Let me start with a cruise-related confession. During my late teens and probably my whole twenties, I saved a collection of cruise brochures from travel agents (it was a relatively recent decluttering moment that finally saw me throw them away). I always rather liked the idea of taking a cruise for my honeymoon. As some of you may know, I ended up staying in the YMCA in New York City for my honeymoon, which is kind of a long way from a romantic cruise around the Pacific Ocean, yet I still loved it and wouldn't swap.
There are no immediate plans which see me hopping on a cruise boat but there's definitely a "one day" plan. I hope time doesn't prove me wrong, but I feel like a cruise is something that can be done even when I'm a little older, I guess. That and I think it'd be risky to take Mr3 on a cruise when he might rebel against being "trapped" on a boat (no matter how large and luxurious, it's not the same when you can't get off). Just the same, I have this (perhaps overly romantic?) notion of why I might enjoy a cruise, and it's because:
- I always love looking at the cruise routes and am intrigued by those that stop in numerous small and otherwise a bit unknown destinations along the way. For example, for us Aussies, most of the Caribbean is a bit of a mystery, and being from the western side of Oz and therefore far away from the Pacific Ocean, all those small Pacific nations are fascinating too. Secretly (well, not secretly now, of course) I love the idea of visiting a large number of small countries in a short time. Even though it'd just be a tiny taste, I'd love it.
- Not having to pack and unpack again for the whole trip is a big bonus. That's why I love campervanning (although some degree of repacking is necessary when you move on in a campervan, so that your belongings don't all fly willy-nilly around the back of the van) and being able to leave all my stuff in a cruise ship cabin satisfies the lazy part of me.
- Movies and TV have led me to believe (whether this is true or not) that wining and dining on a cruise ship can be quite a lovely affair. I'm not that good at spoiling myself on the road (I tend to want to save money for more travel rather than indulging in a good meal) but I do love eating, and perhaps a cruise might make me more inclined to indulge.
- You can cruise to Antarctica! This is a part of the world I would dearly lovely to visit one day (and those who've been in my travel writing courses know I get more than a bit envious when I meet people who've been).
What do you think - will I enjoy one? Where should I go? Does joining a boat cruise go against all my "do it yourself" notions of travel? And the million-dollar question - will I get seasick?