I’ve recently just come back from my very first cruise. What was once considered a vacation tailored to the older generations, I can say with confidence, it is a total misconception. So, I wanted to share with you lovely lot 9 reasons why you should consider a cruise for your next holiday.
1. Stress-free holidaying
There’s plenty of choice when it comes to cruising, you don’t even have to leave the country to be able to hop on a boat to journey to faraway countries. Once booked, you’re constantly kept informed, you can access detailed information about your ship and there’s plenty of information about your ports of calls and possible excursions.
Whilst on the ship, it is tailored to your every need; there’s plenty of activities, dining choices, entertainment and you’ll not need to take space-wasting shampoo, body wash or conditioner, or even a hairdryer as usually this is all provided. What’s more, save space and take advantage of the cheap laundry rooms on board to allow you to refresh your clothes and take home more souvenirs.
2. Get a taste of different countries and cultures
The beauty of cruising is the opportunity to visit faraway countries.
Places on your bucket list that you’ve always dreamed of going are par and parcel of a cruising holiday. You’ll get a little time in each port on your itinerary for you to explore as you please. Additionally, there are plenty of excursions offered to you to have amazing experiences in the places you dock, allowing you to create a holiday of your dreams. The difficulty really is which cruise and which amazing places do you want to stop at?
3. Endless entertainment
There is always something going on on a cruise ship, for you to take advantage of. On my cruise there was a constant stream of latest release films, nightly Broadway style shows, a crazy golf course, a water rollercoaster, coordinated games and more! There is always something to see and do that is all included in your cruise package. Not even including all the optional extras!
4. Catered to your every need
Cruises are generally full board holidays, meaning your 3 main meals, snacks, soft drinks and ice creams are all included in the price of your holiday. There is never a risk of going hungry and the food choice is vast. Every cruise operator will have a different offering when it comes to your dining experience. If you’re a foodie, a Disney cruise is highly recommended; it’s rotational dining every night and the restaurants are of exceptional quality. In fact, the food, regardless of where you ate, was exceptional.
5. Added value
When you factor in food, accommodation, travel to other destinations, toiletries and entertainment, cruising is a really cost effective holiday that really does give you more bang for your buck.
Cruise pricing is based on staterooms and if you’re a family of four, that works our more cost effective than a couple travelling. And with plenty of cruise operators and destination options; you’re sure to find something that suits the budget.
6. Time for adults
It can be somewhat impossible to find a holiday that allows you to get the best of both worlds; quality time with the family and some time to yourself. It’s simply unheard of.
Not with cruising.
The kid’s clubs give you peace of mind your littles ones are safe and having a great time. Which means you really can take advantage of the adult only sections on the boat. Perhaps you love getting your workout on whilst on holiday and this is what you find relaxing, then take some time in the adults only gyms; or maybe you just want to be massaged within an inch of your life, or enjoy the spa amenities on board; maybe you just want to sit in the adults only pool with a cocktail and forget about your troubles. This is what cruising is about.
7. Perfect for families
Cruises are actually catered with families in mind. When it comes to entertainment options, there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are clubs specifically designed for children, many of which cater for specific age groups; and as highlighted in our point above, there is a place just for adults too. Meaning it really is a holiday for everyone.
8. Going off the grid
A concept you might initially struggle to deal with but actually you’ll be grateful is the case.
Depending on what type of cruise you’re on, you may not have access to the internet; it’s just too expensive to justify. But there was something truly wonderful about this. For the first time in a very long time, it was really lovely just to be able to be in the moment and enjoy every aspect of my holiday. I couldn’t check work emails, see what was going on on Facebook and my partner couldn’t play his games (or do any of the above either). It gave us that quality time we really needed and without the internet, we didn’t really use our phones much either (except we could communicate with other members of the family on the ship which was pretty cool!).
You really get the feeling that what you’re a part of is very exclusive. I can’t say this is true with all cruises but certainly on our cruise there were exclusive toiletries, merchandise and even a visit to an exclusive, private island.
It even applied to our dining experience, our servers would move with us each night and appeared completely dedicated to our needs; anything we wanted, even if it was two starters (mains or desserts) each, it wasn’t a problem. Our housekeeping service had this air to it too; we’d have housekeeping services twice a day and anything we needed or wanted was no trouble at all.
Have you been on a cruise before? If so, which was it and what was your experience? Do you agree with our top 9 reasons to cruising?