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Since I am a cruise lover, you might imagine I’d enthusiastically recommend cruising to everyone. However, as much as we love to go on cruises, cruising is not for everyone. So, should you go on a cruise? Answer these three questions and find out!
- Are you OK with just sampling a new location? If you are the type who wants to thoroughly experience a new city, cruising generally just gives you a taste. However, some look at a cruise as a way of sampling a potential longer-term vacation destination.
- Does the idea of relaxing and doing next to nothing for a whole day (or more) appeal to you? While the crew does their best to keep passengers engaged on days at sea, the activities might not always appeal. For me, watching the waves go by while I soak up the sun with a good book is the epitome of vacation bliss. If you are someone who enjoys a more active vacation, simply look for cruises that offer limited sea days and back-to-back port visits. You may also enjoy a cruise ship featuring more active onboard activities like water slides, rock walls, and surfing.
- Can you stand to be unplugged for a week? Part of the true pleasure of cruising is unplugging. If you must stay connected to work, friends, or family; be prepared to pay big bucks. The cost of cell phone minutes at sea are exhorbanant and onboard internet access is slow and quite spendy. Most staterooms have phones, but again, the rates are not inexpensive. You may want to check with your cell provider to learn about coverage in ports you visit. Additionaly, some locations like restaurants and coffee shops near the pier may have wifi available (use with caution and only use secure networks).
The bottom line is that you probably won’t know if a cruise is something you will enjoy until you actually experience one for yourself. I’ve talked to skeptics who turned into cruise addicts! To test the waters, there are shorter duration trips you can take that will allow you to experience a cruise without committing to a seven-day sailing. Three and four-day coastal trips are common on the west coast and you can book five-day trips to the Caribbean out of Florida and Texas.