To Cruise or Not to Cruise

We got to take a cruise last month! When COVID hit, we cancelled four cruises we had scheduled. Last month, we finally got to take a replacement cruise. And you know what? It was awesome. We did Alaska, which we’ve done twice before. This time, instead of doing the inside passage, we did a round trip Seattle which took a route on the west side of Vancouver Island.

Embarkation, settling in, and our favorite foods.

And we caught COVID. As careful as we were, masking on board ship and ashore, washing out hands, we still caught COVID. Thankfully, we’re vaxed and boosted so didn’t have a bad case. Cold symptoms and I had a headache for a few days. The worst thing was the lack of energy. That took a while to return.

And now that we’re past that, I have to ask myself if it was worth it.

The answer is: Yes.

We’ve always enjoyed cruising. You unpack once and see so many places. Even having been to Alaska, it was great to go again. Like greeting old friends. And we made some new ones on the cruise, which I’m very grateful for.

And now, looking forward, we’ll take more cruises. Maybe not for a few months. I’d personally like to see what COVID does this winter. But we’ll embark again as it really is our favorite way to vacation.

I hope you’ve been able to find a way to get away and relax. Retired or working, we all need a change of scenery once in a while.

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7 responses to “To Cruise or Not to Cruise

  1. Love your pictures. I love cruising too and would love to take the trip you did to Hawaii. I especially love the days at sea. If you get the chance you might want to try a river cruise.

    Happy it was a mild case of Covid I think we may all have to rethink what we’re willing to do and not do as it looks like it is going to be around for awhile.

  2. Love that you were brave enough to go. I like the convenience of a cruise, too. And such fun ports of call. Love the pictures. I defy anyone to go to Alaska and deny the existence of God. Ain’t no big bang gonna make such beauty! It’s such a gorgeous place– glad you got to enjoy it again. Jillian

  3. So pleased you finally got away on your cruise, but not so happy you caught Covid. Hope you are both fully recovered. The photos are gorgeous and sounds like you had a thoroughly good time (well almost). Would love to see Alaska. Perhaps one day.

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