Today’s confession: we’re anchored off the Irish coast near Waterford, it’s a glorious sunny day, and I have Not Got Off The Ship.
What makes that a guilty secret? Well, I cruise a fair bit and I’ve always felt compelled to explore every port. To me, it’s unthinkable not to have a natural curiosity about the places I visit, to travel somewhere and not actually see it.
On the other hand… I’ve been to Waterford before. I’m not in the market for Waterford Crystal. So although it felt slightly decadent, I did not head down to deck four to board the tender.
And I have had such a good day on board. There’s something highly appealing about being on the ship when everybody else has gone ashore. It’s much better than a crowded sea day – actually like having your own private yacht.
I’ve lounged around drinking cappuccino, been to the gym, had lunch on deck, read my book on the sunlounger of my choice, had a fantastic massage, detoxed a bit in the steam room, enjoyed liberal amounts of all the lovely Elemis products thoughtfully provided in the spa and am now looking forward to whatever tonight brings. It’s been the kind of day most average working people rarely get at home, and surely that’s what a cruise is all about, pampering yourself?
Whether you’re an experienced cruiser or a first-timer, I would encourage anybody who feels like it to take a day ‘off’ from their itinerary. No guilty feelings required! SJB