- Beaches. Comparing Rochester beaches to Caribbean beaches might be a bit pathologic, but the point is that Lake Ontario and the nearby Finger Lakes have beaches which at times are surprisingly serviceable.
- Rock Climbing. Yes, the cruise ship had rock climbing, and so does Rochester.
- Starbucks. Even though Rochester is so past the Second Wave of coffee, Rochesterians still have many Starbucks available.
- Swimming Pools. Many indoor and outdoor pools dot the Rochester scene.
- Mini Golf. In addition to regular golf, Rochester does fine here.
- Obesity. Both Rochester and the cruise ship hold their own.
- Slow Internet. Even Time Warner and Frontier are faster than the ship's internet service.
- Spa. Rochester does quite well. Here is an example.
- Weather. It is at times 80 degrees and sunny in Rochester, just not at the moment.
- Bad Cover Bands. There is no shortage in either location.
- Broadway Shows. Surprisingly the cruise had one. Rochester has the Rochester Broadway Theatre League.
- Comedy Club. Rochester again holds its own.
- Ice Skating Rink. It's safe to say that Rochester has plenty of these.
- Casino. Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse have many such venues where secondhand smoke is readily available.
- Underpaid Labor. The cruise ship dominates this category.
- Caribbean Culture. Again, Rochester surprises with the Rochester West Indian Festival Organization and many Caribbean restaurants.
- Overpriced Purses. Rochester is no slouch.
- Butterfly Garden. Aside from being indoors, the butterfly garden in Rochester is quite comparable to that in St. Martin.
- Craft Cocktails. As with beer and coffee, Rochester is up on this trend.
- Work. Rochester probably offers more options.
Monday, April 6, 2015
Rochester vs. The Caribbean
After returning from a first ever cruise, I couldn't help but ask the question: can a frigid Rust Belt town like Rochester compare to a cruise ship and three Caribbean islands? Here is a breakdown of 20 offerings: