Column: Cruise ships make me nervous
Having a weekly journal makes it difficult to take longer vacations, and it’s been years since I’ve taken more than three or four days off.
I’m definitely not complaining because I’ve had a lot of jobs that I’ve hated and really love what I do. Sometimes I wish I could have a nice two week vacation where I can spend a little time traveling and a lot of time sitting at home, doing nothing.
When I think of where I would like to go, I always have Hawaii at the top of my list, which I hope will happen sooner or later. I also don’t mind spending quite a bit of time in Las Vegas. It allows me to visit friends and family, and I can also go to concerts, watch a UFC fight live, and spend some time losing money at the Blackjack table.
I have quite a few friends who swear by cruises, but that doesn’t interest me at all. Maybe when I was 20 I might not mind spending a week on a boat, but the older I get it feels like a nightmare.
One of my biggest issues when cruising is being confined to a ship with a plethora of strangers.
It wouldn’t have been a problem ten years ago, but the older I get, the more I don’t like being around people I don’t know, and I feel like on a cruise, I couldn’t not escape them.
There will definitely be a lot of tourists in Vegas or Hawaii, but I would have the flexibility to get away from the madness if I needed to. On a cruise, I feel so overwhelmed that I would spend way too much time in my cabin, which would probably be the size of a walnut shell because I couldn’t afford anything too extravagant.
Some people like to joke around and meet new people, but when I’m on vacation, I want to be around my team. I can visit a house or take a day trip to the desert; I wouldn’t have that option on a cruise ship.
Crowds scare me, and a cruise seems to be worse because there’s nowhere to escape.
The ideal would be to rent a house with a swimming pool, and I could spend hours outside with my little team without a care in the world.
I wouldn’t say I like spending so many hours outside surrounded by strangers.
I’m not a big fan of shopping, but I’ve heard that many cruises look like floating malls. That would be far from ideal. If I spend the money on a cruise, I won’t have to pay much extra, so residing in a floating mall is not my idea of fun.
I have no problem having a few drinks, but I’ve heard horror stories of how wild people can cruise, and it’s not something I want the family to see every days.
With a fixed weekly schedule of deadlines, I would not appreciate the schedule of excursions on a boat. When I’m on vacation, I like to do things on my schedule and I don’t want to be told when and how long I can go somewhere.
It may sound ridiculous, but pirates also make me nervous, and I’d probably be afraid the whole time that the ship would be attacked.
I may be able to leave town in a few months for a good vacation. Maybe someone could persuade me with some great cruise stories, but with my luck I’d be stuck at sea for two weeks and couldn’t get the paper out. Or I’ll see those pesky pirates, Arrr.