I’m sure you’ve heard of the recent Carnival cruise ‘mishap’. If not, read up on the events here. The most recent event hasn’t actually put me off cruises. I’ve never been a fan of them to begin with.
Now, I know there are a lot of people out there who DO enjoy cruises. And really there is nothing I have against them or the people that do go on them. It’s more that I personally have no desire to ever go on one. I also have no desire to go to Las Vegas (except, maybe, to see the seven permanent Cirque do Soleil shows)… I guess I’m weird.
Living in Dunedin, we have a lot of cruise ships come through. Sometimes up to 3 a day. I think somewhere between 60-70 cruise ships will visit Dunedin this summer. The tourists get dropped off in town for about 8-10 hours, do a few of the touristy things (e.g. pick from the Railway Station, the Octagon, Signal Hill, Baldwin Street, maybe the Taeri Gorge Rail trip, Lanarch Castle, the Albatross Colony or some other penguin/nature tour, etc.) and that is it. 8-10 hours! If all you see are towns on the coast, you are barely scratching the surface.
I guess I’d rather get off the beaten path a bit (I get that from my parents), really get into a place – explore some of the more remote spots, or just go a bit deeper to really experience a location.
I get that cruises are often cheap and an accessible and easy way to see a lot of different places. I’m still not a fan. However, I’ve never actually been on a cruise – so who am I to judge?
What is your preferred way of travel? Would you think twice about going on a cruise? Or do you love cruises (and if so, what is the best part of being on a cruise)?