I've always said that “The Thrifty Tabloid” is really about saving over here to be able to spend over there. So I have been quiet this month, because we have been spending!
Several months ago, we decided that we/I needed a more relaxing vacation this year. We decided to take a cruise on the Royal Caribbean “Oasis of the Seas.” We have a Royal Caribbean credit card and we gain points to help with paying for a cruise. If I were satisfied with a small inner cabin, it would have been a BOGO. However, I must have a view.
When I booked the cruise, the customer service representative asked me if I wanted an outside balcony or an inside balcony. It was then I realized how big this vessel must be. At the time I am writing this, it is the largest passenger vessel sailing commercially. It carries 6,300 passengers and 2,400 crew members.
|The "Oasis of the Seas" is on the left.|
Hubby did the research on airfare. We had a choice: drive and make memories, or fly. We chose the former. We were able to visit my brother, visit Savannah, GA, which I have always wanted to see, then drive down the coast to Fort Lauderdale to catch the ship.
The cruise was seven days long, with three stops in Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten; and three days at sea. That was a good balance. The Bahamas is another country, St. Thomas is a US Virgin Island so I could use my cell phone and check in! St. Maarten is divided between the Dutch and French. That was interesting. They seem to get along, but there are differences too. The Dutch side uses 110 volt electricity, but if you want to go to the French side, you’d better have your 220 European adapter!
All of them had shopping. My husband likes to keep me too busy to shop, but I was able to buy some Christmas gifts (already budgeted for) and some items we always get while traveling.
I definitely recommend buying the health insurance, because sure enough, I got a bad blister that I lanced myself and had a real mess, so had to go to the medical facility. As if the $208 bill wasn't bad enough (that should be taken care of), I needed to buy more Neosporin and Band-Aids. You always want to take a small first aid kit when you travel, but buying $10.00 Neosporin (when I buy name brand at the local drug store) and $6.00 for more Band-Aids on the ship—they've got you!—it is rather painful, pun intended.
I guess my point is that there will be deals, but there will always be surprises, and they are a part of life. Also, some of our purchases will not be wise in the long run. My husband really didn't need his drink package—but I had a lot of wine on this trip! It was all good!
Don’t deny yourself life’s pleasures!