I do a fair amount of "normal" cruising. For me, here are the differences.
70,000 Tons - Marked by "Go, go, go". There are 120 metal shows to chose between, friends you only see once a year to hang out with, merch to buy, kareoke to participate in, clinics, meet and greets, etc, etc.... Sleep is hard to come by, more then food on the go, also hard to come by. It's an intense experience, and one I thoroughly enjoy. Even though it's go, go, go, it's not in a stressful way, it just trying to cram in as much as I can in the 4 days on this ship. Accept there is some stuff I will miss out on this trip, and that's ok. Prioritize what bands, event, etc are important and make sure those happen. Everything else is as you get a chance...at least for me.
Normal cruise - It's all about the chill. Enjoy the ship more. Check out the Casino, wake boarding, rock climbing wall, shows. There is no super rush. If I don't do it one day...it will be there the next. Far more chill. Sleep in. Have a 2 hour meal. It's a completely different vibe.
I can like both Jalapeños and Oranges...it doesn't mean they have much in common :)
This year I will be doing both back to back, I know a few people who do this. If your one of those, feel free to chill out with me on days 5,6,7,8 and 9!
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