Cruising is my favorite kind of vacation. You can enjoy the four corners of the world in small, bite sized chunks. I push cruising to anyone who asks (and even people who don’t), and I am always touting the best things about cruising. So here’s the question most people always ask back – What can’t you do?
I had to think about this. You really can do a ton of stuff, but there are some things you might want to be aware of if you’re embarking on your first cruise. So here’s my list of things you CAN’T do on a cruise:
EXTEND YOUR PORT STAY
I assumed most people would know that when the ship sails, you’d better be on it, but honestly, this is a great question. If your activities cause you to miss your set sail time, you’ll be on your own to get yourself to the next port of call. The cruise line may be able to help arrange transportation, but you will have to pay the all expenses.
GO ON A PICNIC IN PORT WITH FREE SHIP FOOD
Some veteran cruisers will tell you that you can order a room service sandwich to take with you on excursions so you don’t have to pay for a meal. Or head to the buffet and grab a few extra pieces of fruit to take to the beach with you. That may end up being the most expensive free picnic you’ll ever enjoy. Fines can soar upwards of $5,000 for taking food off of the ship, introducing produce or meats and cheeses to foreign soil. Don’t risk it. Enjoy the local cuisine, or head back to the ship when you feel the hungry coming on.
I’ve had conversations with people who have said they don’t want to cruise because they don’t do a midnight buffet on cruises anymore. While it’s true that most cruise lines have done away with the nightly midnight food fest, you can get food on a cruise ship around the clock. Room service is always available, and there are lounges with snacks, deck parties late into the evening, and even late night pizza or burgers. If you go hungry while on a cruise, you are wandering around with your eyes closed.
NOT VACATION YOUR WAY
Some people want to find a chair by the pool on Saturday and stay put until they have to go home the following Saturday. And some people don’t know you can do that on a cruise. You can board your ship, find your deck chair, and still have your cheeks in the seat when they kick you off a week later. You do not have to leave when the ship is in port, you don’t have to go to any of the shows, you don’t have to dress up and go to dinner. This is your vacation – have it your way. Cruising gives you that flexibility!
Ready to book your cruise? Just remember to take me with you!