Tropical islands with palm trees have long been promoted as “hot” destinations, the ideal romantic getaways for honeymooners , and heaven’s stereotypes for other holidaymakers..
However, as I’m sitting now on my lounge chair at the cruise ship’s 16 years + Solarium a single sentence keep resonating in my head : ”Paradise on Earth “ .
Yes, I’m enjoying this Alaskan cruise in the inside passage more than last year’s in the Caribbean Sea for the below reasons:
-I live by the sea in a “ hot” country with palm trees : no drastic changes be it weather or scenery
– Every morning , whenever I open the curtains of our stateroom’s balcony, I’m greatly surprised by a totally new panorama, an absolutely different landscape…the crescendo of spectacular sceneries and magnificent fjords culminated today with the much anticipated glaciers.
-We are kept entertained with the multiple impromptu sightings, always on the watch for the ever elusive whales the playful dolphins and the occasional seals…and when totally focused on my book thus oblivious to the enthusiastic shouts of excitement spurred by an interesting spotting, my attention was put back on track where it should’ve belonged by a sympathetic neighbour… thou shall not peel your eyes from the glass window !
Isn’t it “Paradise on Earth”?
Well, according to the Captain, it is such for a growing number of people:
⁃ there are many old timers …for some, it’s a yearly ritual. The question that we are constantly asked : is it your first time?
⁃ there are 40 honeymooners
⁃ there are 239 celebrations- 106 anniversaries and 133 birthdays