I took my first Caribbean cruise, and quickly learned that cruising is a lifestyle that's not for me_freckle removal in malaysia

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I took my first Caribbean cruise, and quickly learned that cruising is a lifestyle that's not for me

Joey Hadden·9 min read
The author on the world's largest cruise ship
Insider's reporter took her first cruise on board Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas, the largest ship of its kind.Joey Hadden/Insider
  • I took my first cruise on Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas, the largest ship of its kind.

  • My inaugural cruise showed me how the lifestyle is appealing for many, but not for me.

  • Cruising involves thrilling activities, planning ahead, managing crowds ... and constant motion.

I went on a Caribbean cruise for the first time in April. I found it's a unique type of vacation.

The author on deck 16 of the world's largest cruise ship
The author on the world's largest cruise ship.Joey Hadden/Insider

Cruise novice here! Before stepping on board my first Caribbean cruise in April, I had never even seen this type of ship in real life. I joined the cruise for a reporting trip with multiple stops in the Caribbean Sea.

I embarked on a seven-night voyage on the largest cruise ship of its kind, Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas. We sailed to Roatán, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico; and Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas.

It felt surreal to be on such a large vessel in the middle of the ocean. And a week of sun and cool breezes was just what I needed after a winter at home in New York City.

Many people love cruising, and I can see the appeal. In January 2020, before the pandemic disrupted the cruise industry, Forbes reported that 30 million people take a cruise each year, up from 17.8 million in 2009.

But cruising comes with pros and cons, and ultimately I realized it's not my ideal type of vacation. Here's why.

Read more: Step aboard the world's largest cruise ship, which is so big it has 8 'neighborhoods' spread across 18 stories

The passengers I met love cruising. I didn't find any other first-timers.

People on the top deck of Wonder of the Seas enjoy drinks at the bar
Passengers on board Wonder of the Seas.Joey Hadden/Insider

After talking to several fellow passengers, I quickly understood that cruising is a lifestyle. Most people I met were well-seasoned cruise travelers. They told me that they take cruises for every vacation, racking up hundreds of nights on board cruise ships and earning points on their loyalty programs.

I probably shouldn't have been surprised. Cruising remains a popular vacation option, even after two years of the pandemic. My ship had more than 5,000 passengers.

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