it comes to traveling, I like to go where I want to go. If there are cheap flight
tickets for the weekend to a place I’ve never been, I’ll take it! But going on
a tour while I’m there? Forget about it! I’m there to see things that I’ve read
about in magazines and blogs, eat where I want to eat and not necessarily end
up in the most touristy of spots. And I know I’m not the only one. Travelers
all over the world forgo the guidebook and do as they please while on vacation.
So a cruise really isn’t the type of vacation for us. Or is it? I asked Carrie
Finley-Bajak of Cruise
Buzz to try and convince me and travelers like me to go on a cruise.
Let’s see if she can get the job done!
Not to Cruise
one thing that always deterred me from wanting to go on the cruise was the idea
of being trapped on a boat (albeit a giant boat!) for days in the middle of the
ocean. That’s of course a rather dramatic way of looking at things though! While
you are on the boat for days at a time sometimes, people always seem to be on
some sort of schedule. Anytime I’ve watched a travel show or listened to friend’s
story about their cruising experiences, it all seems to revolve around doing activities
when other people wanted you to do them. You dock into the port and only have a
certain amount of time to see the local area you’re in. That kind of thing is
great for some people, but it’s never really appealed to me. It’d be like the
time I was trapped at an all-inclusive resort with nowhere interesting to go
(apparently the idea there is to relax!).
What is your opinion on cruising the open seas? Photo by Thomas Quine, Creative Commons
Let’s start the convincing! I asked Finley-Bajak why a
traveler like me would want to go on a cruise. “First off, anyone that loves
water will probably enjoy a cruise. The challenge is to match the right cruise
line to the individual. There are plenty of choices, so assuming that a person
does not suffer from severe motion sickness, I am confident that cruising is a
good choice.” Ok, so we have options it seems. And who isn’t a fan of spending
some time in the water?
There are all sorts of travelers out there that cruises can
appeal to. The one you might think would least enjoy a cruise are people whose
entire vacation is based around outdoor activities like kayaking, boating,
skiing, hiking and more. If you’re one of them, then according to Finley-Bajak,
there are actually cruises out there for you. “For adventure cruisers that
want to use the boat/ship to access remote places of Alaska, the Galapagos, and
Antarctica there are small cruise lines or smaller cruises in larger fleets.”
it’s a vineyard in France or a historical bar in Philly, when I travel,
everything seems to center around food and drinks. To my excitement, there are
cruise ships out there that cater to the foodie in all of us! Many larger
luxury ships offer wine events and hangouts for foodies. “Foodies will love
ships with facilities that allow for learning: Oceania Marina and the larger
Holland America Line ships have purpose-built facilities for cooking,” mentions
the best tip that came my way for first time cruisers though is to take one
close to home. Out of New York, there are actually overnight cruises to
nowhere. This gives you a chance to experience what it’s like to be on a cruise
ship for a night, and see if you’d like to go on a longer outing in the future.
Finley-Bajak does suggest staying close to home for your first cruise, and cheap
tickets can always be found for first-timers cruising around the Caribbean.
Where Will You Cruise?
adventurous travelers, are you convinced? While I admit I’ll never tire of
traveling off the beaten path, I would be curious to try out a specific cruise that caters to my travel needs and interests. If there’s enough to keep me
entertained between ports, then ok, I’ll try one!