Summer 2011 Trippin' Pt. 5: The Cruise

This is part five of my Summer Trippin' series and if you haven't seen the other parts, you can easily find those posts by clicking on the "travel" label on the side bar. The latter half of my two week vacation was spent on Carnival's Spirit. To be honest, I don't like cruises. They tend to be boring and the sheer amount of food and materials consumed and used during a week long voyage is both astounding and wasteful. My parents and their friends pretty much planned out this whole trip (and paid for it haha) so I can't really complain. This is my second time on a cruise and hopefully my last. Nonetheless, since I was there, I might as well have tried to enjoy myself.

The ship was a decent size with three swimming pools and a large main buffet area. The indoor pool was very comfortable because the water temperature was warm (but I hate salt water pools!). There was an extremely small gym area which I didn't bother checking out because my cousins told me half of the machines were out of order. The theater was roomy but the two shows I watched were quite boring. Not to be snobby but I feel like people who are not used to big city lights and sounds would love a cruise. I feel like being exposed to things like Broadway shows and the like have made me critical of things that are not as good.

My cousins and I spent most of our time playing Monopoly in the board game room, eating ice cream, and playing cards in our room.... Pretty pathetic, eh?

My favorite thing about cruises are definitely the staff. The staff on board is almost entirely made up of immigrants and they are almost always extremely polite and friendly. Even if they hate their job, it's hard to tell sometimes. I also love towel animals and I tried preserving my favorite elephant towel for a few days before I finally took him apart.

Of course I couldn't leave out the food. Ah, the food. I snapped a picture of almost every dish I ate for dinner that week. I was slightly disappointed because dinner was served in the same exact restaurant every night where you had assigned tables and waiters. When I had been on the Norwegian Dawn, we had the option to choose between a few restaurants. Nonetheless, the menus changed daily so there was always something different. The food was decent but nothing mind blowing. The menu always included one vegetarian option which doesn't leave you much to choose from if you don't eat meat. I did not take pictures of the buffet meals which consisted of pretty much the same fast food options everyday. Pizza, ice cream, and room service are available 24 hours a day.

All in all, I don't have much to say about the cruise because I have the impression that most cruises are pretty much the same. In my opinion, cruises are good for families with young children or people who don't have the time or desire to plan their own, personalized trip. I much prefer flying to a destination and staying there for a couple of days but that's another story. The outstanding aspects of this cruise were the places we docked at which I will discuss in my next and final part of this Summer Trippin' series!


  1. I've always fantasized about going on a cruise but after reading your thoughts, Im not sure if I'll like it too. Well at least your trip was paid by your parents.

  2. If you seek a very relaxing week, a cruise might be for you! You really don't have to worry about anything on the ship and everything's pretty much pre-planned and pre-paid :) If you really want to go, just try it once and see if you like it!


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