If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship, you’ve probably heard a director or comedian do the “top ten questions asked” bit. Number one is most often “what time is the midnight buffet!” which is hilarious because midnight buffets hardly exist anymore! Silly questions aside, there are many things to love about vacationing on a cruise ship.
In honor of A Cruise Fling, and Mac and Cole’s love story on board, here are five reasons why cruises are a blast!
Like the antiquated midnight buffet (which I’ve been to, delish!) many ships are changing how they do things, but, for the most part, the following is true: you can eat your way through a cruise! Breakfast in the dining room, brunch in the cafeteria style lounge, lunch, ice cream, snacks, dinner, cafeteria dinner, late night snack… Nowadays there are more “paid” options, so things are a bit hit or miss, but there is still plenty of good eats to be had for all! Cruise often enough, they’ll even leave sweets in your room to welcome you.
2. Visiting New Locations!
I’m a creature of comfort. I like knowing my way around a place, where I’m getting my next meal, etc. It makes packing up and flying abroad a challenge for me. But on a cruise ship there’s this extra safety layer. Because I can combine that comfort of the known with the ability to visit a new-to-me island and have a blast exploring!
Perhaps this is because I began cruising with a father who doesn’t sit still, but we’ve made the most out of the on-board entertainment. From trivia to BINGO, comedians to musical shows, sports to pool side competitions, there is practically something to do at any time of the day.
Okay, so anything weather related is never a complete guarantee, but with a large pool deck and many cruises going to warm weather locations, there is often sunbathing on the agenda. In contrast to jumping from one activity to the next, you can lay out on a chair (if you can find an available one!) and soak up the sun while the ship travels toward the next destination.
I’m not much of a drinker, in fact, I’m a light weight! But it is well known you can drink your way through a cruise vacation. And bonus, you’re not driving! Different ships have some fun onboard fruity concoctions: my mom and I once shared a “love connection”—pina colada, strawberry daiquiri, and mango daiquiri. I highly recommend! And if alcohol isn’t your thing, there is also soda available just about all the time, and alcohol-free yummy treats to try!
Cruises are definitely not for everyone, but one of the things I’ve always loved about them is how versatile they are. You can do nothing but hang out by the pool or on a beach, be on the constant go, spend your time shopping or gambling. There is a little something for everyone. Oh, and did I mention the food?
1. To sail in an area, especially for pleasure
2. To look for someone…definitely for pleasure
Mackenzie Laurel is done with rotten lemons. Especially the guy kind. With no relationship, no job, and nowhere to live, Mac’s leaving reality behind to go on a luxury cruise. Sun. Sand. Ocean breezes. Heaven. Of course, a little fun in the sun wouldn’t hurt. And a certain green-eyed passenger might just be the thirst-quenching lemonade she needs…
Cole Matterhorn isn’t a relationship guy. Hell, he can barely commit to leftovers. Yet the second he meets Mac, there’s sparks—the kind that could mean some delicious distraction. Distraction that Cole desperately needs to escape from his work problems and the event that imploded any chance of his having a normal life.
Mac and Cole have more in common than just chemistry. She’s hard of hearing and knows a little something about not always fitting in—and that his prosthetic does not define him. For 9 days they’re both having the time of their lives, whether it’s their failed trivia attempts, heating things up on a Caribbean beach, or even a sexy karaoke serenade.
Now it’s only a matter of time before they hit the shore—and reality.
A Cruise Fling is now available! Find out where to buy it here.
After spending her childhood coming up with new episodes to her favorite sitcoms instead of sleeping, Laura Brown decided to try her hand at writing and never looked back. A hopeless romantic, she’s been drawn to love stories since a young age. She lives in Massachusetts with her family, and yes, that includes feline members! Laura’s been hard of hearing her entire life but didn’t start learning ASL until college, when her disability morphed from an inconvenience to a positive part of her identity. It’s important to her to create strong, competent characters with disabilities, as she didn’t have that growing up. At home the closed captioning is always on, lights flash with the doorbell, and hearing aids are sometimes optional.
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