We’ve been looking at options for a covid-safe fall vacation and we’ve been finding limited supply, high demand, sky-high prices, and lots of states with scary Covid numbers…
In the end, we booked an Alaskan cruise on NCL. A cruise wasn’t on my radar for this year, but it ticked a lot of boxes:
NCL requires 100% vaccinated passengers and crew. Additionally, everyone is tested prior to boarding.
No under 12’s allowed, which is a bummer for the kids but it means there are no vulnerable unvaccinated kiddos on board.
We can walk to the pier from our house. No airport crowds.
A balcony room was in our price range! We can hang out and enjoy the scenery from our own room.
It’s funny, on the one hand I think taking a cruise in these covid times is nuts. But when I went through the risks, point by point, I found myself okay with it all.
I’ve never been particularly interested in sailing on a huge-ass ship like the one we’re taking, but no doubt it will be an fun experience. There’s a go-cart track and a laser tag complex, both of which I’ll try at least once. When in Rome… 😜 We’ve never had a balcony cabin before so that’s exciting too.
I’m looking forward to all the usual cruise ship experiences: ocean views, sunsets, music, delicious food, and nature hikes at port. It will be cold and wet, but I like cold and wet! There’s a bird watching excursion that looks particularly interesting.
Next up: I’m looking for a reputable carbon capture company selling offset credits to partially mitigate the .83 tons of carbon an average cruiser puts out. (x2 for P & I) I mean, I try not to kick the planet in the ribs — but travel remains my big carbony indulgence. May as well mitigate the best I can.
Things on my research list:
- Carbon capture credits
- Birdwatching binoculars & pocket guide
If you have any recommendations, hit me up! 🙂