Cruise Bucket Lists
Written by: Kuki
The Caribbean is the most heavily cruised area of the world, and that’s most likely to continue in the near future as more cruise lines are leaving more ships to sail the Caribbean waters for longer portions of the year.
It’s really not difficult to understand because Caribbean sailings are normally rather carefree; with the toughest choices for cruisers being which pristine beach to chose to relax on or snorkel from, or which casual wildlife or scenic tour we’d enjoy during the several hours we have to visit the island. And, of course, because of the temperate climate in the area, weather patterns in the Caribbean make it rather dependable for vacation planning.
I have to admit it’s somewhat quizzical to see just how many people repeat the same itineraries over and over and over again simply because of their proximity to the port of embarkation. People are obviously very willing to repeat the same ports of call in exchange for the ease of getting to and from the ship. And in the past several years the cruise lines have recognized this in a big way adjusting their ship’s locations to offer much more “home port” cruising than has ever been available before. As I’m not fortunate enough to have an embarkation port close by I’m not able to grasp that thought process as well as I might if I were within driving distance of an embarkation port.
The port of Vancouver is only a 1 hr. flight away, and as a result I have cruised to Alaska several times, as well as taken repositioning cruise to/ from Hawaii, using Vancouver as either an embarkation or disembarkation port.
California is also relatively close (a 3 hr. flight), so I’ve also sailed from both Los Angeles and San Diego; several times to Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, and full Panama Canal transits, both east to west and west to east.
I’ve been very fortunate, in that besides the itineraries mentioned above I’ve sailed Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean itineraries numerous times as well. Perhaps this will sound a bit like a spoiled brat, but I’m at the point where while I still enjoy the Caribbean for relaxing and fun vacations, there’s not much on the Caribbean islands that remain that I still want to see. I no longer feel I’m exploring new ground when sailing to the Caribbean. They are strictly vacation cruises, not travelling.
Good fortune has also allowed me to sail in Europe, both Western and Eastern itineraries, including the Greek Islands and Egypt several times, as well as two trips on Baltic itineraries. I’d actually repeat any of those itineraries again because there’s so much too see and explore that you experience just a sliver of it all on any single cruise ship visit. The only real problem, besides monetary concerns, is the requirement to fly to embarkation points on those itineraries. I’m a lousy flyer, who’s overweight, and quite tall, with long legs, and unless I can score business class seats using Frequent Flyer miles, the getting there is as near to torturous travel as I want to get. Indeed, flying, or rather my hesitancy to do so, is the predominant reason there are itineraries I’d really like to see by cruise ship, but to date have not.
While non-cruisers bucket lists may consist of sky-diving, or driving Formula One race cars, or climbing mountain peaks around the world, as a true blue cruiser my bucket list is based mostly on visiting places cruise ships go.
If I could be teleported I’d absolutely be cruising the Far East, Hong Kong and Singapore are two cities I’d love to visit, but I’m very doubtful I could tolerate the flying time to get there. The same is the true for Australia and New Zealand. I’ve love to travel there, but at least to this point I haven’t wanted it bad enough to put up with the flights to get there.
One area that’s not quite as distant, so is on my bucket list, but probably more doable than those above is South America. I’d absolutely interested in a trip around the horn. And sticking with South America, there’s of course, the need for a cruise down the Amazon.
Oh, and now with the current rash or pirate attacks, there’s a certain thrill thinking about a cruise that runs through the Suez Canal, and passes through the Gulf of Ayden. It’s not that I want to be attacked by Pirates, but there’d have to be a bit of an adrenaline rush knowing it might be possible. And I’d have to visit the Valley of the Kings while in the area.
I do have some things on my bucket list that are not cruise related, but I think even 20 hrs. of flying time to get me to the Far East is more likely to happen than convincing Demi Moore to leave her husband and marry me. And there’s no way at all anyone is ever going to get me to jump out of an airplane that is still operable.
So Cruisemates, feel free to share tidbits on your Bucket Lists with me. If you do, maybe I’ll be moved to share my dirtier ones.
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Posted: June 2nd, 2009 under Kuki.