A while back, I interviewed my mother prior to her first-ever cruise. We sailed together on Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam. It was a business trip for my company, Cruise Holidays, with days and nights blurring together. This is significant because it meant my mother, a 1st time cruiser, was left to fend for herself most days and evenings. She knew this prior to the trip but was willing to take the risk. After all, I’d promised her that on a cruise, it’s nearly impossible to get bored.
I also promised that I would return to share a few of her impressions, as well as answer a few questions that other first-time cruisers may have.
Here are some excerpts from a post-cruise Q and A that I conducted.
Q. First things first: What did you do with all your free time?
A. I was surprised to find out there was so much to do on the ship. One of the first things I did was to go exploring and came across the pool and hot tub areas with a bar/restaurant and a wonderful, lively band playing music to welcome everyone aboard. There was a walking track outdoors and we did a fundraising walk for the Susan G. Komen Foundation one morning. I also took in a kitchen tour, went to “high tea” and had wonderful desserts and little sandwiches. I shopped on board, saw two movies, attended the evening entertainment after dinner, and of course sunbathed on the deck.
I loved taking my morning coffee outside on the deck. Also, every afternoon, I went to the Lido and had an ice cream cone, cookie and ice tea on the deck. For a nice quiet get away, the ship had a great library with relaxing couches that looked over the bow at the ocean.
Q. What did you think of the cuisine?
A. I was in awe that the kitchen could cook up all that fabulous food and it was all so delicious. The evening meals were exceptional, and I took the opportunity to try food that I had not ever tasted before. Seeing the presentation of the food was so much fun for me. I loved all the appetizers & soups!
Q. How did you handle the motion aboard the ship…did Dramamine do the trick?
A. I took Dramamine before I boarded the ship to be on the safe side. I was thinking I might not need anymore, but not feeling so well that night I decided to take it every day. It really worked for me!
Q. How many pairs of shoes did you end up packing?
A. Four pair. (She was hoping to get by with three.)
Q. Would you like to cruise again? If so, who would you bring and what part of the world would you go to?
A. Yes, I would definitely take another cruise. I would like to take my husband, or going with a friend or family members would always be fun. I loved the Caribbean, and it would be fun to cruise through Norway, but I would sail anywhere.
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