Thom's Cruise

by SPARK


It’s good to get out every now and then to see how the other half lives. To avoid the pressures of the Winter Holiday Season my wife and I took our first (and perhaps last) cruise. It was an 8-day venture from San Diego to Acapulco, planned strategically so we could avoid airplanes, crowds, and temperatures below 60 degrees.

It was a large ship (13 decks) with lots of places to be physically active (the walk around Deck 10 took 5.5 minutes) and eat (24 hours a day). One actually could continue to have a healthy lifestyle if they had the appropriate avoidance skills. Because of my good behavior management training, I was able to exercise every day and accumulated an average of 13,233 steps and avoided the three elevators except to occasionally amuse myself. The plusses were that I had lots of quiet time to grade my papers and plenty of opportunities for cultural experiences at each port of call. I got neither see- or sea-sick, so that was positive. Nonetheless, I found the midnight chocolate buffet, paying $54.00 an hour for internet service, and having a tour guide in Acapulco who was from Germany a bit much. It did just not seem authentic–sort of like having a physiologist as a PE instructor—the background was there, but things just did not translate well.

-THOM MCKENZIE

Have any of you taken a cruise and found it was easy to stay active — or did you find it difficult to maintain your workout routine? What about weight gain — could you resist overeating or did you take a holiday from moderation? If you share your thoughts with us we’ll place your name in our raffle for a free dessert (kidding).