I am 27 and my last two holidays that have taken me abroad, have both been via cruise ship. And I couldn’t recommend it anymore highly!
Cruise ship holidays have the stigma of being lame and filled with old people. While the latter point may bear some truth, the former point can be argued with ‘it’s what you make of it’. If you’ve set out thinking you’re going to have a rubbish time, you probably will; but if you go at it with an open mind and let yourself get stuck in – who knows what can happen!
For me, it’s the perfect way of getting to travel the world (well, the med, so far…). My husband REALLY doesn’t like flying. Full stop. The only place he will be willing to fly to is Japan – but fate just doesn’t seem to want us to go there, it seems. So unless I only want to see various parts of England, Wales and Scotland – for the rest of my life – the option of cruising was a welcomed compromise.
Unfortunately, I also happen to suffer from sea sickness. The first week of my first cruise, I was bed ridden and cursing my husband for not getting on a bloody plane and making me go through this – his few hours of fear was nothing to my week long sickness suffering. However, the seas eventually calmed and I could venture out from the cabin to see what the rest of the ship had to offer.
I was (somewhat) pleased to find out that the ship had been almost empty for the first week. The amount of passengers and crew that had been ill due to the rough seas was almost unheard of – not just me being a novice then. I was told by one of my fellow passengers that the reception desk on the ship held prescription strength sea sickness tablets and that I should stock up on those for if the seas got rough again. I did, they did, and the tablets did the trick. What a wasted first week.
Different ships can have vastly different things to do, and different companies make all cruises different again. No two are the same. I’ve been on two ships that, in comparison to many others, didn’t have too much to offer in terms of entertainment but when you’re on the open seas and the sun’s shining – you don’t really need a lot else.
But if you do like to be entertained, there’s bars, libraries, cinemas, theatres, night clubs, swimming pools, spas, gyms, games rooms, casinos, and near on 24 hour access to food. A cruise ship is a dangerous place for a waistline.
On the cruises I have been on, the food is included in the price, and with different places to eat on the ships too, you’re spoilt for choice: buffets, fish and chip bars, three or four restaurants and room service. Plenty.
Your main restaurant gives you a table that you are at for the whole of your cruise, which is nice as you may be sat with people that you’d never met before (depending on the seating instructions you apply – when you book your cruise) but you see them everyday so you can catch up and chat about what you’ve all been up to. Your table is assigned a waiter who serves your food each night and you can pick as many things from the menu as you wish – again dangerous, but oh so good.
Then you have the whole reason for cruising, you get to wake up to a beautiful new view outside your window each day. One day you may open the curtains up to find an endless sight of blue sea, the next you could be docked in Monaco port with the city scape staring back at you, the next Alexandria with the history of the Pharaohs; the next a Caribbean island with beautiful white sand beaches, the next seeing the spectacular scenes of the Fjords – anywhere you can dream of (that has a port though, obviously).
In the five full weeks that I have cruised for, I have visited Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sicily, three Greek islands, Egypt, Cyprus, Monaco and Gibraltar. Before I started cruising, I had visited Spain, France and Budapest (great place, would whole-heartedly recommend btw) – that’s it.
Cruising has, literally, opened up the world to me.
Some people may argue that you don’t really get to see these places for real as, most of the time, you only spend a few hours in each city; but I say, when you have a deadline, you make sure you get everything you want to do, done in that time. I’d argue that I have been able to see these places in the best way possible, I get to see a few sights, try the local delicacies and soak up the atmosphere of the city I’m in. And if I ever feel that I haven’t seen enough – then I’d damn well make sure I’d go back again.
How about you? Have you been on a cruise, would you go on a cruise? What are your thoughts?
I personally, cannot wait for my next one (whenever that is) x