Ship oh boy!

Why do I want to cruise on a floating pretend city?

If you haven’t heard about a new cruise ship called Oasis of the Seas, let me tell you a bit about it: it accommodates 6,296, has four pools, 21 restaurants, a spa where Botox injections are available and an atrium called Central Park with 12,000 trees and shrubs.

Frankly, I’d rather spend my vacation on the New York subway. At least I can get off.

Gigantic ships don’t excite me, nor do gigantic hotels, offices, cars, restaurants, stores, apartment buildings, food portions, menu selections, airplanes, parties, awards dinners, committees, and heels on shoes. I’m not even nuts about gigantic diamonds.

Why would anyone want to be on a ship with so many people that restaurant reservations are required? (I read that many of the restaurants are booked up before the ship even sails.) Or wear shoes with heels so high they wobble with every step?

I also don’t get the point of a gigantic house or apartment, unless a gigantic family is living there. I know people who only use their living room as a path to their dens. How many rooms can one or two people live in at once, anyway?

I like charming, intimate, accessible, comfortable and manageable.

Big is sometimes better, such as big hearts, ideas or goals. What I’m talking about is excess, which is, um…excessive.

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0 Responses to “Ship oh boy!”

  1. susan grant says:

    Hi Geri,

    I couldn’t agree more!

    From what is this an escape or change of pace? Where’s the authencity?

    Years ago when my husband and I started traveling together, we discovered a little book called “Charming Inns and Bed and Breakfasts” by Karen Brown. On a driving trip through France, every place we booked was one of her recommendations and one was more charming than the next in setting, welcome, and fellow guests. One was in a tiny hamlet in the French alps where we were the only Americans dining with 8 fellow guests on home grown rabbit at the oak table of the inn keepers; a true country French meal and an experience we still talk about.

    Many years and trips later, we still refer to her books and have rarely been disappointed. Where we stay becomes part of the experience and the people who choose these places tend to be well traveled with shared values and other intriguing, enriching recommendations.


    • Geri says:

      Love it Susan. Saw Cathy yesterday. Bought a little bat charm necklace. As she says, “We’re both batty” (she and I). Heard you had dinner.


  2. Geri says:

    Hi Toby,

    Your comment made me laugh out loud.

    Such a good description.

    Next thing we’ll see is Wal-Mart opening on the boat.


  3. Toby Wollin says:

    hahaha..just what I need, a sea vacation in what appears to be a floating shopping mall. mmmmm — no.


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