We just experienced our first cruise and lately, I’ll admit, I’ve been a bit skeptical on any offer that comes my way. Months ago, when the invitation came from Princess Cruise Lines to experience a romantic cruise for two (under the guise of a Twitter Press Trip), I said, “What the Hell” and planned on going full throttle. A press trip usually includes a full itinerary and little downtime. This one happened to turn into an accidental vacation. My bosses at work helped me plan time away from my normal routine, unfortunately, I had no idea that I would take my first cruise with so much other drama going on my life. The fact is: This Princess cruise experience couldn’t have come at a better time.
The naysayers have been making comments online regarding ethics, environment, bias, etc. Personally, I really don’t give a you-know-what and have realized that some people just want to complain for complaint’s sake or they think it will draw attention to their own website. I don’t care. I just know that I can only go by my own personal experience and what my preconceived thoughts were about cruising and what they are now. I refuse to let unhappy people try to take away the value an experience has for me.
What I think is really hilarious is how travel snobs bash all-inclusive resorts and cruise lines when they’ve never actually experienced either one. And guess what? Not everyone wants to go off the beaten path. Some people actually like to take a VACATION.
I looked up the word vacation and this is what I found: a period of suspension of work, study, or other activity, usually used for rest, recreation, or travel; recess or holiday
I’ve really enjoyed being away from home with no phone ringing, no one from work trying to mess with me, no bill paying. I’ve done nothing but recharge my battery, reconnect with my husband and eat food prepared by other people. I don’t even have to clean up after myself (to a certain extent). I have this really cool dude, Ed, who is my cabin steward. He even pulls down my bedcovers at night so that all I have to do is climb under the sheets and close my eyes at the end of the day. And you know what I did while away? I just ate an entire plate of fabulous canapés and washed them down with some bubbly; the entire bottle. I also got a bit crazy and had a tattoo of the Twitter bird, in honor of this Inaugural Twitter Press Cruise (henna, not permanent. I’m not THAT crazy).
There are pros and cons to anything we choose to do in life. Right now, I’m focusing on the pros and I’ll worry about the cons when I get back home, because the Good Lord knows I have plenty of those!
So don’t knock something until you’ve actually tried it yourself. Break out of your comfort zone and plan on doing something new. You may find that you just might enjoy it.