I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical regarding going on a cruise. Or more correct, I was very sceptical.
I thought cruises was just for lazy or retired people that wanted it easy by buying a holiday package. That I would not see anything, as one day at each port was way too little. I thought it would be boring on the ship. I was telling people: Cruise is not for me. It is not my travel style. And this without even trying it!
However, I was wrong. Very wrong. When I tried it, I actually liked it! I liked it a lot.
I was first introduced to cruising in the Caribbean on my honeymoon. The Royal Caribbean ship went from Panama, to Cartagena, Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. It turned out to be one of the best weeks I have ever had in my life. Maybe also because I was in my honeymoon bobble?
That being said, I would love to go on a cruise again. And here is why you other “Cruise-sceptics” around the world should try as well. As I was a cruise-sceptic myself before, I can say that there are many stereotypes about cruises out here. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about cruising.
1. It is boring on board
I thought it would be very boring staying on board on the ship for a whole day. However, I was wrong about that. There are restaurants, bars, pools, spas, gyms and other amenities on board most cruise ships. In addition there are many activities going on all the time.
On the cruise I was on, every night there was a show. Musical, theater, or circus shows. In addition, there was karaoke, games, live music, dance classes, theme parties and competitions.
I was actually not bored one second of the trip!
2. It is expensive
I do not know how many times I have heard that cruises are very expensive. However, usually you actually you get a very good value of the money, as it includes all food and services.
When we were looking at options for our honeymoon we actually got very surprised of the prices. We found the cruise-package we went on for only 200 USD per person. Though we in the end paid 400 USD per person, due to the date. I think it was still a very good deal. You have to look long for paying accommodation, food, and transportation for one week vacation anywhere for that price.
3. You get seasick
When we got back to Bolivia after our honeymoon, and talked about the cruise, “Did you not get seasick?” was the question we got the most. Actually, I get seasick very fast. Almost always on the ship from Norway to Denmark, that I have been taking uncountable time, I get sick. Also my husband that is from Bolivia have almost never taken a boat in his whole life, due to that they do not have sea in Bolivia. But none of us, even noticed that we were on a ship. The cruises are so big and have stops for the waves that this should for most people be no problem.
4. There are just the retired that take cruises
Not true! On our cruise there was a range of age groups, including many young people and families. Actually I saw very few retired on our cruise. So if you are open to it, you will get to know many new and interesting people, also people on your own age.
5. I will not see anything due to less time in the ports
This was my biggest concern before leaving on a cruise. And port stops are short, this is absolutely true.
However, during my travels I have learned that you can see a lot in a short amount of time. Of course you will just see a little taste of what the destination has to offer. But sometimes that is enough.
Also the island we visited, like the ABC-islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are very small. So we were able to discover almost the whole islands in that one day we were on the ports.
So this are what I think are five of the most common misconceptions about cruises. Here are four points more about why I personally really like cruises.
6. You travel without actually travelling
I have to admit that I do not like to travel. I do not like to take planes, busses, trains ect. While being on a cruise you do not need to go through this discomfort. You can skip the 15 hours bus trips moving from A to B. Staying on a ship is just like staying in a hotel room. You have a comfortable bed, hot shower, toilet and amenities. In other words, you travel to your next destination, while sleeping in a hotel room. Next morning you wake up fully rested and ready to explore a new destination.
7. It is relaxing
Travelling can be stressful. This mostly because the hassle of going from open place to another. Being on a cruise is so relaxing. When I went I really needed that time to relax. The whole year upon the travel we had worked a lot. We were very tired, without realizing it. When we went on the cruise we finally realized how tired we was, and also used a lot of time to sleep and just relax.
8. Luggage free in the ports
Who likes to carry their 20 kg back page or suitcase everywhere? I really liked that while taking a cruise you leave all your luggage on board.
In addition you can even leave your passport inside the cruise. And going into the country is really easy, as most countries grant special entry permission for cruise passengers, since the stays are so short, without needing a dedicated visa. So all you usually need is your cruise-card for entry to the cruise after a day in the port.
9. You get to see multiple destinations
Last but not least, you get to see many places. And this, to me, is the greatest value of all. Though I am a big fan of traveling slow, taking a cruise helps you to get a feeling of a country. Though it is usually just for a day you get to meet the people, experience the food and see some of the country. And this helps you to decide if you like it or not. If you do, you can always come back and explore it more. If not you can stay away and check out something else.
What do you like or dislike about cruises?