I love nature, especially sea views. My love for sea views sparked my love for cruises. I’ve been going on cruise weekend getaways frequently since 2013. Now that I’m writing about it, I’m amazed that it has been 5 years and I still look forward to going on cruise.
When I first started cruising frequently in 2013, it was almost every month but as the years ago by, the frequency became lesser. In the last 2 years, I’ve only cruised about 3 to 4 times a year. In the 5 years, I’ve been on 4 ships which means I go on the same ship many times and even though it’s the same ship, I still look forward to every cruise trip.
The ship I went on in 2013 was Superstar Virgo. This ship was homeported in my country for many years. Before I started going frequently, I’ve actually been on that ship a few times in the early 2000s when I was still a child.
This is from one of my trips in the beginning of 2014, a few months before the ship relocated. I went out of the ship for a walk around the port the ship was docked at.
After more than a decade in my home country, Superstar Virgo relocated in 2014 but another ship from the same cruise line came to be homeported and my frequent cruises continued on Superstar Gemini.
This is from one of my trips in 2015, up at the open deck which is my favourite deck of the ship. I like to walk round and round this deck while I admire the sea and the landscape, especially when the ship is docked in the middle of the sea and there’s a view of the city.
This is from one of my trips in 2016 when I was up at the open deck during sunset which is another of my favourite nature views. With two of my favourite views at the same time, that’s an amazing sight!
After 3 years in my home country, Superstar Gemini relocated in 2017 and again, another ship came. This ship is actually a brand new ship which was just built with a new cruise line. So my frequent cruises continued on Genting Dream. Since this ship came only at the end of 2017, I’ve only been on it twice.
This is from my first trip on Genting Dream in December last year and again, walking round and round up at the open deck while admiring the sea is my favourite thing to do.
This is from my most recent trip on Genting Dream, just last weekend. I was admiring the sea from my cabin’s balcony. I normally get the cabin without any view of the sea since it’s cheaper but recently there hasn’t been any availability for the inside cabins so I decided to get the balcony cabin.
In 2016, I went on Royal Caribbean for the one and only time when Mariner of the Seas had cruises from my home country. That was the only time I went on a long cruise, more than just a weekend getaway.
I was snapping the ship from a boat when the ship was docked in the middle of the sea and we needed to take a shuttle boat to get to the shore.
Besides the sea view, there are also other reasons why I love going on cruise. Not only is it a getaway, being on cruise allows me to be in a completely relaxed state of mind. I can wander around freely throughout the ship without worrying about anything. Since the ship is only so big, I definitely won’t get lost.
Being out at sea makes the phone have no service half the time, which means my phone is not usable because I’ll be uncontactable and I have no internet connection. It’s a good break from the phone! The ship does have Wifi actually but it needs to be bought and it’s expensive. I would rather take the opportunity to stay away from my phone since I’m on it almost all the time back home.
So that is my story about how I fell in love with going on cruise and a little insight on the ships I’ve been on. Despite going on cruise so many times already and just returning from a cruise, I’m still looking forward to my next cruise. For now, I can still only go on short cruises around my home country but I’ve had this dream for quite some time to go on cruises at other parts of the world. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to fulfill this dream and have a view of the sea on another part of the world!