For some, taking a cruise is a lifelong dream. The sound hours dreaming about how much fun it would be to sail from one exotic paradise to another. They fantasize about the ship, the venues, and the enormity of the vast ocean. They imagine everything to be glamorous and elegant. They assume the other passengers are just like them and everyone will be friendly. This is nowhere even near the reality of taking a cruise. The truth is that nothing will live up to your expectations and if you get your hopes up too high you will be seriously disappointed. The ships aren’t as fancy and the people are rarely as interesting as you think they will be. Let’s take a look at these expectations vs reality checks you should know about before you take a cruise.
The destinations we fantasize about when planning our cruise getaways often involve beautiful islands with beautiful beaches and clear water, The pictures on the brochures are enchanting and “inviting, increasing the chances that we will book our cruise, They say things like, “with a stop in France” or “experience the beaches of Spain.” Do you see what they did there?
When we book our cruises we are sold on the idea that we will have some island paradise that no one knows about. They build up the image of an oasis out in the middle of the ocean just waiting for you to come to discover it. They sell this idea so perfectly that it is usually the tipping point for those still on the fence.