Thursday, May 20, 2010

Going on a Cruise Ship

As I discussed in my previous post, I went on the New Kids on the Block cruise, which was on the Carnival Imagination. While most things New Kids related were great, I have to say that I don’t understand the big deal about cruising. This was my first cruise, and it’s possible that being on a larger boat would have provided a different experience. However, the two main things that bothered me about cruising would seem to possibly occur on any boat.

The biggest thing was the smell. You know how an airplane bathroom smells? It’s sort of a sweet cleaning odor on top of sewage? That’s how all the bathrooms on a cruise ship smell. A few hours on a plane, using the bathroom once and you don’t really notice the smell. But go to the bathroom multiple (more than usual given the booze) times a day on the boat, and after awhile the smell becomes a little nauseating, particularly when it permeates into the hallways and other indoor areas of the boat. This smell followed me and my clothing and luggage home. Gross. To add to that, on Sunday morning we woke up and our cabin smelled like a manure farm. We quickly left the room to get some breakfast up on the Lido deck (which is outdoors where the pool is), and the smell was even worse out there. Just when you think it’s left, you get another whiff of it blowing by. I know now that they were probably emptying the sewage tanks into the ocean, which grosses me out even more, even though they are supposed to purify it before dumping. But seriously, who wants to smell crap when you are trying to eat or relax around the pool? Since I got back, I read a few cruise discussion boards, and apparently it’s common on a cruise ship to occasionally smell sewage. So remind me again why people love cruising?

The other issue was that I just felt trapped. Luckily there were a lot of New Kids events to keep us occupied, but if there weren’t I can’t imagine what I would’ve done. The two main options were the pool (surrounded by seat savers) and the casino. Apparently on regular cruises there are other types of activities, but I can’t say I’m much into the Vegas type corny shows that they do on cruise ships. It’s a strange feeling, sitting on a boat in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight. And you can’t escape. You are surrounded by the same people, the same thing to do day after day…no thanks for me. I don’t think I’ll be cruising again.

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