I’ve heard both sides of the argument.
Why people love them and why they hate them. The ease and adventure of being out in the middle of the ocean, swimming in a pool while you cruise from island to island, in addition to the green travelers who swear off the waste of food, petroleum and resources.
I understand and respect both arguments.
So why do we cruise?
To shut down
Our first cruise started as a way to shut down from the 9 – 5.
We were (and are) both attached to our phones, computers and inboxes. The only way Josh and I are able to completely unplug is put ourselves in the middle of the ocean where wi-fi and cell service doesn’t reach.
You might say “just leave your phones at home, or turn them off” – this might be easy for some, but like an addict, we will find a business center or wifi cafe with a computer to “just jump on quick and check our mail…to make sure there aren’t any emergencies” (which there never is!)
To do easy
Cruises are easy. You pre-pay and don’t have to worry about pulling out your credit card for meals and entertainment. You can fill your schedule with the shows every night, spend your days at the pool and find food whenever you need something in multiple locations around the boat.
No one will be bored, there is something for everyone. You don’t have to worry about transportation from attraction to attraction on vacation. You’re on that boat in the middle of the ocean and you aren’t going anywhere.
To go further
Day trips can only get you so far. We spent a week in the Galapagos Islands and explored each island in more detail and cruised further than we could have if we had stayed on land.
We did the research prior to boarding and picked a sustainable company that cared about the environment and doing their part to protect it…but it is still a cruise. There were still buffets for dinner with a large amount of food, but it was locally grown!
Do I think cruises are wasteful?
Yes, I do (most of them). And I do hate thinking about the amount of food and supplies that are wasted. But there are companies working to change that and I think they should be recognized and supported. If you want an example of a great sustainable cruise that supports the local environment read about Ecoventura’s commitment to the Galapagos Islands!
What are your thoughts? Do you cruise? Why or why not?