Whoever said that cruising holidays were for the old and infirm? Was it me? Err well yes, guilty as charged, your honour! I always thought I would be taking a cruise much later on in life, when I was old. Friends were forever asking me “are you ready for a cruise holiday”? Little did I know that I was in for the time of my life when I embarked on a cruise holiday from New Orleans to Central America and the Caribbean.
Although I have been on a couple of yacht cruises; one sailing the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia; one sailing along the Turquoise Coast of Turkey; and another on a Vietnamese junk-style boat sailing around Halong Bay in Vietnam, I never thought I would go on a 19 day ocean cruise holiday.
Many of my friends in their 50s and 60s have been doing exactly that. They have been seeing the world from a luxurious cruise ship and enjoying the experience immensely. It took a while to convince me that this would be the ideal way to see some of the world. After all, I am fit and active 60 year old who enjoys holidays full of fun, sightseeing and adventure. So I have always questioned whether cruising would be thrilling enough for me.
When it comes to holidays it is basically a personal choice of three types of holidays. One being a total “veg out” and relax type of holiday; two being a fun-filled active holiday going from one activity to another; or three, a combination of relaxation broken up with bursts of activity. So the good news about the cruise was that it offered as little or as much activity as you wanted and also sailed to some amazing destinations.
Apart from the fact that it was like a huge ‘floating resort’, it offered the best in dining experiences, great entertainment all day and night and a ship-load of organized activities. And I’m not talking about Bingo or shuffleboard – I’m talking about things that us younger passengers might like to do, such as Trivia, yoga classes, cooking classes, art exhibitions, Latin dancing classes, ice sculpturing, themed party nights and poolside fun.
As for adventure, there were plenty of opportunities to explore the wonderful ports of call and undertake a whole range of tours and shore activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving, ATV tours, horse riding, dolphin encounters, jungle zip-lining, cave rafting, kayaking, visiting Mayan ruins and hiking. One of our best experiences was snorkelling the magnificent reefs around Belize and Roatan, Honduras.
The itinerary of our 19 day Caribbean cruise was as follows:
There was a total of 8 at sea days.
The Caribbean was incredible and the places we visited were all unique and offered something different. I would be hard pressed to say which port of call was my favourite, however Costa Maya in Mexico was pretty special for its laid-back and unspoiled vibe.
The cruise proved to me that you should always be open to new and different holiday experiences and don’t write them off because you think you are too young or too old. I believe that like anything in life “it is what you make of the experience that matters”, and I certainly made my cruise experience thoroughly enjoyable.
For further reading on cruising holidays check out this informative post:
Thank you to Thomson Cruises for the inspiration for this post.
Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!