A two- to four-night cruise to nowhere can be breezed through fairly quickly.
There are no grinding, crunching chains when the ship drops anchor in the middle of the night as it slips into safe haven – an annoying sleep disruption to any passenger at the ship’s fore.
There is no mad scramble for land excursions.
Importantly, medical situations can be readily handled since ports are almost within sight. This transpired just last week when the Quantum of the Seas cruise ship sailed back to Singapore because of a suspected Covid-19 case on board, though that turned out to be a false alarm.
Over the years, I have cruised a dozen times. The shortest was a weekend getaway to nowhere and the longest was a 22-night polar dive expedition to Antarctica.
Amid the waves, sea spray and occasional pesky bird droppings, here are some lessons learnt and tips to make a cruise experience better.