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Cruise Convert

December 15, 2016
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Ahoy there!  I have returned safely from my maiden sea voyage.  Yes, my first ever cruise.  It was an eight (8) day and eight (8) night South Pacific cruise on Royal Caribbean’s – Legend of the Seas.  We stopped at two islands in Vanuatu – Port Vila, Efate and Mystery Island – and Lifou, New Caledonia.

I wasn’t sure if I’d like cruising so opted for a reasonably short first cruise.  Why would I think I might not like cruising?  Well, there were a few reasons but in a nutshell – I don’t like crowds and noise much, I need time alone to recharge, and I have a history of motion/travel sickness.  I also wasn’t that fond of the concept of being trapped on a vessel with thousands of pot luck strangers. 

We were incredibly lucky with perfect weather and only one day of slightly rough seas.  I took my sea sickness pills and wore my dorky sea sickness wrist bands and I was AOK!  Hooray!  I actually enjoyed being rocked to sleep in bed every night.  Land is so boring now!  Is there a bed for adults that rocks?  If not, I might invent one!

Ok, so what did I think of cruising?  Well …. as I first boarded I was freaking out.  SO.MANY.PEOPLE!!  What have I done, I was thinking.  Crowds!  Noise!  Give it a chance I told myself.  People were still boarding, so of course it was crowded.  So I did give a chance.  I unpacked and I threw myself into exploring the ship and making the most of this experience.  The end result – I loved it!! 

My name is Min and I am a cruise convert!

  • I found places where I could escape from crowds and noise.  I needed this because I am an introvert who recharges by time alone and I am used to loads of time alone!  I found a side deck with sun lounges where barely anyone goes.  All you can hear is the ocean.  Absolute bliss!  One of my most favourite recharging places.
  • I enjoyed all the live music so, so much!  So many options.  Entertainment galore!  Fantastic!
  • I loved not having to cook or clean. 
  • The staff were so happy and friendly and could not do enough for you. 
  • I loved having a show to go to every night. 
  • I enjoyed seeing the first movies I’ve seen in ages. 
  • I visited beautiful islands and learnt about other cultures. 
  • I made lots of new friends! 
  • I unpacked once and never had to worry about suitcases again until I left the ship.
  • The atmosphere!  I never counted on such a wonderful, happy atmosphere!  Hats off to the crew, staff, performers, everyone who contributes to creating such a fabulous atmosphere, wonderful memories and a truly restful holiday experience.

Now I am home and I have the post cruise blues.  Where is the menu?  Why hasn’t my bed been made with fresh clean sheets?  Who will pull it down for me at night?  Why is the ground moving?  How can there not be a show tonight?!!  Why is there no pianist playing as I eat my dinner?

It goes to show that you never can tell if you would like something until you actually try it.  With cruising you can do as much or as little as you like.  You can be amongst the crowds and noise or you can seek out quiet places.  You can even retreat to your state room (cabin) whenever you want.  There is so much choice.  There are so many options.  Best of all – you unpack and then you are looked after and you can really relax and have a proper holiday.

This is a short post today as I only arrived home yesterday and have barely unpacked.  My camera contains loads of photo’s which I haven’t yet uploaded to the computer.  Also, unfortunately I have picked up a bit of a bug and am unwell.  I have a ridiculously weak immune system!   A bit of rest and I will be right as rain again.

I have loads more to share about my cruise experience in future posts and of course there will be heaps of photo’s to come.  If you can’t wait till then – check out my Facebook page and/or my Instagram where I shared photo’s direct from the cruise ship! 

I hope you have all been lovin’ life while I have been away!  Have you ever tried something you thought you wouldn’t like and been pleasantly surprised?

Ciao for now,

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  • Amy @ Handbagmafia December 15, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I haven’t been on a cruise but I am SO WILLING to become a convert!

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      You must try one – they are great! πŸ™‚

  • Lydia C. Lee December 15, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Why is my bed not made? hee hee…and that ground moving thing is soooooo weird. Your photos were so lovely…

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm

      LOL – getting into a freshly made bed each night was bliss!! The ground is still moving a bit. I’m still a bit dizzy or something? I’m glad you enjoyed the photo’s. More to come yet! πŸ™‚

  • Jo December 15, 2016 at 7:03 am

    So glad you enjoyed it, Min! Me too … total cruise convert … and never thought I would πŸ™‚ Loved your Facebook feed. #TeamLovinLife

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      I never thought I’d be a cruise convert Jo! Your cruise of course was much, much longer than mine. I’d be interested to hear how you went when first back on land. Did the ground rock for you? Did it take a while to feel balanced again? You must miss so much about those cruising days. I’m glad you enjoyed my FB feed. The wifi was pretty good but dropped out quite a bit! xo

  • Kathy Marris December 15, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Good for you Min! I was converted to cruising a few years ago. I’m doing my third in 2017 on a 12 day Mediterranean cruise from Italy around the boot to Corfu, Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia. It can’t wait! It is a great way to really relax and slow down, with plenty of options for entertainment and tours. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself, but sorry you aren’t feeling the best since your return. πŸ™‚

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Can I come with you on your Mediterranean cruise? I’ll not take up much space and be really, really quiet! πŸ˜‰ How exciting! Bet you are looking forward to it!! I think I will be looking at cruising again. I enjoyed it very much. It’s a nice relaxing way to travel. xo

  • Sue December 15, 2016 at 8:38 am

    I knew you would love it Min! We have been cruising for about 10 years and at first I thought it was just for ‘old people’ or the very young partying types. We have booked a cruise around the Mediterranean for next October – so long to wait. I love that you visit so many places for a taste of what you can see plus you only need to unpack once! I hope you are booking your next one! πŸ™‚

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      We saw lots of old people, lots of young people, lots of middle-aged people. All kinds of people! Most people we met were addicted to cruising and had been on many, many cruises before this one AND were already booked on their next one. They looked at me with a chuckle and a smile when they heard it was my first. Whenever they saw me again they’d say ‘Hey Min, booked your second yet?’ Lol Oh my Gosh – you’re going on a Mediterranean cruise next year too – so is Kathy from 50 Shades of Age. Wonder if it’s the same one? Jealous of both of you! Can’t wait to hear about them and see the photos! Yes I will be booking another one. It’s a nice, relaxing way to travel and I love being waited on. What can I say?! LOL xo

  • Vanessa December 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I have been really looking forward to reading about your experience because I had the same fears about ALL THE PEOPLE! I am good at exploring and sussing out the best places so I’m glad to hear there are quiet parts of ships.

    Oh, and I think the bed for adults is called a hammock πŸ™‚

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      A hammock – of course!! BUT you have to make it rock. Maybe I would have to hire someone to keep it rocking all night?? Haha I think you’d be ok on a cruise ship Vanessa. You could always try a short one to see. πŸ™‚

      • Vanessa December 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

        Dog! Tug of war over the side rocks you. I’ve got it all figured out haha.

  • Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama December 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

    This post brought a great big smile to my face Min. I knew you’d love it!!!!!! I love the sensation of being rocked to sleep each night too x

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Well that is nice to know Janet! I’m glad I brought a big smile to your face. Yes I loved it!! Who would have thought?? Oh I miss being rocked to sleep each night. It was so nice! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Leanne@ www.crestingthehill.com.au December 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I’ve done a river cruise and absolutely loved it – could have stayed on and cruised right back down the other way. I always thought big cruises wouldn’t suit me (for the same reasons you mentioned) but now you’ve made me re-think!

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Oh a river cruise would be fabulous too Leanne! Yes don’t dismiss a big cruise. I thought I’d hate it but look at what has happened – I loved it! It’s worth going on a short one to try and see how you feel then. πŸ™‚

  • Deborah December 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I love the idea of having someone look after me! And being spoilt / fussed over. Also having everything on tap would be good. I’m not sure about the motion thing though…. and all of those people!

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Me too Deb – I love being looked after, spoiled, pampered, waited on. Such a princess! lol I had concerns about the motion and the people but LOOK – it was ok and I loved it! I think you would be surprised. I reckon you’d love it too! πŸ™‚ xo

  • JODIE FILOGOMO December 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    We feel the same way about cruises—-they just make life so easy, peasy!!
    I’m glad you had a fantastic time, and can’t wait to see the photos!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
    #lovin’life

    • Min December 15, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Very true Jodie – such an easy, peasy way to travel and just so much choice of what to do! Loved it. πŸ™‚

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit December 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I’m starting to think I might like a cruise!! Especially now that my kids are big and I’m not afraid of losing them overboard. I still might make everyone wear life vests for the entire trip though …

    This is going on my bucket list. Maybe for two years time in fact.

    • Min December 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Leanne – I reckon you would LOVE a cruise!! I felt safe the whole time – you won’t need those life jackets on! lol Good to hear it’s going on your bucket list – sooner rather than later though or you’ll kick yourself! πŸ˜‰ xo

  • Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project December 15, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    It’s fantastic to hear you enjoyed your cruise Min. I haven’t been converted as yet, as I too have a history of sea sickness. Maybe one day… Can’t wait to see more photos xox #TeamLovinLIfe

    • Min December 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Lyndall – I get travel and motion sickness all the time and I didn’t get sick! A few twinges in my tummy but that was it. I took the tablets and wore the wrist bands and I was fine. So I think you would be fine too. I haven’t seen the photo’s yet myself – been in bed sick ever since I got home! xo

  • Jo Tracey December 16, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I was so anti cruises until I did one – for much the same reasons as you. I thought I’d feel trapped & I hate buffets. Instead I found space, peace, the restaurant instead of the buffet, & absolutely loved it. So glad you enjoyed it.

    • Min December 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Yay – good to hear Jo. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Sydney Shop Girl December 16, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Looks like I have to put my own prejudices aside and book myself onto one soon! Thanks for the low down, Min. There are so many cruise types and cruisers around now, I am sure I can find one to suit my little family.

    SSG xxx

    • Min December 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Yes I have to eat my words – I loved the whole experience WAY more than I ever thought I would. I’m sure you would too! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Denyse December 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I am so pleased you loved it. I have not gone on one and won’t be. I did enjoy seeing your updates on IG. Its been a fun time for you and richly deserved.

    • Min December 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Denyse! I’m glad you enjoyed my IG updates. I’m wondering why you’ll never go on a cruise – sea sickness, just don’t like the whole idea? I really thought I would very much dislike it but I was pleasantly surprised! πŸ™‚ x

  • Kat @anaussieinsf December 17, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I have a hard and fast “no cruises” rule for much the same reasons that you mentioned. I think I’d feel trapped on a boat with so many people. But, maybe it’s time to change my mind on that rule… #lovinlife

    • Min December 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      I had the same rule Kat. Not so much a rule I suppose but a decision. I spent a good part of a day as a guest on the ‘Sea Princess’, a Princess Cruises ship, while it was docked in Sydney and it opened my eyes somewhat and made me a little curious. So I was willing to give it a try but not a long one. 8 days was just right to get a feel for it. I think it’s worth giving it a try at least once. πŸ™‚ x