Ahoy mateys! Tony and I are back from our week all aboard the Explorer of the Seas. We had a relaxing, refreshing, and riveting vacation and I’m so excited to tell you all about it. Our trip took us from Seattle, WA to Astoria, OR , San Francisco, CA and Victoria, BC all in just one week! Sleeping through your transportation is one of travel’s greatest blessings.
We were a bit apprehensive about going on a cruise, well mostly Tony was. There are some preconceived ideas about cruise vacations that, while some true, don’t actually negatively impact the experience.
Cruises are Expensive
They can be! And, you have to pay for food, travel, and transportation up front which does feel like a chunk of change. However, let me just debunk something for you: cruises can be less expensive than average travel costs. Here’s a small breakdown of what this trip would’ve cost us to do without a cruise:
Flight – Hotel – Transportation
Astoria, OR – $465
San Francisco, CA – $1100
Victoria, BC – $600
With the amount of food we ate per day, I would have to give us $150 per day – $1050
Total – $3,215 vs the cost of a similar cruise – $1,380 (UM OKAY!)
In short, though we were blessed with our cruise from my in-laws (THANK YOU SO MUCH), the ship is way more worth taking than planes, trains and automobiles!
Cruises are for Retirement
Okay, with absolutely all due respect, yes – the primary clientele on our cruise was significantly older than us. But, in NO WAY, did it deter our fun. Plus, the relaxed vibe and laid back schedule was just what we needed to feel rested. It was nice to have the flexibility to sleep in, read books, nap, and just have some down time when on the ship. This atmosphere allowed us to have a quiet, peaceful time while cruising that rejuvenated us for our days in port. Our sailing days gave us the rest we needed for all the walking (8.4 miles in one day!) we did in the cities.
As a major bonus – we met some GREAT people. Specifically, we met an incredible couple who are pastors in Arizona. They spent time chatting with us and encouraging us in ministry and it was SO amazing.
There’s Nothing to Do
False. False. False! There is a JAM-packed schedule. There are game shows, events, trivia quizzes, FOOD, shopping stores, Bingo games, spa activities, sports courts, and more. On one deck alone there was a Flo Rider boogie boarding wave machine, a rock climbing wall, basketball court, and mini golf course. Every night we saw a different shows, some of which had us rolling in laughter. And, if it ever was slow – there was always food 😉
In Astoria, we walked a couple miles into town and saw some really cute shops. We also sipped a rose latte at Astoria Coffee House & Bistro.
In San Francisco we saw almost all of the main sites – Golden Gate Bridge, the Pink Ladies, Fisherman’s Wharf, took the cable cars to Union Square and more. We also got coffee at The Mill and ate at an amazing french restaurant called Cafe Bastille (both of which I HIGHLY recommend!!)
In Victoria, we took pictures in front of the Parliament building, got mistaken for locals around the Bay Centre, and had a cup of joe at Pour.
10/10 recommend cruise vacations for ALL ages. It was a great way to spend the last week of summer – a week of adventures, rest, and way too much food. I’m hitting the gym ASAP and am SO ready for boots, scarves, and sweaters as we enter into Fall.