5 things I bought on a cruise that I regretted buying
A lot of people get ready for a cruise vacation by going to the mall or online stores to buy a few items that they think they need on board, but I later left regretting some of those purchases.
Whether I thought they would make my life easier or just improve the vacation experience, in practice some of the items I bought for my cruise ended up not meeting my expectations.
Usually what happens is when I’m surfing the internet and meeting someone with a cool gadget, or reading something that might improve my day at the beach or in my cabin. Back then it seemed like a revelation and I usually end up buying it because I’m thinking how could I not buy it to improve my vacation.
Much like rompers, duck-headed selfies, or flat-brimmed hats with the sticker still on them, we’re just not as hip as we thought. Or maybe the product ended up not living up to the hype.
Here is my own list of things I bought for a cruise that ended up being a terrible buying decision for me.
A few times in my life my late night TV surfing came back to bite me, and it happened when I saw an ad for smart luggage.
Smart luggage is meant to be an improvement on the traditional bags you pack, where not only does it make better use of space, but it can also charge your mobile devices and maybe even last forever. In a world of traditional luggage that tear too easily and seem boring, why wouldn’t I go for one of these bags?
After buying it on a whim, I first realized that it was quite expensive. While you can find luggage at all kinds of prices, smart luggage is anything but cheap.
After the new bags arrived home, I realized how small they were. Obviously, it was intended for business travelers who want to travel only with hand luggage. Since cruise ships don’t charge for baggage, sticking to carry-on baggage only has never been a priority.
And then you have the smart features, like the ability to charge your device or even the tracking. Sounds good, but in practice it’s more of a gimmick. In fact, lithium-ion batteries are sometimes not allowed by airlines.
So basically I overpaid for luggage that didn’t do anything more than before, but with less space.
If you watch YouTube enough you will discover amazing videos of people doing some really fun activities and everything is captured on action cameras that can handle wind, water, heat and sand, while still delivering high images. incredible loyalty.
I bought a GoPro so we could capture our family trips, especially on shore excursions. I thought the GoPro would be perfect for the kids and we could remember all the times we swam, jumped and dived.
My problem with buying a GoPro isn’t the quality of the video or whatever the GoPro promises. It is exactly as advertised when you edit and upload your images.
The problem is, video editing is really horrible. If you want your video not to be a snoozefest, you will need to invest many hours to edit everything. It’s tedious and has a steep learning curve.
Also, the particular model I bought didn’t have a viewfinder or a way to see what I was filming or replay it later. Later GoPro models have a small screen, but I was filming blindly and hoping everything was fine later.
After traveling and many hours of editing later, I stopped bringing the GoPro because I couldn’t bother spending the time needed to make everything look good. Maybe he’s just the perfectionist in me, but it seemed more of a problem than it was worth.
The worst part of any day at the beach is if you accidentally step on a rock, crustacean, seaweed, or any other sharp or gooey object in the ocean. So the obvious answer is to buy water shoes, right?
I have bought at least 3 pairs of water shoes over the years to solve this problem and each time I come to the same conclusion that I wasted my money.
All water shoes look weird when you wear them in the water. They are sticky and make my feet look like they are stuck in a rubber / silicone bag. So yeah, I feel better not touching algae or something mysterious underwater, but I still feel disgusting.
Equally important is the fact that the bottoms are not puncture-proof, so you should always tread carefully to avoid stepping on something really sharp.
Worse yet, once you’re done in the ocean you’re stuck with a pair of soaked (and probably sandy) shoes that are a burden to take back to the ship. Not to mention the added bulk of carrying them with you.
Another idea “I can’t wait to bring my cruise so I can get an amazing video” was to buy a drone.
My plan was to buy one and then take amazing aerial images of my cruise ship and the places I visit.
The problem is, Royal Caribbean bans anyone from using a drone on the ship or on its private islands.
On top of all that, each country has their own rules about where you can use drones and the last thing I want to do is get in trouble with the local authorities because my drone has gone somewhere that it is. should not.
In the end, I wished I bought a drone because you can’t use it near the cruise ship and the footage from my backyard just isn’t that exciting.
Clothes washing machine
Royal Caribbean does not have a self-service laundry option on its ships, and dry cleaning is expensive, so washing clothes is difficult on a cruise ship.
You can hand wash small items in your bathroom sink, but you’re really limited to smaller items. Plus, it can be a big mess.
I remember coming across a Facebook ad for a device that you could throw your clothes in and similar to Shake n Bake, wash your clothes easily without much hassle.
This item is really aimed at campers, but it seemed like the perfect way to clean pants and shirts for some other use.
I don’t think that’s a big improvement in terms of effort over filling the sink or tub with water and washing clothes there. So it ended up being money that I didn’t need to spend to get results similar to what I had before.