One Night At Sea

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I went on an over night cruise and that I would share pictures. I firstly apologise for my tardiness, but better late than never! (Right?)

I have never been on a “proper” boat before so this was a whole new experience for me. It had its pros and cons. The overall conclusion is that I am glad I tried it, but I probably would not do it again.

The room was lovely. We had a wonderful view from a full length window and were even treated to complimentary drinks.

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The fellow guests however, were less to be desired. I am all for having fun, fun is great, but grown adults who can not control themselves when consuming alcohol, I detest. And this ship seemed to be abundant with them. I will not rant too much about inconsiderate people ruining other people’s experiences, but that is exactly what they did. Although, saying that, my wonderful partner helped make the most of the undesirable situation.

We got away from the crowds for a little while and headed for the spa area, which is definitely more my speed. I have never been to a spa before. I got a 50 minute facial and for that time, I forgot where I was.

After escaping the noise for a little while, we headed back into the thick of it. We explored the floors of the ship a little. The shops were closed as by this time it was past 9PM. We checked out the entertainment rooms where there was live music in one room and cheesy 90’s pop music in another. Not an atmosphere I minded, but we decided to purchase a deck of cards and  head back to the room.

I learnt to play a few new card games and had fun. Eventually headed to the land of nod, or so I hoped. There was no sleep to be had as more than one group of childish adults decided it was appropriate to bang on other people’s doors, shout in the hallways and generally act like (for lack of a better word) dicks.

After a lovely night of no sleep, we both got up pretty early and looked forward to breakfast. It seemed we had woken up on the Finnish time zone, so everything was an hour behind. Arriving an hour early for breakfast left us to explore the outside of the ship.

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Provided with breakfast was champagne. Something I would have been all aboard for but I am yet to mention the sea sickness that came with this trip. For a good chunk of the trip my head felt like it was bobbing up and down like a ship. I attempted the beverage, but ended up giving it a miss. Breakfast however was pretty good.

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For the remainder of the cruise, we spent our time in two hot tubs. One was on deck and had a lovely breeze. Eventually it got too cold, so we moved to the indoor Jacuzzi. Luckily for us, the spa area was pretty empty, as everybody was rushing to get ready to leave the ship once it docked. We thought we would make the most of the free time and relax for as long as possible. I did not take pictures of the spa areas, because, water.

During our time out of the room, I set my phone to time-lapse and got a little footage of the trip.

All in all, I am glad I took the trip and I am grateful I was able to. As I said previously, I do not think it is something I would do again. It seems to be more of a thing for party people, which I am not. I am sure there are plenty of cruise lines that offer different experiences, but once is enough for me. You never know until you try though! Another huge factor is how long the sea sickness lasted. I still felt like I was on the ship when I was in my own bed the following night. One thing I will definitely do though, is go to a spa. I do not think I have ever felt so relaxed before. An experience I would recommend to anybody.

Have you ever been on a cruise before? What was your experience? I would love to know.

Until next time, stay grounded.

-Sara


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43 Comments

  1. Well, i have never been to a cruise, but i know i never will. Sea sickness is somthing i discovered during my teens when i boarded a boat . my stomach, not my head, bobbed with the waves and kept threatening that either i dive in the water or it would. Now, the spa, definitely a +.

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  2. I (and family) did a 2 week cruise of the Canary Isles a couple of years ago and the initial thought filled me with terror. However, once we were at sea there was so much to do. I went to history lectures, watched films in the cinema, shopped, wandered around the onboard art gallery and age far too much. I went to places I probably would never have gone to and took some beautiful photos every day.
    Fortunately we were not bothered by party goers but I totally get you on that, it’s my idea of hell when grown adults feel they have to act like that. I’m pretty sure I’d do another one in the future but it would have to be saved up for first as they can end up being quite pricey x

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  3. Thanks for sharing your experiences. My husband and I love cruising and have generally had some lovely trips We always meet interesting people from all over the world and get to sample some great ports of call. It takes a bit of getting used to in terms of travel style, but all in all, we really enjoy it. It’s definitely not for everyone, though. I’m sorry you had so much seasickness, that is truly a bummer. Your photos are great!

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