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My Top 8 Misconceptions About Cruises

By Stefanie Wilder Taylor |

This has nothing to do with the post but it is pretty cute.

If you know me, you know I’ve been obsessed with going on a cruise lately. I’ve had some friends whose opinions I respect come back from a cruise ranting and raving about what an insanely great time they had. I actually allowed those friends to show me pictures! And the pictures made me go to the website! And the website got me all crazy about the idea of getting our whole family on board. I’m not sure if it’s the idea that there is all kinds of stuff for the kids to do where they’re busy and happy and I can hit a spa (I don’t know if you’re aware but I have three of them. I am painfully aware of this fact – at every moment –and I live to not be aware every moment).

So this whole new attitude is a huge shift for me because I’ve always been vehemently opposed to the idea of a cruise due to some major misconceptions I’ve had. Here are all the things I thought and the truth of the matter.


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I want To Go on a Norwegian Cruise!

Myth #1: It's all old people

My friends who've all be on cruises in the last month would disagree. Unless you consider mid-forties old, which I don't! Sure I need some Benefiber once in awhile but that just keeps me comfortable! Hey, I like Vampires as much as the next teen! Okay, actually that's a lie, I don't. Darn maybe I am old.


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13 thoughts on “My Top 8 Misconceptions About Cruises

  1. Elyssa says:

    Ha! Totally understand where you’re coming from thinking that there will only be elderly people—but not true at all! The cruises i’ve been on have people of all ages…really ALL ages!

  2. Sharon says:

    So true! The 1st time I went on a cruise I thought it would be like a retirement community, but it was so FUN! So much to do and so many people to meet and the food is so tasty!

  3. Tim says:

    Well, she certainly eased some of my concerns! I’ve had some of the same misconceptions….thanks for this Stefanie!

  4. Amanda says:

    I’ve always been averse to cruises, too. It’s good to know that there are healthier food options.

  5. JJ Keith says:

    I’ve seen that Dateline! It’s probably the only episode of Dateline I’ve ever seen.

    I had always felt the same way about cruises, but once the kids came along, I realized the virtue of a floating hotel with built-in childcare. We actually looked into it before realizing that our kids were too little.

  6. Louise says:

    Built-in childcare. I’m sold! And it’s nice to hear about the food options, I too always thought they’d be crazy-unhealthy and prepared in big greasy batches so you’d have no chance of getting what you want.

  7. Stella says:

    I was worried about the room size too — but honestly, there’s so much to do on the ship, I was only in my room to shower or PASS OUT. The rooms really aren’t as small as you think they’re going to be, but I was worried so I requested a room with a window for a couple bucks more — and honestly, just that little bit of light made a HUGE difference! Something to consider…

  8. Sandra Musclé says:

    You hit the nail head on! These were some of my biggest worries. As my husband and I thought about vacation options…..a Disney Cruise it will be! So excited!

  9. Bruce Chorney says:

    Gotta love cruise ship casinos. It’s always nice when after losing $800 at the blackjack table to be presented with a $150 bar tab.

  10. Mary Rekosh says:

    Grab your antibiotics and your thong depends and get your cruise on, girl. They’re expecting youuuuuuu…

  11. Lara says:

    You had me at “incredibly clean.” That’s right. I am an OCD’r. Bring on those wipes fellow criuisers and thank you for setting the record straight that I won’t contract a fatal disease on board.

  12. Jacinda says:

    HA! This is an awesome post. I actually think that chicken leg, mashed potato and pickle plate looks pretty good. I’ve been hearing from all kinds of happy cruisers lately. Intrigued!

  13. ML@My3LittleBirds says:

    So funny. The shuffleboard thing made me chuckle : ) And yes, it seems cruises have come a long way since Kathie Lee Gifford was singing “Ain’t We Got Fun” LOL

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