After reading and looking at the pictures in this article anyway. For those who have read the old man and the sea, the story tells of the tribulations of an aging fisherman’s struggle to bring an 18 feet long Marlin back to shore. It inspires in us thoughts about humankind’s relentless attempts to overcome the oceans to no avail.
But today our post is not about that.
We want to dive into the subject of cruising as opposed to journeying on land. And this came up because one of Mel’s colleagues recently went on a cruise around Japan instead of getting around it (on land of course). You see, it went like this :
“Hey Mel you travel in Japan a lot right?”
“Yeah, we love it! We normally take a train out and pick up a car”
“Wow that’s a lot of work to drive around to see a few places”
“True. But you know the feel of the open road”
“Cruising could be a better option. Don’t change hotels everyday”
“Yeah. Getting to the places is often the journey in itself”
“Nah. We’ll stick with a cruise. It’s easier”
Obviously there were more to that conversation – such as the cost of rent & drive, food & lodgings etc. Navigating the roads and getting there, wherever ‘there’ means. It is definitely true that the cruise would take a swipe at solving most of these considerations. We accept that. BUT.
It means for us that the choice of a cruise will mean folks enjoy the coast of Japan more than the country itself. If the intent was to see and know a little more of the country, then this would defeat that purpose. Otherwise, why not?
Have you experience rough seas while out there in the oceans? Will you choose a cruise around Japan over a drive within it?