BackpackMr and I are planning on taking a cruise for the first time ever.
We’ve always thought of ourselves as intrepid travelers, the kind who wander off the all-too-well-beaten path. The type who seek out authentic, immersive experiences. The type who for the most part eschew the coddled settings of all-inclusives and four-star hotels and guided tours in favor of ramshackle food carts and humble, family-run lodging.
The type who actually don’t like set dinner times, awkward small talk with strangers and being herded.
Yet we’ve heard you: cruises can be fun.
On the flip side of our inclination to think of ourselves as something other than cruise people is our secret, guilty pleasure of binge watching back episodes of The Love Boat. Singing the theme song in a variety of voices, cheering for Charo, coo-chee, coo-chee, coo, and celebrating the parade actors and personalities of the 80s. Swooning with couples cuddling up on the Lido deck. Following the escapades of Julie and Doc Bricker and Gopher and Isaac and Captain Stubing. Partying with the people in the ACLO…the Acapulco Lounge. And of course, booing Vicky, the forth horseman of the apocalyptic show conclusion, the final time they set sail on the Pacific Princess.
I read too late that there was, in fact, a Love Boat themed cruise a year or two back. I was profoundly saddened to have missed it.
Come to think of it, I did enjoy the luxurious overnight ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm. I liked it, a lot.
So, this is our chance to find out if we are cruise people, aboard a Holland America cruise to the Western Caribbean in March.
Rest assured, we’re paying out of pocket, so I’ll give you an honest review! I also hope to document some of our experiences along the way, or shortly thereafter, via this blog, Twitter and Instagram.
We’ll have stops in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico. We do love great food and dressing up for occasions and seeing the world. So with that in mind, let the shenanigans on the sea begin.
What do you think makes travelers “cruise people?”
Do you have any tips for our first cruise? What should we pack? What secrets should we know beforehand?
Charish Badzinski is an explorer and award-winning travel and food writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, providing strategic communications, media relations and writing support to her clients.
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