I love cruises. I love meeting new fun people. I love the number of activities at any given moment. But most of all, I love that I can visit multiple destinations without schlepping all of my luggage around. I’m not a light packer so being able to have a home base to come back to every day is fantastic. By visiting these destinations, I get a small taste of what the island’s like and learn which islands I’d want to return to. Take St. Lucia for example, I hadn’t even heard of the island before my Southern Caribbean cruise, but now it’s one of the top places I want to go back to.
By the way, I think it’s important to note that I’m not getting paid for any of this so this post reflects my honest opinion.
So why Royal?
Over the past 10 years or so, I’ve gone on 7 cruises. I’ve been to Alaska, the Mexican Riviera, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean. I’ve also been on three different cruise lines: Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Holland America. Picking a cruise line is very similar to Goldilock’s tale–some cruise lines are for an older crowd, others for a party crowd–you have to find the one with the perfect balance for you.
For me, Royal Caribbean has always had a great blend of people; there are some families, some partiers, and some older folks. Disney is obviously geared for families. My little sister is 14 years younger than me so we took her on the cruise when she was 10 or so. She loved it, but I’m pretty sure I was the only person over 21 and under 30 without kids. At that point in my life, it was definitely a fun cruise, but not the ideal cruise for me. Royal continually impresses me with their service and with the fun shows they offer for all ages. (Side note: If you’re going on a Royal Caribbean cruise, you have to check out The Quest game show. It’s hilarious.)
Let’s Talk Ships
I’ve been on a variety of ships from the largest-at-the-time Freedom of the Seas to the middleweight Disney Magic to smaller ships like the Navigator of the Seas. And what I’ve learned is that I like larger ships for two reasons. The first is that I tend to get less seasick–a major thing to consider since you’ll be cruising for a week. And two, there’s typically more to do. On the Allure of the Seas, which I’ll be going on in September, there’s TONS to do. There’s ice skating, shopping, a park, a boardwalk, an aqua theater, and a million other things. On a smaller ship, they just don’t have the room to accommodate that. That said, the one downside to going on a larger ship is that they can’t make it into some of the ports.
Okay, so that is why I love cruising with Royal Caribbean and can’t wait for my Eastern Caribbean Labor Day cruise! Have a question about planning your cruise? Share it below–I’d love to hear from you!