These are the best, aren’t they? Someone you trust tells you a pack of lies about where they’re taking you. Next thing you know they’re driving you to a port where a giant ship is waiting.
Cruising offers lots of opportunities to surprise your nearest and dearest. Setting everything up can be hard work but it’s worth it for that look of disbelief on the victim’s face when the penny drops.
And the great thing is there are so many variations on the surprise cruise that there’s bound to be one that’s right for you. Here are a few of the more common types for you to consider
Surprising your children
For parents who plan to take their children cruising this one is almost obligatory.
You tell the kids they are going somewhere ordinary or even deadly boring and then watch their faces as they suddenly realise they’re in for an unexpected treat.
As with all these surprises, it’s great to video the moment of realisation. You’ll want to savour it for years to come, even though the script is likely to consist of endless repetitions of, “Oh My God”.
Surprising your wife
Pulling the wool over the eyes of youngsters is one thing, but doing it to an adult – especially when it’s your other half – is another matter altogether.
This next video is a reminder of how much planning it takes to ensure the safe execution of your surprise.
Ensuring cases are correctly packed, time off work is arranged and animals are going to be fed are just some of the things you’ll have to do by stealth, if the plan is to succeed.
Here’s how one guy managed to pull it off, even filming the proceedings while driving. And if that wasn’t enough, he had answers ready for each of his wife’s doubts about the viability of the scheme.
Surprise proposal at sea
It seems like a lot of trouble to go to just to get the woman in your life to say ‘yes’. Furthermore, the consequences of a negative response to your question don’t bear thinking about.
But if she answers in the affirmative, you have a fine tale to tell your children and hopefully some great footage to enjoy for ever after.
So what do you reckon about this next clip? Will she or won’t she accept his proposal?
I’ll give you a clue – it all ends in tears.
Staging one surprise is hard enough, but here’s a guy who went for the double and pulled it off in style.
In December 2002 Samantha Colosi thought she was on a cruise with just her Mum. But unbeknownst to Samantha, her boyfriend Dewayne had also sneaked on board just minutes before the ship pulled out of harbour.
Mum, who’s in on the caper, suggests her daughter takes a walk on deck to meet the captain. As she steps out a video camera starts rolling, all set to capture Sam’s low key (I don’t think so) reaction.
And so to our final story. Excited parents are about to spring a surprise on their young son. He’ll be going on a Disney cruise.
This should be a few moments of pure YouTube magic. Even I’m excited about the prospect and I’m not going.
But the little one seems a touch underwhelmed, certainly in the opening sequence. At one point he even suggests he really doesn’t “give a rip”. So not the full-on euphoric reaction mum and dad had been hoping for.
All I can suggest is next time they borrow that teenage girl from my first video.
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