I hate cruises. I’ve never taken one. I don’t really have a desire to take one. And the recent Carnival Cruise disaster only reaffirms my position on cruises.
And I am not alone.
I hate cruises – a growing trend?
After the recent disaster with this cruise, I decided to revisit this post I wrote over two years ago – 3 vacations I won’t take. At the time, there were a few people that left comments (see below) that agreed with me. Now the “I hate cruises” momentum is building.
After the Carnival Cruise Triumph fiasco, I asked people about cruises on this Facebook post. Seems I am not alone when it comes to the “I hate cruises” crowd. Many people agreed.
However, the anti-cruise crowd has grown in recent years. Last year, Leah shared her thoughts on why she hates cruises. Her rant was enough to get her on BBC radio to talk about the “I hate cruises” perspective.
Many people may take issue with me ripping cruises when I haven’t even taken one. However, the idea just doesn’t appeal to me.
Here’s why I don’t like cruises and two other vacations I won’t take.
I hate cruises (and other vacations I won’t take)
I love to travel. However, each of us has our own taste in travel and not all of us are the same.
While travel is exciting and fun, there are some vacations people don’t enjoy.
Grandma might not enjoy extreme rock climbing adventures (but grandma might enjoy this ziplining adventure).
A young family might not want to try white water rafting down class 5 rapids.
The twenty something backpacker might not enjoy a bus tour loaded with senior citizens.
I have traveled to many places in the world many different ways – groups, tours, solo, backpacking, camping, outdoors, hiking, planes, trains, automobiles, buses.
However, I hate cruises – and a few other vacation ideas.
I hate cruises
I don’t understand paying hundreds or thousands of dollars to rent a room on a floating city and hotel while seeing nothing but water for days.
Every once in a while, you get to stop for a few short hours to see a major city and deceive yourself that you experienced Venice or Barcelona or the Bahamas.
Upon returning from the mainland, you go back to your ship where you eat too much, gamble, dance, drink, and see shows – all of which could be done at home for much cheaper without wasting your time aboard a ship in which you are paying to be entertained.
Some people may like this but these are the reasons I hate cruises.
In high school, I skipped a cruise to play baseball. And yes, I loved baseball more than anything when I was younger. But I don’t regret missing that cruise at all.
To be fair, I can’t rule out all cruises. After doing some research, I like the idea of river cruises even if it’s still not the way I want to travel. You get to explore a country or place, taking in local sites, and learn more about the place you are visiting at a much slower place.
This is why I think a river cruise is better than an ocean cruise.
And if anyone wants to give me a cruise to try for free, I may consider it. But since I hate cruises and the very idea of them, I won’t pay for one.
I hate large, organized bus tours
I will admit that I’ve done the tour group thing with Rick Steves (and even appeared on his radio show - at the 33:48 mark) – small, organized tours, less than 25 people, with lots of free time for independent travel. Even then, I hated being seen with a big group.
It has its benefits but large tour groups, organized tours, gift shop purchases, and hordes of people crowded around paintings and sculptures are just things I don’t enjoy. I want to blend in as a tourist and connect with the locals, not stand out as a tourist in a foreign country.
Small tours are OK (at best) but a large tour group is more painful than having the word “Tourist” tattooed on my forehead. Large tour groups are great and many people love them. However, they are not for me.
I hate themed vacations
I would definitely take an evening wine tour or maybe even a cooking class. However, I am not going to travel on a themed vacation. The closest I would ever come to doing something like this would be a tour of baseball stadiums, college football, or European soccer.
Um, well, you see….
OK so I’ve done a college football tour with Expedia, a tour of a baseball stadium and other stadiums, and would love to go to Europe for a football tour. However, I did much much more than just go to games or see a stadium. I explored the cities and culture as well.
Vacations need variety – different cities, sights, people, and cultures. Even a vacation at the beach isn’t a theme. Granted, I am not big on beach vacations. However, skip the themes and let me enjoy the diversity of travel. I am just not interested enough in any one thing to make a vacation out of it (except that sports thing).
I am sure I am not the only one who doesn’t like some of the vacation options out there. Some vacations aren’t for everyone.
I’m Jeremy. And yes I hate cruises (and other vacations).
Are you one of the “I hate cruises” people? Are there vacations that you won’t take?