Some people love cruises. Crystal, one of my favorite bloggers, has gone on a couple in the past year and has written glowing reviews.
Some people love them. I will never be one of those people.
No, I have never been on a cruise, and I can assure you that I have no interest. This is not something I think I'll change my mind on. This won't be something that I'll one day add to my bucket list.
The cruise industry is a massive industry, but here are my reasons for never wanting to set sail:
- I get motion sickness – For years, I couldn't go on a roller coaster without getting sick for the rest of the day. I had a few years where I was able to overcome that with motion sickness pills, until I found out the hard way that didn't work anymore. The thought of rides or things that spin you around in circles make me nauseated. I can't even go on a swing for more than a couple of minutes. I had a lot of inner ear problems as a kid, and while that may not be tied to the problems I have now, the fact is that getting bobbed up and down for more than a few days is not something I would envision offering any sort of enjoyment.
- I prefer scenery – When I go on vacation, ideally I like to look at something. If I go to Florida or California, I enjoy the coast. When we go camping, I enjoy the lakes or the woods. Looking out at water would not provide much in the way of scenery for very long.
- I like relaxing on my vacations – When I go on vacation, I like to settle in for wherever I go. While some might say that a cruise ship would keep me in one place, I know that they tend to stop at various places, where you're shepherded off the ship for a few hours, only to wait in line to get back on and take sail for the next stop. Sounds rushed, crowded, and touristy. Thanks, but, no thanks.
- They're floating germ incubators – How many times per year do you hear about a ship coming back with hundreds of passengers sick from norovirus or some other awful sickness? When you're confined to what amounts to an oversize raft sailing in the baking sun, you have no escape. Even if you retreat to your cabin once you catch wind that the illness is spreading, it's probably too late.
- Speaking of cabins – I've seen pictures of most cabins. While I rarely spring for a premium hotel room, I do like having some space to move around. From what I've seen, most people find the accomodations tolerable at best.
- They're floating sewers – Multiply the number of people on a cruise times the number of meals and snacks that they eat, the number of drinks they consume, and skip past the part of how the human body processes that food, and it just kind of grosses me out when you consider the scale of what is being stored somewhere. Yuck.
- I enjoy a drink or three while on vacation – Cruise lines definitely want you to enjoy alcohol, but at a pretty steep cost. When I'm in my camper, I can make a $20 fifth of whiskey go a long way. Even if I go on vacation to the beach or somewhere else where I might enjoy more drinks out, I can still choose to mix in my own drinks at the hotel. No such option on cruise ships.
- The money saving element isn't there for us midwesterners – If you live along or close to the coastline where cruise ships arrive and depart, you can rack up some pretty big savings, but for those of us that have to fly to get to port, it knocks a big chunk of that savings off right from the get-go. I know a lot of my friends here in Michigan like to go on cruises, so I'm sure the numbers can work, but they don't work for me.
- Did I mention I get motion sickness?
What are your thoughts and experiences with the cruise line industry?