If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you might be apprehensive about trying one. Maybe you’ve heard that it’s boring on a cruise, or it’s only for old people. Whatever your reasoning, we think there are many great reasons to consider going on a cruise for your next vacation.
There are dozens of activities to do on a cruise ship while you’re at sea, plus great restaurants, bars, and entertainment to keep you busy throughout the trip. And the best part about cruising is that you get to see many places but only have to unpack once.
If you’re contemplating a cruise, here are seven reasons we think you should give it a try, even if you’re not cruise people.
Reasons to Take a Cruise
1. It’s a Moving Hotel
If you are traveling to a specific destination by airplane, a train or a car, you are likely bound for a single destination with several interesting hotspots. If you want to see more of the region or country, you will have to make extra arrangements and, indeed, put in a lot of extra effort. To see more than one destination, you’ll have to pack your bags and move to a new city / hotel, perhaps more than once.
However, on a cruise vacation, you are literally staying in a moving hotel that will take you from one interesting destination to another. One a two-week cruise, it is likely you’ll visit at least 4 ports of call. That would mean packing up and moving four different times if you were on land, but on a cruise, you don’t have to move at all.
This is especially convenient for big families. If you’re looking for a fun vacation that everyone in the family will enjoy, a cruise offers great variety with the convenience of staying on board for the duration of the trip.
2. Babysitters Included
Parents like to have some fun too, but usually on vacation there isn’t a babysitter to watch the kids while you enjoy some relaxation or alone time. While some resorts have kids programs, they typically only include a few hour’s of entertainment for the kids. If you bring your small children on a family cruise, there are robust kid’s programs and extra perks, like babysitters.
With some help, you can finally enjoy a bit of me-time with your significant other, and your children will be supervised by a reliable and dedicated individual. Older kids love the activities provided by the ship too. A good kid’s program can turn a family cruise into a huge adventure for the kids.
3. It’s One of the Safest Ways to Travel
Every parent knows how stressful the matter of safety can be. When you have to organize a vacation for the whole family, the anxiety over safety can really ramp up. One of the greatest things about a cruise vacation is how safe this form of travel can be.
Accidents happen on vacation, but they are especially uncommon on cruise ships. If something were to happen, well-trained help is always available. All cruise ships operate under Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) guidelines, which includes everything from fire safety to navigation and maritime security. With the utmost care being taken to ensure your safety, both on and off the ship, your safety is practically guaranteed.
If you’re worried about the kids wandering off, it’s nearly impossible to “lose” someone on a cruise liner. Traveling on modern cruise liners is one of the safest ways to travel today.
4. It Gives You More Options Than You May Think
If you don’t have a lot of vacation time, or don’t have time to plan a trip that includes stops in many different locations, then a cruise is the perfect way to see more things with less planning.
There are literally hundreds of cruise itinerary options. You can choose a 4-day cruise or a 24-day cruise. You can visit an entire region, like Southeast Asia or the Caribbean, or you can focus on one area like Alaska or Norway. Want to see 7 or 8 countries all in once trip? That’s possible on a Northern Europe cruise.
The options are endless when it comes to cruising. You can even choose a themed cruise on the Disney Cruise Line or go all out in luxury with a Celebrity cruise. We’ve even been on a personalized barge cruise in France.
If you want to choose something that completely suits your interests and is all planned out for you, cruising is one of the best options available.
5. Cruises Offer Big Adventures
Not every cruise is built the same. There are quiet and relaxing cruises that are designed with older passengers in mind, and there are active, adventurous cruises designed for young families and couples. Leave the relaxing cruises behind and book the type of cruise that will keep you on your toes.
Royal Caribbean is one of the best family-oriented cruise lines. Their Oasis-class and Quantum-class ships offer the most appeal for the young ones. They offer karaoke, scavenger hunts and outdoor movies, cooking classes, and games and sports options.
Princess Cruises has teamed up with the Discovery Channel to provide fun activities and excursions. Norwegian offers pizza-making lessons, deck parties, family charades and lots of sports activities.
6. Packing is Easy
One of the perks of cruising is not having to pack and repack your luggage over and over again as you move from place to place. This makes packing easy because you only need to prepare for one location. You’ll know ahead of time what the cruise stateroom includes, so you can plan accordingly.
While storage space in your cabin varies from ship to ship, you can always count on there being under bed space, and some wardrobes where you can stow your empty luggage. We always recommend unpacking clothes into the drawers and hangers provided, so you can feel a bit more at home while on the cruise ship.
There’s no need to pack one outfit for every day, because laundry is available on board. Some cruises even boast do-it-yourself launderettes. You can also have your things ironed for you, so there’s no need to worry about steamers
7. The Food is Out of This World
When you are paying for a cruise, you are paying for a lot more than a hotel room. The ticket price also includes all of your meals (and some drinks, too). There is always food available, around the clock, including room service.
While not all cruises have gourmet cuisine, the top cruise lines are known for their top-notch food. Some cruises offer specialty restaurants that you will pay an additional fee for, but will blow your gourmet mind. But even if you stick with the dining room, the meals are well above average.
On a Holland America cruise, we were treated to a walk through the kitchen and we were astounded by the effort that goes into preparing quality meals and fast, efficient service. We are sure you won’t go hungry on a cruise.
8. The Sheer Bliss of No Obligations
The ultimate reason why every families should try out a cruise lies in a simple fact that only this format of vacationing takes all of the burden off your plate. Everything is taken care of for you on a cruise. All you have to do is wake up, choose what cruise activities you want to do, and have a great time.
Your meals will be made for you, your cabin will be cleaned and taken care of, all the daily activities are arranged, there’s nightly entertainment, your laundry can be done for you, sometimes you even have a 24/7 butler to arrange anything you need.
9. Excursions Are Taken Care Of
You might like planning out all the little details of what you’re going to do on your vacation – and you can still do that while on a cruise – but one of the major perks of cruising is not having to do that planning for yourself.
Cruise ships offer an array of choices for excursions in each port. These excursions have been well researched and planned out for you. So all you have to do is decide which one you want to do and pay for it. When the time comes for the excursion, all of the details are handled by the ship, including transportation.
When you go on a cruise ship excursion, there’s no worry that the boat will leave without you. They are obligated to wait for you. And all of the safety and security measures have been taken to make sure you and your family stays safe while you’re on the excursion.
As you can see from this list, cruising isn’t just for old people anymore. There are tons of activities for the whole family to enjoy on the cruise ship and the itineraries are active and exciting. We hope these reasons to take a cruise vacation have helped you make a decision. Cruising is a great way to spend time as a family without the burdens of typical vacations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.