Peter Lauria on the crossroads at which the cruise industry currently finds itself:

Ask anyone who hasn’t been on a cruise before to explain their hesitation and the responses are as predictable as they are universal. The structure and scheduling seem oppressive. The port visits seem too short. The only people who go on cruises are retirees, which is followed naturally by the rhetorical question, “Why would I want to be stuck on a boat for a week with a bunch of senior citizens?” The Wi-Fi at sea is terrible, making Instagramming photos and watching Netflix impossible. The risk of getting sick or stranded at sea is too great. There are sharks in the water! And you have to pay for alcohol!

Much peril. 

I’ve never been on one of these massive cruise ships. And I find it hard to imagine ever being on one. It’s just not something I understand at all.

On Vacation. In Japan.

For the first time in my working adult life I’m taking a real vacation. I leave in a few hours for Japan where I’ll be for the next few weeks. It’s both exciting and terrifying.

It’s exciting because well, I’m going to Japan. It’s a place I’ve never been to but everyone raves about. Good food. Fast trains. Anime. And I’m going with a most excellent travel-mate who seems to know her way around the Earth. And we’re stopping in a place where deer appear to rule the city.

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