read about, or seen the news about “The Oasis of the Seas” yet? She’s a ship, a big ship. At 222,000 tons, she is so mammoth, so gargantuan, and so incredibly
colossal, that she is divided up into seven separate “neighborhoods”
where passengers can “live in” during their stay. There is one neighborhood called
flower-beds. Other passenger attractions
include an ice rink, a cocktail bar that rises up and down the decks, a water
theme park, a full-size fairground carousel, and a shopping area that also
features bars, restaurants and cafes.
More than 2,000 crew members will provide service to 6,300 passengers,
combining those two numbers will make a population so massive, that it will
easily outnumber the entire populace of any
city she is scheduled to visit. She has
her own website, if you want to check her out:
I have only one
word to say about her. “Bah!” That’s right, “Bah,” I say!! I never understood the cruise
experience. So what if she has a full
carnival sized carousel on board. My
local mall has a carousel! It also has shopping,
several cocktail bars, a water park across the street, and there are many ice
rinks around town (in case I develop a sudden urge to skate).
Of course I
understand the urge to be pampered. My
mom is a “cruisy” and she tells me tales of endless buffets, personal
attendants, and soaps and candles and things lavished upon her while on the
cruise. I guess I’m just not there yet,
on my “life journey.” I’d rather take a
speed boat to the destination and spend a week on the beach rather than sitting
at an endless table of food for a week, waiting for a short day trip to enjoy
the beach for a few hours. Yes, Ma… this
means I’m “not old enough” to start cruising yet.
we took our honeymoon in
we wanted to do it via an Alaskan cruise.
Several boats cruise up and down the inside passage and we looked at
them all. Since it was our honeymoon, we
were both willing to out-spend our normal travel budget, but we were
discovering that for both of us to book a cruise for a week in first class
accommodations, we were going to spend upwards of 14 or 15 thousand bucks. That was too high. We started looking at mid-level cruises and
smaller boats and my wife had an epiphany; if the price goes down with respect
to the size of the boat, why don’t we just charter our own private boat or
did. For less than half the cost of the
big cruise, we chartered a private boat with a king sized bed in our cabin, a
captain, a naturalist (guide) and a chef.
Weeks before our arrival, our chef was coordinating the menu with us via
email. We caught fresh shrimp, halibut,
and king crabs for dinner, followed some humpback whales, paddled kayaks near
killer whales and sea lion colonies, spent time in logging and trapping ghost
towns, spotted a mother grizzly and her cubs, combed the beaches for walrus
tusks, and genuinely, we had an intimately incredible Alaskan experience for a
lot less money. We even sneaked in line
in front of the Princess cruise passengers to take a float plane journey up
over the mountains (our Captain knew the pilot)!
or twice, a big boat went by at a distance and I was so glad I didn’t have to
share the experience with 6,000 other people.
So if you ask me, the “Oasis of the Seas” is genuinely over-rated. If you want to relax on a
beach, do it! Just ask yourself if you
want to spend your whole vacation within walking distance of that beach; or in
a floating city that might afford you access to that beach for a few hours. Me? I
say, “Bah! Hit the beach with your own
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