Cruising: Good or Bad?

Stop the madness! In light of the negative attention that cruising has had in the past few weeks, I thought I would help put everyone’s mind at ease. I’m an avid cruiser. In fact, I don’t think there is a single better way to travel. Strong statement, right? Like anyone reading this, I too was a non-believer. Well, until I went on my first cruise.

Before I address the obvious issue that has been hitting the news waves….(ehem, sinking ship!) Let me address the reality of cruising first hand before you make any rash decisions. Here are some reasons of why to consider cruising:

Convenience: Where else can you unpack for weeks, have the same home base, but wake every morning in a new location with minimal effort?

Food: I’m a foody! I love food, snacking, desserts, you name it…I will eat it. Of all the expensive restaurants, all-inclusive resorts and hotel room service meals that I have had, it does not compare to the quality of food on a cruise!

Ports of Call: I would say I have been happy with all the ports I have ever been to 95% of the time. Sure, there are a few stops that I could do without but I certainly don’t regret going or discovering these places. In fact, some ports I didn’t care for when I booked, turned out to be some of my top faves.

Things to Do: There just isn’t a comparison to an all-inclusive resort! We’re talking rock climbing, swimming pools, hot tubs, theatre, ice skating, basketball courts, mini putt, arcades, casino and so much more. In fact, there isn’t enough time to do all of these things!

Service: I have a high standard for service, I really do. Every night there is turn down service, staff addresses me by my first name, I go to dinner and the waiter knows the dishes inside and out and provides guidance as to what to order, and customer service is exceptional. I have never been disappointed with the service on cruise ships.

Rooms: Ok, they’re tiny! But this is hardly a complaint. If anything, I’m thankful. Who the heck wants to be in their room while on vacation?

Safety: Funny I mention this, right? Everyone needs to rest assured that contrary to popular belief, there are actually safety drills. I have never boarded a ship that hasn’t told me where the nearest emergency exit is or where I can find my life jacket. There’s a channel on the TV (that re-runs over and over) that goes through the entire safety procedure!

So there you have it folks, just a few reasons why cruising shouldn’t be entirely off the list. I understand why people are wary. I mean, it’s not like people were jumping at the chance to fly after 9-11. But the reality is, sometimes things go wrong. We take a risk getting into a car or getting on the bus everyday! So don’t be afraid people…just cruise!

Happy Cruising!

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