Welcome back! My family and I keep on cruising because we love every aspect of it from start to finish. For the last month or so leading up to my cruises, it is literally all I can think about. I enjoy arriving at the port, seeing the ship for the first time, dropping off my bags and even standing in line to get on the ship and from there, it gets even better. I enjoy exploring the ship and even purchasing my first drink from the bar, even if it costs $8. I love the feeling of not having anything that I have to do all week (except the dreaded muster drill) and the freedom to do whatever I want. I am always on one of the outdoor decks when the ship first releases its moorings and pushes away from the dock and at that moment, I literally feel butterflies in my stomach. I enjoy walking into the dining room and meeting the wait staff for the first time and reading the label on the first bottle of wine that I order, even if it cost four times what it would have in my home town. I enjoy waking up the first morning (pretty much before anyone else on the ship is awake) and getting my first cup of coffee and going outside to feel and smell the salty ocean air. At that point, I usually feel completely satisfied and feel as if my vacation ended at that point, it would have been worth it. I especially enjoy the sea days when there is literally nothing to do. I love escorting my beautiful wife (she really is unbelievably gorgeous) to the first formal night and enjoying her company at dinner. I love watching the ship pull into the first port of call and I marvel at the way these mega ships are engineered to do what they do.
I especially love just being on the ocean. You never truly understand what is meant by "The deep blue sea" until you have seen it with your own eyes. The color of the water is breathtaking.
I had intended to say a whole lot more, but it is Monday morning and I have to leave for the salt mine so I can afford my upcoming cruises. The bottom line is that, yes, there are a few hassles along the way, like waiting in line, or occasionally dealing with rude guests. However, the good far outweighs the bad and it is my belief that anyone who doesn't have a great time on a cruise is trying hard not to.
Thanks for the thought provoking post. You have once again renewed my passion for cruising and have made this Monday morning more tolerable for me.