Have you ever been on a cruise? These days, you can take cruises lasting 3 days, to a year, if you purchase a cabin on a world cruise line. Cruises are relaxing, but very busy. There is always something to do, and somewhere to be, but the nice thing about it is you don’t have to do anything. Someone else is cooking, cleaning, making your bed, and taking care of scheduling fun activities. Depending on what kind of cabin you get, you can have a view, or sleep late, in the dark and enjoy that extra relaxation. There are so many reasons to try a cruise, but be aware, you get what you purchase.
A few years ago, my husband and I went on a short, cheap, three night cruise to the Bahamas. We got an inside stateroom, on a deal. We didn’t sleep much, because we were in the back of the boat, and it felt like the turbines driving the boat were right below us, vibrating our room. It was loud, very loud, and not the relaxation we were hoping to find. The food wasn’t great, and the activities focused on gambling and alcohol, neither of which I’m all that interested in doing.
This past week, we have been on a 7 day Disney cruise. We spent 7 glorious days on the Disney Fantasy, going to the western Caribbean. It was delightful, and even my kids enjoyed the trip. They met new people, were out with the youth programming until late into the evening, and enjoyed the ice cream readily available. As for me, I think it was the first time I have been able to really relax in some time. Getting on the ship meant that I was without internet and phone. I had to put my devices down and engage in with my family. I could talk with people, or not. I could sit in the hot tub, or not. I could just spend time in the cabin, or find a quiet place to watch people milling about the ship. There were Broadway style shows, and a movie theater to watch recent movies, and even popcorn. Between the food and the entertainment, there wasn’t anything left to want.
But what made it all the more important was reconnecting with myself. Having time to draw, process all the things that have been happening recently, or just not think about anything while I watched people was amazing. I think when people go on vacation they try to pack so much in that the vacation becomes more like work. For me, this cruise was amazing, allowing me to relax and unwind. I must say that over the years, I have learned to trust the Disney name and it hasn’t let me down. From the crew, to the food, to the bed with fluffy comfortable covers, it was all grand.
If you are hoping to take a cruise in the future, try Disney. It might be more expensive, but the food, activities, and service make the difference. Take a short three day cruise, to see if you like it. Some people don’t, but I think it’s wonderful. Enjoy your time with your family, if you bring them along. Otherwise, rest, rejuvenate, and relax. It’s part of being happy, for life.