Lose weight, stop smoking, get more organized: Sometimes the usual resolutions can be a bit of a bore. So why not make some cruising resolutions instead? Let 2014 be the year that you finally dare the zipline or you splurge on your first suite. With the calendar wide open, you’re free to dream.
Some members of the Cruise Critic staff wrote down their own cruising resolutions for 2014, which you can read below. And please, tell us your own wishes for next year in the comments.
In some ways, I’m a cruising veteran: I’ve taken ships in Alaska, Egypt, Russia and Central America, among other exotic locales. But most of my trips have been on river ships or small expedition vessels, a far cry from the mainstream ships that we here at Cruise Critic love (the Queen Mary 2 is an exception). In 2014, I hope to hoist anchor on some of the biggies; I’ll be starting with a glimpse of Norwegian Getaway in early February.– Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor
I have yet to join a successful Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle! This is something that I definitely feel I am missing out on and I hope to resolve that in the New Year. — Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant
I’m an adventurous traveler as it is, so my resolution is to continue being daring and trying new things. Shark-cage diving sounds like fun! — Gina Kramer, Associate Editor
On every cruise, I start out with the best of intentions: Avoid elevators by using the stairs. Don’t order dessert just because it’s there. Endeavor to keep our cabin tidy. Find more time to go out on deck at night to watch the stars, and, some afternoons, sit on the balcony, quietly, with a book. I usually fail with most, if not all, of these things. But here’s the good news: There’s nothing like practice to make perfect! And I’m certainly more than willing to do so, by cruising as often as possible. — Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Win more trivia! — Dori Saltzman, News Editor
I’m about as organized as they come, but when it comes to cruising, I tend to lose at least one document every time. This year, I will perfect the system and show up with all documents in hand. — Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor
My resolution is to learn how to travel efficiently and sanely with two small children and a laptop without having a mental breakdown, losing a child or leaving a beloved toy behind on the plane. Also, I resolve to find some kind of trip that involves leaving the kiddos behind and just taking my husband. — Erica Silverstein, Features Editor
Whether it’s land or sea, I’m a chronic over-packer. In 2014, I resolve to finally figure out exactly what I need — and stick to it! — Ashley Kosciolek, Associate Editor