Monday, June 21, 2010

To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

In keeping with my credo that I should always have a vacation planned, I'm starting to think about my September vacation.  Part of me wants to go back to Hilton Head, which is one of my favorite places on earth and has the advantage of being a known, reliable quantity.  But part of me thinks I should do something different. 

I've been thinking for a while about trying a cruise, but something keeps holding me back.  I worry a lot about being stuck on a boat with lots of people I don't know, but many of my friends who are seasoned cruisers tells me that the ships are so big that I shouldn't worry about feeling trapped.  And I also worry whether a cruise is the best use of my vacation dollars and time.  I'm not a big tour person--my idea of a perfect vacation is a beach chair, book, and fruity drink.  So I would likely choose the beach excusions at most destinations.  But is one beach really so different from another?  Should I just go to Florida instead?

And then if I do decide to go for it, how do I know what to book?  The whole Cruise Industry is overwhelming.  What cruise line?  What accomodations?  Do I have to eat dinner with people I don't know?

Have you been on a cruise?  Would you recommend it?  What should I know if I decide to plan a cruise?  Help!!!


  1. Dh and I went on one for our honeymoon. It was a lot of fun. I liked not having to worry about money, other than what we were drinking or if we wanted to do an extra outting.

    I'd love to go on another one.

    But, if you are looking for low-key, I'd probably just go to the beach and skip the cruise.

    (I am no help, huh?)

  2. I've never been on a cruise so probably shouldn't stick my nose into this discussion.

    But I can tell you, I've vacationed on several Caribbean islands and on the day the cruise ship docks, the whole place changes. There's a huge influx of less than considerate tourists with money to burn, and all the local vendors flock accordingly. Friendly island people turn into hassling vultures, and the local ambiance is lost due to the swarming population of the floating city.

    For that reason alone, I'd never cruise.