Is cruising really all it’s cut out to be? All the commercials have people smiling, laughing, and having a great time! Sounds perfect to be able to escape from life for a little while and enjoy some personal time. Experience is really dependent upon personal pleasures, cruise lines, and expectations.
I have been on several cruises, all with Carnival Cruise Lines. My first experience was nothing like I expected, I thought I would be okay getting on the ship and settling in. When we first arrived at the port there were long lines of people, tons of security. Once you get to the front of line you are issued your board cards, they become your identification, your pass on and off the ship when reaching different ports during the trip, and your form of payment while on the ship. After receiving your pass you are escorted to the giant cheesy poster to take your picture, so they can sell it to you on the ship for $20. Then you stand in line to get onto the ship.
When I stepped onto the ship and began walking around, I fell into a huge panic. I did not realize that I was having an anxiety attack; I could not walk properly, felt dizzy, and just wanted to lie down before the ship even set sail! After a short nap and the ship starting its journey, I regained myself control and was able to get use to the sway of the ship.
The Carnival Cruise Line’s ships have several drinking clubs and almost a bottomless cup of alcohol. If you like to party, Carnival cruises might be for you. If you do not drink, maybe you like to gamble. Card games, slot machines, and more! Oh boy, if you like to gamble.
You don’t drink, you don’t gamble…you must be a Mormon like me! If that is true then you also refrain from R rated movies, vulgar language, and any other “unclean” thing. With all the restrictions of the standards Latter Day Saints hold, there is little left to be desired on a Carnival Cruise Line. You have unlimited television time in your room, a beautiful view to read a book in front of, a few live shows, spend a ton of money on the extra amenities the ship charges for, swimming, and an unlimited supply of food so you can gain 5 pounds in 5 days! If this is your idea of fun…you better book your first Cruise!