People love to cruise and many say it’s the best vacation ever, but why?
Many people just love to cruise. Some people (ahem, me!!) claim to be addicted to cruising ;-)! But why? What is it that makes cruising so special? Why do many people claim that cruising is the best vacation that you can ever take?
I asked a wide variety of cruisers, both first-timers and seasoned cruisers, for reasons they believe that cruising is the best vacation. This list is based on my experience, as well as input from clients, friends and those in my online Facebook page and group Life Well Cruised.
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Here are the top 15 Reasons that Cruising is the best vacation ever!
1. Getting away from it all
There is nothing like being on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean and feeling like life’s routines and job stress is far behind. Ship life is pretty good and it doesn’t take long before you give in and can’t help but relax. One of my favorite things about cruising is the Sailaway. My husband and I both swear that we physically and mentally feel lighter and more at ease as we watch our cruise ship sail away from land. I love that feeling.
As one of my cruise friends pointed out, your biggest decision may be what fabulous restaurant or bar to go to that evening. Not bad, right?
2. You are so well treated, it just feels like a holiday
Where can you go and have your room cleaned twice a day and have your needs be looked after happily (without paying a fortune!)? A cruise, that’s where. I still recall our first cruise and how our waiter remembered our beverage preferences and which type of bread we enjoyed each evening. It’s a little thing, but what a great vacation feeling!
As a cruise friend pointed out, the crew is so welcoming and friendly, and it really makes the cruise experience special. It is not often something we think about (as the crew is that good at being just wonderful, but the people working on the cruise ship) really do make the cruise so memorable.
3. There is something for everyone
Do you know what I notice on a cruise? No one is bored, everyone finds something to do and enjoy. Sitting back at one of the pools? That’s me! Joining a a pool volleyball game? Alright! Bingo anyone? Yep! Hangin’ at the kids club? For sure! Everyone has something to do that fits their liking!
Some cruise ships will offer a lot of sporty or active type of activities (think Royal Caribbean), while others might have more cerebral or lifestyle pursuits (think Cunard). My advice is to take some time to choose the cruise that fits your interests best.
4. Great choice of food
Who hasn’t heard that you will gain weight when you cruise? While this doesn’t have to be true, cruises have earned that reputation because the quality and choice of food on most cruises is really, really good! Plus, where can you try different meals so easily, without worrying about the cost, as your meals are included.
I love to my cruise as an opportunity to try foods I don’t normally eat at home. I usually enjoy what I have ordered, but if I don’t, I like knowing that it can be returned and something else can be brought to me without any issue. Want a tip? You can order a main dish and share with your table-mates as an appetizer. We did this with a fabulous gnocchi in a rosee sauce, yum!
Tip: One of our favorite cruise foodie experiences has been dining at the Tuscan Grille, Celebrity Cruises Italian Steakhouse. Even though this wasn’t included and there is an additional charge, I think it was well worth it.
5. Choice of amazing itineraries
Where do you want to go? If you love the beach and turquoise waters, you’ll likely enjoy a Caribbean Cruise. Do you love nature and wildlife, scenic wonders and cooler temperatures? You will adore an Alaskan Cruise. If sight-seeing and historic travel is most appealing, consider a Mediterranean or Baltic cruise.
One of my cruise friends said it best. “It’s like seeing the world, one ship at a time. It’s window shopping of the Earth.” I could not have said it any better!
6. You only unpack once
Where else but on a cruise can you visit several destinations and only have to unpack once? My family loved doing a 12 day Mediterranean cruise where we visited 9 different ports and cities. It was truly amazing!
Just imagine that with a land tour, you would have to pack and unpack at each destination, carry luggage on and off tour buses, and endure early morning drives on buses! Whereas on a cruise, after a busy day sightseeing, we returned home to our luxurious ship. Soon we were enjoying a relaxing dinner and often saw a show or sat in a bar and caught up with new friends. We cruised to our next port during the night while we slept in our comfortable cabin.
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What a time and energy saver! Truly a great pleasure of cruising! You guessed it – every day I woke up thinking “cruising is the best vacation ever!”.
7. Cruising is a great value
This comes up quite a bit as a top reason people continue to cruise, once they’ve cruised once. Cruising probably isn’t as expensive as most people think, and I have found it to be a great value. When my children were young we did several family cruises and they were much less expensive than land holidays. When I calculated hotel stays, restaurants, and snack foods (not to mention everything else), cruises were much more affordable, and with a better quality than I usually was able to get on land as well.
8. Shore excursions and activities
Ship time can be relaxing and fun. However, it can also be a great way to have amazing travel experiences with shore excursions and tours. Whether you want to swim with Stingrays in Grand Cayman, tour underground caves in Bermuda or snorkel on a private island in the Bahamas, there are so many adventures to be had when cruising.
I love that the vacation doesn’t begin and end on the cruise ship, but extends into every port of call you visit. By the way, after a great day at a port, you will often hear other passengers exclaiming at they board, “this is the best vacation ever!”.
9. Meeting new and interesting people
Did you know that over 2000 people are on most cruise ships? This means there are many people to meet and connect with. While you can certainly have a private holiday and there’s no requirement to be social, if you’re like me and you like to meet new people, you are in your element! I love to talk to people from different cities and countries and I enjoy learning a little bit about them. We have met people that we have continued to be friends with many years after our cruise vacation has come and gone. That’s pretty special.
10. Learning something new
The opportunity to learn new things is all around you on a cruise. Whether you sign up for salsa class, learn origami, attend a lecture about ancestry research, participate in a cardio-boxing class (I did this!) or attend an art auction and learn about up and coming artists; there is always something new to learn and do while you are on a cruise. I am always amazed when one of my clients tells me something that they did on their cruise, that I did not even know existed. There is just so much – you truly can never be bored.
11. Being able to disconnect
Do you ever find yourself mindlessly scrolling on your cell phone without realizing it? This won’t happen on a cruise ship and what a pleasure. On a cruise, wi-fi is limited and can be expensive. While you can buy a package, the fact is, that the internet just isn’t the same at sea. However, this becomes a blessing, in that you can really be present and in the moment during your cruise vacation. As one of my cruise friends pointed out, her cell phone stays back in her cabin safe and she truly disconnects.
A cruise vacation becomes a real vacation… and studies show that vacations are actually good for your health.
12. A fun family getaway
Families claim that they love to cruise, and it is so easy to understand why! Kids can meet other kids at the kids club and have super cool places to hang out, and Moms and Dads often say they have to convince their kids to hang out with them a bit! Can you imagine? No Mom and Dad guilt, ahhhh…
I remember my own kids begging me to stay longer at the kids club for Pajama parties, pirate parades and late night games of Ga-Ga Ball. What is that you say? My kids explained enthusiastically, “Only the greatest game on the Seven Seas!!!”. I still recall this and it brings back wonderful, happy memories.
I think if you asked my kids today, who are now 18 and 22, they would 100% tell you that cruising is the best vacation ever!
13. A great couples getaway
Can anything be nicer and more romantic for a couple’s getaway than a cruise? Seriously, think “The Love Boat”, right? Sunsets, champagne, adventure, moonlight… doing as much or as little as you want. In my book, this alone makes me think cruising is the best vacation ever! If you’re taking a couple’s cruise, you’ll want to check out this post about the 10 Romantic Things to Do When Cruising Together.
14. You don’t need to fly if you don’t want to
This is a big plus of cruising that is not talked much. There are many people that just don’t love flying. Some may be afraid, while others just don’t appreciate the process much. The fact is, flying just isn’t much fun, is it? Getting to the airport 2-3 hours early, sitting in cramped seats, then waiting for luggage after you’re so tired… ugggh.
With cruising, you can visit many places in the world, and really avoid flying altogether. In some cases a cruise port might be just a few hours away by car and it can be great to cruise from a port near you. I love to cruise from New Jersey or New York as its pretty convenient for me. Did you know that many people cruise to Europe by taking a Trans-Atlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2? This is another way to see the world, by cruise.
15. Great bars
If you’re like me, you enjoy a great bar with a lively atmosphere! And if you’re not, that’s ok, because there’s something for everyone ;-). I personally really enjoy Crooners on Princess and the Crush Bar on Celebrity. One of my cruise friends pointed out that once you find a great bar on a cruise ship, “it’s like Cheers, where everybody knows your name, and you’re treated like royalty”. That’s certainly a nice feeling.
16. This is an added bonus! Beautiful and incredible ships
Truly, cruise ships today are marvels. Whether you choose a cruise ship with a 10 story water-slide like Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, the artfully inspired Holland America Nieuw Statendam, or the Modern and revolutionary Celebrity Edge, you will be in be in vacation bliss! Choosing a ship that complements your itinerary, is very important for your cruise travel experience. Which ship would you like to try next?
Do you agree that cruising is the best vacation ever?
Have you been a cruise? Was it love at first cruise for you too? From my very first cruise, I was hooked! Since then many of our friends and family have cruised, and most love it too.
What is your top reason to cruise? I’d love to hear what keeps you cruising again and again. Please let me know in the comments below :-)!
P. S. If you enjoyed this posyt, you may enjoy reading this post about our very special experience on Celebrity Cruises.
If you’re preparing for your first cruise, my recommended posts are: 11 Cruise Boarding Tips You Need to Know and 21 Essential Things to Pack in Your Cruise Carry-On.
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