Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!
As you may or may not know, I just went on my first cruise. A family celebration in honor of my sister graduating from college, we boarded a Princess ship and headed to Alaska.
I have never thought of going on a cruise as a vacation before, but I am totally hooked now! The food and service is amazing: better than most places I have ever been. And as a cruiser, you visit several places throughout your journey, but never have to repack your stuff.
I learned a few things along the way as well. Almost every turn in the ship has a bar. Find your favorite the first day, and stick with it the rest of the trip. The staff gets to know you, as if you were a regular for years, and treat you as such.
I was told beforehand by others who had been on crusies that drink prices were reidulously high. What I found was this is a matter of perpective. If you are used to paying $3.50 for the well and $5.00 for calls, then yes, the prices are higher. But when you are like me and are used to paying $7.50 well and up to $13.00 for calls, then the ship’s prices were reasonable. Most of my time I spent swimming in caipirhinas and manthattans both for $6.75 plus an included 15% tip (do yourself a favor, and tip more!!)
So if you ever get the chance, climb aboard a cruise ship, and take an awesome journey. I know I will be back on the seas again soon!
What’s up with the “pirate’s life” title? Well, in preparation for this trip and expecting “high” drink prices, I smuggled a bottle of rum on boeard the boat, which is against the rules. I also figured how to get “embargoed” Cuban rum back through customs, so I guess I can add “pirate” to my resume. Not posting this, but if you want advice………….I’ll be lettin’ you know for 10% of your vacation plunder!!