It all depends on YOU! This was my first time on a cruise, and still my only time, but maybe not my last… Even though I realised quite quickly: I’m not a cruise person! Basically this ended up being, to me, a place to sleep, and a great way of getting from one place to another, in an, I would imagine, otherwise troublesome area to get around. Flying from one island to the other sounds like a lot of hassle, and a lot of money… And this was also time saving, as I travelled while I was sleeping 🙂 Perfect! A new day, a new island to explore! On the cruise ship itself there are tons to do, activities from morning till night, but just not my kind of stuff… Tons of food too – you can eat till you drop! Maybe not superfine dining, but more than adequate. I had a single, outside cabin (with window), which made for great views – amazing sunsets, rockin’ lightning, and watching our arrivals from my bed every morning. The cabin didn’t feel cramped at all. One of the things I dreaded the most beforehand was my one day at sea. But my misconception was corrected. It was not as crowded as I thought it would be, considering how many people that were on board – apparently the cruise was fully booked. To my relief I had no trouble finding my own, quiet space on the upper sundeck level, away from the pools, bars and activities. And last, but not least, there was my movie moment: On a foggy afternoon at sea with no land in sight, I could see with my inner eye the Black Pearl appear from the mist. Ship ahoy!
I travelled with Celebrity Cruises (celebritycruises.com), and found it to be a easy breezy sail. Hassle free check-in at the San Juan, Puerto Rico terminal – leave your luggage with them, and the next time you see it it’s in your cabin. On check-out you leave your luggage outside your door the night before, and pick it up before heading though customs at the arrival terminal the next day. Just know there are tons of bags to look through when you get off the ship. Still it wasn’t too hard to find yours. There were absolutely no problems getting off and back on the ship at the ports of call either. And every evening you were given a leaflet, which detailed what the next day would bring, both on and off the ship, so you were all set to go as the boarding bridge hit the dock. And most importantly, they kick-off the sailing with a safety briefing.