Traveling: cruise vacationing, part 1

Self-tutoring about cruising as a travel option: the tutor begins.

I’ve just returned from a two-week cruise. I’m no world traveler, to be sure. Moreover, this cruise was from British Columbia to Alaska and back, so took me just outside my own backyard. Yet, I think I’ve learned the cruise lifestyle.

I really enjoyed the cruise. The ship stopped for day-excursions at numerous ports, but usually I didn’t get off the ship. When I did, it was just to stretch my legs: I’d walk a mile or two around the docks and the town, then return. It was the way of life on board the ship I really enjoyed.

The food was overwhelmingly good, and constantly available. However, the gym was open 24 hours, which kept weight gain at bay – for me, anyway. The gym had around 50 cardio machines – treadmills, elliptical trainers, bikes, rowing machines, and elliptical steppers – so you always had numerous options. There were also many kinds of weight machines as well as free weights. Furthermore, there were led workout fitness classes – zumba, for instance. Having attended the zumba classes, my opinion is that one per day would fulfill most people’s fitness needs. Maybe a binge eater would have to supplement it with some extra cardio – easily done, with the facilities available. I was warned I’d gain weight on the cruise, but didn’t appreciably; I could still wear my thin pants even at the end.

Most hours of the day, you could elect to go to some scheduled activity such as a trivia contest. Some evenings there was karaoke. Or, if you wanted quiet time, you could just sit at a window, play sudoku, and watch for whales – which weren’t that difficult to find. I also saw, just by chance, an aircraft carrier.

I plan to follow up with more specific observations; this is a general intro to the vacation option of cruising, and what I like about it.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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