Your best Royal Caribbean cruise ever has just wrapped up and you're back home and already you're longing for the next one. If you're anyting like my family, we start missing certain aspects of the cruise experience right away.
Here are the things we always think about "the day after" that we wish we could see/eat/do again.
10.Someone to bring new towels every day
You get home, take a shower after a long trip back home and when you put your towel on the floor... no one replaces it with a clean one! There's something nice about having fresh towels brought to you every day to keep things nice and fresh.
9. Being welcomed to each meal with a smile, a wave and some hand sanitizer
When my daughter sees hand sanitzer these days, she always mentions going on a cruise. Whether you are walking into the Windjammer, Main Dining Room or a specialty restaurant, being greeted warmly always makes you feel good.
I especially enjoy the "antics" of the early morning Windjammer staff who combine their hellos with dances, songs and high-fives.
8. Knowing what day it is by looking down on the ground
Granted most people do not have elevators in their houses, but it's nice to be able to look down on the ground and know what day it is. It's a little touch that makes a Royal Caribbean cruise feel like a Royal Caribbean cruise.
7. Having all of our meals cooked for us
Who doesn't enjoy having all your meals and snacks prepared for you every night? When you get home, you start thinking about all the preperation and work involved in cooking and it makes you yearn for one more night in the Main Dining Room.
6. Being able to see the ocean all the time
Whether you're walking around the deck, going out to your balcony or disembarking at a new port, the ocean is always there and getting that ocean breeze is something you just can't beat. Being back at home, I miss that smell of the ocean and hearing the waves crashing into the ship.
5. The only schedule to worry about is in your Cruise Compass
When you're onboard your Royal Caribbean cruise, the Cruise Compass is all you need to figure out what to do that day. Being back at home, work emails, kids practices, errands and the rest all dictate where you have to be when. Call me crazy, but I greatly prefer deciding between the bellyflop competition or towel folding seminar to carpooling the kids to school.
4. Someone making your bed each day with turndown service
Since I was a kid, I've felt making up your bed was silly since the only person that sees it is me. But when you're on a Royal Caribbean cruise, it's great having the bed made up for you each and every morning.
And at night, turn down service is the perfect way to get ready for bed. I may not ever do it myself at home, but turn down service is the way to get into bed if I had a choice!
3. Waking up somewhere new every day
One of the best things about cruising is the idea you go to sleep in one place and you wake up somewhere else. Going to new ports every day and exploring is what makes a Royal Caribbean vacation so much fun!
At home, you go to sleep and wake up in the same place every night. There's no question the cruise alternative is the way to go!
2. Basically everything on the pool deck
I was thinking about something regarding being by the pool is something I miss when I'm home but I decided that first day back you just miss the entire pool deck experience.
Sunning yourself, being in the water, getting unlimited free ice cream cones and having someone bring you the drink of the day all contribute to the pool deck experience. When you're home, you miss out on pretty much all of that and it feels odd not going up to deck 11 for a swim.
1. Not being at work