A lot of my photos are sitting on my memory card waiting to get transferred when my computer is up and running, but never fear, I have culinary stories to share in the meantime!
E and I recently went on a cruise to the Bahamas. We're huge fans of cruising for several reasons:
1. It's (almost) all-inclusive. Your food, lodging, transportation and entertainment are included. You only pay extra for gratuity, alcohol, excursions and any other optional luxuries.
2. You don't have to drive! Your cruise ship is your floating hotel. For two long-distance commuters, this is a match made in heaven.
3. You get to disconnect completely. Your mobile phone will not work at sea. You won't be able to check your email.
4. The scenery. I love blue water. With our balcony cabin we get our own private ocean-front room for an entire week. Paradise.
5. Low-stress. No worries about where you'll be eating dinner. There are plenty of places to eat around the clock and plenty of choices. There's always something to do, whether you're a night owl or an early riser. You don't have to do much planning beyond booking your trip.
If you live in the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast, you have a choice between flying to Florida or the West Coast for your cruise or just leaving from a "home port". Home ports are cruise ports within driving distance. We have home ports in New Jersey, New York and Baltimore, all within three hours of our home in Delaware. We opted for Baltimore because it's the closest and most affordable, plain and simple. As a matter of fact, we've chosen home ports for all three of our cruises.
|Relaxing on a hammock on Embarkation Day... in the Baltimore Harbor!|
The best part about dining on a cruise is the variety. E loved eating hamburgers from the grill on the Lido deck every.single.day. I preferred to switch it up every meal. Once our dinner server learned that I liked the cheese plate as an appetizer, he had one waiting for me every night before dinner. Want to eat breakfast twice in one day? Go on a cruise. Want to eat light, healthy food and run laps around the deck while at sea? You can do that on a cruise, too.
|A bad day on a cruise is still better than a good day at work!|