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On 4/12/2021 at 6:56 PM, gcbranscome said:

... We have decided to go on the Oasis! 


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On 4/12/2021 at 6:55 PM, gcbranscome said:

Wow....thanks so much for all this information!! As I said earlier I thought the Mardi Gras was going to win out, but as of last night our family decided that because my kids and husband are so active and I’ve been dying to go on this class, we have chosen the Oasis! We are booked and ready for next May! 

Good choice. You’ll love the ship and the 3 vs 12 hour drive home after, mark my words. I don’t mean to criticize people’s choices but it seems madness to me to travel 4 times as far for a roughly equivalent ship and marginally better itinerary. If I lived 3 hours from a port, guess where all my cruises would depart? Yes. That port!! As it stands Baltimore, at elevenish hours, is the shortest drive for us, about 90 minutes closer than NYC, New Orleans, or Mobile. In other words, all far enough to just fly in most cases. My algorithm is that anything 6 hours or less is better to drive, between about 6 and 10 is a toss up depending on budget and timing, and at ten plus the expense and inconvenience of flying are probably worth it unless the road trip itself is part of the point of the journey.


Enjoy your first cruise on one of the greatest boats afloat! And don’t call it a boat. It’s a ship, Love Boat TV show notwithstanding.

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