Why do you cruise?
If you’re reading this on a sun-soaked balcony with a glass of something suitable in hand or sailing towards exciting unchartered territories, it might seem a stupid question.
But rather like the age-old chicken and egg conundrum, do you cruise to see the sea – and the ship – or do you adore popping into port? Which comes first when you’re booking a cruise?
I used to think cruising was about seeing different places – as many as possible in fact – and the ship was my transport and floating home, and a very pleasant one at that. But, after clocking up a few nautical miles, my perspective changed. And let’s face it; some Caribbean islands are pretty much the same, however decent the rum punch.
Previously hidden ship geek tendencies started to emerge. Instead of whetting my appetite with guidebooks, I began poring over cruise line websites, gleaning as much advance information as I could about my vessel of choice. I started to give the excursion desk a wider berth, choosing to spend more days on board. (And secretly pleased I did on my last trip to Santorini when the cable car broke down, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded at the top.)
My shifting perspective has been confirmed in the forums, where members such as N747KT report the joy of days at sea and, with apologies to Scarlett O’Hara, not giving a darn about the ports. For Aquaphobic, back-to-back transatlantic crossings in January on Cunard would top the cruising wish list.
Of course, sometimes a compromise has to be reached. “If I had my way, I would love to have a different port to visit every day with no sea days,” posted Johnrich
So over to you – do you cruise for the ship or the places you visit?