6 Reasons You Should Make Your Next Vacation a Cruise
There are plenty of ways to travel. You can stay in all-inclusive resorts, fly to one place and stay in a hotel, hop from hostel to hostel, roadtrip, or - a personal favorite of mine - sail away on a cruise. There are pros and cons to each method of travel but, in my experience, cruises are one of the most stress-free and financially friendly. Read on for why cruises are the best way to get the most bang for your buck!
1. All food is included.
Need I say more?? You can literally walk around the ship all day and no one can stop you. Most ships have a buffet, a general dining room, and several specialty restaurants. The buffet’s offerings change throughout the day, which means there is little-to-no chance you’ll get bored of the food. Most cruise ships have pizzerias and cafes too, and unlimited pizza and coffee is pretty much the dream. At your sit-down dinners, you can order as many appetizers, entrees, and desserts as you want. AS MANY AS YOU WANT!! It’s not uncommon for my mom and I to order several dishes just for the sake of trying a few bites of each. Plus, you have the opportunity to try all the local food from ports you visit. I mean, like, come on – if you didn’t gain weight, did you do your cruise right?
2. The options are endless.
A lot of people immediately think Caribbean when they think cruise, but there are so many more options than just that! My grandparents, who are basically professional cruisers, have gone through the Panama Canal, to Alaska, and have even done a 30-day Transatlantic voyage. In addition to all the possible destinations, there are cruises to fit every timeline. They go from as short as 3 days to a whole month. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even book multiple cruises back to back and extend your trip. There is definitely no shortage of options when it comes to cruising.
3. You get to meet people from all around the world.
Yes, you get to meet people from all over on any type of trip, but there’s something unique about the friendships you make on a cruise. Being confined to the ship and finding ways that you and your new friends can entertain yourselves makes you bond immediately. In high school, I went on a cruise and quickly amassed my group of friends that included kids from Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Jersey, England, and Austria. Five years later, some of us still keep in touch!
4. Multiple countries for the price of one.
Cruises can stop in anywhere from 1 to 6 ports, and sometimes even more. For the price of one vacation, you get to experience multiple cities, countries, and cultures. Of course, there is the downside that you only get a few hours in each place. However, if you plan well and do your research ahead of time, you should be able to get a lot out of your one day in port. On my upcoming cruise, I’ll be hitting San Juan, Puerto Rico for the fourth time. Through careful planning, my family and I have been able to see so much of the city throughout our trips.
5. Non-stop entertainment.
Cruise ships are adding more and more amenities and activities every year. On my upcoming cruise on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas, there's a rock wall, trapeze, surfing simulator, bumper cars, multiple pools, and more. Between all of those and the numerous shows and organized activities, there is literally no possible way to ever be bored.
6. For parents, there's free childcare!!
Can you think of anything better than dropping off little Sally and Johnny at the kid's room and heading over to the adult's only pool to sip on a pina colada? I think not.
While cruises definitely don't provide the same flexibility as other travel methods, they allow for a super stress-free and fun escape from the realities of everyday life. And did I mention the food is included?!