Solbit Ponders, “To Cruise or Not to Cruise, That Is The Question”

Dear Nicalai,

Our cruise ship just arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, after 14 days sailing.  I’ll always remember this day, Monday, November the 10th, but not because we arrived.  No. I’ll remember it for Nona and Papa’s “discussion” about whether to ever take another cruise ship trip.  Their verdict is in:  Yes (that would be Nona) and No (that would be Papa).  I’ve never seen them so divided on something as they are on this cruise ship question.


We all agree that the Celebrity Equinox is a very big, very comfortable, and very well run cruise ship.

Can you believe it, they haven’t even asked my opinion?  They’re so wrapped up in their “discussion.”  Nona is saying, “… but I like meeting people, having supper with them, getting to have a conversation every night.”  Papa’s saying, “I like having supper every night, yes, but I’m an introvert.  What’s so much fun about meeting a new couple every night?”


I took this photo of (from left to right) Papa, Nona, Peter, and Nurit. Pretty good composition, huh? In focus too.

Nona says, “The food preparation and choices on the ship were really the best we’ve had on our around-the-world trip, right?”  Papa replied, “Yes, the chefs, the cooks, and the servers are terrific, if what you want is good food and good service, then take the cruise ship, by all means.”

Nona says, “…and playing bocce on the lawn every day was great fun, wasn’t it?”  Papa retorted, “Yes, but I didn’t get to ride my bike every day.  I miss my bike rides.”

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Papa rides on top of his recumbent bike, and that’s quite a balancing act, isn’t it?

Nona says, “…I’d certainly consider another cruise if it saved us travel money and jet lag, like this cruise did.”  Papa answered, “If I never take another cruise ship trip, it’ll be too soon.” You know what, I don’t think they will “meet in the middle” on this question.


Some people think, “She’s just a plastic Jurassic. What does she know?” Well, I know things and have opinions too.

Let me tell you what I think.  I’ve pondered the question, “To cruise or not to cruise.”  I’ve listened to Nona’s view, and I’ve heard Papa’s, too.  Also, I actually have had the experience of 14 days on our Trans-Atlantic cruise.  So, I think I’m qualified to have an opinion, don’t you?


When we docked at Ft. Lauderdale, the rain had just stopped. I know. I looked out the window to check.

Here’s what I think.  Some people like taking cruise ships.  Some people don’t.  Some people can afford to take a cruise.  Some people cannot.  Cruise ship trips are not for everyone, and that’s ok, but, if Nona decides to take another cruise, I’m going with her, and Papa can stay home with his bicycle.

That’s my opinion.  What’s yours?

I’m your friend.



November 2014

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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