I spend my entire life in one way or another talking about cruising. One half is spent explaining to non-cruisers why it is that I love cruising so much and the other is spent talking to people like myself about everything from Ballast tanks to cocktails.
It never bores me though, in fact I am not entirely sure why I haven’t yet started some kind of “convert to cruising” business where I can chatter to my heart’s content and ultimately convert EVERYONE to my way of thinking 😉
I have many friends who have never cruised and they always ask the same questions, why do you want to be on a boat? Firstly it is not a boat it is a SHIP and secondly why not? (no I am not trying to stake a claim to Royal Caribbean International’s slogan – just for the record) what could be better than sailing around the world, only un-packing once, sleeping in the world’s most comfortable bed, being waited on hand and foot….ok I shall stop now. But really what is better than that?
When I explain why it is I love it so much I always run off the likes of the above but deep down there is also another reason, one I don’t yet seem to have quite put my finger on but it I suppose is along the lines of freedom. Being on a ship with nothing around you but ocean really has an amazing way of diminishing all life’s worries, concerns and stresses. Yes a land based holiday offers the same feeling but not quite to the extent of the big white ship.
Another thing that I enjoy about cruising is the fact we are all on board for the same reasons and the biggest reason is the ship. It makes it so easy to talk to people and make new friends. You can sit for hours talking endlessly about your experiences, places you have visited, the ship’s facilities and NEVER get bored. Maybe that is the hidden feeling? That cruising is also good therapy….. 🙂
If you have never cruised before and are thinking about it but still have doubts then I encourage you to get yourself stuck in with the online cruise community. There are some brilliant forums out there and websites where even the most anti-cruise individual would be even a little tempted. One of my personal favourites is www.cruiselinefans.com it is easy to use, friendly, full of information, pictures, news, facts…….everything!!! Just give it a look if you haven’t already.
One thing is for sure I never get tired of encouraging others to cruise; you simply have not lived until you try it and once you do………well as they say. The rest is history.