As you all know by now (if not, check out this post 😉 ) I’m just back from a wonderful 10 days cruise. Saying that my mind is still there is too little, my whole soul is still there! But well, vacation doesn’t last forever and routine was awaiting. Luckily I can still live those moments through my memories and by sharing them with you through my posts.
By reading the title you can understand that, this first post won’t involve a particular destination I’ve been to. Indeed, due also to the fact that many people asked me about this topic, I’m going to share with you my thoughts about cruising and trying this particular way of travelling. As I told you here, this wasn’t the first cruise for me but still, this one has been quite different form the past one since when I went on my first cruise I was younger and participated to different kind of activities compared to this year.
So here you go with all the good and bad you have to know about cruising:
YOU GET TO VISIT MORE PLACE AT ONCE
It’s crazy thinking about it but in 10 days I visited 4 countries and 8 cities! For sure having the possibility to visit more than one place at once it’s an advantage, especially if the places and not easily reachable (for instance Italy-Morocco).
…BUT YOU JUST HAVE AN OVERVIEW
Yes, this is the negative side. Due to the fact that, the ship takes time to get from one place to another and as said before, the places are quite many. You have a limited amount of time to visit each city. I have to admit though, that the time is also in relation to how big the city is, for example we stayed in Lisbon 9 hours while in Cadiz, a little but beautiful Canary island, we just stayed 4. Of course if you want to properly visit and have a “real taste” of the country/city you are you should stay there more but with this type of travelling you just have the chance to get a taste of it.
NO WORRIES, EVERYTHING IS ORGANISED
The ship organisation is totally created in order to not make you worry about anything. There are loads of activities you can take part to, shows and entertainments. Even trips are perfectly plan and you usually have more than once choice, so that you can decide the trip/tour which fits better with your travelling style and interests.
…BUT EVERYTHING HAS A PRICE
If on one hand the organisation is definitely on point, on the other hand, prices are crazy. Of course the cruise company has to get a commission over everything and they take advantage of the fact that people are in “vacation mode” so they will accept to pay a little more if they don’t have to think about it. But, most of the times tour prices are over the average. Indeed, in some places like Lisbon or Alicante I didn’t book any tour through them and just visited by myself and sometimes took the sight seeing bus around the city. In other cases, for example my amazing day trip to Marrakesh, I booked a tour because all the day was planned: transportation, guides, restaurants, fee entrance in some of the attractions. Plus, I was by myself so, despite I discovered that Morocco is absolutely a wonderful and friendly country, I didn’t really feel like going around alone.
YOU’LL NEVER GET BORED
As stated before, on the ship is full of stuff to to, from organised activities to sports or any other kind of entertainment. It’s practical like a little travelling city, there’s everything: sport centre, SPA, restaurants with loads of food, disco’s, casino..there’s even a little chapel. Of course, this can’t prevent you to not have your solo time and for example enjoying a great book while tanning in the solarium area (oh how I miss those moments!!) 🙂
…BUT, YOU ARE ALWAYS ON A BOAT
Honestly, I didn’t have that feeling of “being stuck on a ship”, because, I repeat, there are so many things to do that you don’t really realise it. Plus, you have the possibility to get off to visit the cities nearly every day, except if it’s navigation day, so it wasn’t a heavy feeling for me. But I do understand that there are people who could suffer for it so another type of travelling style would fit better for them or maybe just trying first a shorter cruise, like for 5 or 7 days 😉
I hope this little overview about going on a cruise was helpful for all those who are considering to try this type of vacation or anyone who is willing to know more about it 🙂 Please do not hesitate to ask any questions about it in the comments below, I would be more than welcome to answer! 🙂
Of course I took picture of the cruise and the life on boat but this happened and unfortunately I can’t share them with you 🙁
What about you? Have you ever been on a cruise? What were your impressions about it? I’d love to hear about your experience!
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