Cruising: An Introduction

After graduating from university, I faced what are probably the two most common problems faced by any graduating student:  What am I going to do with the rest of my life, and how am I going to pay off all of this debt?

I didn’t quite have the first part figured out, but I did find a fun way to deal with the second one.  While searching Workopolis, I saw a posting for a Youth Staff job on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.  Not having anything tying me down in Toronto and wanting to see the world, I jumped at the chance for the interview and, within weeks, I was working aboard the Sovereign of the Seas.

Cruising is an individual thing.  Some people love it for the convenience and the fact that pretty much every variable is taken care of.  The opposite view is that it’s a tourist conveyor belt with no flexibility for adventure.  After working on ships for a while, I got the best of both worlds.  I visited most ports enough times that I got a good sense of what was worth seeing and was able to maximize my time in some amazing cities in a way that you just couldn’t do in a one week cruise. 

So I’m introducing “Cruising” as a theme and, every once in a while, I’ll put up a post of one of the places I’ve visited, some of the things I did while I was there and some of the things I wish I could have done, but missed for whatever reason.  Spots covered will include Alaska, Northern Europe, Eastern Canada and the United States, the Mexican Riviera and, of course, the Caribbean.  I’ll be tagging each post with its typical cruise “route”, so that those who want to look in to a particular cruise have some idea what they’re looking at. 

That being said, if you just want to learn about things to do in Helsinki, Skagway or Cozumel, the posts will also serve as stand alone guides to those particular cities.  I’ll also let you know whether or not the city is “doable” on a cruise ship stop (Grand Cayman, for instance), or whether or not you’re better off actually staying there (a stop like Paris, for instance.)

Hope you enjoy them when you see them.  Cheers!

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