9 Fine Things about cruising that float my boat
I have only taken a few cruises. Most recently, I boarded Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam in Fort Lauderdale and cruised through the Bahamas for four nights. It was just right. In fact, I think I’m ready now for a more traditional week-long cruise.
●You only have to unpack and repack once.
●If you pay a little more for a cabin with a bathtub and verandah, you can leave your door open to the lapping of the sea.
|sunset view in the Bahamas from cabin verandah of Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam|
●A ship is like Disneyland for adults, pay one price and then play and dine until your dear heart is content.
|soup service aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam|
|eggs Benedict aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam|
●You can listen to interesting port lectures by experts, either in a theater or in the comfort of your cabin on closed-circuit TV.
●The up-to-date technology of cabin TVs allows checking the daily dining menus in your room. And now many cruise lines provide complimentary use of their own app. You can check on your account balance, the day’s special activities, the daily menus, and the ship map, and even make dinner reservations.
●I love a special dessert in one of the specialty coffee shops. But the cappuccinos and lattes do cost additional.
|dessert aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam|
●I also loved coming back to the room in the evening to find a sweet towel animal on my bed--or hanging on the curtain!
|towel monkey in cabin aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam|
●There’s no need to go to the gym. You can exercise by taking the steps instead of the elevators. That means you don’t have to feel guilty about that special dessert in the coffee shop.
●Sometimes you can get a really good deal on a last-minute cruise.