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So Let Me Tell You About This Cruise Tomorrow


As much as I have traveled, it might seem a bit shocking to hear that I have never actually gone on a cruise before.

Nope, not in all of my 29 years.

Tomorrow, though, that all changes. Pat and I are experiencing the good life and venturing out on the open seas on a 3-night excursion aboard the Carnival Spirit all the way from Sydney to Melbourne!

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I mean, when your PR email comes to you and says that the ship is equipped with a whopping 20 bars and lounges… that’s kind of indicative of a good time, am I right?

Not only that, but more news about the ship tells me that it has:

  • 24 hour pizza and ice cream
  • 3 restaurants
  • American bacon, despite being “Aussified”
  • the steepest and fastest waterside at sea
  • mini golf
  • nightclubs, comedy shows, etc.
  • a luxurious spa

Uhm… yes please? I’m beginning to question why we haven’t done this whole cruising thing before.

My whole travel philosophy revolves around the journey there being half the adventure. Long, enjoyable train rides, road tripping to the far reaches… and now, cruising.

Have you ever been on a cruise? What did you think?


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18 Responses to So Let Me Tell You About This Cruise Tomorrow

  1. Michelle February 12, 2013 at 8:24 am #

    I’ve never been on a cruise but I do want to! Have fun!

    • Brooke February 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

      It was fun! I think a trip where you get to get off and on at different ports would be even more exciting! Great way to lounge, relax, and shut off for a few days.

  2. Tim Van Autreve February 12, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Adults only? Sounds racy. I’ve thought about cruises before but I don’t think I’ll do one for quite some time. There are still MANY places on land that I’d like to see before I spend them reliving Speed 2: Cruise Control.

    • Brooke February 12, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      Ahh no not adults only… That’s just the serenity lounge. Must have taken a screenshot of the website at just the right time 😉 Lots of kid-friendly activities on the boat.

  3. Caroline Eubanks February 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Can’t wait to hear about it!

  4. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) February 12, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    I’m 30 and have never been on a cruise! My parents love them and do 1 to 2 a year, however! I really like being an independent traveler and hate feeling “trapped”, so I’m not sure how well I’d feel on a cruise ship… but I agree that having access to American bacon would be hard to resist… 😉

    • Brooke February 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

      Haha I think I understand that trapped feeling a bit. A 3 day tour wasn’t bad at all though 🙂

  5. Katie Shewaga February 12, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    I’m SO beyond terrified of being on a cruise ship; especially the one that pulls in front of Circular Quay. Good luck and really looking forward to hearing how you liked it!

    • Brooke February 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

      Terrified? Why?

  6. Amanda @ Farsickness February 13, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    I went on a couple of cruises with my family in high school and enjoy them. If you look at in therms of a “vacation” rather than “travel”, it’s a nice way to relax, have fun, and (briefly) see some new places.


    • Brooke February 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      Vacation all the way. Maybe next time I won’t be so preoccupied with trying to get on internet. Oh, media trips…

  7. TravelDesigned February 13, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    I know you’ll have a good time, watch out for that bar bill though and note the required gratuity that will be added to it. The good thing about cruising is it is a way to get a taste of different ports to see if you think you would like to return. Bon Voyage!

    • Brooke February 14, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

      Ah, the great thing about Australia is they don’t tip, and this cruise has been Aussified — no gratuity needed ever! 🙂

  8. Flashpacking RTW February 15, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    Two great destinations to start and end a cruise, Sydney to Melbourne, this just rocks! Looking forward to checking out your pics of the cruise. Some locals in Melbourne weren’t too happy with the redevelopment of the harbour when we visited in 2011, but I think its great. Happy cruising.

  9. This American Girl February 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    I have never been on a cruise but I’ve always been curious. I suppose it’s one of the few modes of transportation I’ve never taken. I too believe in enjoying the journey, and actually wrote a blog post about it. Though I imagine enjoying the journey on a cruise ship is much easier than on a night bus through Panama or an incredibly rough boat ride in Belize!

    • Brooke February 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      Hahah, yeah much more comfortable I’d imagine. It was an INDULGENT experience. I need to diet now 😉

  10. Sofia February 18, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    I’ve never been on a proper cruise either, and one with a spa sounds like a bliss, not to mention the 24 hour ice cream..!

  11. Lance February 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Hope you enjoy it! We do a cruise every year or two. We like to do a one or two week Christmas cruise. It’s great to get all the family together, relax on the high seas and spend some quality time together. You’re update sounds great (Indulgent is a ringing endorsement!).

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