Cruising to a different drummer
By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
My husband Richard and I began cruising in our 20s. Since then we have taken hundreds of voyages on ships of all sizes and shapes.
We tend to lean to luxury options such as Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Paul Gauguin and the like. Or we go for suites or mini suites on Princess and other mainstream lines.
Not your everyday cruiser
Fellow passengers we meet are often amazed by us because we are not your conventional cruisers.
We enjoy eating breakfast on our balcony and most nights dinner in our suite. On a few luxury cruises we actually went out to eat once or twice. That sure saved on laundry.
In fact on a Crystal Cruise years ago to the Mexican Riviera we didn’t even unpack. We pretty much stayed put in our Penthouse Suite. Our butler was perfectly fine with it. He said many of his guests did the same, especially the Hollywood crowd. We sailed from Los Angeles.
Over the years as more alternative dining venues opened on ships, we have made a point to going to one or two for dinner. On Crystal you can order room service from any of the restaurants when you’re on Penthouse Deck and we do. We love have a moonlight dinner on the balcony. That’s our butler pictured below serving us a fantastic food from Crystal’s Nobu.
Getting out among them and then back to the suite
We also like to hit the bars before the evening meal. So we keep out the proper clothes to wear and then go back to our suite and change into something comfy.
And we do head to the gym and jogging track regularly. And if the lectures are interesting we go. Sometimes I hit the casino. Not my mate, though. Probably because I rarely win.
Every morning we go for a swim before breakfast without fail. We pre-order breakfast and it’s waiting on our balcony when we return.
We do it our way
We also rarely go ashore because we’ve pretty much been there done that. We do go on snorkel and beach trips however.
Another thing we do if we can is disembark a day or two early. This isn’t always doable. But when it is, it saves all the hassle of waiting and waiting for clearance and going through lines.