We were lucky to experience a beautiful ship like the Princess Sapphire for our first cruise. It was a 10-day cruise starting in San Francisco with ports of call in Catalina, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and San Diego then back home.
It’s hard to describe to people who have never experienced cruising before about the first time your drive up to the ship. I knew they were big but, WOW! The sheer size is unbelievable. This floats?!? It was a little overwhelming and also exciting that “this boat” would be our home for the next so many days. (the ship below is Royal Caribbeans Allure of the Seas the biggest ship in the world)
Something you realize right away is the customer service. As we are walking through the parking lot, through security, up the gangways you are greeted and welcomed by every staff member you come across. No matter if they are parking lot attendants, security guards, housekeeping, crewmen and women, you are greeted with a smile and a cheerful “welcomed to the ship”.
Every time we’ve cruised I’ve noticed that everyone that works on the ship, in whatever capacity, seem genuinely excited that you were there experiencing their ship that they all are very proud of. They treat everyone as if you were the only one coming aboard. As novice travelers, we loved that attention. Stacey and I kept looking at each other and saying, “Why haven’t we done this before?”
The first thing you do on a cruise is eat and there is plenty of it. Hint – get to the ship around noon so you can have lunch while you wait for your luggage to get to your cabin. So, another misperception is you gain weight. Well, of course you could if you took advantage of being able to eat 24/7 and it’s all free. But what we like is that you can try food from all over the world cooked by great chefs. Plus food, like in many cultures, brought our little mobs together and we had a chance to better know all the members of our group during sit down dinners. Most ships do have incredible gyms and workout rooms that rival any high-end sport center. Some ships even have running tracks that circle the ship. So there’s no excuse but what the hell would a couple of extra pounds be anyway – you are on vacation.