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How to be a Tourist: Cruise Ship Edition

  • Pack a bathing suit.
  • Pack several bathing suits.
  • Bring shorts.
  • And several pairs of open toed shoes.
  • Don’t leave your balcony door open and try and open the door to your room.
  • Drink so many pina coladas.
  • Constantly ask people if they like pina coladas.
  • Bring a book you’ve been putting off reading due to the emotional strain it will put you under.
  • Finish that book and have a good cry.
  • Don’t check your work email!
  • Don’t pay for the internet to avoid the previously mentioned work email.
  • Find out way too late that your neighbors are pretty cool people.
  • Go on a galley tour (seriously though, it’s really impressive how they manage to make that much food for that many people multiple times a day).
  • Spend at least one night making a semi-drunk semi-fool of yourself.
  • Spend all your time in the adults only section of the ship because it will be 100x quieter than the rest of the ship.
  • Find your favorite spot and just avoid your entire family there (I snuck away to the Starbucks/bakery
  • Go to the sushi restaurant.
  • No, really. You’ll be dreaming about it the rest of the trip.
  • Sit by a pool for at least an hour every day.
  • Force yourself to relax for the first time in at least 2 years.
  • Seriously though… Sit by the pool. Especially during one of the many movie screenings.