I did not enjoy my one and only cruise experience. I did not hate it, but I can imagine much better ways to spend time and money. (I have reported on the "gift" in an earlier post.)
I enjoyed being with my family, all of which enjoyed the experience, but did not enjoy spending time with 1000 other folks, with which I shared nothing in common. The cabin was smaller than my bathroom at home, with the only redeeming feature being a balcony. I did not have to drive or seek a hotel each night, but I did have to put up with standing in lines. And, I got to resist sales pitches for dodgy "art", photographs against phony backdrops, and worthless souvenirs. I found no appeal in the chlorinated, urinated, and crowded pool, surrounded by loud children and alcoholically challenged adults. The experience was "royal" in name only. So what is the logical conclusion?
I plan to book another cruise! But, this one will be different...
I'm a big fan of Somerset Maugham's short stories about Asia and the South Seas, and I'm fascinated about the Far East. I have found a smaller cruise ship of an upscale cruise line, which caters to a "better" clientele (children are not welcome), that will sail from Singapore to Sydney. I can sit on my balcony and stare at the thousands of Indonesian islands that the ship will pass and imagine life as old Somerset witnessed it one hundred years ago. I have checked all the reviews on the Internet, read all the literature, and selected a larger cabin. Old-fashion elegance will replace "belly-up-to-the-buffet" gluttony. I'm expecting calm, quiet relaxation and enlightenment.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.