I’ve met a few very rich people who disparage cruise ships as “cattle haulers,” butfor my Scottish dollar, I think cruising is an incredibly good deal and pretty much like Disney World afloat…but with even more to offer for less. Let me illustrate this by discussing our voyage around the Baltic Sea last May. We entered the terminal in Copenhagen & sailed aboard the Emerald Princess, a 5-star ship christened in 2007 that’s nearly 1,000 ft. long and hosts 3,080 passengers served by 1,200 staff from around the world—which translates into a whole lot of personal attention per person and an opportunity to meet people from many lands & cultures—even better than a trip around World Showcase! The Emerald Princess has 4 pools and 7 whirlpool spas, sunning decks, a library,shops, a jogging track and exercise gym, organized sports and games, classes, various types of games, over a dozen restaurants…& mostly all complimentary. In the evenings you can watch movies under the stars or take in one of their live shows. One evening we heard an amazingly gifted violinist, although we usually opted out of the organized entertainment, preferring quiet time together.You can stroll around the decks enjoying the breath-taking scenery… morning noon, or evening, and the views are ever changing and always stunning…even better than Disney! Well, at least most days. One day looked like this! 🙂 But remember, the ship isn’t just for entertainment, it’s also for spending quality time together.For me, it’s like staying at an all-inclusive world class resort that also provides transportation from fascinating port to port across the seas while you sleep! Once you’re on the ship, you never have to unpack your bags again, and “they” do all the driving, so all “we” have to do is enjoy the view! Or, if you’re in a mood for something even more relaxing, you can generally find some beautiful live music playing somewhere, although there are also many quiet lounges where you can read or talk quietly. There are art galleries with dazzling paintings by renowned artists, and art auctions where you can bid on famous reproductions as well. And, the food is OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD. (Yes, this was my dessert one night!) There are fabulous buffets (if you like) for each meal where you can choose your own food and sit wherever you want…most always with a gorgeous view. You can also dress up and go out to “your table” every night if you wish, whichwe always did, because we the loved the gourmet cuisine & romantic ambiance. For the hungry-hearted or those who may have missed a meal, there is food available I think pretty much 24/7…again, free and really appealing! In fact, the food was so remarkable that I might write a separate post about it tomorrow, because that’s one of the most commonly asked questions I get: How was the food? The food was great! In fact, our entire trip was just incredible! The only thing nobody relishes is the mandatory rehearsal at your muster station so you’ll be prepared in case of emergency. Everybody has to show up with their life jacket and know just where to go and what to do in the event of disaster.
Having experienced the Emerald Princess, I can definitely commend her to you if you’re considering taking a cruise. May I also ask you, have you considered taking a journey that will lead to heaven? Having committed my life to Jesus as the Captain of my soul, I can unequivocally commend him to you as a pilot whose ship will never require an emergency evacuation. It will not sink, because Christ has risen from the dead as the “first fruits,” proving that those who believe in him will also be resurrected “in the last day.” It is also a ship loaded with spiritual abundance that makes the cargo of the Emerald Princess look paltry… spiritual blessings like love, joy, peace, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit to guide us. Jesus provides everything for our journey, so all we need to do is climb aboard. And, the final destination is heaven through a mysterious expanse of universe that we can’t navigate on our own. Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you aboard? If you’ve got any questions, please ask. Or, read the Bible, where answers can be found!
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you…I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am there you may be also…I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:2,3,6).