I’m a pretty big fan of travel-related shows like House Hunters International. I kinda live my travel fantasies through the people on the show, picking out homes that I will never own in places where I’m not living and probably won’t visit anytime soon. It gets me through my travel withdrawals and gives me ideas for future trips. You get the drift.
But there might be a new sheriff in this travel-filled town. On the weekend I discovered a new show that not only fits the travel withdrawal bill, but one that truly fascinates me. Meet Mighty Cruise Ships on Discovery Channel. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.
Each episode features a different cruise liner that takes a number of very lucky passengers on some pretty incredible journeys. According to Discovery, the show “takes viewers to some of the world’s most extraordinary hot spots. The series also goes behind the scenes of these seafaring marvels to show the high-stakes, behind-the-scenes navigational and technological challenges aboard the floating state-of-the-art vessels.”
Yes, definitely extraordinary.
The first episode I watched featured the Viking Sea ship from Viking River Cruises. What can I say? Sign me up, pack my bags and send me on a Viking Empire tour stat! All I need is about $20,000 per person. Yes, you are reading that right $20k! That’s about $18,599 + $995 flight (estimates and probably in US funds, which to a Canadian just means more $$$) per person. Ouch!
When you start analyzing it, it’s not really that bad of a deal though. The cruise is 50 days (5-0 DAYS!), 18 countries and 37 excursions plus it includes all the food and drinks on board. Does that sound better now that you know that? It does to me, but I still can’t afford it. Sigh.
Watching it on TV makes me feel like I am experiencing the cruise, the sites and food without actually being there.You know, in a creepy voyeur kinda way. Watching and drooling.
The show does a great job of showing the behind-the-scenes look at the trials and tribulations of the crew who is responsible for feeding and entertaining the passengers. From designing excursions and day-on-the-sea activities, solving problems like navigating through shallow and unknown water passages, to finding that perfect fish to serve.
Then there are the sites. Breathtaking. It really brings the locations to life and makes you want to pack your bags and go. Right now. Every episode is a different location and offers different experiences, sights, adventures and food. Go ahead and watch it. You won’t be sorry.
I’m not a huge fan of cruises, but in this case, I’m hooked. I can’t even imagine how excited I would be if I had to opportunity to partake in this kind of adventure. One day, one day. Until then, the show will suffice.
What are your favourite travel shows and why? Any recommendations?