This past week the weather in the UK has been awesome, that’s the only word I can use to describe it. Every morning I have woken up to glorious sunshine and every night gone to bed praying for a cool breeze. When the weather is as it has been it really does make me crave a cruise even more.
People say, see you don’t need to go to a foreign country to get the sun; we have got it right here! Yes but, it’s not quite the same. Not for me anyway, and I travel for more than just the sun, although I will admit I am a sun worshipper and I do like to have a healthy tan on my skin.
If we cut out the cruise ship for a moment (just a moment!!!) and look at the other things, the small often totally irrelevant things we come across on our travels that always trigger something inside us to say…….its officially holiday time, or for my American friends vacation time!
These things have nothing to do with sightseeing, nothing to do with shopping or exploring. In fact most of the time they have nothing to do with anything (well mine don’t anyway) but for some reason they are just as important as everything else we look forward too.
For example, envision Spain or Italy, it’s a blisteringly hot sunny day and you are enjoying a stroll along a not so tourist packed street. It is relatively quiet and only dotted here and there with a café or newsagent style shop. As you go the sun bleats down through the gaps in the trees, trees that overhang the pavement just enough t o give the locals some well received shade. As you continue along you come across some elderly gentlemen sitting outside one tiny shop with their drinks, usually playing a game of some kind and puffing away on some fine cigars. It wouldn’t strike most people as important but I do really enjoy this scene, for what reason I can’t say exactly but I remember even as a child recognising this as something special.
It’s the atmosphere, the men passionately discussing their game, just listening to them even though I have no idea half the time what they are saying. The smell of the cigar against the humid air, something I hate the smell of back home but here it has an entirely different aroma. I have come to appreciate this very much. I am a firm believer in little things making a big difference and that stands correct for many things in life however important or not important they may seem to be at first.
Other things that are more “woo hoo it’s vacation time” include the first very hot day of your cruise, the moment you open the door to the outer deck and the heat just about knocks you on your back. I love that. When you first get on the ship, you are greeted with that cruise ship smell. I can’t even describe to you what I mean but I am sure you already know. When you board a plane it has a distinct smell, well I think a cruise ship does too but you only really notice it the first time you step on board. The smell of sun cream in the air, kids running along the deck with an ice cream that is now dribbling down the entire length of their body, standing up without your sandals on and forgetting the deck is now heated to about 200 degrees, all of these things are a sign that CRUISE time is HERE!