This post was brought to you by Thompson Cruises. As always, all opinions are my own.
When I worked as a travel agent in Australia, I sold plenty of cruises. The town I was working in was full of retirees, and cruises were a big part of our training. We would have reps from each cruise line come in and buy us coffee in return for an hour of our time while they taught us about what made their cruises stand out from the competition.
I’m easily swayed. I’m the kinda girl who can’t be trusted to watch late-night TV because I’m likely to end up with a Magic Bullet, or the next machine which promises to “melt fat fast”.
So when each rep would leave, I’d vow that they would be the first cruise I would try. No matter which cruise line we were being visited by, every time I heard about the entertainment, delicious food, and exotic destinations I immediately wanted to register for the next cruise leaving Sydney.
To be fair though, I was working 10-12 hour days, and continually stressed as I tried to reach my KPI’s and targets. The idea of having to do nothing but show up for a vacation sounded excellent.
Then I went backpacking. And any ideas of taking a cruise were long gone, as I realised that even when travel is uncomfortable (and I’ve spent 14 hours on a bumpy bus with no air conditioning), I still like traveling independently. OTF is all about adventure travel, so wouldn’t a cruise make me want to jump off the ship?
But I then found out that TBEX North America is having their annual conference in Florida this year, and following it up with a TBEX at Sea. I’ve been wanting to go for the last few years, and now that they’ve combined it with a cruise, to say that I’m tempted would be an understatement.
The cruise is only 7 days, so I think I’m unlikely to get too bored, and on the days at sea I’d have plenty to do to keep me busy. Caribbean Cruises are some of the best cruises available, since the weather is pretty much guaranteed to be excellent.
Now that I’m moving to Guatemala, I can’t wait to check out more of the Caribbean and Central American itineraries. There are a few cruises which explore Cuba, which is definitely on my bucket list.
One of the best things about cruising, is that unlike purchasing flights you can actually just put a deposit on your cruise and then pay it off slowly. You can even pay the remainder just a couple of months before you sail.
I remember having clients who would book nine months in advance, and come in every month to put a little more money on their booking, which is an excellent way to make sure you can afford to go on vacation (especially if you have a family) without bankrupting yourself or maxing out your credit cards.
Have you been on a cruise before? Do you have any tips or tricks for me?