4) Cruise Ship

I had never been on an ocean cruise ship before I boarded the Ovation of the Seas at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey, and I was on this one somewhat reluctantly.  Sandy & I have always maintained that cruising just wasn’t our style. So my first choice would have been to travel from the mainland to Bermuda by sail, but I was not able to link-up with a sailboat. It’s true that a cruise ship passage is a clear violation of my “Woody Guthrie Rule” prohibiting luxury travel, but I was stumped for a way to get to Bermuda, where I meet the sailboat Isbjorn to cross the Atlantic.  Flying was, of course, out of the question.  So, I conceded to my logistical limitations and bought the cheapest passage offered.

Ovation of the Seas

Here are some observations made on my fist ever cruise ship passage:

  • I can’t imagine a more comfortable way to travel, even in the cheapest cabin on the boat. Lord, what those suites must be like.
  • Food, food & more food- all day every day. I’ve been pretty much low-carb/no-carb for the last year, and I could have easily remained low-carb on this ship, but screw that!  I ate everything, including desert, and went back for seconds, including desert.  I avoided the premium restaurants, including the Jamie Oliver’s Italian, but had I been on vacation instead of travelling, I would have been happy to dine in any of the fine Italian, Sushi, or Steak & Seafood restaurants available.
  • Cheapest cabin on the boat.

    There are seemingly limitless entertainment options including shows, music, games, swimming pools that resemble water parks, late night movies on a giant theater size screen, karaoke night, which is much more fun than one would imagine (no, I didn’t perform).

  • Smoking a cigar on the balcony of your cabin will earn you a visit from the ship’s security staff and a warning that next time you will incur a $250 fine. They were very polite, but made very clear that there was no smoking in the room OR on the balcony, especially cigars.  When I asked whether I might smoke my cigar in the bathroom, I thought they would throw me into the sea. But they laughed with me & shook my hand & wished me a pleasant continuing voyage.  Fine fellows.

All-in-all, I’ve changed my mind about cruise ships.  No, this doesn’t qualify as Hard Travelin’, but I could enjoy vacationing on a cruise with Sandy. And even if they aren’t our preferred style of travel, cruise ships damn sure are a fun & comfortable way to vacation.  But don’t cruise solo- cruises are made to be shared.  This won’t be my last solo cruise on this journey, however, as I am booked on an equally opulent cruise ship for the passage from Singapore to Perth, Australia in October (unless I get lucky enough to find a sailboat).

I wonder if there is a cigar themed cruise available.

 

6 thoughts on “4) Cruise Ship”

  1. Hi Kevin found your blog, I plan on reading every word as I love traveling , but I do it a bit more comfortable than you! I love cruising, but Tom agrees about the cigar themed cruise!! We’ve had that same visit to our stateroom , but Tom wanted to throw them overboard !! He loves his cigar!! I’m excited for you !

  2. Ok, I am thoroughly enjoying reading your blogs and look forward to seeing all your adventure, but I have to give you a bit of a hard time!!! That cabin on that cruise is not cheap!!! You should have stayed in an interior cabin!!! Haha, just sayin!!! Now that would have been cheap!!

  3. Ok, I am thoroughly enjoying reading your blogs and look forward to seeing all your adventure, but I have to give you a bit of a hard time!!! That cabin on that cruise is not cheap!!! You should have stayed in an interior cabin!!! Haha, just sayin!!! Now that would have been cheap!!

  4. Kevin, this is Aunt Nita…who is excited for you, worried for you, wondering what Sandy will do for nine months without you! This adventure you are going on is, well so Kevin!!! Have fun and prayers go with you.

    1. Thank you, Aunt Nita. It’s good to hear from you, and perfect timing, as my boat departs in an hour! Take care, and love to all of the California Bashams.

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