“Why don’t we go on a cruise, this summer?” “Yeah, maybe with granny?” That always seems to be the conversation when one tries to discuss spending summer holidays — and not only! — on a cruise, right? Not everyone might say exactly that, but there is definitely a stereotype that identifies cruises as the kind of boring trip that would just suit your granny. Or your auntie maybe, definitely a good trip for a senior citizen. Personally speaking, I always strongly disliked cliches, because they are usually used to diminish people, or situations, like in this case. Just like the aviation industry changed so much over the past few years, so did cruise ships, and these changes made cruises very suitable for younger audiences. Experts swear that cruise tourism is growing every year.
If you don’t believe in stats and projections, we are here with 5 good reasons to consider going on a cruise. Ready to sail?
1. You pay once to get to multiple amazing destinations.
We hardly have time to go to the grocery store and end up having our shopping delivered home — how are we supposed to find the time to organize a multi-city or even multi-country vacation? Planning takes time and effort, and cruise ships easily take you to many wonderful destinations in different countries. All you have to do is just enjoy your time on the ship, waiting to get to the next city. A few examples: you can travel around the tropics or the Caribbean, and of course, there is always the classic trip around the Mediterranean that includes Greece, the Aeolian islands, Italy, Spain and southern France.
2. An unusual weekend!
Leaving for the weekend became a habit, for the lucky ones who can afford it, at least. Sometimes, though, you end up going to the same places over and over, going to granny’s at the beach, or visiting a friend at their mountain hut, perhaps. Ever thought of going on a weekend cruise, though, leaving Thursday to Monday? That is actually one of the new, original ideas cruise companies came up with, to win the hearts of long weekend lovers. Of course, you can’t go too far on these mini-cruises, but it will definitely be a memorable weekend!
3. Boredom, what is that again?
Once you start your trip and get settled in your cabin, getting bored will be practically impossible. This kind of trip is usually considered by travelers also because of the numerous activities it offers, round the clock. As well as your usual casinos and arcades, you can also find modern gyms, spas, jacuzzis with wonderful views, and in the evening, if you are visiting a city, you can go to the theater or maybe go to the movies. One thing is for sure, we bet you would never manage to get to the end of the trip without testing all these activities at least once!
4. Drink as much as you want – no designated drivers needed!
So, let’s be honest here: holidays are also a time for you to sit back, relax and lose control a little, trying out food and perhaps drinking more than the usual. Cocktails are just the perfect drink for the hot temperatures, to party every evening. On a cruise, you won’t have to worry about who is going to drive home, although we still recommend that you don’t overdo it, so you can protect your dignity and save yourself a walk of shame across the ship the next day! As for this, we suggest you pick an open bar option when available, so you don’t have to worry about the check at the end of your trip. Your only mission will be resisting the temptation of the multiple bars you will find inside the ship.
5. The sea is a wonderful thing!
Of course, on top of all the things that we just mentioned, the sea is what makes the difference. Traveling while being so close to an ocean or to the Mediterranean will be a magical feeling. The noise of waves and the color of the water change from coast to coast, and you will see some of the most beautiful port cities in the world. You will also get a chance to be the first to watch the sun rise from the water, and the last to wave it goodbye, with a sundowner on deck.
from The Blonde Salad