Despite making a vow every year to take a real vacation, I never do – and neither does my husband. This year, though, we took a deep breath and booked a seven day cruise.
Seven days! I vacillate between excitement and dread.
See, I’m not a happy tourist. Five attractions in one day? No, thanks. Long lines, crying children*, “tourist” prices and food? No, thanks! I’m more apt to wander one neighborhood than a whole city, eat at an unknown hole-in-the-wall than the latest place, want to learn the rhythms of the locals than see that thing everybody says you should see.
One exception: the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu, Hawaii is really fantastic. Really. It’s totally worth the long trek to the north side of the island and long lines and tourist prices.
But, we’ve been talking about going on a cruise for years and it seems the only way to know if you’ll love or hate the experience is to try it. So we’re doing it — seven stops in seven days in the Southern Caribbean.
Thoughts to ponder:
I think I want an anniversary band — preferably an eternity band or a plain band with the inside engraved. My husband needs a new wedding ring (Smarty McSmartster chose a big, heavy, uncomfortable hunk of metal and — lo and behold! — it’s too heavy, big and uncomfortable to wear regularly so when we go out together we look like I’m having an affair) so I’m debating surprising us both with anniversary bands. Thoughts?
Seven stops in seven days. *excited anticipatory exhaustion* Of the following islands, do you have any suggestions or warnings? Which one would you skip?
- San Juan, PR (we went there on our honeymoon)
- St. Thomas, USVI
- St. Lucia, WI
- St. Kitts, WI
- St. Maarten, NA
We like to eat (okay, maybe that’s just me) and explore little out of the way places. We do not like waiting in lines or overpriced tourist food. We like to try local booze. We are not big shoppers.
Also (*cough*), what does one pack for a seven day cruise, other than lots of sunscreen and a big hat? (You KNOW this is the important question!)