Did you look at the featured shot above? I mean REALLY look at it? No, not because my toes are in the shot. I’m talking about the water.
You should be blown away by the photo above!
It is the middle of the ATLANTIC OCEAN during the month of May!
Our captain, who was Greek, said in his 40+ years at sea he had never ever seen the ocean so still (there were lots of Poseidon jokes from him as well). I have crossed the Atlantic a number of times now and was simply blown away at the calm. It was so calm that, looking down from our suite (that I have yet to review here on the blog) we could see swordfish swimming around in the deep below the surface.
The water was just like glass!
I love sea days.
I mean love, love, love sea days.
You can sleep in a bit and have your butler bring you breakfast when you wake up. Then slowly wake up on your balcony reading a book or catching up on whatever. Then to the pool for some sun before lunch. Then a nap in the sun before you shower for dinner and a show. What a way to spend a day!
But I am not sure about taking a cruise that has ZERO ports to visit. From Wired UK, we learn that is what may be the short term future of cruising. Notice what they posted:
“TUI Cruises was the first company to run an all-inclusive cruise to nowhere out of Germany, with stringent health and safety measures that included no port calls and shore excursions.”
“…capped at less than 60 per cent passenger capacity. In theaters, which usually house around 1,000 people, only 150 guests can listen to a concert or comedy show live while others watch them on TVs in their cabins.”
Well, that sounds interesting. I like the idea of doing everything they can to make it safe and limiting capacity as well as for shows is very smart.
But watching shows in my cabin? Pass!
There is so much about cruising that is social by nature that if the lines go “too far” in the name of safety (and I get it’s likely needed so don’t flame me) then the experience of the cruise is so diminished that it becomes pointless. Notice the next bit from the Wired UK post:
“But the 50-year-old mother felt it was over the top when the crew asked mask-wearing dancers on the pool deck to sit down because of social distancing.”
If I am required to wear a mask sitting on a sun chair (trying to get sun) then I am not going to do it. A ski goggle tan is cool and brag-worthy in the middle of winter – but not so much in the summer.
Also, as I have blogged about before, there is more to this than just time on the ship. There is the stress of getting to the ship (i.e. flying). And to me, it is not safe yet — even with all the steps Delta is taking. Then there is transport from the airport to the hotel and then to the ship that is also not safe. Lastly, the hotel will require work to sanitize before I touch anything. None of this screams “relaxing vacation” to me.
What do you think? Would you take a cruise to nowhere? What steps would you need to see in place to feel safe onboard? You tell me! – René
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