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The Worst Day on a Cruise. ๐Ÿ›ณ
Sail Away... Let's Dance! dance

Sail Away... Let's Dance! dance

There is something about cruising that engenders genuine excitement. Think kids at Christmas like! Your cruising friends start posting countdowns on Facebook and/or Twitter. There are a range of sites and apps which will do it for you. Why is cruising so exciting? Iโ€™d argue itโ€™s because the moment you get on board, you are on vacation. From this aspect itโ€™s different to any other holiday. Normally if you are going anywhere you have to fly โœˆ๏ธ , and flying sucks ๐Ÿ˜ž !  Dealing with airport security ๐Ÿšจ , immigration ๐Ÿ‘ฎ , leg space ๐Ÿ’บ, the monotony of sitting in an aluminium tube for hours on end, farting neighbours ๐Ÿ’จ, and very ordinary food ๐Ÿฅ˜ . Flying - no thanks!! Itโ€™s only benefit, it makes getting to where you are vacationing quickly ๐Ÿ›ซ ๐Ÿ›ฌ. 

But cruising ๐Ÿ›ณ is different. Yes, you have the security and immigration, but the moment you set foot on board your holiday has begun ๐Ÿ˜Š . The bars are open ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿท , there is entertainment ๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿ’ƒ, the buffet ๐Ÿด is in full swing. And thereโ€™s the ship ๐Ÿšข to explore ๐Ÿ˜Ž!! A week or more (I do not understand short cruises) of no work, cooking, cleaning. Have you checked-in to the ship? Sure, but more importantly, you have checked-out of reality.

Normally in the late afternoon, early evening the ship will then make itโ€™s way from port, and you get to enjoy the sail away! Take in the views, with a drink ๐Ÿธ, party ๐ŸŽŠ. That evening when you head to bed, your stateroom attendant will prepared your room for the evening, and on your bed is the ships newsletter, The Cruise Compass, with all the information of what and where tomorrows events and activities are happening on the ship. 

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You will probably also come face to face with a towel creature. These delightful little art forms are a cruising staple. With monkeyโ€™s ๐Ÿ’ , bats๐Ÿฆ‡ , elephants ๐Ÿ˜ , dogs ๐Ÿ• , and many more, carefully constructed and placed on your bed ๐Ÿ›  welcoming you to your room for the night. (On a personal note, I now instruct my stateroom attendant not to bother with the creatures. My room just gets filled up with towel animals, it takes the attendants time, and creates extra laundry, and after 200 nights on board, I am pretty sure I have seen almost every variety of them at this time. But they are one of cruising little pleasures, so no judgement by me if you enjoy them). 

In addition to your towel critters, you may come back to your room to find chocolates, fruit, wine, certificates, tickets, or any other manner of things which are all designed to enhance your experience. Yes, it may just be a flyer for the spa, or a certificate to use in the casino. But they are all in aid of the cruise. But little do you suspect that lurking somewhere on the ship is your departure survey, and at some stage this nasty reminder that reality does exist will find its way to your room. It is included in the other paraphernalia on your bed. But departure is still many days away, and after you fill in the survey, this little break in reality continues.

And yet, the magic bubble just feels a little diminished, a little less sparkly for the intrusion into your reality free zone. Little do you suspect at this time, that the real threat to your cruise is just around the corner.

And then with 2-3 nights left you come back to your room to this...

๐Ÿ˜ญ Departure Luggage Tag Day, it sucks!

๐Ÿ˜ญ Departure Luggage Tag Day, it sucks!

And bubble the bursts. Reality is imminent. The departure forms, instructions and luggage tags. There is even a shift in the atmosphere on board. People who you may have only met in the elevator, with some passing joke on its stopping at every level, or the mystical express ride, the little old lady you have been talking to in the buffet almost every day, yet still donโ€™t know her name, and the pool bar fly you discuss the sea conditions with, the countdown to probably never meeting again has begun. Farewells are on the tip of your tongue, for you donโ€™t know when it is the last meeting. 

With the magic cruise bubble burst, your vacation is almost over. At least when you are flying, the vacation bursts at the airport. 

There is one exception - when you just can't wait to get off the ship. For whatever reason it is, a plethora of bad guests (there needs to be a collective noun for these people, I nominate โ€œa killjoyโ€), a GI outbreak, or perhaps you just havenโ€™t enjoyed it; these departure luggage tag days may just be the sweet relief you desire. 

Whatโ€™s your worse day on the cruise? Has departure luggage tag day ever give you sweet relief?

Readers Questions
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Over on Facebook Di asked some great questions.

  1. Have you been upgraded often?
    • Never!!! I will be a happy cruiser when it happens (I have requested an upgrade once and a room change twice, today was the second time, I doubt I will be lucky).
  2. Do you book a particular level, cabin or class?
    • This is actually quite complicated. As there are several factors involved in how I choose my room. Firstly, suites are almost always out! Too expensive, and for a solo sailer, poor bang for your buck on points. For example, and lets assume a Junior Suite is only 2x more than a balcony stateroom. 7 night cruise, $2,000 for the balcony, $4,000 for the suite. I get 14 Crown & Anchor points for a non suite, so each point cost me $143. For a suite I get 21 points, which is $191/point.  
      So the extra money for a suite is not worth it. Combined with the fact that it's just me, I don't need all that space. 
      Super Mario, Royal Caribbeans most dedicated cruiser, always books interior. After all he reasons, he is never in there, except to sleep and shower. I am not quite like Super Mario, and sometimes I just want to sit in a quite space, watching the ocean go by, so I do like a stateroom with a balcony. But then it comes down to price.
      If an interior room is significantly cheaper than a balcony, I will book the interior. But if the balcony is only a few hundred dollars ๐Ÿ’ต more, then I will book that. 
      Finally duration, on longer cruises, or ones that are particularly scenic (Norway, New Zealand, and I imagine Alaska) I will have higher preference for a balcony, but ultimately the dollars rule. I would rather cruise more and have an interior room, rather than a balcony and cruise less. There is no right answer on which class of room to choose, it is ๐Ÿ’ฏ a persons preference balanced against budget. If I had a bottomless budget, it would be a balcony every time, but with budgetary constraints, interior it is. 
  3. What % of discounts do you receive as you climb up the levels to pinnacle?
    • I have no idea. I don't believe it is a % at all. Rather it is a numerical value per day. It only applies to balcony and above staterooms, so no C&A discount for the interior rooms! (this plays into the price difference, as I level up the difference gets less).
      Ultimately it feels like I am only saving a few hundred dollars, and that's on longer cruises, at my current level. It is a good question and I will see if I can get the low down, so I can give a better answer.

Thanks for the questions Di, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, or contact me through Twitter, Facebook or even Instagram.

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