I love cruising and there is so much to enjoy on a cruise. Have you been on a cruise? If so, where to and what were your favourite things about cruising. I’ve picked out a few of my favourite things to share with you.
Getting to see so many different places.
I love the fact that you wake up in a different port every day, or nearly every day. There’s something very special about sitting down for breakfast looking out at a place that you’ve never seen before. I love all the hustle and bustle of port life too with the unloading and loading; people disembarking and returning to ship; so it’s great just to sit and look out the window and see it all happening. It’s great when you are cruising an area where there’s a lot of see in quite a small area like the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, as this means it’s fairly easy for the ship to leave one port in the evening and sail into another by the next morning. Plus there’s the fact that you can visit a variety of destinations without having to pack and repack, plus you can get to know your cruise ship and its staff so you aren’t starting from scratch in a new hotel each night. Each place has it’s own different character, it’s own range of sights, sounds, scents and more.
At sea days.
I love visiting new places, but days at sea are special too. They force you to relax, take it easy and enjoy yourselves as you may as well take it easy as there is nowhere to go. Of course, on a cruise ship there’s always plenty going on to do, so there’s not a chance of getting bored. These are the days to sit by the pool or on the deck and enjoy the sun. If you want to take advantage of the on board activities check the daily listings for your cruise ship or maybe check out an exercise class or book a spa treatment (bear in mind availability for things like beauty treatments as the at sea days are the busiest for these, but if you book in advance you should be to slot yourself in for some pampering).
It’s sad, sometimes, to leave a place that you enjoyed visiting especially ones that you were excited about visiting, but with a cruise there’s always the promise of the next port and new adventures. Sometimes you are surprised which ports you like – it isn’t always the ones you think you will like most before you get there. So as you leave port there is always a feeling of looking forward to the next place to explore. I really love to get up on deck at a bar which will have a good view as the ship leaves port. There’s something very special about sailing away, enjoying the view, maybe watching the sunset, all whilst you enjoy your favourite cocktail.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy.
One of the great things about cruising is the range of things you can do on board. It’s a great way to cater for a range of different ages and interests. It makes it the perfect holiday for families with a wide age range or extended families holidaying together. Kids can join the kids club or just splash around at the pool or take part in a wide range of other activities. Adults might want to learn a new skill, or try a new exercise class, or just spend time sunbathing on deck. It might suit your group to just meet up together for meals, but you can find things to do as a group and build family memories. We like to challenge each other to a game like deck quoits for some friendly competition and an activity you can all enjoy doing together.
Getting a taste of a place.
Cruising gives you an unrivaled chance to dip your toe into a destination and decide if you want to go back for a longer trip. I really liked this about our Caribbean cruise, as I now have a shortlist of islands I’d like to revisit and explore in more depth in the future. One day is enough to get a feel for a place, without being so long that you feel you have seen all that a destination has to offer.