Time-Travel & The Transatlantic Cruise

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In the last 6 days, we’ve been at sea for 5 of them. And that one port day was just spent in a café in Fort Lauderdale, Facebook-poking people.

So what’s up with all the sea days? Well, we are currently on a Transatlantic cruise. And it’ll be another 4 days until we see land again! Whenever crew members talk about transatlantic cruises, there are usually ominous pauses to emphasize the gravity of the situation. Sea days are no doubt our busiest work days, so to do so many in a row make some people nervous.

It was only 6 months ago when I headed East over the Atlantic Ocean. Apart from the weariness of going a few days without natural light, it felt like an adventure – almost retracing the path that Christopher Columbus took. Except that we didn’t have to worry about contracting scurvy. And I’m guessing Columbus didn’t have a Martini bar on board. In addition, we had a number of 25-hour days to adjust from European to North American time, it was my birthday and Kent and Caanan were on board. There was also a greater sense of community as more crew members seemed to cross paths during the day and had meals at similar times. Plus, I always find it exciting to travel to a different continent.

Heading west however, is slightly more challenging. In total, we will have six 23-hour days to adjust for the time difference. This creates a peculiar phenomenon, where you perceive time as moving faster than normal. It’s like being David Hasslehoff in a slow-motion running Baywatch scene. Nevertheless, I enjoy the surrealism of crossing the Atlantic Ocean by ship. It’s not something I will experience many times in my life so I might as well make the most of it.

Besides, we’re eventually repositioning to the Baltic Sea which means I’ll be able to visit four new countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Footnote: I’ve often been asked me why anyone would go on a repositioning cruise. For one thing, you can often find deals which make it as cheap as flying. And instead of traveling via air cattle-class, you stay on board a floating resort for 2 weeks. This is probably one of the best value luxury travel holidays you can get and well within the reach of even budget travelers, assuming your have the time. (For more information check out the guys at No Vacation Required, who are expert cruisers)

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In 2004, I sold everything I owned and left New Zealand to go see the world. In that time, I've run with bulls in Pampolona, watched the Man burn at Black Rock City, volunteered at a special-needs summer camp in New York, hosted & couchsurfed with 100+ people, taught English in Prague, trained with Muay Thai fighters in Phuket, worked on 5 different cruise ships, hugged strangers on streets in 7 countries and this one time, I even hitchhiked naked (but that was back home, so that doesn't really count). I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2012, to embark on new adventures. It's nice here, I think I may stay awhile! Let's connect: @roymarvelous, facebook & RSS.

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  • http://www.novacationrequired.com Caanan @ No Vacation Required

    As you know, we just wrapped up another trans-atlantic (missed you though, dammit). I can only imagine the dread with which 6 or 7 days at sea is met by the staff. Having said that, you would never know it by the level of service you receive.

    And you are absolutely correct, a repo cruise can be an amazing experience and easily on of the best travel values anywhere.

    Thanks for the shout outs, BTW.

    • http://roymarvelous.com Roy Marvelous

      Well we’re almost there. Lisbon tomorrow!