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As most of you are aware I have recently been on a 19 day cruise out of New Orleans, USA to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. It was a holiday to treasure and it certainly changed my preconceived notions of what I thought a ship cruise holiday would be like.
Getting away from it all isn’t as easy as it used to be, thanks to today’s ever-connected society. The non-stop barrage or emails and texts and our pre-occupation with posting constant photos or updates via social media, is making us more stressed than ever before.
A cruise was the perfect much-needed break, particularly when it involved a total ‘digital detox’ and breathing in the fresh ocean air. It not only gave me the opportunity to reconnect with myself and my partner, but it provided the opportunity to share time with good friends, meet new people from different countries, engage in new activities, socialize and live in the moment!
Additionally it involved visiting four great stops in Central America and four in the Caribbean Islands, where we had an entire day to explore these island paradises or do nothing at all but lie on a white sandy beach.
My opinion of cruising previously was that it was for the elderly and the incapacitated, for people who were inactive and wanted a lazy lay-about holiday. It was never my thing to undertake a holiday that involved inactivity. I have always enjoyed holidays that consist of non-stop activities, tours and adventures. I guess that may be partly due to my hyperactive make-up.
Ok so the cruise ship was predominately full of the over 65 set and many people who needed to spend more time in the Gym rather than at the Buffet! However we managed to meet many like-minded people that loved to take advantage of the ship’s full scope of daily physical activities and healthy food options. Although I must confess to over-indulging in the restaurants because the food really was too good to resist!
So what did I do all day you might ask? Apart from dining in the ship’s 17 different restaurants, drinking cocktails in the 12 various bars, swimming in the swimming pool or lazing in one of the hot tubs, attending classes at the Gym, having a massage and facial in the Day Spa, watching a variety of shows at the Theatre, shopping in the Duty Free Shops, playing Trivia and learning how to play Bridge, I guess that left relaxing on a sun lounge with a good book from the ship’s Library.
So after cruising the tranquil seas in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, I have changed my opinion of cruising. I am now a cruise-convert!
Stay tuned for more blogs about the places we visited during our cruise or check out my previous blog on Mexico & Caribbean Cruising
Oh yes and I did do some of this!!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy 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, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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