First Timers Should Avoid Short Cruises
Written by: Kuki
If you’ve never gone on a cruise before I know it is very tempting to consider the shorter 4 or 5 day cruises; they’re shorter and they’re less expensive.
I know, because that was me back in 1994. When we were married I had promised Mrs. Kuki a cruise for our 10th wedding anniversary, and I had managed to avoid fulfilling my promise by using imaginative excuses until our 15th anniversary.
I just knew I would get ”island fever” being on a ship; feeling like I had nowhere to go; nowhere to escape the boredom. So, my out for fulfilling my promise with minimal pain was to book a short cruise. I booked a cruise out of Los Angeles, because it was the closet embarkation port, and therefore the cheapest to fly to, and I booked an inside cabin.
I had already decided I wasn’t likely to enjoy a cruise, and I was going to spend the least amount of money possible on a vacation I was for sure not going to like.
Five years later I was writing about cruising for CruiseMates, and have continued to for 13 years. So, I was obviously wrong regarding my original hypothesis about my affinity for cruising.
But that’s not really the point of my Blog this week; though I do predict a similar scenario would apply to many of you hesitant first time cruisers; with the exception of writing for CruiseMates. I want to keep this job, thanks.
My premise here is for a first time cruiser the short cruise does not effectively represent the “real” cruise experience of a full seven day cruise.
Yes, the ship will be at sea somewhere, and yes there will be one or two ports of call, and yes you’ll get to eat more than your share of meals for whatever duration cruise you take.
However, on shorter cruises I think a large majority of passengers on board are trying to fit “the fun” of a full length cruise into the shorter time frame. They are trying to fit seven days worth of shows, entertainment, eating, and… drinking into the time available on a four or five night cruise.
In my view, that’s why the shorter cruises are very active, but have more frenzied activity on board. They generally are missing the “relaxing” part of the cruise experience. And to my mind the relaxing is a part of the cruise experience.
Even for the most active type of personalities, the moments of relaxing while sailing on the ocean or sea, laying on a deck lounger, or standing by the railing staring out over miles of empty water, are part of the “full meal deal” of a cruise.
I have little doubt that some people doing a short cruise first, as I did, will end up falling in love with it, just as I did.
But I’m pretty certain a vast majority will do so, even more enthusiastically, if their first cruise is seven days in length.
Once you are a more experienced cruiser, fitting in shorter cruises for a break, when you have some time makes much more sense. You’ll already understand cruising, and will better be able to enjoy the days you do have on board, and efficiently use that time to simply enjoy the opportunity.
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Posted: December 11th, 2012 under Kuki.