Recently we took a cruise from L.A. to Vancouver, and we are thinking about taking another one next year, only this time south to Puerto Vallarta and that region of Mexico.
Although I enjoyed the trip for the sheer adventure of it, I wouldn’t call it a cruise exactly. It was more like a “voyage”, in that we faced fairly rough seas–rough enough to affect my appetite–and generally chilly overcast weather, much more than I would have expected in May. It was too cold to go out and do the outdoor things people do on cruises. Secondly, my wife got sick–not seasick, but sick with a bad cold, and the line didn’t offer smokefree cabins. My wife is sensitive to cigarette smoke, or even the smell of someone having recently smoked in a room. Finally, the average age of the passengers must have been about 68. It’s not a problem exactly, but it made us feel as though we were in Leisure World. Of course, many aspects of the trip were very nice. Being out travelling is a lot of fun, as it is to spend a week not working, not driving, not running errands, and so on.
So I’m wondering if we should even be considering cruising again. Do different shipping lines have somewhat younger clienteles? Smoke free cabins? By sailing south to a warm country, would we exponentially increase our enjoyment? And are the seas between Southern California and southern Mexico usually calm?