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Cruising on Instagram vs. Reality

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We all know that sometimes, real life isn’t quite what we portray it to be on Instagram.  Sometimes the sunset wasn’t quite that vibrant; sometimes the food wasn’t quite so picture perfect; sometimes the beach wasn’t so pristine.  With cruising, are Instagram pictures too good to be true?  Or are they exactly as they seem?

With this information, you decide: are Instagram pictures better than reality when it comes to cruising, or is it exactly the same?

Food

We all know that food is one of the most important things about a cruise, but does it live up to its hype?

Instagram

Instagram

Looks delicious!  The roll is chock full of lobster and the soup looks warm and comforting.

reality

reality

This shrimp pasta from Cucina Del Capitano aboard Carnival Sunshine looks to die for, even without fancy filters!

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Instagram

Instagram

Look how blue the water is!  The sun is shining!  The beach isn’t overcrowded and look at the cute striped lifeguard stand!

reality

reality

Interesting, the water looks just as blue in reality.  I see a bright sunny beach and look how many beach chairs are open – plenty for everyone!

The Ship

Ahh, the grandeur of the vessel itself.  The majestical ship that will take you to all the places where you’re going to go while you don’t have to anything but eat, sleep, and play.

Instagram

Instagram

Look how grand the ship looks!  The water is blue and it stands tall above the mighty ocean.

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reality

reality

Let’s be honest – is there even a way to make a cruise ship look bad?  Seriously, they’re amazing no matter how you take the picture or what you do to doctor (or not doctor) it up.

Drinks

Instagram

Instagram

Wow the bar is so colorful!  Look at all the variety!  This glass is full and makes me happy so I’m really happy.

reality

reality

I’m on a beach sipping a patriotic looking drink with a cruise ship in front of me and the sun on my back.  This is reality.  ’nuff said.

The Sunset

One of the most important things to see when you’re at sea – the sunset.  You just can’t beat the sun sinking below the ocean.  How’s that for a view?!

Instagram

Instagram

The colors are so vibrant – like fire and ice colliding!  And they radiate and illuminate the clouds so perfectly!

reality

reality

It’s almost like someone took a paintbrush to the sky to paint little puffs of clouds and put a light behind them so they popped out of the picture.  Is there really such a thing as a bad sunset?  This is gorgeous.

 

It’s up to you to decide if reality lives up to the Instagram hype when it comes to cruising.  But in my opinion?  It does – and cruising is just as amazing and wonderful as it would appear.  Happy cruising and Instagraming!

note: all Instagram photos were taken from our Cruise Radio Instagram account, and all “reality” photos were taken from our Facebook page.

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Photos: Nighttime in Venice, Italy

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Recently, I took a cruise aboard Norwegian Star from Venice, Italy. If you’re not caught up, read my five first impressions of the ship here. We were able to spend a few days in Venice after disembarking, and I had the idea to take some long exposure nighttime shots on our very last evening. I’m not a professional photographer by any means, and things like long exposure are always trial and error for me. I just love how much more light it lets in, making things look so sparkly and romantic.

So, as to not keep all my photos to myself, I decided to share a few pictures from that evening. I hope you enjoy them.

had to get a cannoli in Italy, and surprisingly they were not around every corner like I thought they would be. I had almost given up hope on that last night, but we ended up coming across a delicious one with orange zest and chocolate chips in it – I loved the extra kick of flavor that the citrus provided!

Continue to check back for more posts about the Norwegian Star cruise from Venice. We’ve got more on the ship, the food, and the excursions. I hope you’re enjoying seeing a peek into this trip – maybe it’ll inspire you to visit some of the same places someday!

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Photo Tour: Nassau, Bahamas Harbor

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A day in Nassau, Bahamas aboard Royal Caribbean’s newest ship – and the largest cruise vessel in the world – Harmony of the Seas.

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5 Cruise Ships Sailing From Boston [Photos]

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Boston, Massachusetts sees a lot of cruise ships throughout the year.  One of our awesome listeners Richard MacGregory decided to head to the cruise pier and take some awesome photos.  He was kind enough to share some with us, so we give you: six cruise ships sailing from Boston (and a bonus photo from NYC!).

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1. Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian Dawn leaving Boston on Friday, 8/19/2016

Norwegian Dawn leaving Boston on Friday, 8/19/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

2. Carnival Sunshine

Sunshine leaving Boston on Monday, 9/12/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

Sunshine leaving Boston on Monday, 9/12/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

3. Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas leaving Boston on Saturday, 8/27/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

Anthem of the Seas leaving Boston on Saturday, 8/27/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

4. Marina

Oceania Cruises' Marina leaving Boston on Monday, 5/16/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

Oceania Cruises’ Marina leaving Boston on Monday, 5/16/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

5. Serenade of the Seas

Serenade of the Seas leaving Boston on Tuesday, 9/13/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

Serenade of the Seas leaving Boston on Tuesday, 9/13/2016 photo: Richard MacGregory

BONUS: Pacific Princess from NYC

Pacific Princess leaving NYC, Tuesday, 5/31/2016

Pacific Princess leaving NYC, Tuesday, 5/31/2016

Thanks so much for the awesome photos, Richard!

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