retire in July of this year after 37 years 1 month and 5 days..

 

 

 

Have an Aquatheatre Suite booked on Oasis for the whole family in August, a transatlantic on the Brilliance of the Seas in September, and a Crown Loft on the Allure in October. You can't take it with you.......

 

 

 

Looking forward to going to Home Depot at 10AM on a Tuesday, never having another Monday, and not shoveling the snow off the driveway at 5AM with a 0 degree wind chill so I can get to work.

 

 

 

 

 

mac_tlc

 

 

 

Congratulations!! Hoping to make a similar post myself in 2 years, 7 months and 7 days!! I’m hoping to do a round the world cruise the following year. I’ve been working since 1969. I’m going to blow thru a chunk of the kids inheritance. They can have the china, silver and the antiques. I’m treating myself.

 

 

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Congratulations to you all.

My count down clock is telling me in 364 days I will be clocking off for the last time. We have Australia / Pacific island cruise booked followed by a week in Hong Kong. I may be tempted to revert to a 3 day week but we will see.

As my mother used to say,...there are no pockets in shrouds!

 

 

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Congrats to all who have reached the retirement milestone. I'm still in the countdown mode but it won't be much longer. 187 days until my final day at the office is finished!

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Congrats to all who have reached the retirement milestone. I'm still in the countdown mode but it won't be much longer. 187 days until my final day at the office is finished!

 

 

 

Congrats it will be here before you know it. Prepare yourself, if you are anything like me, the last day will be very weird.

 

 

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mac_tlc; you have a nice post retirement set up. The one thing you missed was, throwing the alarm clock out; no more use for it

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