Why You Should Cruise At Least Once In Your Life
Cruises are my favorite type of vacation. I love paying one fee (for the most part) and having all of your meals, entertainment, transportation, and lodging taken care of. Here are some reasons why I love cruising and why you should cruise at least once in your life:
- Being able to see multiple destinations while having to unpack only once.
- Eating/drinking whatever I want without worrying about the bill at the end of the meal. (When adding the alcoholic drinks package at least.
- Having activities that my whole family can enjoy even if we decide to go separately.
- The service around the ship is usually unmatched by any on shore resort I’ve been to.
- There is no better place to have a cup of coffee than on your balcony breathing in the sea air as you watch the ship’s wake on a beautiful morning in the Caribbean.
- Cruise ships and their passengers carry an energy that I can’t find anywhere else.
The point is that I love cruises. So, when I hear someone say they don’t like cruises I take that personally (Verbal meme: Michael Jordan from The Last Dance, “…..I took that personally.”). Not really, but I do try to understand why and then try to convince them otherwise. Below I will go through the most common reasons I’ve heard and explain why they are dead wrong.
There Are 2 Legit Reasons That You Shouldn’t At Least Try A Cruise
To be fair, there are two excuses I’ve heard that I see as legitimate reasons to not even give cruising a try. The first would be having a genuine fear of being out at sea. The second is if you are extremely introverted.
Cruise ships have a lot of people. There are going to be situations where you get on an elevator or are standing in a line and someone (like myself) will try and start a conversation with you. If the thought of being around large groups of friendly outgoing people makes your skin crawl, cruising may not be for you.
Notice I did say EXTREMELY introverted people. My wife is an introvert and still loves cruising. She spends her days reading books, taking naps, or sunbathing by herself while I am involved with just about every activity I can find. We typically don’t see a lot of each other during the day, except for meals and the occasional exercise class, but we meet up for dinner and the live evening entertainment.
5 Reasons Why You Should Cruise At Least Once In Your Life
People that have never been on a cruise usually list the following reasons they don’t think it would be for them. I’ll share the most common gripes and give you my rebuttal to those hot talking points.
I Don’t Want To Be Stuck On A Ship
If you are worried about feeling like you are stuck on a ship just pick an itinerary where you are in port everyday. On these itineraries the ship acts more like your hotel then as part of the destination. Also, I never feel like I’m “stuck.” On the contrary, sitting on my balcony overlooking the ocean, I feel free. There is also so much to do on the ship that I don’t think you will have time to feel stuck.
All There Is To Do Is Eat & Gamble
This could not be further from the truth. Modern mega ships have so much to do on them that you will never get to everything in a week. Even if you are on a smaller ship you will still have Broadway-caliber entertainment, a spa, game shows, enrichment classes, a gym, fitness classes, multiple pools, trivia, waterslides, children’s centers, basketball courts, mini golf, shuffleboard, and in case you forgot – you are on the ocean, which guarantees you spectacular views and sunsets!
Cruise Ships Are Germ Factories
Unfortunately, there is a SMALL amount of truth to this one. If you have thousands of people in a relatively small space your risk for disease increases. That said, it’s no worse than getting on a plane or going to a concert. In many ways it’s better. On my last cruise everyone had to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and PCR tested at the port. That, combined with meticulous cleaning, put me at ease. I know nothing is foolproof, but in my mind there is no safer way to travel.
The media makes it seem like getting on a ship guarantees you get COVID or Norovirus. Except they conveniently leave out that 30 million people cruise a year. They love to tell you about the isolated instances, but neglect to tell you that your odds of it happening to you are extremely low. In fact the CDC has dropped their travel health notice for contracting covid while cruising (Current as of June 2022).
Cruises Are Too Expensive
There is a cruise for every budget. Shawn has written about some amazing deals lately, in this article Cruise Hacking Carnival & Royal Caribbean – My 7 Insanely Cheap Cruises. You could check out his podcast episode on it too, if you prefer that. In general you don’t have to look too hard to get on a ship for $50 per person per day. If you want an elevated experience $100 will get you there. So $200 a day for a couple to have all of your lodging, transportation, food, entertainment, and sometimes drinks covered?! Try matching that at any resort.
Cruises Are For Seniors Or Are Just Booze Cruises
There is a cruise for everyone. Yes, if you want a quiet peaceful trip that may cater to older people, sail Princess or Holland America. If you want to party like it’s spring break take a 3-night weekend cruise on Carnival or Royal Caribbean. There is everything in between! Tell me what experience you are looking for and I’ll show you an itinerary and line that will fit.
You Should Cruise Once In Your Life: Final Thoughts
Did I convince you yet? I’m constantly telling my five year old, “You don’t know if you like it until you try it.” The same is true here. I know you like to travel because you are reading this blog so get out there and give it a shot! I would suggest a 4 or 5 night cruise to start. There are 3 night cruises available, but for your first time that may be too short for you to get the hang of it. A 7 night cruise may be too much if you end up not liking the experience. If you have any questions please feel free to ask!