There are many reasons why cruising is the ultimate family vacation. There are activities for every age and personality. There is a daily schedule (delivered to your room the night before) so you can "plan" your day before going to sleep. The beauty is, you can cancel the plans you made--the ones you highlighted or circled--once you wake up. Nothing is set in stone and you are free to spend the day in bed or on your balcony in your pajamas eating room service (included in the cost of the cruise). You can all stop on the way to dinner and get pictures taken EVERY NIGHT. You look at them the next day and decide if you want to buy them or not. No hassle, No sitting fee. Every little detail is taken care of for you. All you have to do is ENJOY YOURSELF and RELAX.
Rather than go into detail on all the benefits of cruising, I am just going to share briefly how my husband and I spent a miserable 18 days "Trapped on a Cruise Ship". And when I say miserable, what I really mean is WONDERFUL! This is definitely a case of where we not only survived, we THRIVED! This particular itinerary was a Transatlantic Cruise on the Emerald Princess. These are sometimes called "Repositioning" Cruises because they are the final cruise at the end of the season when the ship returns to its winter or summer home. Prior to this, the longest time we spent on a cruise was 7 days. We were excited to have many more days at sea to just sit back and enjoy the ride. Our cruise would start in Venice, Italy and end in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We would spend the first several days hitting back to back ports along Italy, France, and Spain. The Cinque Terre (Italian Riviera), Capri, Cannes, France and Barcelona were a few of the highlights. We then had a couple days at sea before hitting Portugal and then spent the last 6 days on the water, at sea. TRAPPED!
While most people would dread this part of the cruise, we were actually looking forward to it. After spending several days touring on land, having a week of relaxation on a floating 5 star resort sounded like pure heaven! We watched the sunrise and the sunset at sea from our balcony.
Remember the commercial for the Medical Alert thingy where the old person falls down? The saying "Help. I've fallen and I can't get up" will forever be in our heads. For this scenario, replace the words with "Help. I'm trapped on a cruise ship and I DON'T WANT OFF!" Are you starting to get the picture? It's all about perception. One persons view of something should not cloud your own. Use your own glasses when looking at life. Here is a great visual to demonstrate that. My favorite picture I took in Venice. The look on this woman's face was pure JOY. Most people would say this event (birds on her head and arms) would be HORRIBLE--SCARY--NASTY--DISGUSTING--WHAT IF THEY POOP ON YOUR HEAD??? She was not concerned with any of those thoughts and her joy is so powerful, I still feel it whenever I look at this photo.
If you just want some basic information on 3 of the main cruise lines that I have ACTUALLY tried, you can read my short post Goldilocks and the 3 Cruise Lines.
It has been a year since Hubby and I have cruised. We have been suffering major withdrawals. The symptoms are NOT pretty! We decided it was time to get treatment and go to rehab (WAIT---I mean, book our next cruise). In a few short months, we will be getting back on one of our favorite Princess ships for 12 days. This cruise will mark several things off our combined bucket lists. It is a British Isles Cruise that starts and ends in London (well, Southampton--about 65 miles from London). We will hit 3 ports in Ireland, 3 in Scotland, 3 in England and WAIT FOR IT, wait for it.........
1 day for PARIS!!!! That has been at the top of BOTH of our lists for EVER! Ireland and Scotland have been on mine and Hubby has had London on his (he has never been and I have been twice before). The fact that we get to sail to each place, spend each night in the same comfortable room with a balcony (and twice a day cabin service), UNPACK ONLY ONCE, have laundry facilities available so we can pack light, save money by eating primarily on the ship, ....... the "Benefits" list goes on and on. WE CANNOT WAIT! If you want to learn more about this cruise (and all their other itineraries available), you can visit Princess.com.
So, does the thought of a cruise make you scream in horror or squeal with delight? Do you still have images of being stuck on a ship with nowhere to go and nothing to do and overpriced alcohol? If you have this perception and have never been on a cruise before, it's time to step outside your box and onto a ship. You may have so much fun you don't even need the beer! And, you just may find yourself uttering these words when you return from sea:
Help! I got trapped on this cruise ship and now I don't wanna get OFF!
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