If there’s one thing we’re passionate about, it’s sharing all of the awesome things that cruise holidays have to offer.
And if you’re a cruise newbie, you might have a few reservations about taking a cruise. In this article, we’re going to debunk those tired old myths and show you 7 reasons why you should take a cruise.
First up, let’s set the record straight on a few things:
“Oh, I wouldn’t be able to go on a cruise. I get so nauseous when we’re out on the boat in summer!”
-- Wrong! Most larger cruise ships are so big that the movement of the ship is virtually undetectable.
“Won’t I get claustrophobic on a cruise?”
-- Nope. Unless you’d get claustrophobic in the biggest Westfield in town, or a whole block of Darling Harbour, you’ll be perfectly fine on a cruise. Some cruises are large enough to house their own water parks, dozens of restaurants, shopping centres and nightclubs.
“Sure, but aren’t cruises just for older people, and families?”
-- Cruises are awesome for golden agers, young families, and basically anyone else – you’ll find your fair share of honeymooners, groups of young friends and even single people. Honestly, there’s something for everyone on a cruise – and even cruises specifically catered to your interests.
So if you’re on the fence about booking a cruise, here are the top reasons why you’ll want to get on board:
What many people don't realise is that a cruise actually offers a great value for the money you put into the trip. The reason for this is that many cruises are all-inclusive. Your food, your accommodations, transportation, and entertainment all calculated in the overall costs.
When you look at the cost for a mainstream cruise line, you’ll find that on average it’ll work out less than $100 per person, per night. If you compare that to how much you spend for a typical hotel, dinner, and show on any other vacation you will find that the cruise is actually much less expensive. For families, in particular, it’s awesome because you can get discounted rates if your kids share a cabin with you – and some cruise lines even let kids sail for free!
Of course, great value shouldn’t mean compromising on quality. Many upscale cruise lines have inclusive packages that handle flights, alcohol, gratuities, onboard spending credit (for things like a day at the spa or shopping) and even shore excursions.
The up-front cost can seem shocking to people who are used to looking at individual sections of holiday costs, one at a time. However, if you were to compare the costs of a cruise with the total costs of a land-based holiday with a similar itinerary, the cruise would almost always be the better value.
You don’t need to try to cram a two-week cruise into a busy schedule or settle for a weekend cruise when what you’re looking for is immersion. You can set sail on a quick three-night getaways to a months-long world cruises. You can find the perfect retreat to match your travel style, dream destination, schedule, and budget.
Want to head out on an intimate 12-person river cruise, a 5000-strong passenger ship, or an actual sailing ship? Any style of seabound adventure you’re after, there’s bound to be a cruise for you.
You won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything, either. There’s basically anything you could possibly want, all within walking distance of your cosy ocean view room. We’re talking Wi-Fi, phone service, even satellite TV. You can buy that toothbrush you’ve forgotten, do a load of washing, visit the sick-bay if you’re not feeling too crash hot, get a sweat on at the gym or escape to the spa.
Once you’re on board, you can find something for everyone. Outdoors-y cruisers can enjoy rock climbing walls, foodies an upscale dinner, families an outdoor movie theatre, and party animals can head to the nightclub.
Some cruise ships offer specialized language classes, yoga classes, dance workshops, computer classes and educational lectures.
You can play basketball, go to a casino, spa, or catch live performances. Enjoy a comedy routine, stop by a theatre, paint pottery.
With a cruise vacation package, everything is super easy. Transportation and accommodations are simple. Just pick your cruise line and the ship, choose your itinerary and your cabin, and everything else is sorted.
You won't have to waste time searching for hotels that fit your price range or try to coordinate your travel between three different cities. You can have everything picked for you. You can also find a cruise that departs near your home or include your airfare in the package. Even if you have 20 keen family members or a huge group of friends, all you have to do is book enough cabins for a sweet cruise deal and everything else is taken care of.
On top of the cost-effectiveness for families, many cruise lines are one of the few places that families can visit which are entirely friendly to kids of all ages. It can be a struggle to take a vacation when your kids are various ages, as they each will no doubt have different interests.
With a family cruise, you can rest assured that your teenagers have a place to hang out when they don't want to be seen with mum and dad. The little ones have a place that they can play, and you still have a place where you can swim or drink (arguably, the most important part).
Swimming pools, excursions, kids clubs, and video games help parents to have time for themselves. It’s a win-win for everyone!
One of the most attractive aspects of taking a cruise is that you can book cruises with multiple stops. Fly to Europe and take a cruise that shows you multiple cities inside multiple countries and even takes you to places like St. Petersburg.
But add to that the fact that you’ve only got to take one flight to and from your home city, and you never have to unpack and repack your suitcase. If you were to take the same type of trip by air or by train, you’d have to change hotels every morning and make sure you check out by a specific time. Also, it's hard to enjoy any activities or entertainment when you’re trying to get yourself to and from four different airports in one week. Book a cruise to Italy, Spain, Greece, and France without having to check-in or out.
Whether you are looking for the perfect cruise destination for beaches or if you want to discover the best destinations for culture, choosing your cruise itinerary will make sure you have an unforgettable experience, without any of the headaches.
When headed out on a cruise it can be difficult knowing what to pack!
As a newcomer to cruises it is imperative that you avoid some beginner's mistakes:
Whether you’re making the best of cruising alone or simply enjoy flying solo: