My First Cruise: Travel Observations
My first cruise ever was just last week. I sailed on the Carnival Sunshine to Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. Since I had never been on a cruise, I had no points of reference. Sure, people gave me a lot of advice, but I had to experience it for myself.
I’m fortunate enough have been on many vacations. However, going on a cruise never interested me. I prefer to fly to my destination for a predetermined amount of time – then do what I wanted. For that reason, I always felt the time restrictions at the port would be somewhat suffocating and rushed. That also involves the crippling fear of getting left at the port by the ship.
Take A Chance
Even though I’ve been reluctant all these years, I decided to take a chance and go on my first cruise. While I still prefer my normal vacation style, the cruise was pretty fun. Being at sea, with nowhere to go and being disconnected from the internet – kind of forces you to dial down and relax. So, I did just that. It was relaxing and I had a good time. But, what’s a first experience without lessons learned? I’m sharing with you ten lessons I learned on my recent vacation.
- Being disconnected from the internet is refreshing.
- People that work on cruise ships are not on vacation. They work HARD!!
- If you’re not careful, you can easily gain a few pounds. I didn’t eat “bad”, but my normal eating schedule was jacked up.
- Having your room in the very back of the ship – you feel every ship movement. Whoa!
- Conga lines are still a thing. They look more awkward though, since people don’t know if it’s okay touch people they don’t know.
- Bahamian taxi/tour drivers are very territorial. For about 30 minutes, we “belonged” to Phillip and were untouchable. It was very unsettling.
- Overpacking is near necessary. Multiple wardrobe changes per day is the norm. This bothered me. I recently developed efficient packing.
- Toilet flushes on the ship are violently loud. They flush like airplane toilets, only without the airplane noise.
- Disney cruise ships are HUGE! I wasn’t on one, but one docked beside us. #sizematters
- There are people that LOVE cruises. For many this was not their first. I even met a family that was on their 3rd cruise this year!