I’ve heard people say they think sea days on a ship would be boring and confining, but I’d like to offer a little counterpoint. Cruise ships are like small towns—a world unto themselves—so life is mostly what you make of it. Alan and I have grown to love sea days. (Don’t tell me it’s just ’cause we’re old!) On the Princess Sapphire’s Southeastern Asia cruise, we had trouble sleeping through the night at first (being 13 time zones from home), so our days started with coffee and pastries from the International Café
(open 24-hours) sometime between 2-5 am. After our first breakfast, Alan always had to check the menu to see what was going to be for dinner, and then we’d zip up to the Skywalkers Nightclub on the 18th floor, which was completely empty that early and gave us ethereal views of the sun waking up. We’d sip tea and share “devotions,” reading our Bibles aloud and praying. By 7 am, it was time for our second breakfast, which was often a meal we enjoyed with other guests in the International Dining Room or a quick buffet-style breakfast at the Horizon Court. (No matter where you eat, you can still get the “Full English”
+ a zillion other items every day). After breakfast, we usually took an hour walk around the deck
(which had an exact 0.33-mile course) followed by swimming laps in one of their several gorgeous swimming pools… although if the weather was at all inclement, I preferred a good workout in the exercise room, followed by time in the dry sauna and then a soak in their steam sauna. To me, that was the height of luxury! By then, we’d worked up an appetite for lunch and a nap! 🙂 Some days we listened to live lectures or watched performances at their “Movies Under the Stars” poolside theater. We also spent time reading and writing. In fact, Alan read so much that he finally started borrowing books from their library! After a leisurely afternoon, we’d dress up and find our way to our very own table, where we always enjoyed an outstanding dinner. Every evening there were multiple options for live performances as well as new release movies shown “under the stars.” Usually we could find something interesting, but if not, there were always moonlight walks, hot tubbing, games, meeting new people, or just being together. For us, every day was a phenomenal day, but I also think that of the basic elements for a happy life are available to anyone who lives in any small community. If we have shelter, food, friendship, and opportunities for spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional growth …isn’t that enough? I often hear of people thinking that being a Christian would be boring and confining, but I don’t. I think it’s even better than being on a cruise!“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).