Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Travel: Cruising

In the dining room
Despite the fact that I get seasick easily, we just completed our fifth cruise. We like to vacation in cities, exploring museums and sites, trying local food and just absorbing the culture. Cruises enable us to see many different cities, all without having to re-pack our bags, drag them to the train station and unpack in a new city. They've also allowed us to see places we are unable to navigate on our own, like St. Petersburg, Russia.

Our latest cruise (the inaugural voyage of the Regal Princess) started and ended in Venice, Italy, and had stops in Greece, Turkey and Croatia. Ever since I took Art History classes in college, I've wanted to visit Greece to see the Acropolis and Olympia; this trip allowed me to cross Greece off my bucket list.

Here are a few things I've learned from this and past cruises:

Book tours/excursions and spa appointments early. You can always cancel your reservations, but they sometimes sell out

The disembarkation process is slow, so buy transfers to your next destination (airport, hotel, etc.) and you will get off the ship much more quickly

Be aware that you will incur expenses while on the cruise-beverages, including bottled water; specialty foods; excursions; spa treatments; and some exercise classes are not included in your fare

There is always something to do on cruises-watching poolside or in-room movies, seeing shows, shopping, attending port lectures, listening to live music, watching demonstrations, dance lessons.  They’re a great way to see the world.

the specialty sushi bar
view of Mykonos from our balcony

 ocean view from the see-through area on Deck 16

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