Cruising’s Intoxicating Moments
Written by: Kuki
While every type of business depends on repeat business, I believe there are few with a loyal customer base as cruising. On virtually every sailing of every ship, there are hundreds and hundreds of people who’ve cruised before; at least several times; often many times.’
Fact is, it is very infrequent occurrence that passengers disembark a ship feeling as though they didn’t get great value for the money they spent. Aside from the feeling of good value, there is an intoxicating factor.
How often does one step into a hotel room, and feel they are “home”? Oddly perhaps, it rarely takes long for a cruise ship passenger to enter their cabin, and not have that feeling of “being home” swell. The feeling is not easily defined, nor is it easily explained in words, or scientifically proven. It’s at least partially explainable because when you arrive, and unpack your belongings, you’re making it “your space”, because, though you are traveling, you know this is your home base for the duration of the cruise.
Cruises are made of a number of “moments”. And so often many of those moments become life long memories which bring a smile to your face each time they cross your mind.
The moment might be a dinner service that goes so smoothly you think you’re dining in your favorite restaurant; or a moment during the meal where you share a taste of a delicious plate of food with your loved one, while sharing a warm, loving and knowing smile. The moment may be during a comedy show, where, while as you are laughing hysterically, you glance over to see your friend, or mate enjoying the time as much as you are.
When you are relaxing on your private balcony, or standing out on an open deck, stairing out for miles into a calm and endless sea, on a star filled night, suddenly it dawns on you… that is the feeling everyone could feel if there could ever be world peace.
These moments and memories can be different for everyone. It can be everything from your falling asleep during a Broadway-style show, to zip-lining above a rain forest in a port of call, to your team wining a trivia contest on board, to the wonderful night’s sleep you got as the ship rocked back and forth as it cut through the water.
While cruising may not be right for everyone. The majority of people who try it, do have a desire to do it again. And it’s most likely the urge will come later, when the memories of those moments pop into your head, and bring a smile to your face; and you again feel intoxicated by the joy of it.
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Posted: May 27th, 2014 under Kuki.