You *know* we prefer RVing! And, I hate the lines on cruise ships. But, cruising has its advantages. The main one is, of course, that the big cruise ships make it convenient to visit wonderful places for a reasonable price.
Cruising is a great way to share travel with your extended family. It’s comfortable, and nobody has to cook or clean! There’s plenty do do for the active people, as well as for the inactive. Find a cozy corner or a deck chair and just read, or take shore excursions that include hiking or biking. It’s totally up to the individual.
It’s a great venue for conferences. This cruise was sponsored by the Parkinsons Research Foundation. We went because Jim’s Dad has Parkinsons. I think the group was about 40 or 50 people. They had seminar rooms with topics scheduled on 4 of the 7 days of the cruise. Some of our group attended several of the seminars, some attended none. We all enjoyed the experience of visiting Alaska and seeing the awesome views. We all enjoyed the food and other amenities of shipboard life.
Jim and I kept thinking, “This would be a great way to host a Geeks on Tour Picasa conference!” Everywhere you look people were snapping photos. We showed several people how to find settings on their cameras like ‘video’ or ‘backlight.’ Wouldn’t those people love to attend a seminar each evening of the cruise to learn more about managing their digital pictures with Picasa? My sister-in-law took advantage of being with us on the cruise and we scheduled a one-on-one session with her, her camera, and our computer with Picasa. We showed her how to tag her photos with the name of each excursion, explained how Picasa folders and windows folders are one and the same, and demonstrated how to make pictures look better and why you don’t need to save those changes.