(pictured above: entering the port city of Nassau in the Bahamas)

Seems as though when I speak to people about cruises, it is a 50/50 split when it comes to loving and hating. Those who love cruising seem to all love it for the same reason… those who hate cruising, also seem to hate it for the same reason. And if you have been on a cruise and had a chance to experience it for yourself, then I will respect your opinion completely. For those who have never been on one but have written them off because they think they may not like certain aspects of the industry are the ones I have the most trouble with. Let me say this.. If I would not have taken my first cruise back in 2003, which was a quick trip from Port Canaveral, Florida to Nassau in the Bahamas and Coco Cay, which is one of Royal Caribbean’s private islands, I would not have the respect, passion and undying love for the islands that I do today.

I speak to so many people who spend countless hours trying to figure out which island they want to take their vacation to and what it all boils down to is this. You can scour the internet for days upon weeks trying to decide which island to visit but unless you see them for yourself first-hand, you just won’t get it right. This is where one of the beauties of cruising comes in to play. Typically on a 7 day cruise you get 4 destinations and 3 days at sea. This means 4 completely different islands in one week span. Many will say this is the idea that they dislike the most about cruising, that you get to an island and by 6 p.m. that evening, must be back on the ship. I try to encourage people to look at it this way. What if you decided on Jamaica for a week long vacation and within two days of being there, just were not thrilled with your decision? Guess what? You are stuck there for the week. What a cruise does is allow you to step foot on to multiple islands in either the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico or more and get a taste of each destination. Some days you might be thrilled to be getting back on the ship.. other days you might be standing in that line getting ready to swipe your card and be looking back with a tear in your eye. Either way, the time there is enough to give you a feel for where you would like to come back and stay for that week vacation the next time you are able to.

If you have never cruised before, I highly recommend it for more reasons than I can sit and write here this morning. Maybe you have been and loved it… maybe you have been and never want to go back. The whole experience is one that is very dear to me and is one that 10 cruises later, still occupies a portion of my heart. If you are considering a cruise, please message me with any questions you might have. If you have been, do tell… did you love it? Did you hate it? And why?