Oh how great life is on the open sea, being on a cruise for a week in the Caribbean, indulging oneself in as many appetizer, dinner, and dessert dishes as one likes, tanning and swimming all day, exploring a variety of sights in so little time.
For many people going on a cruise is a perfect vacation. Many go on them
every year, twice a year, three times a year... but does 'cruisin' (as
the pro's call it) live up to all its hype? I was ready to find out.
This past week I went on a 7 day cruise with my dad, sister, and my
sisters friend to the Caribbean. We went with Costa Cruises on their
ship the Costa Fortuna. We departed from Fort Lauderdale Florida, and
had stops in Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman Cayman Islands, Ochos Rios
Jamaica, and Nassau Bahamas. We had two days where we were 'on board'
for the whole day. My spoiled little 17 year old sister (j.k ;) ) has
been on three cruises this year. In all of her wise years she has been
on a total of 4. She is definitely a 'cruiser' and after all this build
up I was wondering if I would be converted after the trip as well.
However, based on my past travel experiences I was skeptical- and
although I am very grateful for being taken on this trip and had a
lovely time- I can't say that I would rush to book another cruise again.
Cruises are best for families and seniors. At least that is what made up
the majority of my ship... I failed to find many people my age on board
unless they were working on the ship. I have a feeling that those other
20-somethings seeking beach and fun just go and get hammered on all
inclusive resorts in Cancun instead.
For many people a cruise is perfect- you get to see a number of
destinations in a short amount of time, there is variety, shows,
activities, pools, dancing, casinos, and fun to be had on the ship. You
can eat as much as you want at virtually any hour. You have a person to
take care of your room.. to clean up after your every mess - and to do
it with a smile- "the professional smile" :-) A cruise is a wonderful
vacation for many..
However, those who want to experience real travel will not find it on board. (Which is obvious to begin with isn't it?)
I didn't like how we had only 5.5 hours in some locations.. Running off
the ship like a herd of sheep, hoping not to get ripped off by all the
locals (but you will be because you are just a dumb tourist lol), and
enjoy the beach/sights for a couple hours. Clearly no one is going to
experience "real culture" here... Can you really say you experienced
Jamaica after 6 hours? No.. you can't.
On the other hand there is nothing wrong with just wanting to lay on the
beach and be waited upon.. But I would rather just stick to an all
inclusive then.. just because I'd rather just stay in one place if the
visits are going to be so short.
Once you get back on the ship, the entertainment definitely caters to an
"older" crowd. Anyone want to play BINGO at 3pm? Bridge at 4pm? Come on
now.. I'm 22 I just want to smoke a joint with a Rastafarian. (JK.. but
I think you get my point).
Also, Cruises seem to be CHEEEEEEEESE overload. From the shows, the
people, etc.. I don't know.. I guess I just prefer people to be
grumpier.. like me hah- just kidding. In addition, while many of the
people I talked to were lovely some of the other cruise ship passengers
were just ridiculous. Wining over everything.. it reminded me of an
article that Keith posted a link to on here about cruises turning
individuals into spoiled rotten brats. It definitely does do this for
some. I definitely developed a greater understanding as to why some
foreigners who live/work on the cruises/cruise ports probably hate us.
OK I know I sound a little harsh- but this is just my opinion. I really
did enjoy myself... the ports were beautiful, service was good, cruise
ship was nice, and I enjoyed spending the time with my family and
friends. I am super grateful to my wonderful Daddy who took me on the
cruise. That being said- I would not rush back to book a cruise again,
and if I want the relaxing, lay on the beach, eat and drink till your
hearts desire sort of vacation- I'd rather do all inclusive.