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    A "Comfort" Cruise.

    A few years ago, we booked a "filler" cruise for just a week round the Bay of Biscay, on Ventura....nothing special, but cruise dot happened to mention that there was a great price for last minute bookings. Sadly, just before we joined, something awful happened in our lives, and we had to decide quickly whether to continue or cancel- we continued, and it was the best thing we could have done. We already knew the ship; the destinations were easy to do, and the whole cruise felt like being in a comfortable home. We were also able to talk to friends on this forum, which was worth every penny!
    We have various friends suffering with grief, loneliness and ill health. One person immediately thinks of going back to a Fred Olsen cruise, her earliest cruise line, for comfort; another with a health problem has chosen the ease of the fjords, where much of the time can be spent on deck looking at the scenery, and a widowed friend fancies a TA on the Queen Mary 2 for a touch of luxury.
    What would be your comfort cruise- your time away from problems or illness, and fairly hassle free?
    Jo.

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    Hi Jo,

    I always like to go on a cruise to the Canaries, from Southampton no flying involved. The relaxation on the ship, the familiar ports of call. I know a lot of people don't like going back to the same places, but I am happy with returning multiple times, its just like slipping on that old pair of slippers, definitely comfortable.

    Cheers
    Bob
    Last edited by Bob, Huddersfield; 27th September 2014, 07:53 PM. Reason: Getting it right

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      #3
      I find any cruise a comfort but a cruise to the fjords is the most breathtaking and relaxing of all. Looking forward to going again in August 2015.
      Oriana
      Oceana
      Ventura
      Queen Mary 2
      Queen Victoria
      Queen Elizabeth

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        #4
        I believe that Jo, Is referring the emotional comfort of the mind, a Cruise is a perfect place to relax & put things in order No Cooking Cleaning preparing meals No telephones demanding to be answered, Just total relaxation.
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          #5
          I am not sure - it needs a bit of thinking about it. But what a wonderful sentiment - thank you Jo.

          Bill


          Lawnmowerman

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            #6
            Originally posted by Happy, Wolverhampton View Post
            I find any cruise a comfort but a cruise to the fjords is the most breathtaking and relaxing of all. Looking forward to going again in August 2015.
            Our comfort cruise is also the fjords, but it has to be on a certain cruise line, and if she's around, a certain Queen Victoria.

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            We cram one in every two years such is the 'comfort' aspect.
            Last edited by Mrs M; 28th September 2014, 08:52 AM.

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              #7
              Good post Jo, my comfort cruise would be to the fjords on my favourite ship the Aurora. likely to meet old friends , and watch the wonderful scenery CG
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                #8
                What a great post Jo. I'm sat here dreaming of all our past cruises all of which would be wonderful to do again. Cruising is definitely my idea of relaxing with plenty of sea days so I would love to do our Aurora cruise to Caribbean and back again.
                Cheers Drew and Linda

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                  #9
                  Any cruise we have done we find a comfort. Once on board all the stress in our lives seem to melt away and the joy of being at sea takes over. We always meet new people and make friends that we still contact once back home. No cooking cleaning or driving let the experts do the work....... brilliant!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by homer, aberdeen View Post
                    Any cruise we have done we find a comfort. Once on board all the stress in our lives seem to melt away and the joy of being at sea takes over. We always meet new people and make friends that we still contact once back home. No cooking cleaning or driving let the experts do the work....... brilliant!
                    Not so much for comfort but when our pace of life gets too much we just book a short cruise to re-charge our batteries. It works every time.

                    If if I ever had a bereavement I think the first thing I'd do is book a cruise. You can have as much company or solitude as you want away from your normal environment.
                    Cruising my way through life!

                    Sue

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                      #11
                      I had a similar experience to Jo some years ago. My mother died three months after a stroke and I was caring for my father who had dementia and other health problems. We had a cruise booked with Page &Moy, on Ocean Majesty. I thought we should cancell, but everyone else said no, my in-laws looked after my dad and, the day following my mother's funeral, we boarded Ocean Majesty at Harwich. I was convinced we shouldn't be there.

                      We met the 'boys in the band' at check in and were greeted by a bartender we knew well, who phoned the Bar Manager, who came to welcome us back. I began to relax. When we went on deck for sail away the leader of the band hugged me and said "You'll be OK". Yes, I was. The fjords are excellent therapy. And Ocean Majesty was truly the friendliest ship afloat.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by History Addict, Alfreton View Post
                        Not so much for comfort but when our pace of life gets too much we just book a short cruise to re-charge our batteries. It works every time.

                        If if I ever had a bereavement I think the first thing I'd do is book a cruise. You can have as much company or solitude as you want away from your normal environment.
                        I have spent many an hour over the last few months remembering all the wonderful times over the years I have spent with my dear husband on our cruises.
                        If I could ever get round to considering a break ... a cruise would be my choice.
                        But I'm afraid at the moment my comfort zone is HOME!
                        I would feel so alone and it would seem a betrayal to go away without him................ One day perhaps, but in the meantime I will continue reading and Yes! enjoying all your reports x
                        sigpic*Carol M*

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                          #13
                          Take care Carol. xxx

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                            #14
                            Carol, Sending you lots of love. Lizzie x
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                              #15
                              Dear Carol- lots of love and thoughts. xx
                              Jo.

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