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Top Ten Things Cruising Has Taught Me

By Pam Asberry

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I spent my spring break in the Bahamas on another great cruise vacation, soaking up the sun and getting a much-needed break from work and worries. Assuming that hair conditioner would be provided along with other toiletries in our cabin, I did pack any; after paying $12 for a bottle of Pantene conditioner in the onboard shop, I will not make that mistake again. Here are a few other things I have learned from cruising.

10.The days leading up to the cruise go by much more slowly than the days spent on the ship.

9. Bring half the amount of clothes and twice the amount of money you think you will need.

8. Don’t scrimp on shore excursions. Some are better than others but the amazing ones more than make up for all the rest.

7. Nothing tastes better than an ice cold local beer at the beach.

6. Avoid the local rum. It packs a wallop.

5. Wear your bathing suit with pride. Everyone else is too worried about what they look like in theirs to actually pay any attention to you.

4. If you are having medical symptoms of any kind, see a doctor BEFORE you board the ship.

3. It’s okay to skip the evening entertainment and go to bed early.

2. You can eat anything you want; you just can’t eat as MUCH as you want.

1. Shipboard romances rarely end well.

What is the number one lesson you have learned from your travels?

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Carol Burnside - April 15, 2014 - 5:16 am

I would say my #1 lesson learned is to go with the flow, even if it’s out of my comfort range. More often than not, there’s fun to be had with the right attitude.

Hope you had a blast and are feeling better.

Marilyn Baron - April 15, 2014 - 6:54 am

I agree about the excursions. I’ve been on a cruise where some of the excursions were mediocre and some were fabulous and the good ones tend to make you forget the bad ones. Also, try to eat at one of the ship’s specialty restaurants. The food is much better than the regular dining room. Also try to relax since the excursions can be grueling.

Pam Asberry - April 15, 2014 - 8:39 am

That’s a good one, Carol. Attitude is everything!

Pam Asberry - April 15, 2014 - 8:40 am

Eating at a specialty restaurant is one thing I’ve never done, Marilyn. Next cruise! But I’m all about relaxing. I spend sea days lounging by the pool, period!

Walt Mussell - April 15, 2014 - 9:20 am

I’ve never been on a cruise but can appreciate the local beer aspect. From my travels, I would add local food, too. On my business trip to Costa Rica, the one thing that did frustrate me was that there was little in the way of “local food.” Costa Rica had scant indigenous cuisine (though I was there in December and there was the traditional Christmas tamale, which was a breakfast item and quite good). Still, everything seemed to be from another country.

On the plus side of the food, Costa Rica does have amazing locally-grown coffee.

Pam Asberry - April 15, 2014 - 9:28 am

That’s one disadvantage of cruising, Walt; the schedule isn’t always conductive to sampling local cuisine, not to mention that meals are already paid for on the ship. I did try a new drink called “Sky Juice” – a combination of gin, coconut water and sweetened condensed milk – along with the best conch fritters I have ever eaten in my life, all purchased from a food cart near the cruise port in Nassau. My stomach is growling just thinking about it!

Maxine Davis - April 15, 2014 - 11:39 am

Pam, I agree with your list wholeheartedly! I also agree with Marilyn – try one of the special restaurants on board. YOu won’t regret it. And TMI, but when you get my age, eat a lot of fiber, lol.

Pam Asberry - April 15, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Along with that, Maxine, I try to drink a lot of water, LOL!

Piper - April 16, 2014 - 10:18 am

Pam, thanks for your insights about cruises. I’m like Walt, I’ve never been on one, but I’m mulling it over. Maybe someday. I think #10 is true about any vacation, and #5 is a big relief! Great list!

Pam Asberry - April 16, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Go for it, Piper! You won’t be sorry! :-)

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