For nearly my whole entire life, I have been going on cruises with my family and friends. Personally, it’s one of my favorite ways to travel. Some of the best times of my life have been onboard a cruise ship not only because the food is great and because there’s a million things to do, but also because a cruise ship can turn into a small community in just a few short days.
It’s my personal opinion that a cruise is a great option for all types of travelers. On this page, I’ll give you a better idea of some of the best reasons to make your next vacation a cruise. Let’s jump in and get started!
Reason #1: You Can Cruise All-Year-Round.
I feel like the first thing that pops into anyone’s mind when thinking about a cruise is the Caribbean, and that’s not totally misguided. There are many cruises that travel around the Caribbean throughout the year.
However, in the last decade, cruise lines have been sprouting up around the world opening doors to visit the majority of coastal travel destinations around the globe virtually anytime of the year.
Take a summer cruise to Alaska, or escape the winter blues with a Caribbean, Australian, or Arabian Gulf cruise. No matter when you’re trying to get away, there’s always somewhere to get away to when you go with a cruise.
Reason #2: You Get a Dynamic Vacation Experience.
Visiting one country or one city for a vacation is a great way to truly immerse yourself in the culture. However, if you don’t get out very often or you’re trying to cover as much ground as you can in one vacation, cruises could be a good option for you.
Most cruises visit more than one location in one singular trip. Cruising through the Caribbean, Europe, or the Mediterranean will even get you on the ground in several country in just a single week or long weekend.
On a cruise, you’ll be able to experience all kinds of different cultures on and off the boat especially if you opt for a multi-stop trip. Additionally, each stop will offer a variety of excursion options to add on. Go zip-lining over the ocean at one stop and do a wine tasting tour at another.
Reason #3: Just About Everything is Taken Care Of.
You’ve heard of all-inclusive resorts. Well, cruises are essentially all-inclusive resorts that can take you to several different places on one singular vacation. Every cruise I’ve ever been on has offered around-the-clock buffet access and elaborate multi-course dining room experiences for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Leave your wallet in the room because these meals are included.
Cruises are also known for their expansive selection of entertainment options like multiple pools, spas, live entertainment day and night, and all kinds of clubs and bars. On some of the bigger ships, you’ll also find boujee multi-level malls, roller skating and ice skating rinks, and movie theaters. This is all, you guessed it, included.
Amp up the all-inclusiveness even more with available drink packages. I did this one year for spring break and was definitely not disappointed.
A Few Things to Consider Before You Cruise
As you can see, there’s more than enough reason to consider a cruise for your next getaway. However, there are a few things you need to consider before you hop on one. The first and most obvious thing you want to think about is whether or not you get seasick. I don’t get motion sickness but there have been a few times that I’ve been less than exuberant on a cruise thanks to choppy waves.
Another thing you’ll want to consider is the time of the year you’re going. Sure, you may be cruising through the Caribbean where it’s sunny and warm, but you may be flying through snow and ice to get there. Leave yourself enough time for delays because if you aren’t there when they raise the gangplank, they will leave without you regardless of what you’re reason for being late is.