When people think of cruise ships, I hope they think about all the fun and possibilities of what may be, that their sense of adventure sparks. I personally love cruising, it’s like sampling a variety of different vacation spots. While I may not remember my first cruise, I can tell you there wasn’t one cruise where I didn’t have a blast. There are so many companies, classes, and vessels that it enables there to be something for everyone. I have been on everything from dinner cruises that last a couple of hours to 10-day cruises that take you all around the Caribbean. Those are my favorite.
Recently, just getting back from walking about twenty-three miles a day in Italy, a cruise, where I can relax and do nothing is exactly what I needed. This time around I was fortunate enough to get on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship the Anthem of the Seas. There were some definite firsts for me, like the option to learn to tight rope, do indoor skydiving, and roller skating with a side option of bumper cars. I enjoyed the roller skating the most. This was something I had never done nor have I thought I would ever do. I can officially check roller skating off my bucket list. Another thing that was going up in a gondola, The North Star, and see the entire ship and miles of the ocean. On this trip, I visited Bermuda, St. Marteen, Puerto Rico, and Haiti.
This was the first time I have been in an almost fully enclosed ship. For vacation purposes, it is built for travel throughout the winter months. I absolutely love all Royal Caribbean’s ships, but the Oasis class continues to be my favorite. There is just something about the way that these ships create different atmospheres, it is like you are never in the same place all 10 days. To my knowledge leaving this past cruise, there is a new ship coming out, The Symphony, that will be joining the Oasis class. Hope to be able to cruise again soon. Happiness was discovered by gaining my sea legs.
5 Things I Learned Cruising:
- This is one of the best ways to figure out if you like a location enough to go back and maybe stay a week or two. This is perfect if you have been dying to go somewhere and the plane ticket costs a fortune.
- Choose a cruise/ cruise line that is right for you. I have been on Royal Caribbean and heard people complain about kids being too loud or rambunctious. Yet, they picked a ship that caters to the kids. Do your research! Shop around there is always a ship that will be there to cater to you.
- If you love cruising and want to go again, BOOK ONBOARD! That way you can negotiate your price, spend time choosing your ship, and even receive cruise credits that can be used onboard your next cruise. Basically, you get free money to spend just for cruising with the same line again. Oh and don’t forget to sign up for member ship points! Platinum crown and anchor member HOLLA!
- The best way to really enjoy your cruise is to get involved. Unless sitting in the room watching the water go by is your thing, go out and adventure. There are so many shows and programs that are going on almost 24 hours a day. Get out your box a bit.
- RESERVE! Before every cruise, they give you a chance to reserve tickets for special shows and headliners. This is a great way to almost guarantee you get a good seat to watch that show that has been peaking your interest.