I often have people ask what is good about a cruise, why anyone would want to do it.
There’s loads of reasons, the biggest being that once you pay, it’s all-you-can-eat included! Plus loads of games and activities, and being on the ocean is always beautiful.
But in my opinion, the best thing about cruising (to places you’ve never been) is that it’s a fantastic way to get an overview for places. A taste of countries that you might now want to have invested in otherwise – a way to see if you want to go back.
Obviously there’s downsides too – but we won’t go into that. Suffice it to say that my parents really, really love cruises, hence the main reason we went on one when they came to visit.
As this was my fourth cruise, I was ready. Knew what to expect. And was more excited for this cruise than any before.
Why? Because the first three: I was 13 years old, 17 years old, and 20 years old. Really, the most awkward ages you can be on a cruise. (Awkward teen, not-yet-adult-teen, and “What do you mean I can’t drink on the ship even though I can drink in every port?!”)
But this one? I was drinking age baby.
Suffice it to say, this led to,
“What happens on a cruise ship, stays on a cruise ship.”
Ah, I can hear the groans of frustration from wanting to hear the stories.
Let’s just say I did find out:
- That along with free food, it’s also possible to get loads of free drinks!
On that note: I gleaned just how many drinks it takes to get a two-day hangover (but being the hearty soul I am, the ever-present urge to expel did not keep me from exploring Turkey! Neither strep throat on a previous cruise or a hangover on this one would keep me from seeing new places!!). Also my new drunk-conversation-topic-obsession: getting a job.
- My brother’s not as protective as he used to be. (Apparently living away from home for several years in other countries makes him feel that I can take care of myself. What??)
- That when there are others your age aboard cruising is WAY more fun!
- That 18 < 23.
Cough… yes, well… some math learners are slower than others…
- The expensive cabanas are much easier to sneak into at night (go figure).
- The gyms onboard are quite nice!
(Who knew? I’d definitely never stepped in one before! And running on the treadmill while facing the ocean makes it feel like you’re running on water!)
So you know, I found out the really important stuff in life. Or rather, “not-so-important”.
But as with all travel whether profound or not – it left me with great memories, and LOTS of great stories.