The sea day, you either love it or you hate it. Personally, I love a sea day just as much as I do a port day. It’s the only time I get to sit back and do absolutely nothing. For me, the sea day is a priceless luxury and one that I never tire of.
My perfect day at sea would involve sun, a lounger on the open deck and my iPod, but I’d never say no to whatever little treats popped up along the way. I remember being on a Mediterranean cruise several years ago and on one sea day the weather was glorious, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky! I was sitting in the sunshine on the top deck when I spotted something breaking the surface of the water, it was only a submarine! It was so close to the ship and everyone was intrigued. It didn’t stay around for long, it was soon diving back down to the deep, but what a thrill and something I certainly hadn’t expected to see when I left my bed that morning. Over the years I’ve also seen whales, dolphins, flying fish, water spouts and even a turtle. Yes, the sea day really is a treasured aspect of my cruise experience and I’d be completely lost without it.
I know many people that can’t stand sea days and I just don’t understand it. Maybe it’s because my love of cruise has a massive lean on being on the open ocean and at one with the world. I don’t need the mental stimulation of endless facility and activity options, just give me a chair, a camera and an uninterrupted view across the sea. I could stay there all day every day and be perfectly content.
Another great thing about sea days are the sunrises and sunsets. Completely unobstructed views of Mother Nature when she is in all her glory. I’ve seen some lovely sunsets on land, but nothing quite compares to the flash of colour that glimmers off the rippling ocean as the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon. It’s little things like this that remind me I’m alive! We lead such busy lives that many of us rarely get the opportunity to enjoy something that really is so simple and completely free! I know I never have the chance at home because I’m always attached to my phone or laptop, answering emails and working.
By now you will have realised that I really do love sea days. My next cruise is just a matter of weeks away, a 108-night World Cruise with Fred. Olsen and it’s a good job I do like sea days because there are a fair few on this sailing, more than 50! I am going to lounge in the sun, tackle some afternoon quizzes, do some writing, reading and I might even take myself along to the spa – for the first time!
What do you like to do on sea days?