Another big misperception is “You will get bored”. Today’s ships are so full of activities for everyone in would be nearly impossible not to find something to do. I’m talking about activities like taking a cooking class with top chefs or learning about art, or rock climbing, or watching a movie in the ships theater or what Stacey and I like to do is have a cold one and lounge about at the pool.
Our cruise group leader (and best friend) Ryan with travelmobs.com, loves to cruise and his enthusiasm for it was contagious. As a group, you get certain perks from the ships that are booked before the sail date. One fabulous perk is a cocktail hour for our little mob in the “dance club” of the ship. For a whole hour we had the bar to ourselves and we could drink as much as we wanted and we had the crew there serving us with great attention. We had so much fun it was definitely a highlight of the whole trip.
Although, you travel with your group it doesn’t mean you’re with them every minute. So these group activities make it more enjoyable and since half of us were cruising for the first time we were able to share the new experiences together.
Ryan also booked a group activity in Mazatlan. Hint– find a cruise expert that is familiar with where you are traveling. They have the knowledge to find those “gems” not on the ships brochures for excursions and I guarantee you worth every penny. Once, we were off the ship we walked through the little town of Mazatlan with a variety of mom and pop shops selling everything from the rarest tequila to exquisite Mexican silver. After a few hours our little mob was on a wagon pulled by an old fashion tractor (maybe just old) headed for another ship. Ryan had arranged for us to travel to an exclusive beach that could only be reached by boat.
The beach was our own private island and was catered with all you could drink margaritas and Mexican beers and all you could eat tacos (the best I’d ever had). Not only that, included in our private excursion was a choice to go horseback riding on the beach, take a traditional carriage ride through the little town, or get wet and wild on a banana boat pulled by a jet ski. All included in the price. Needless to say we had a great time.
Cruises are great for activities, whether you want to just lounge and relax or whether you want to be active every minute you are on the ship. It’s your choice. Every traveler has his or her preference and you can make each day your own. You don’t have to unpack and pack and rush to another hotel or location. You wake up every morning and you’re already at your next port a call to start a new adventure rested (depending how late your partied the night before) ready to go!
Since our first cruise back in 2004 cruising has been our preference for travel. We now go on at least one cruise every year. Every year with a new group and every year we meet great people from around the world. We have seen the Mexican Riviera, the Caribbean (East & West), New York and London. We plan to cruise to Asia and the Mediterranean in the next couple of years and meet more unique mobs of travelers along the way.