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Jun-17-2015 @ 7:38 PM                           Permalink
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So we are yet to decide our main 2015 holiday.

Our options would be another holiday on the broads (last was back in 2013) or a Mediterranean cruise with P&O.  

Putting costs to one side, I truthfully have no preference on what I'd like to do, both means spending time afloat. However my wife would like there to be guaranteed decent weather and this is unfortunately where the Med just edges  it. England being England, what is the weather on the broads like during early/mid September and does anyone have any opinions on what we should decide?

Our last 3 holidays have been cruises with P&O  which have been amazing. Does anyone have any thoughts on

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Well, the weather can be very good on the Broads in September (Indian Summer and all that) but as you say not gaurenteed, we have been on a few cruises the last couple of years and if I didn't have my own boat and it was my main holiday, I have to say I would probably opt for the cruise (what, heresy) but would go with Celebrity rather than P&O and try to get a sahort break on a boat for my Norfolk Broads "fix".
Saying that if you'd asked me 10 years ago, I would definitly have chosen the Broads.

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It has to be the Broads. A change is as good as a rest so they say and the wife and I are going on the 19th of September so say hello, but seriously wherever you decide to go enjoy your holiday.

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Jun-17-2015 @ 9:40 PM                           Permalink
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A difficult choice both have there own  high points. We love cruising and also the broads. The choice is yours, both will be restful and have good points. At the end of the day which is best for you at the time.

Trevor & Deirdre

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Thanks guys.

Prefer to go with P&O Terrytibbs due to them being aimed more towards the British.

Maybe the cruise is the option but possibly a short break on the broads over a weekend, pennies permitting.

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Jun-17-2015 @ 11:25 PM                           Permalink
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Similar situation downunder, I wanted Norfolk and the ex WL wanted cruise to New Zealand in Jan 16, she won but still applying pressure to attend 2016 forum meet.

Keith VK8VKS

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This is no contest. The Broads win hands down

We have cruised once on Arcadia back in 2009, we have been to the Broads 7 times, and will be back next year.

If you are hooked as we are, it has to be the Broads

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Jun-18-2015 @ 6:56 AM                           Permalink
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You could sort of combine the two by chartering a Wherry Yacht. Sit back on the counter deck and let someone cruise you round the Broads and cook for you (or eat out well by getting taxis)
But it it is weather that is important, Norfolk, big risk.

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Puttings costs to one side, then do both, unless there are time restraints.

We have recently returned from a P&O cruise, a short break.
The advantage of a cruise is...
All food is prepared and is of very high standard, you have a great choice of food, and where to dine, no washing up or food prep.
There is somewhere to eat 24/7 if you wish.
Return to your cabin, you have fresh towels if you wish, bed made, cabin cleaned.
You wake up in a different port most mornings.
You have great entertainment and the opportunity to visit new places.
You are not concerned about finding a mooring at your chosen destination, or finding a boat moored next to you running it's engine keeping you awake.
Depending on your chosen destination, the weather is still unpredictable, but some places more likely to be drier than others.

The advantage of the Broads is :-
Well there are enough posts on this forum, so you know those by now.
If you want to wake up in a different place in the morning on the Broads, just mudweight on Barton in a fresh wind lol.

A cruise can average around £100 per person per night as a rough estimate, so two weeks on a fully catered cruise could be £3000
To hire a boat for two, say high season with a chance of getting some good weather, for a similar time could be around half that, plus mooring fees, fuel, and dining out.
Transport to and from the boat, and any drinks, not included.

As a couple you need to discuss this with your partner, write a list each of what you want from a holiday and compromise...
WhIch brings me back to my first point...
Do both... Maybe one this year, one next year.
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best regards, Richard.

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Hi
The easy way out of this is to do what we are doing this year, on Saturday we are flying out to pick up a cruise on the Med and then back a few weeks and then having a week on our boat just before the schools break up, best of both worlds. Wink

Kindest Regards Mike

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