Living in Florida has given Paul many opportunities for cruise vacations. UK born, Paul has traveled extensively in Europe and elsewhere.
I've lived in Florida for ten years, which has given me lots of Caribbean cruising opportunities in addition to the vacations I've experienced in the Mediterranean and other places.
There can certainly be many potential negatives associated with cruises, such as hidden costs, getting caught in tourist traps, and a general shortage of time to explore destinations in any real depth.
However, cruises can also be a convenient way to visit many ports of call in comparative comfort. This article lists and looks at 10 benefits of cruising.
10 Good Reasons to Cruise
Here are my 10 positives associated with cruising.
- Multiple Destinations
- Unpack Just Once
- Onboard Activities
- Easy to Organize
- Meet New People and Socialize
- Variety of Ships and Itineraries
- Variety of Food and Dining Options
- Family Friendly
- Romantic and Exotic
I look at each advantage in more detail below.
1. Multiple Destinations
It's difficult to find an easier and more fun way of traveling for those that wish to visit a variety of destinations in a relatively short amount of time. Cruises give you the means to experience multiple cultures, foods, architectures, and geographies without a lot of stress.
There is no excuse to get bored when you cruise; almost every day there is a new place to explore. If you don't like where you are today, then there is something new to look forward to tomorrow.
2. Unpack Just Once
One of the great things about cruising is the relatively small amount of hassle. You arrive on the boat and unpack, settle into your cabin, and don't have to mess around with your clothes and baggage again until the cruise finishes.
There is no moving from hotel to hotel, no multiple episodes of packing and unpacking, you can more or less relax from the time after you board the boat to the time that you leave.
3. Onboard Activities
Modern cruise ships are like floating cities that have been designed to keep everybody happy. It's normal to find spas, casinos, cinemas, live entertainment shows, discos, gyms, trivia quizzes, pottery classes, yoga and dance workshops, as well as much more onboard.
Alternatively, you can just hang out by the pool and read a book, while the ship makes its way to the next port of call.
4. Easy to Organize
As vacations go, cruises can be one of the easiest to organize. Because your vacation is essentially packaged together, you book the ship, itinerary, and accommodation all in one go.
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You can also book your day trips through the cruise company for when you are in port, if you don't want to book independent excursions.
Cruises are also easy to book for big groups and will often give generous discounts for larger bookings, in my experience.
5. Meet New People and Socialize
Perhaps more than any other type of vacation, cruises offer the opportunity to make new friends and socialize. You will meet people from all over the country, as well as from all around the world. You can socialize at your dinner table, at the bar, out on excursions, or when you are hanging out by the pool.
Onboard activities also offer great opportunities to meet and socialize with other passengers.
There are few vacation experiences more relaxing and less stressful than a cruise. Organizing and booking the vacation is straightforward. Once on board the boat, it's no effort to find places to eat, entertainment, and social opportunities, and with your accommodation taken care of, you can just focus on having fun.
Issues related to security, as well as passport and visa bureaucracy that are common with flying are also generally less stressful, in my experience.
7. Variety of Ships and Itineraries
Cruise ships come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are smaller river barges and Caribbean mega-ships. There are masted sailing vessels and ice-strengthened expedition ships. There are cruises aimed at families, and others aimed at singles.
There are also typically plenty of different itineraries to choose from, with a variety of timings and destinations. The wealth of options make it easy to select the right cruise for your requirements.
8. Variety of Food and Dining Options
There are usually a multitude of eating options when cruising. You can eat pizza from a buffet, choose a national style such as Italian, Asian, or Mexican, or opt for a more formal dining experience and order from a menu.
If the ship food isn't what you want, there is also the option of eating ashore when in port. It can be a great opportunity to broaden your palate, in my experience, and try unfamiliar meals and foods.
9. Family Friendly
There's no doubt that cruises can be a great option for all ages, from toddlers through to grandparents. Even difficult-to-please teenagers often have age-friendly hangouts on cruise ships, away from the adults and small children.
Cruises provide plenty of scope for both families being together for meals and onshore excursions, as well as for individual members to do their own thing. Parents can often also snatch an occasional romantic meal to themselves, thanks to kids' clubs.
10. Romantic and Exotic
The reputation that cruises have for being romantic and exotic may seem like a cliché, but being at sea with the wind in your hair, the stars above, and the sunset over the ocean are all very real experiences when you cruise. There's plenty of time to spend dining, relaxing, and exploring somewhere new with your loved one.
Cruises will take you to some of the most exotic locations in the world, and if you are nervous about not speaking the language, you can go ashore in a group with a guide.
© 2021 Paul Goodman