How to cope with the cruise industry suspension for the cruising-obsessed

While you may not be able to go on a cruise right now, here are some ideas on how you can recreate the experience at home for the ultimate staycation:  For anyone who has been on a cruise before, you know how addictive it can be. Once you have experienced what it is like to see a number of exotic destinations from the same floating resort with unlimited food, great service and world-class entertainment, not planning or fantasising about your next cruise is close to impossible. If you’re one of those people who has really been missing your favourite form of vacation since the suspension of the cruise line industry as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, you are definitely not alone. As the light appears at the end of this many-month-long no-cruise tunnel, here are some tips to help you hang in there just a little bit longer:

The Mooiberge Strawberry Farm: It’s berry mooi!

*For my international readers, ‘Mooi’ means ‘pretty’   If you have been reading my blog for some time, you would probably know that the Big Pineapple in Bathurst has been at the top of my local bucket list for a while now. It made my strange place bucket list years ago. More recently I recreated pictures of it for my lockdown Instagram series, and I even mentioned it in my interview with Bored Panda . I feel I may be their biggest completely unpaid brand ambassador.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sharon Waugh 🌍 (@thesharonicles) With the second wave of COVID-19 that is happening is South Africa right now (particularly bad in the Eastern Cape), going to visit it doesn’t seem like the best idea. So I decided to go in search of the next best thing, which also happens to be a lot closer to home: Some giant strawberries!  Okay, they have lots of other oversized things too!

'Home Is Where The Art Is', Zeitz MOCAA's best exhibition ever!

 (Not that I would know) Classical art, modern art, street art, I have an appreciation for anything that looks like skill and effort went into its creation. Or anything that in its essence tells a profound story (as long as that story isn’t, “I’m a pretentious conceptual artist who has earned the respect of art critics despite my complete lack of creativity, originality and effort”). Since I moved to Cape Town, The Zeitz MOCAA (or ‘Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa’) has been one of the top items on my local bucket list.

Kayaking in central Cape Town

 After being cooped up inside for months, with the eventual relaxation of lockdown restrictions, it became time for an adventure. So, what do you do when you live in Cape Town, international tourism isn’t really an option due to a stupid pandemic and you have already seen penguins, alpacas and the mythical dassie ? You go in search of whales! Unfortunately, the best place to see whales is in Hermanus and Hermanus is nearly 2 hours away, so we settled for Three Anchor Bay near central Cape Town and lowered our whale-spotting expectations quite dramatically.  Either way, we set out on an adventure and it did not disappoint.

Welcome to the Sharonicles

The Sharonicles is a travel humour blog by a South African travel writer. With six years of experience as a cruise ship crew member, her travels on ships and on land have taken her to 57 countries on five different continents.  She photographs a plastic flamingo called 'Rodrigo' on her adventures because it seemed like a good idea ten years ago and it’s probably too late to turn back now. She also likes unicorns, carbs and referring to herself in third-person.

Here she shares advice, opinions and anecdotes revealing the funny side of travel from her experiences. 


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