Monday, 23 February 2015

To Cruise or Not to Cruise?


I never thought I'd say this, but I've just come back from a Carnival cruise in the Caribbean. I'd probably never gone on one if it hadn't been for my friend's wedding, but I have to say I had a fab week. However, to say that I'm now a cruise convert is stretching it a bit. So here's me weighing the pros against the cons.

What I liked:

The fact that you visit three or more countries in one trip. On this occasion we started in the USA and stopped off in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico.

To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

The rocking movement of the boat made me feel like I was sleeping in a baby's cradle, being rocked to sleep by my mommy. Except for the one night when the ship was rocking so hard, it made some in our party look a little green. Including myself.

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The constant stream of food 24/7. Loved piling it up on my plate a couple of times a day. Not sure if I will love it so, when stepping on my scales.

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The towel animals in our room. They're fun for kids and for adults who refuse to grow up. And on this Carnival cruise they even put on a towel animal puppet show.

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To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

Sitting in a bar, restaurant and even doing a yoga with an ocean view. There aren't many places in the world that offer that.

The Stuff I Didn't Like:

The fact that you only see so little of a particular country. I like to explore and soak up the culture and customs of a destination and being somewhere for a couple of hours just gives you a fleeting impression of the place.

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The sheer number of people in a confined space. I believe on our ship there were around 4000 people and they were everywhere. Queuing for food, queuing for drinks, queuing to get on the ship and queuing to get off the ship. There were queues everywhere.

The lack of quiet spots. There is so much chirpy entertainment everywhere, that it was hard to find a place to chill without hearing the over excited voice of our Cruise Director over the PA system, or being serenaded by steel drums in the pool or dancing waiters while enjoying your dinner. 

Having to pay for WiFi. Tsk tsk Carnival! In this day and age? Think of all the cool cruise selfies on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram if you made it free. Now there's a thought.

The heavy rocking of the ship in rough weather. A hotel doesn't do that.

I have a feeling this was my first and last trip on a big cruise liner, but all in all, I had a fab week with a lovely wedding to boot.

To Cruise or Not to Cruise?




12 comments:

  1. I, like you, never thought of going on a cruise but after my first one I was pretty much sold. I agree with all the things you love! I get what you mean about not getting to see places properly but it's a great intro to a destination. For example, I visited Kusadasi on one cruise and while I found it fascinating I'm glad I only had a day there. Other destinations, like Dubrovnik, stole my heart and I'll definitely go back. The Celebrity Cruises I've been on have had loads of quiet spaces and they manage the crowds really well so you never feel like you're lining up. I think every ship is different and has its own pros & cons.

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    1. I think I would totally try a smaller cruise ship, like one on the Mekong or the Nile.

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  2. When my husband and I first started traveling, we went a few cruises. We loved the food and being able to just relax while we were at sea. But we have stopped going on them because we feel like we don't get to explore enough of each place we visit! I think they can be fun but I would rather get to explore the place I am visiting than spending so much time on the boat!

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    1. I agree. We spent three days on the ship, which I would've preferred to be on the beach in the Caymans! :-)

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  3. I used to go on cruises when I was younger. Back then we'd get pretty bored! I'd be interested to see what I think now!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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    1. I think now you'll find lots of entertainment for kids. Kids' clubs, movies etc.

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  4. Yeah, I've never gone on a cruise and I doubt I ever will. It is not for me. Great post.

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  5. I went on a cruise through the Baltics where we stopped in a different port every day and they were such tiny ports that you felt like to got to explore all of it in a day! Definitely liked that particular one but I've been on other larger ones where I just felt like a number! Not impressed by lack of wifi - Hurtigruten in Norway offer free wifi and they got a lot of social media support out of me as I was just tweeting away the whole time!

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  6. So interesting! I literally just published a post today asking this very question as to whether we should consider a cruise to The Caribbean or not! Boyfriend isn't convinced - haha! X

    www.quintessentiallymr.co.uk

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    1. Hahaha, curious to see what you decide upon.

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