When I was asked to take part in the blog trip for MSC Cruises I wanted to do one or two things – either prove or dispel the myth that cruises are for the elderly or the ‘elite’ and not the kind of vacation one would go on if they wanted to explore the destinations they visited.
Fortunately for me – and for MSC I guess – I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that I fell in love with MSC Splendida. Not just because the ship itself was visually stunning and remarkable (which it was – how can you go
wrong with Swarovski encrusted staircases?) but I fell in love with cruising as a medium of which to travel.
Don’t get me wrong you don’t get to see the places you dock as much or as long as you’d probably like – despite my efforts of wearing comfortable shoes, carrying multiple bottles of water to keep me hydrated and with enough camera memory to take up to a zillion photos but my theory is this: If you were physically on the ground throughout the entire duration of your holiday – like you normally are on a typical ‘bucket and spade’ holiday how much do you really see of the place you’re staying in and do you honestly venture past the confines of your resort to explore?
With a cruise you almost feel obliged to get off at the port and participate in one of the excursions or tours on offer and I really did feel – despite being exhausted by the end of it – that I had really ‘seen’ the parts of Italy we visited.
This video plays homage to the ship MSC Splendida… arrrghh how I wish I were still with you!
Please enjoy this video with the humour it was intended.
Thanks to MSC Cruises for inviting Traveldudes.