Can You Cruise Without Underwear?
Written by: Kuki
At present I’m sitting in my “second home”, a condominium in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I’m involved with the joyous task of doing my laundry… so I have underwear on my mind. It’s not an interesting topic (though it would be if I were laundering Brittany Spear’s underwear, because since she doesn’t wear any I’d be doing something else). At any rate, it’s irrelevant because neither scenario has much to do with this week’s Blog. I just thought the title was “catchy”.
This is an illustration of what happens to the mind of a dedicated cruiser when they’re stuck on land for too long… as has happened to me.
For the past six months my life seems to have got in the way of me cruising. Silly things, like helping to plan (and pay for) my first son’s wedding, getting my other son back to college (and paying for it), Mrs. Kuki’s job, and other oddball family obligations have forced me to stay away from the sea. I have indeed missed the smell of the sea, the motion of the ocean, and the friendly, gracious service one always gets on a cruise ship; not to mention the fun and food.
Every once in a while an inevitably long thread appears on the message boards about how people manage to cruise so often. It’s surprisingly not that uncommon to hear from many people who cruise multiple times each year. And not surprisingly there’s many who wonder how the heck they do that. Personally, I’ve been very lucky, in that I’ve perfected counterfeiting various currencies in my basement… and found a job writing for CruiseMates.
Honestly, of those we hear from who do perhaps cruise several times per year, I don’t think we’d find that most are independently wealthy, or are travel writers. There are many factors at work, but I think a couple of the most important are choices they make during their everyday lives to cut back in other areas, and understanding the great value of cruises, and knowing how to hunt down the terrific deals available.
For example, they’ll know that in the Caribbean some of the very best deals can be found sailing dates between U.S. Thanksgiving and Christmas, and some of the very least expensive cruises in all areas of are for repositioning cruises; when cruise lines are moving ships from one area of the globe to another, due to seasonal demand. That is ships heading from the Caribbean to Alaska in the spring, or back in the fall; as they also do to Europe in the spring, and back in the fall; or simply business decisions to reposition ships to new ports.
However, I don’t think anyone; from those who cruise multiple times during the year, to those who cruise each year, or those who can only take a cruise every two or three years, take their opportunities for granted.
The majority of people on cruise ships are very “happy campers”! They usually appreciate that for at least a short time they are blessed to be “treated like royalty”, and experience one the very top end means of vacationing and travel.
And that’s precisely why, after being landlocked for awhile, that yearning to set out to sea again is growing within me. Maybe I’ll just tell Kuki Jr. (who told me today he needs two root canals and two crowns) he can do without teeth, while I set out on a world cruise. I’m ready now. My underwear just came out of the drier!!
Who else out there is just itchin to go on cruise?
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Posted: August 25th, 2009 under Kuki.