What I Learned On A Boat

Da Boat

Our trip to the Virgin Islands was wonderful.  The company of our friends made it even better.  And the fact we were on a boat made for many “I’m on a boat” references.  This was our first cruise.  And after five days of cruising, I feel like I’m qualified enough to share what I learned.  Prepare yourself for my fantabulous insights.

  • Even if the vessel you’re residing on is larger than any other ship at the pier, you still feel the boat move.
  • Even when you are on land that isn’t moving, you still feel the boat move.
  • I felt the boat move on the airplane.  Weird.
  • I tried to conquer any motion sickness I may have experienced with a prescription patch.  All was well until I couldn’t focus on anything within two feet of my face.  I felt like I was cross-eyed and my vision was impaired.  Until the hubs told me to take off the patch.  The next day, I was healed.  Whodathunk.  That hubs is a smart one.  I think I’ll keep him.
  • You can never eat too much ice cream.  Soft serve or scooped.  Or Reese’s Pieces.  This is fact.
  • You can drink too much sparkling wine.  That is totally possible.  The cruise helps make it possible.
  • The shows are corny.  I think they have to be to appeal to large number of people.  Just be prepared for Barry Manilow covers.
  • Food is available 24 hours a day.  That doesn’t mean you have to partake in it 24 hours a day.  Actually, it’s best if you don’t but just knowing you can get a hotdog at midnight helps me not clean the plate.
  • If somebody talks about hotdogs all day, you, and everyone else around you, will want a hotdog.  And then your party will consume the last six hotdogs on the buffet.  And laugh about it in front of other people that wanted hotdogs too. *muwahaha*
  • The same will not happen with chicken nuggets.  Chicken nuggets didn’t exist on our boat.  Cravings did set in though.
  • I preferred the aft best.  It could have been because of the outdoor bar but I tell myself it’s because I couldn’t feel the boat a’rockin’ as much.  It’s a theory I’m working on.
  • If you get to know your bartenders, they got the hookup.  And we got the cash tips.  Even trade.
  • Most of the ship crew and staff is from around the world.  And most speak English as a second language.  I felt lazy not knowing another language.  But I had “soy de los Estados Unidos” down.  And “puedo ir al baño,” of course.
  • Dessert is the best.  The four-course meal is super fancy and tastes so-so, but save room for dessert.  You’ll thank me later.  Promise.
  • I get lost on boats.
  • Excursions through the cruise line are worth it.  I say that because if we had missed the boat, they would have gotten us where we needed to be on their dime.  I think that’s pretty nice of them.
  • Balcony all the way.  I’d heard people say they never used their balcony.  I ate breakfast on mine every morning.  It was splendid.
  • Taking shower on a boat is hard.  Especially shaving.  I recommend Nair before leaving because the whole shaving my legs thing was a bit haphazard.  Of course I had it down pat by day five.  Figures.
  • You will never be the fattest person at the pool.  Ever.  So go ahead and eat those Reese’s Pieces.
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January 13, 2011 - 8:24 am

Bobbi - FUNNY! Thanks for sharing. Photos at 7:00?

January 13, 2011 - 9:46 am

the dSLR newbie - Ha! Tell me that’s a reference to andy samberg’s digital short and we’re new best buds

January 13, 2011 - 10:13 am

Brooke - Newbie, it totally is. We’re kind of obsessed with it too. Actually, we played the clip right after we booked the trip. Us = Dorks. :)

January 13, 2011 - 10:46 am

Debbie - Oh, you’re so brave to hop on a boat for a cruise! Fear of the water goes waaay back in my family, and every time I’ve had to be on a boat, I get all queasy. Funny, I don’t usually get motion sickness, but something about being on the water….Anyway, glad you had a wonderful time, and I’m sure the food and warm weather almost made up for how you had to get there!

January 13, 2011 - 10:52 am

Jun Belen - “You will never be the fattest person at the pool.” Thank heavens! Brilliant post!

January 13, 2011 - 12:09 pm

elizabeth - I now know who to go to for any and all boat advice. You are like a modern-day Captain Stubing!

Glad you had a good time!

January 13, 2011 - 12:52 pm

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Brooke, I may have to sit at my computer and stare that that picture all day.

January 13, 2011 - 2:28 pm

amyhasbangs - I love everything about this. Everything.

January 19, 2011 - 10:13 am

Kristi - Funny post! I’ll be going on my 4th cruise in February, I loooove it, and you hit the head on all the things one needs to know about it :D haha

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