For those that regularly read my blog know that I went on a 2 week vacation a few weeks ago. I went on my first cruise.
I love travelling and have done that all my life, but cruising never appealed to me. I had visions of being trapped on a boat, lots of lines and lots of crowds of people, bad weather and being sea sick. None of this appealed to me. But due to family commitments a cruise vacation came up and we all went.
I am glad I went because now I never have to wonder what cruising is like. I understand that there are all types of cruises, some really high-end where everything is included, including alcohol, bigger rooms, smaller ships, and good food. Then there are cheaper versions where everything is a little less luxurious.
I went on a Royal Caribbean cruise – which is more in the middle of the line class.
I also understand the appeal of cruising since you only have to unpack once, and get to see many different locations and you do not have to worry about planning anything since that is all done for you. The kids have a blast there are activities for them 24/7. And if you have a large family it could be very economical. There are lots of people that love cruising, is a huge industry.
Don’t get me wrong i still had a good time on my vacation, the Caribbean was great, beautiful beaches, and the weather was always sunny and in the 90s F.
View from our cabin – this is your view 99% of the time at sea
But I will not go on a cruise anytime soon, here are my 20 reasons why cruising is not for me:
- Sea Sick – I never got sea sick but one night it was rough and hard to sleep. I think it might have been first time cruiser bad weather anxiety.
- Not able to pick up the soap in the shower – The bathroom and shower is so small so if you drop your soap, you need to step out of the shower to pick it up.
- Getting Sick – I am not talking sea sick but getting “the cruise” sickness. I got it and trust me nobody wants to get it.
- Having to use Purell everywhere you go – Yes, there are Purell stands everywhere.
- Having to be at the pool at 9am to get a seat – I am not kidding
- Having to sit 5 inches from your neighbor in the pool – One of the worst things I know. I want some privacy.
- Screaming children and adults in the pool – It was just like spring break all over again.
- No culture – I left the US and never felt like I did.
- Docking at ports with 10,000 other people getting of cruise ships – Do I even have to say more?
- Only getting 6-8 hours at port – There were places I wanted to spend more time exploring, but had to get back to the ship.
- Lines & Crowds – Yes, there were lines and crowds, it is a big ship but there are still lines and crowds.
- Being on a ship with 4400 other people – That is a lot of people
- Average Food – Food was my biggest disappointed, I really thought it was going to be good – bland, boring, over cooked, nothing exciting, very disappointing.
- Getting Lost – The ship is very large, you do get lost.
- No way of communicating with anyone else on the ship – You could leave messages in your room, pay a $2.49/min cell phone charge or just give up.
- Average Shows – Yes, it is true. When you hear Simon Cowell say that someone should be on a cruise ship – that is what they sound like.
- Ports are boring – Most of the time a port where a cruise ship can anchor is not a place I want to hang around. To get to a place more exciting you have to travel further once on land.
- Pay for alcohol – If you like to have drinks during your vacation your bill can get large pretty fast.
- Expensive excursions – The cruise line doubles or triples local excursion trips.
- Sea legs – You feel like you are on a ship days after you get off.
Main Dining Room
One of the kids pool area – before everyone arrived
Tendering from the ship
Would love to hear from you, have you ever been on a cruise? Do you like cruising or not and why?
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