According to a 2016 report by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), cruising has grown by 22% over land-based holidays. But why? Personally, I think it’s because travellers are looking for a holiday that provides a little something more. Whether that’s more fun, more entertainment, more amazing food or more than one destination to explore during their holiday, they’ll be sure to find all that and more when they choose to go on a cruise!
Travellers who haven’t yet tried a cruise usually say they haven’t ever booked to go on one as they’re worried they’ll get seasick or feel claustrophobic. But at the same time, compelling commercials they’ve seen on TV of families sliding down onboard waterslides or gazing out to sea from their private balcony make booking a cruise seem tempting.
If you’re among those who are considering your first cruise but haven’t yet taken the leap, you’ll definitely want to sit back, relax, and read today’s post, as I’m sharing 5 great reasons to go on a cruise with you. So, are you ready? Then let’s go!
01. A Cruise Holiday Offers Great Value For Money
Cruise holiday’s offer great value for money because the fares include nearly everything you’ll need to have an amazing trip. From food and accommodation to entertainment and transportation – everything is all in. You can regularly find fares on sites such as the Bolsover Club that are much cheaper than paying for a hotel room, dinner and a show on land.
Got kids? On some cruise liners, kids sail for free or at a discounted rate when sharing a cabin with two adults. And if you’re looking to live the life of luxury while you’re away I highly recommend opting for a liner with alcohol and soft drinks, gratuities, shore tours, onboard spending credits, and flights all bundled into the fare. I guarantee you won’t regret it!
02. Cruise Holidays Are Easy To Plan
As cruise holidays package together both accommodation and transportation, they’re super easy to plan. Just pick your ship, itinerary and cabin, and away you go! There’s no need to search for hotels in your price range, no stress from having to coordinate travel between cities, and you can even get your travel agent to arrange your airfare for you.
Travelling as part of a group? No worries! Group travel is also simple to book. Cruise lines have plans in place for group travel, which eliminates the hassle of coordinating your 20 family members and friends from around the country who want to holiday with you. Plus, if you book enough cabins, you might find yourself getting a few extra perks, such as a free fare!
03. You Can Visit Multiple Destinations But Only Need To Unpack Once
Let’s face it, a cruise ship is basically a floating hotel, taking you from place to place without you having to worry about bus, train, ferry or plane schedules, or dragging your suitcase along cobbled streets. So once you’re on board and have unpacked, that’s it, you won’t have to do it again, no matter how many places you visit!
Every morning, you’ll wake up in a new place you can explore. But can’t decide between St. Lucia or Barbados, or Portugal or Spain? Why choose? Pick an itinerary that visits all the places on your travel bucket list.
04. Cruise Ships Are Family Friendly
From tots to teens, parents and grandparents, cruises are great fun for the whole family. If, like me, you struggle to find a holiday that both your 5-year-old and 15-year-old will enjoy, and has adult activities too then it’s definitely time to consider a cruise.
These days, ships usually have brilliant kids’ facilities, split by age. Teens have their own cool hangouts, far away from the play areas for the little ones. What’s not to love about a trip that features swimming pools and video games, while at the same time offers time for families to be together at dinner or on excursions on land? Parents can also sneak in a romantic dinner alone, by taking advantage of late-night hours in the kids’ club. Bliss!
05. Cruise Ships Offer A Variety Of Onboard Activities
Today’s cruise ships are designed to keep everyone happy. So whether you want to pamper yourself at the spa while your other half tries his luck in the casino, or soak up the sun while the kids splash around in the pool, you can! You’ll find loads to do on board your ships such as wine tasting, dance classes, pottery painting, movie theatre’s, dining areas, swimming pools, and much, much more. There really is something for everyone.
And if all you want to do is nothing while the ship sails from port to port then you can do that, too. There’s nobody going to stop you. See, I told you cruising was amazing, didn’t I?!
And there you have it – 5 great reasons to choose a cruise for your next holiday.
Have you ever been on a cruise before? Let me know in the comments below!
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