Tuesday, January 22, 2013
We had a great time on our cruise to Progresso and Cozumel. The weather in Mexico was great and the water was so clear. They had just about everything you could want on the ship to keep you busy (shows, shops, a casino, and various other entertainment). The food was also fantastic (more on that later). The only problem we had was some rough sea days – at one point you had to hold on to something as you walked to keep from falling over. There were a lot of sick folks.
Here is a picture of my wife and I after we arrived at Progresso. Except for the rough seas, she really had a good time.
Here is where the trouble began for me.
Way too much food! I usually don’t worry about my calories when on vacation – I want to experience the local food wherever we go and I don’t mind working off the calories later. I discovered I can’t do that on a cruise… While the more formal dinners were fine (great food with reasonable portion sizes), we typically went for the buffets at breakfast and lunch to make more time to do things. I have absolutely no will power at buffets, though, and I just ate way too much. The friends we went with also liked to meet at snack places and bought us drinks during the evening shows.
When we got home after our 5-day cruise, I weighed 10 pounds more!!! Even after another day to get rid of the excess bulk, I still weight 8 ½ pounds more! Unbelievable! Too make matters worse, my son made arrangements for us to take the grandkids to the Mardi Gras parades this coming weekend (in the family sections of the parade routes). We will do it, but New Orleans has always had a lot of food temptations for me. After we return, I’m going to have to get extra serious and get this weight off!
But back to the cruising… It was very nice, but I don’t think it’s for me for several reasons. Aside from the food temptations, I like to do more active vacations. I also thought it was a little too “sanitized” – the places they took us to shop in Cozumel were owned by the cruise lines – all had similar prices and you didn’t really experience the local atmosphere. Even on an off-shore excursion, you were taken to a few preselected places that, to me, weren’t as interesting as exploring on your own. You were also rushed to get everything in before the ship left. My wife, like many others, also really felt bad during the rough seas. Not a good feeling when there is no way to stop the rocking. Perhaps a cruise around Alaska might be different because there would be so much to see besides open ocean. I’m just not the real “partying” type to enjoy a lengthy cruise over open water. It was a great experience, though!