To the uninitiated, the thought of a cruise ship vacation may seem rather dull. They mistakenly believe that there will be nothing to do and that such a holiday will be boring. They may have fears of getting sea sick. They may think there will be little to see, they think they won’t have enough time or believe the price of a cruise holiday to be exorbitant and prohibitive. These folks cannot speak from experience.
Anyone who has been on a cruise ship will tell you there is nothing better. For them, cruising is the ultimate vacation. They are able to talk at length about how much fun was had, the amenities, the delicious food and the exotic destinations. Their eyes sparkle when they recall the adventure and they yearn to do it again.
We went in search of these seasoned travellers and asked them for their top reasons for taking a cruise ship vacation.
Double the fun, half the fuss!
With a conventional holiday, a lot of time and effort is spent on planning. One needs to plan the route to a chosen destination. You need to make bookings for accommodations and car rentals. You have to deal with unreliable third parties for transport. You have to spend time working out an itinerary. You have to juggle various activities so as to squeeze in as much as possible. Activities for the kids should not clash with activities for the adults.
Hotels may be fully booked. Flights may be delayed or cancelled at the last minute. Conventional holidays can be a traffic congested nightmare, where you hope for this and pray for that. You rush through things at such a frantic pace that at the end of it all, you need to take a holiday to recover from your holiday!
A cruise ship holiday is exactly what a holiday is meant to be; a relaxing experience where you get to unwind. All you need to do is chose your cruise and pack. Everything else is taken care of. Itineraries are prearranged and, with a vast array of amenities on board, entertainment and fun are guaranteed. You are met with a level of professionalism that one seldom encounters with conventional holidays. You get to see and do more without the worry or stress.
Spoiled for choice
From rock-climbing to cabaret, from cinemas to night-clubs and casinos, you will be amazed at the number of amenities cruise ships have to offer. Leave your little ones at the crèche while you learn ballroom dancing. Go shopping or get a massage. Enter a ping-pong tournament or attend an art exhibition before feasting at a selection of restaurants.
Worried that you may pack on a few pounds? No problem! A fully equipped gym with personal instructor is at your disposal. Mini golf, swimming pools, squash and tennis courts; zip-lining, roller blading and wine tastings; these are just some of the offerings from the likes of Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises or Princess Cruises. Daily activities are designed for both young and old. Who knows, you may even meet your significant other!
Value for money
With a conventional holiday, sticking to budget is not so easy. Everything from food to transport, accommodation and entertainment is paid for separately. You can never be certain if your next purchase will be value for money or not. You spend hours cramped up on busses and trains or brave congested traffic in a rented car. Kids become restless and irritable. As your stress levels increase, you realise you took the wrong exit turn and now you are lost. That is no way to unwind.
A cruise ship offers a very different experience. Meals, transport, entertainment and exotic ports of call are all inclusive. This means you can holiday with peace of mind, knowing that you won’t go over budget. You are guaranteed the finest dining experiences.
Cruise ships provide dozens of themed restaurants to tantalise your taste buds. All entertainment is centralised. You are never pressed for time, scurrying around in a frenzied attempt to squeeze everything in. With activities available 24/7, you can doze off around the pool or retire to the privacy and comfort of your stateroom whenever you like. Now that is a holiday worth having!
A multiple destination station
With a regular holiday, you typically chose one destination for the full duration of your trip. You try to squeeze in as much as possible. With no detailed knowledge of what is on offer, you may miss out on the real gems that are worth seeing.
With a cruise, you get to see several destinations. Why spend a full week at Grand Cayman when you can get to see Cozumel and other exotic Caribbean ports too? Each port of call has its own unique set of delights. If you choose to disembark, you can rest assured you will be experiencing the best of the best. Why settle for anything less?
A typical holiday involves packing and unpacking every step of the way, carting suitcases around from one hotel to the next, getting in and out of taxis, rushing to catch the next bus or train, over-priced rooms that don’t meet your expectations, arguing with obnoxious personnel and standing around in endless ques of sweaty tourists. Is this what you want to spend your hard earned money on?
With a cruise, you only need to unpack once. You can travel to multiple destinations and still have the privacy of your stateroom. You are never burdened with the need for public transport systems. You don’t have to face hours of traffic. You don’t have to stress about being late to catch a show because on a cruise ship you are just a stroll away from where you need to be.
Is this hassle free method of travel not a far superior option? You bet it is!