I’m still waiting patiently for my summer holiday, but it’s not until September before we jet off to Kos in Greece for our all inclusive resort break! As much as I love a sunny holiday like that where you can chill at the hotel pool all day, I’d been wanting to book a cruise for a while now. After a lot of time and research trying to find luxury cruises, we’ve now actually booked a Caribbean cruise for next year! I went on a cruise to the Bahamas a few years ago and I can’t wait to experience cruising again as I absolutely loved it.
There are so many benefits to cruising and I really believe that cruises are the best way to travel if you want to do some exploring whilst also maintaining a bit of luxury. I feel like there’s a few misconceptions related to cruising, so here are my top reasons to book a cruise holiday!
In one holiday you can travel to multiple destinations and see a variety of different places and countries. This is all done without the need for packing and unpacking your clothes, catching connecting flights, booking multiple hotels or the hassle of arranging extra transportation. Once you’re onboard you can simply relax and enjoy the ship until you dock in each port. A cruise ship is basically a floating hotel which takes you to numerous countries (or even continents) all within a few days. You could be departing Italy one day and then waking up in Croatia the next! You can spend a whole day immersed in one culture before you move on to another destination the next day and experience a totally different culture! It’s an experience that you just can’t get with other holidays.
When you book a cruise your food and accommodation costs are all covered so you can spend your time enjoying your holiday without the worry of having to pay for extras. On a cruise all of your meals are included and there’s also plenty of free entertainment and activities onboard too to keep you occupied on sea days. If you want an extra bit of luxury you can always purchase additional packages such as premium beverages, onboard wifi, and spa treatments if you really want to push the boat out (pardon the pun!). When we booked our cruise it was much more affordable than we originally thought it would be, and there are often special offers available which make it even better value.
Fine dining is a vital part of the perfect cruising experience. Cruise ships offer a variety of onboard restaurants and dining options including a main dining room which is a sit-down venue where you can order from a fine dining menu. These restaurants usually have a dress code enforced at dinner, so it’s a great chance to get yourself glammed up! Most ships will also have a buffet restaurant which is more casual and includes a huge variety of fresh food and you can have as much as you like. Many ships also have specialty restaurants or more casual alternative dining areas such as pizzerias or bakeries.
On a cruise you’ll be able to unwind in between ports with a wide choice of complimentary activities and entertainment. You can discover Broadway cabaret, water acrobatics, live singers and more. Some cruise ships may do themed evenings such as white night parties where everyone is encouraged to dress up and dance the night away. You’ll never run out of things to do onboard a cruise ship. The ship we’ve booked even has an ice rink, rock climbing walls, mini-golf, a zipline, and three water slides which I’m sure will keep us busy! Who said cruise ships were boring or only for old people?!
Each time you get to step foot off the ship you’re visiting a new destination, and you get the whole day to yourself to explore the local area. You can spend time immersing yourself the local culture, whilst knowing you can just hop back onto your hotel at sea at the end of the day. The choice is up to you whether you would like to spend your day wandering around and left to your own devices, or you can go on a shore excursion to take a step further into the destination. There are many different types of excursions you can book including culinary, cultural, active or beach excursions. You can experience each destination however you like.. the choice is up to you!
Have I convinced you to look into booking a cruise yet?
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