As an avid cruiser, and one that truly enjoys living at sea for a week, I feel I can justly critique cruising and what it is like. No, I do not have 20, 30, 40, or more cruises in my cruising log book. But, I do have 5, with 2 different cruise lines, and feel that’s enough to give a solid opinion on cruising…You bet your butt that I will continue to cruise as much as possible!
My very first cruise was in 2005 with Carnival. Since then, I have cruised 4 more times; 2012-Carnival, 2014-Carnival, 2015-Carnival, and 2017-Norwegian. I have been to St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Isla Roatan (Bay Islands of Honduras), Belize, Tortola, and the Bahamas. Some of those islands/countries I have been to more than once. Cruising is a GREAT way to explore places for future vacation destinations.
Cruising offers a great deal of activity and things to do for all age groups. There are “higher end” cruise lines and those are probably different, but Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, etc., offer many-many things. There are Broadway type shows, comedy clubs, magic shows, night clubs, bars, lounges, spas, restaurants, casinos, and much more. If you can’t find something to do on a cruise, then you must be hard to please because there is certainly almost 24/7 activity.
In addition to the many activities on board, there is something very magical to me about being in the middle of the ocean or sea. It’s a special feeling to look out from your window or balcony in your cabin, and see nothing but water for as far as the eye can see. At night, once in a while, you see ships way off in the distance with all their lights; sometimes it’s another cruise ship, and sometimes its a tanker or freighter. During the day it is not uncommon in the south Atlantic or Caribbean to see dolphins leaping in and out of the water…flying fish, turtles, and many other marine life can be seen from the ship on any given day.
Sea sickness? Yes, it happens to some. Luckily, I have not had any issues at all on any of my cruises. However, my wife usually gets sick on the very first night and then she is fine the rest of the week. I do know that others, especially first timers, do get sick frequently and never return for another cruise. DO NOT LET THIS STOP YOU FROM EXPERIENCING A CRUISE! There are remedies to curb or eliminate sea sickness; I am not a doctor, but there are prescriptions available for motion sickness and I see many people on board with the “patch” behind their ear- it is a “patch” for motion sickness. Of course, if you are worried about getting sick but still want to cruise, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR! They will most likely be able to help you.
The very cool part about cruising is the multiple places you get to visit in a weeks time. You are limited in time in each place, but that is not such a bad thing. There is still plenty of time to, at the very least, explore enough of it to know whether you want to return or not. There are multiple islands in the Caribbean that I will visit (without a cruise) because I have been there and thought they were pretty cool. What I look for in a destination may not be what you look for, but the Caribbean in specific has something for everyone, no matter what you like to do.
To sum up my first “real” blog post: Cruising is AWESOME! I have only done Caribbean cruises but have seen some of the most amazingly beautiful places on Earth. I have dove and snorkeled in crystal clear water that is bathtub warm. I have para-sailed in bay’s that allow me to see other islands 100 miles away. I have sat in restaurants and bars and spoke with locals. I have seen remote areas on some islands that most people will NEVER see. I have seen monkeys snatch a persons phone right out of their pocket…the list goes on. All of this I have done and seen on cruises. It is an experience that I would not suggest anyone miss out on. Of course, each type of vacation is an experience; I have not only cruised but have traveled to many destinations as well and spent days there enjoying what they have to offer. But cruising is a great choice for the low budget traveler.