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Mid week departures.

Discussion in 'Know Before You Go' started by Gayle V, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Gayle V

    Gayle V Cruiser's Compass Editor

    Does anyone know of a cruise "search" that will allow me to specify that I want to leave midweek?

    Due to my job requirements I have work every other weekend, except one weekend per year. Absolutely no other exceptions . So I can take a vacation spanning two consecutive weekends (a typical cruise) one time per year.) Unfortunately family events keep messing that up.

    This year I will most likely have to use that exception weekend for a family wedding, again. So I'm looking for a cruise of 6 to 8 days, that leaves and returns mid week. Thus allowing me to work my usual weekend.

    BTW, I did see the Miracle's itinerary, but we have sail her for our last two cruises and don't want to repeat.

    Any help finding a cruise "search" with "mid week" or particular day specification would be much appreciated. (Or if you know of a particular ship/itinerary that fits the bill, all suggestions also appreciated.)
  2. Cruise cutie

    Cruise cutie Well-Known Member

    Gayle ..you said 8 days..BUT we have had it work out with 10's for nocs.. years ago..so not specifically sure if you *CAN* do have it for possibility of 10..Princess has a ton of 10 dayers..which would land you in a mid week situation..not sure if that helps.
    ...if it started on a weekend, and ends in a mid week..:shrug:...just a thought.and still get you back for that nasty work the weekend due again...hugs Joanne
  3. Gayle V

    Gayle V Cruiser's Compass Editor

    Hi Joanne, Thanks for the suggestion, but I had thought about the 9 or 10 day mid week cruises. While that works great for me, it's not so good for hubby. Just too many days overall, for him to be gone. The Friday and Saturday evenings are his busiest days. (So our schedules mesh on that score, ie: wanting to be gone over only one weekend.) But after the MOS@IC he said "no more" on the longer cruises. He lost accounts due to being gone so long, that time.
  4. Jeanie

    Jeanie Well-Known Member

    I do not think there is any for seven day cruises only ten or more as Cruise Cutie mention
  5. Gayle V

    Gayle V Cruiser's Compass Editor

    HI Jeanie, That's what I was afraid of.

    Near as I can find, the Miracle seems to be only ship that regularly leaves and returns mid-week. She does eight days. (That's why we sailed on her for the last two cruises; different itineraries, but the same ship.) I was hoping one of the other cruise lines might have a ship doing something similar.
  6. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    The last Duck Cruise was 10 days to Alaska, departing on a Wednesday and returning the following Sunday.

    Sea Princess, out of San Francisco.

    You might try vacations to go, run a "custom search" for specific time periods ...
  7. Beryl

    Beryl Trivia Specialist

    Methinks unless you want to pay big bucks you be stuck! :(
  8. mrsrocster

    mrsrocster Well-Known Member

    Are you limited to a 7-10 day cruise? The reason I ask is because there are some shorter cruises 4-5 nights out of Tampa that could fit your bill on Carnival. We are taking a 5 night out of Tampa on Carnival that leaves on a Saturday and returns on a Thursday morning. Something to think about.

    Hope it works out for you, no matter what you choose!

  9. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    I don't know of any search engines that will let you search by day of departure. So you will have to search by how long the cruise is. Cruises of one week usually leave and return on a Saturday or Sunday. So that is out. Most of the six night cruises seem to go from Sunday to Saturday. So that is out.

    Many of the three, four, five, eight, nine & eleven night cruises take only one weekend. Since you want to keep it short, I would recommend either the five night cruises or the Miracle is doing three different itineraries, so there is a good variety there, or the Spirit does eight night Mexican Riviera cruises if you are looking for something different from the Caribbean.
  10. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Gayle - are you considering only Caribbean itineraries, and are you limited to a certain time of year?

    7-night Alaskan itineraries depart Seattle or Vancouver just about every day of the week. I'm on a 7 nighter next year that departs Vancouver on Wednesdays.
  11. Gayle V

    Gayle V Cruiser's Compass Editor

    Thank you all for the suggestions.

    Michelle, I think they may have to beat me off with a stick, to get me to leave a cruise after only five days. :D But that could possibly be our final choice anyway.

    Hi Cruizer and Mary Ann, Oh, how I'd love to do either or those two ideas, as we've never done either the Mexican Riviera or Alaska. We've avoided those so far, simply due to the long flights involved. But those are definite possiblities. I'll have to talk to hubby about that. Thanks for the idea.
  12. iluvcruzin

    iluvcruzin Well-Known Member

    I agree with what most posted about about length.

    The answer to what site can you use to select a specific DAY for departure - Travelocity. Use the "More Search Options" and narrow the departure day to a single day. I never booked with them but use it for finding cruise options.
  13. ShipMaven

    ShipMaven Forever Remembered

    Gayle - if you can "think West", Alaska would be your best bet for reasons I posted above. Seattle would probably be the easiest port to reach and the least expensive flight. Mexican Riviera cruises normally depart on weekends.

    I don't know why I only noticed now you're from Northeastern Ohio - my late Mom's family are pretty much all in Northwestern/Southwestern Ohio.

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