We spent the last 14 days of our around-the-world trip on a cruise ship. Would we do it again? We’re divided on this one.
We chose the repositioning cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the Celebrity Equinox to save money and eliminate jet lag. That worked. The service, food, room, and amenities were all quite good. So, what’s not to love?
We compared our many sea days on the cruise ship to being at a nice spa: imagine a remote location where you check in and don’t leave the property; where you are taken care of by a great staff; and the schedule offers you ample opportunities to both relax and exercise. If that sounds like your idea of a blissful way to pass the time, then a transatlantic cruise is for you.
In the spirit of trying a new way to travel on our around-the-world trip, we quickly signed up for the cruise. Joe caught a cold early on and had one bout of seasickness so his enthusiasm for doing a cruise again is zero. Beth loved the economy of “saving money” and the ease of a relaxing way to end the 22-month trip.
We do agree that the best way for us to travel is to spend many days (or months) in a place that is, to us, foreign. What were our favorite places on the long trip? All our favorites were places where we spent considerable time.
While long cruises are no longer in the picture for us, ships aren’t totally ruled out. We both loved our 3-day Ha Long Bay cruise in Vietnam, and we plan to spend time on a ship next year to see the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.