The summer is coming and you aren’t sure where you should head off yet. There are so many gorgeous beaches and city breaks around, and having too many options make it harder to choose the best one to catch up some sun. But I am here to help you!
So that is my list of the Top 1 (yeah, that is one) place(s) you should consider going this summer.
1 – Go to a cruise
Once upon a time I decided that I needed to go to a cruise, I was actually desperate. I simply put on my head that I needed to go, and to go soon.
So I did.
The only issue(s): I had no friends to go with me at that time (or they were working, or busy, or broken, or far away). I had no boyfriend either, and my family was also far away. So I called the guy who was one of the organizers for the cruise (crazy like that) and explained my situation. He came up with the ‘good news’ saying that another girl called him earlier, and they (three of them) were looking for someone to close a room. I didn’t want to share the room with thousand people, just one to don’t be ‘all by myself’, but well, that was the only option and I really-reaaally wanted to go soon, I had no time to wait until my sixty’s to go. The guy gave me this girl’s phone number and I called her straight away; we met up on the following day. She didn’t know the other girls quite well either. It was four of us. At that day, we decided that we were going to make it happen, and we would share that room, and that trip it would be a trip of a lifetime! YAY!
The Cruise Dream (and stuff that you should know).
The ship is breath-taking; it is like a town, really. It is ridiculously big, you will get lost during the first few days, and when you kind of know where everything is, the cruise is over. Well, those seven days are very intense, and as everything good in life, pass by quickly.
Occasionally you will feel like Rose from Titanic. And you will, I know you will take a picture in front of the ship opening your arms and saying “I am flying”.
It is just amazing as it seems. Well, some people can say that if it is not those ‘special cruises’ focused in ‘young people’ you might just see fifth years old couples, or older, around . And yes, they are right. The cruise that I went was to a Mediterranean Cruise by Royal Caribbean – not a party company, so I already expected that. I was excited about the places, once I am mad for art & history.
Where can you find the young lives so? Every night the cruise organizes some parties. Well, they are not the best, to be honest, they were a bit bizarre even. There is not a party atmosphere, maybe it was the people on my cruise. Also after the second night you know everybody (the few single people), so it becomes weird after the third night, because the guy who tried to shift you the first night with no success, now is trying your new friend, and after few days another, and so on. Thankfully I wasn’t looking for parties, so that wasn’t even a negative point.
There are so many activities to do on the cruise, which makes it impossible to get bored. There is an entertainment place, an indoor ice skating rink, a huge casino, various clubs and lounges, theatre, karaoke nights, a pub, shopping area, basketball and sports area, all the ‘playground’ & toys machines to play all night long. Jacuzzis, spa, gym, and swimming pools everywhere, and besides all that, you stop every day, or almost every day in a stunning place, which is even better than the cruise.
My itinerary was: Rome (Civitavecchia) – Italy, Messina (Sicily) – Italy, Athens (Piraeus) – Greece, Kusadasi (Ephesus) – Turkey, Crete (Chania) – Greece, and back to Rome (Civitavecchia) – those places will be a topic for another article soon. Two of the seven days were Cruising; which is a good chance to explore all the activities the ship has to offer.
Now, let’s talk about the food! Something that I learnt is that you must be on a diet before, and after, the cruise. The amount of food there is crazy and unnecessary. I personally love food, and eating could be like a hobby sometimes. So this type of cruise is kind of a paradise for people like me. It is all there 24h per day (I meant food), if not in the main restaurant, there is a small one to take care of you during those insomnia nights (that feeling of ‘I need to eat right now or I gonna die’) at 4am. The food varies all the time, and the options for breakfast, lunches and dinners are many. Once you have already paid for everything, you don’t need to worry about the bill afterwards; and now you won’t need to worry about putting some weight afterwards, cause I am already warning you.
The dining room. When you arrive in the ship, you will get the time you should attend the dining room. One or two nights are formal; the others are ‘casual’, but not really. Women are typically found in cocktail dresses every night. Shorts are not allowed. Jeans and other clothes are fine. You will have different options on the menu every evening. The dining room looks like the one in the Titanic film. Yes, the one where Jack meets Rose to bring her to ‘the real party’, this time you will feel again like Rose ‘Awww Jack’ (Escargot is on the menu every night, happy days).
Sleeping like Jack… Well, the room. You are sharing, and it is not the most amazing thing ever, once there are four people in the room. It is like a hostel room, lets say. But it can be fun, right? You will have company most of the time, someone will be there, or will be coming soon. The shower can be busy sometimes, but well, nobody is rushing in a cruise. Last but not least, you can have a warming up party in your room before you head off to one of those cruise parties (which you already know that it is no fun, but you are a believer, and keep going, so that is why you need to drink with the girls beforehand).
So don’t be afraid when you want to do something and have no company, it can be even better than you thought. So just do it.
Sweet Rome – Author’s own.
I have done so many trips on my own, all them were amazing! After a week on the cruise I spent another week in Italy, on my own.
Many thanks to my cruise pals for unforgettable memories.