Are you thinking about going on a cruise? We absolutely love to go on a romantic cruise. Then again, I don’t think we have found any travel we can’t embrace and enjoy. Being together and experiencing things as a couple in love is the highlight of all our trips.
Recently, I spoke to a lady that was trying to decide if a two week cruise was the right fit for her and her husband. Another couple that they vacation with, wanted to take a cruise the following year, and had invited them to join. She was concerned about the uncertainty of cruising. Our conversation was the inspiration of this post.
Reflecting on our previous cruise experiences, I shared with her what I felt were some of the pros and cons of a cruise vacation.
Cruising is like vacationing at an all-inclusive resort ~ A cruise comes with many built-in amenities: nightly entertainment, a wide variety of food options, bar service, fitness centers, casinos, spas, massages, pools, shore excursions, just to name a few. Everything is conveniently with in your reach, and you can return from vacation feeling very pampered.
It’s relaxing and someone else does all the planning. When cruising, you get to see many different sites and experience different places, without having to pack, switch hotels and unpack. It’s nice to feel settled in for the entire trip in one place.
Most cruise schedules have sea days. These are days where you are at sea, traveling to the next port-of-call. If you use this time wisely, these days can be very enjoyable. This gives you a chance to sleep in or rise early and enjoy a sunrise over the ocean. You could choose to enjoy some leisure time by the pool, get a massage, take in a movie, a live show or even hit the casino. Cruising gives you a great variety of activity and entertainment options.
A cruise offers a wide variety of travel destinations. For us this is one of the biggest advantages to cruising. In one trip we can see and experience a number of places. True, we don’t always get to spend as much time at each stop as we’d like but it does give us a taste of a variety of places. Some we walk away knowing we definitely will be coming back to explore more and others we end up with no desire to return.
When cruising you get to see a lot of different places, but you don’t have room for spontaneity. You can’t just choose to stay longer and experience more at one location. If you happen to discover a place that wasn’t on your list to visit, you may not have the time to add it to your list, that cruise ship won’t wait for you.
Look out for the extra pounds. Cruise ships are known for their wide variety of delicious food being available at all hours of the day…(even 2am room service pizza). There are buffet style meals in one of the main dining areas which are included in the cruise fare. Cruise ships also have specialty restaurants serving high quality food for at an additional price. If you are not careful you can find your self overdoing it.
In comparison to a resort a cruise cabin is very small. The good thing is you won’t be spending a lot of time in your cabin. One of the top priorities for us, it to organize our cabin right from the start. As soon as your luggage arrives, plan on unpacking. Our blog about Comfort on Cruise Ships will give you some really good tips for making your room more comfortable.
For some, motion sickness can be a real problem. Fortunately for us we have never been bothered by it. There are some precautions you can take. Put a call into your doctor’s office before your trip, let them know that you will be taking a cruise and talk to them about motion sickness prevention options. Your ships crew will also be knowledgeable about the best things to help control the problem should it arise at sea. My guess is they are well stocked on ginger.
Cruise ships are not small. Over the course of your cruise you will do a lot of walking on the ship, not to mention all of the walking on the shore excursions. Your cabin might be on one end of the ship and all of the ships activities on the opposite end. Make sure to bring your most comfortable walking shoes that have been well broke in.
Just like any vacation there are pros and cons to cruising. It’s a personal choice that only you can make. We find that cruising is an exciting addition to our vacationing itinerary. If you have never cruised, we encourage you to stop procrastinating. Why wait for someday. Start checking out some cruise options today.
Gary & Michelle
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