The concept of "going on a cruise" has never appealed to me. All those people. Confined space. Specific schedule. Activities. But, mostly. . . All those people.
But when my sister and I decided to head to Scandinavia together, a cruise option really made the most sense for us. Our earlier trips (London, Paris, Amsterdam) had been to major-tourist-destination cities, easily navigable and manageable on-your-own. Scandinavia, though, seemed more complicated.
We chose a smaller cruise -- one with 600 people (still a lot. . .), rather than one of the larger boats featuring a cast of thousands (way too many).
And it turned out to be . . . not so bad!
It was very convenient to just unpack our stuff once -- all organized in our unbelievably efficient stateroom -- and take our room (and our stuff!) with us from country to country!
The views were fabulous.
All the time.
Every way you turned.
The food was very good.
The wine (and champagne) were free-flowing (we had a beverage-inclusive package!).
And there was plenty of time to kick back and relax while we were out at sea.
And because the weather was cool. . . and the passengers on the older side . . . there wasn't a lot of partying going on at the pool! (Or anywhere else, for that matter.)
Really, it was all very civilized.
I'm not a cruise-convert, but I will say that for certain destinations, it works! If you want to see Scandinavia (or probably the Mediterranean), I'd say. . . cruisin'. . . is a good option!