Lens-artist’s Photo Challenge #30: Unexpected

Ann Christine has asked us to show something Unexpected.

For me in the last few years, the unexpected thing has been discovering that I could enjoy a cruise as a holiday, something I always thought was anathema! I have always been independent, planned holidays myself, and done all the driving. As my health deteriorated, this was no longer an option, unless I was with a friend – not always possible.

So cruising was suggested, and I said ‘no way!’ Then I went on one with some friends to introduce me to it, and I began to see that they’re were elements that could work – like no need to keep packing and repacking, the ability to rest in your own cabin any time, more than one restaurant style available without a walk through the streets.  And the ship will be big enough for you not to be bothered by entertainment if you don’t want it.

So now for some images from the unexpected:

I never thought I would see a sloth in the wild:

Sloth in the rainforest

…I didn’t expect to get to see Russia:

..and the Panama Canal was not a place on my ‘must see list’, but proved to be a fascinating experience

I have been on three cruises now, and it can work, although I still get frustrated by being limited in the places I can visit! But I no longer have the fitness or the energy that I used to have, so I accept that this is one way of visiting places that might otherwise be near impossible ….

Linked to Lens-artist’s Photo Challenge at Ann Christine’s here


  1. Thank the Lord for cruises, Sue! I’ve never been on one but you never know when I might need to. Quite happy to follow your example. 🙂 🙂

  2. Well I don’t need to tell you it’s a matter of the company you choose. One of my artist friends – definitely not a cruiser, and very much an independent traveller, came home ecstatic and inspired after a cruise around Scotland.And I so envy your trip on the Panama Canal.

  3. I agree about the first thought of cruises – but obviously they work. And that is wonderful. Great things unexpected, Sue! – And my husband is right now cruising the Panama Canal…I wanted to go as well, but impossible as Milo is too young to leave that long.

  4. Amy

    Thank you, Sue for sharing your cruise experience. It’s a lot of fun!

  5. Ditto…” Cruising is not for me” …. I wish I hadn’t been so stubborn. Reluctantly headed to the Baltic 5 years ago, loved the destinations but loved the aspect of cruising just as much. Cruise no 6 booked for this September. 🙂

  6. I am not a good sailor, (usually seasick) and I have always worried about being stuck on a ship with crowds of people I didn’t care for, or get on with. But I can’t deny that cruising takes you to a lot of destinations, in one holiday.
    I doubt it’s something for me though.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. I agree with you on the pluses and minuses Sue, but what terrific images you have to show for them! One day soon we need to try it

  8. It’s great there are always options for travel, Sue. It looks like you saw some beautiful places while cruising. 🙂

  9. Good for you Sue, whatever gets you where you want to be is great. The sloth would make it worthwhile for me 🙂

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