Ahoy!

I am a cruiser, and I am not afraid to say it!

I am your typical adventure traveller. Diving, running, biking… yes, yes, yes! But… I also like cruising! And when I tell people about it, I get very… very strange looks. Like I just told them I plan on getting a perm.

Why is that? Is cruising, uhm, uncool?

My parents are cruisers. Due to a near plane crash in the ’90s, they lost their appetite for flying. Who can blame them, right? Their love for travel never disappeared, so they started to seek out other means of transportation. A hot love affair between my parents and the ships commenced, and now a decade later it has grown into a loving relationship for life.

There is a time in your life when you think you never want to travel with your parents ever again. That feeling subsides once you realize your parents are not getting any younger—and that they are actually really interesting! You start wanting to spend as much time as possible with them for as long as you can—especially if, like me, you live abroad and don’t get to see them very much. And if that means getting on a cruise, I am getting on a cruise!

 

My parents took me on my first cruise when I was 29. Since then I’ve travelled on three ships with them—Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line. And you know what? I’ve loved every single one of them!

Just listen…

You’ve got your beautiful cabin, ideally an open one with a balcony. Your ship leaves from New York. Do you know how beautiful it is to see the skyline of New York from the water? To float by the Statue of Liberty and under the Brooklyn Bridge? It takes your breath away.

Your ship picks up speed. You might hit some waves. But fear not, there are stabilizers—it’s not like you’re on the Titanic in 1912. (Although, there was the Carnival cruise recently that had no power for eight days. Stinky ships are no fun.)

You are finally out at sea. It is liberating. All you see it water. And more water. Enjoy the freedom.

I go with my dad to the gym. We smile, and we laugh. And I even give him a high five. We are on a cruise ship; who cares at this point? High five!

What I love most about being on the ship is that everyone can do what they want. You can hang out with your family and friends all day. You can party or relax. Or you spend the day alone. The ship is big enough for you to go the whole day without bumping into anyone. Kids are taken care of; young people are taken care of; older people are taken care of. There is something for everyone! And then I have breakfast. An omelette bar? Sure, why not! Oh, and fruit. And there are my parents, waving! I wave back. I love waving. Waving is all I ever do.

What’s in it for me? I get to spend time with my parents. That’s all I need. Even if it has to be on a cruise. Because, you know what? It is cool!

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