I don’t really enjoy the cruising culture which consists of boozing, gluttony and other forms of self-indulgence.

My latest cruise on the Carnival Paradise did not have nearly the amount of boozing that cruises typically have, possibly because so many of the young people were high schoolers who were celebrating graduating but not old enough to legally drink.

Carnival Cruise Hairy Man Contest Also I did enjoy one offshoot of this culture, the hairy chest contest.  Actually I didn’t enjoy the contest, I just enjoyed the fact that a small Indian man with no shame and the hairiest chest and back won.  I found out he won after seeing all the replays shown throughout the ship.

When I congratulated the winner later he humbly replied “Oh thank you.  You should have done it.  It was so much fun.”

I replied “I can’t dance like you.”

Still there’s just this sense of heightened self-indulgence.  I must admit that though I found it somewhat unsettling I participated fully in it as a complete glutton.

In the end I realized that if the only reason I like cruising is the buffet then maybe I should just stay local and visit a different buffet every meal.  I would save a lot of money and not risk getting seasick.

At least none of us gained weight.

2 Responses to “Why I Don’t Like Cruising – Culture”

essny wrote a comment on June 23, 2009

does the context in which you have a buffet change the fact that you are still indulging in all that food?

If I ever go on a cruise, it’s going to be one of those luxury yachts where there’s a really high staff to passenger ratio, and awesome gourmet food. ha. in my dreams.

seonghuhn wrote a comment on June 23, 2009

I think the context of the buffet could change things. I don’t actually feel uncomfortable at regular buffets, maybe because it’s just about the food. But on cruises it feels like there is more of a self-indulgence for every pleasure possible.

Can’t wait to hear about your luxury yacht cruise. 🙂

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