Whether you’ve been on one before or not, there are many great reasons to go on a cruise instead of a traditional vacation. Going on a cruise is a great vacation option that can be fun for family, couples, or friends. Everyone can enjoy the wide range of activities a cruise has to offer. Some might even argue that a cruise is better than a traditional vacation. Here are some reasons why:
1. A cruise is all-inclusive.
When you pay for a cruise, you pay for food, for your room, and for your transportation. When booking a traditional vacation, we may ignore the cost of food and transportation and end up spending way more than we intended. Some cruises come out to as low as $100 a night, which is less than the average hotel stay in the US and includes food and entertainment. Aside from potentially saving you a lot, it’s generally simpler than booking a flight, a hotel, ground transportation and activities individually.
2. Cruises are less stressful.
Since a cruise includes all your necessities, you don’t have to worry about finding a place to eat or taking public transportation or renting a car to reach your destinations. Everything on a cruise is provided for you. You can easily eat or catch a show or go for a swim any time. You’re just a short elevator ride away from everything you want to do.
3. They are a good opportunity to visit a lot of different places at once.
This might arguably be the best part of cruising. Most people don’t go on weeklong vacations to three or four different locations. On a cruise, you can visit a different location each day, and though you won’t spend a lot of time there, you get to experience a lot of different things in amazing exotic locations.
4. They serve as good preliminary trips.
Though cruises are incredibly fun and allow you to visit many different places, the only downside is that usually they’re just day trips. However, if you’re perhaps planning your honeymoon or other long vacation, you can use a cruise to visit many different locales and based on that experience choose where you would want to stay for a longer period of time.
5. You don’t have to worry about drinking and driving.
If you like to party, a cruise is the perfect vacation because you can go drink and dance at the different bars on the boat and then be back to your room whenever you want in just a few minutes. You don’t have to worry about planning how to get back home or about who will be designated driver. And there’s no risk of getting lost in the middle of the night after one too many in a foreign city.
6. Cruises are a great place to meet new people.
For the same reason that you can responsibly have a good time, it is also easier to mingle on a cruise. Most people would hesitate to go roam a random city on their own without the rest of their travel companions. A cruise feels safer because your room is so easily accessible. So if the rest of your suite mates want to stay in for the night and you’re just getting ready to party, you can venture out on your own without feeling like it’s a hassle or that it’s dangerous. You can make new friends, do a little gambling, have a few drinks – the options are nearly endless.
7. Cruises are a more organized way to vacation.
When you plan a normal vacation, you have to do a lot of work in terms of planning. When you’re in a foreign locale, you might not know where you’re going and all about the different things you can do. On a cruise, since you know exactly where you are going and you can book shore excursions on the ship, you can always easily have an organized plan for your day. It takes a lot less effort and you can often book your activities right from your room.
8. Three words: food, food, food!
One of the best things about cruising is the opportunity to eat all you can eat for the entire length of your trip whenever you want. There are excellent and diverse dining options for every meal and if you get hungry in between meals, you can always grab something from the food area to tide you over until your next meal.
9. Cruises are affordable.
The great thing about cruises is that there are many price options. There are even some day cruises that include dinner for less than $100. If you can’t afford a full six or seven-day cruise, you might still be able to vacation for two or three days at a much cheaper price. Going during off-peak times can also be good for your wallet. For example, prices can drop drastically for Caribbean cruises in the winter, even though the Caribbean doesn’t really have much of a winter.
10. Ultimately, the best reason to go on a cruise is because it’s an awesome and fun experience.
Your entertainment is provided and there is always something to pretty much at any time of day on a cruise. You can go to relax or to be adventurous. It’s up to you to decide how you spend your time on a cruise, so you’re guaranteed to be doing exactly what you want without any hassle or inconveniences.