What are the benefits of a cruise?
There are many reasons, and this article provides 11 reasons you should go on a cruise. However, one of the biggest benefits is that everything you need to have a great vacation by yourself, with your spouse, friend, and-or family can be found on a cruise ship… great food, bars, broadway-style shows, spas, pools, dancing, and so much more.
There are several benefits of taking a cruise:
All-in-one vacation: A cruise is an all-in-one vacation package that includes accommodations, meals, entertainment, and transportation to different destinations, all in one booking. This can make vacation planning easier and less stressful.
Multiple destinations: A cruise allows you to visit multiple destinations in a single trip, without having to worry about transportation logistics or finding accommodations in each location.
Variety of activities: Cruise ships offer a wide range of activities on board, from swimming pools and fitness centers to theaters and nightclubs. There's something for everyone, and you can choose to be as active or relaxed as you want.
Food options: Cruise ships offer a variety of dining options, from formal sit-down dinners to casual buffets and snack bars. Most cruise ships also accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions.
Entertainment: Cruise ships provide a variety of entertainment options, including live shows, concerts, movies, and games. You'll never be bored on a cruise ship.
Relaxation: A cruise can be a relaxing vacation, as you can spend your days lounging by the pool, getting a spa treatment, or reading a book on deck.
Family-friendly: Many cruise ships offer activities and facilities for families, including kids' clubs and family-friendly entertainment. This can make a cruise a great option for a family vacation.
Overall, a cruise offers a unique and convenient way to travel, with a variety of activities, destinations, and amenities to suit different interests and preferences.
There is an all-you-can-eat dining
Why go on a cruise? As a fellow foodie to another foodie, the food alone is reason enough.
You will never starve on a cruise vacation. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included with your cruise fare.
There is almost always more than one location option to eat. That’s not to say that every single food establishment to eat on the ship is included; some cost extra.
The food is delicious! Of course, some cruise lines are better than others. We were thoroughly impressed by the buffet on the Celebrity Equinox. The food was divine, better than in the main dining room. But then, we missed the 24-hour pub on the Norwegian ships.
Sometimes it’s easy to pay one lump sum for vacation and know everything is taken care of and included. It’s a relief sometimes to know it’s paid for and you don’t have to worry about anything else but flights and packing.
Suppose you find an amazing cruise deal; even better! Consider a cruise with a Free-at-Sea Promotion that includes unlimited drinks. Select a last-minute cruise deal, as they are sometimes the best finds, especially for interior cabins.
Discover places you probably never heard of
Discover new destinations that you never thought of visiting. This has happened to us a few times, and we have added them to our other list of places to return for a longer stay.
Cruises are for kids too
Kids love cruising. I say this because I see the excitement of the ship’s children ready to head over to the pool or one of the slides. They also can’t get enough of the unlimited ice cream in the buffet.
Many family-friendly cruise ships have waterslides, rock wall climbing, mini-golf, bowling, and plenty more. Some of the Royal Caribbean mega-ships even have carousels, and some of the Norwegian Cruise Lines mega-ships even have go-karts.
Cruises are great for group vacations
Cruises are great for family reunions. It’s a great hub for groups to get together, bond, and be merry. They can dine together or not. Some can plan to see a show together, while others head to the party by the pool. There is something for everyone!
Visit the spa
Spa services are available. They are expensive, at least not in my budget, but it’s a nice treat every now and then. I have friends that cruise just for the spa. If that’s your thing, cruise on! A cruise vacation is a perfect time to pamper yourself. The gym and sauna are available to all guests.
There is more than buffet food
Not everyone loves buffet food. There is a sit-down service available for breakfast and dinner. Sometimes even for lunch. It all depends on the cruise ship.
At night, after a long day at port or sitting by the pool, we love to freshen up and head to one of the main dining rooms to eat. Menus change daily, and you can order multiple appetizers and entrees you think you can eat. Best not to be wasteful either.
No need to drag your luggage around
One of the best parts is you don’t have to lug your luggage around from train to train, from hotel to hotel, from city to city. You get to leave it behind while you go about enjoying your day.
Make the most of your vacation time
Time off from work is precious, and my list of places to visit worldwide is at least a mile long. Many of us do not have the time to travel more than 1-2 times a year. With the right itinerary, cruising allows you to check off some of your bucket list items in a matter of days. You can hit Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico all in one week!
Explore a new destination
Do you love to explore new destinations? In a week or two, a cruise ship will make multiple stops. On our most memorable cruise, the Norwegian Pearl, it was a 9-day Western Caribbean itinerary; we had 6 ports-of-call. It was an adventure!
Cruises are for everyone
One of the best things about cruises is that they are for all ages and for any happy occasion. Cruising is not only for single people and childless couples. Family cruises are more than just vacation time, it’s a time to come together maybe to celebrate a birthday or even a big family reunion.