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The Stifling of the Seas: It’s Just not for Me!

My husband and I were elated when we discovered his parents planned on being in Florida at the same time with us. They  thought it would be the  perfect way to escape the cold and spend time with their grand kids.

They also offered to watch the kids so Mr. MBA and I could go on a cruise!  It seemed like the perfect getaway! Seven days of  us time! Sailing out on the open seas!

Neither of us had been on a cruise before and everyone told us we would love it!Perhaps, our expectations were too high! But we didn’t love it! Don’t get me wrong – It was a great trip! We got to sample several unexplored destinations. 

 But on board the ship we  felt like we were herded cattle, waiting in line, showing our sea pass card every five seconds…You would walk to the pool to find no chairs, go to the top deck, to be crammed next to a gazillion other people, up, close, and personal with the all of their unmentionables.

Of course, the food and the service was amazing! But we realized we  like the feeling of being in one destination, exploring our surroundings, escaping the crowds by walking on the beach or in a park, trying off beat restaurants, and bartering in the neighboring market place.

Unfortunately, on a cruise ship you don’t have that opportunity to explore , instead  you wander down the over-priced promenade with the feeling of passing time at an airport.  I believe traveling  is about exploring unknown territories and escaping your own  cornered box. Freedom of the Seas didn’t feel like it  owned up to its name.  And it was a very stifling experience.

 It was great to escape the cold, spend time with my husband, but it also felt great to get back on land. Where I didn’t have to be told when to eat, when to be back on ship, or how much extra something costs. I guess cruising isn’t for everyone! But I’m glad I had the opportunity to test it out, visit the Eastern Caribbean, and begin making plans for next winter vacation.

 St. Martin here I come! And it won’t be just a six-hour stop!

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga

9 replies

  1. My husband and I have spoken of taking a cruise. I think you just cemented my arguement. I feel like it would only be fun for 4 hours, and then the novelty would wear off. Quickly.

    But Carribean is nice? Mmmmm…. I think I need a holiday.

    1. Hahaha! Trust me the novelty will wear off!

      The Carribean is beautiful! I’m thinking two weeks in a villa next winter just to escape the cold 🙂 I’m already pricing, planning, and budgeting. I would reccommend just spending the extra on a nice trip because by the time your done nickel and diming on the cruise, you have already spent twice as much…

  2. We’ve always been sure that a cruise was not for us – I always pictured it as a kind of floating hotel. I’m tickled pink that your description makes it sound even worse!
    Of course, we’re not the best types to judge the potential fun factor of something like a cruise, since our preferred vacation is to grab our tent and eat and sleep outdoors for a week.

  3. So sorry about your experience! I’ve been on 2 cruises and LOOOOOOVED them both! I’ve been fortunate to travel lots and I still think the cruises are my favorite because all the guess-work of planning a trip is removed! Both of my cruises have been Royal Carribean, too, so I know that line is usually good. I think it helps to book the excursions (helps you feel some ‘adventure’ in the trip)?? You may also enjoy the Mediterranean cruises – they often times stay overnight in a port so you don’t have that super-rushed feeling

    1. We love the adventure of the unknown and I think that was part of the problem for us. It was to rigorously scheduled and I felt the time on the ship out to sea was time I could be spending at a villa. I know! I suck!

      The excursions we did were a blast! We had so much fun on our days at port but it was just being out on the sea that we found less exciting…

  4. It is funny, so many people in my life make me and marc feel like we are crazy because neither one of us has any desire to go on a cruise. I feel better that the reasons you quoted match why we dont want to go. We are always made to feel like we are crazy. I have no desire to be trapped at see. I love the ability to walk on the beach any time I want. And if vacation feels like a schedule, I am so not into it… As for st. martin, I have never gone, but my cousins went every year for like forever. They RAVED about it. Have a great time. I am actually on my business trip in the DR right now. Fortunately I had a few hours after we landed to get some sun before our all day meetings tomorrow.

    1. Oh! Where are you in the DR? I love it! It’s one of my favorite destinations! I hope it’s not all work and you have time for play 😉

      Don’t feel crazy about not wanting to go…We got a lot of flack from people for telling them that we discovered we weren’t cruise people. I think everyone has different travel preferences and choices. What doesn’t work for me might not work for someone else…I’m definitely looking forward to next year!

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