Thinking about taking a cruise? Let us enlighten you with all the pros and cons there are to jumping on a big ocean greyhound.
What are your thoughts about cruising:
- Romantic or Repulsive?
- Effortless or Complicated?
- Pleasant or Tiresome?
Cruising is just one form of transportation available when traveling. Other considerations include bus tours, train hopping and personal vehicles. Each one offering a unique way of travel and speaks to us differently based on our specific needs and wants of a vacation.
Here are the pros and cons to help you decide if cruising is the right way for you to travel.
Pros of Cruising
Eating like Royalty – The quality of food on the high-end cruise lines outperforms most restaurants we frequent on vacation. Steak? Lobster? Sure, why not.
The Quantity & Availability of Food – Copious amounts of food are available ALL the time. If you have one grazer and one glutton in the family, it works out great.
Introduction to New Places – A cruise is a great way to get an introduction to new places and will help you decide if you would ever want to go back for a longer period.
Unpacking Only Once – The ship works as a floating hotel allowing you to only unpack one time. Having all of your clothes in one place the entire trip has its benefits.
Group travel – Cruises are a smart option for group travel. No matter what people do during the day, everyone can get together for dinner and talk about their adventures. It’s easy to feel connected since everyone is in one place.
Entertainment – They offer various activities for all ages on the boat including bingo, cooking competitions, classes, and theater. There’s always something going on.
Views from the Ship – The high vantage point of the ship and the ability to sail through narrow passageways can provide some of the best panoramic views.
Cons of Cruising
Motion Sickness – My number one reason not to cruise is seasickness. Unfortunately, I am in the category of people who get sick on boats. It’s not all the time, but when it strikes it’s not fun.
Short Length of Time at Stops – It’s not a big deal when you have only eight hours at a city you don’t really feel partial to, but when you find that town that you absolutely love, it is SO disappointing to feel rushed to see it all.
Mortgaging your House for Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi is not cheap on the ship and connectivity at most ports is slow.
Getting Ill – By day three the buffet area seems more like an infirmary with a symphony of sneezing, coughing and nose-blowing sounding through the air. The Norovirus stomach bug is another concern that has struck entire cruise ships.
Claustrophobic Rooms – The inside and oceanview cabin’s are extremely small; a little claustrophobic some might say.
Amount of People – The days at sea, on a busy ship, are crowded with guests. It can be hard to get a seat in your favorite spot whether that is near the pool or at the bar.
There are many pros and cons to cruising, whether or not it is a good fit for you is for you to decide.
Have you ever been on a cruise? Did you like it?
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I love cruises for all the reasons you mentioned. I think people who enjoy traveling should definately try one as it definately is its own unique experience and perfect for a larger group of family or friends. I might have titled this post “When to cruise and when not to cruise”. 🙂
It is definitely an experience like no other. That would have been a great title Chris!
I went on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas last year, and had an amazing time! It took a few hours to get our sea legs, haha, but after that it was a breeze! Amazing food, great entertainment, relaxation – I absolutely loved it!
Glad to hear it. We haven’t done a Disney cruise yet, but heard they are a good time.
Debating that now! Great post!
Thanks Natalie! It really just depends on what you are looking for. We don’t necessarily love to cruise, but the last one we took was great since it was a group of 12 of us! The Dubrovnik & Santorini posts were based on two of the stops we had on that trip. Thanks for reading!
tony and karin. our first cruise was in 2015 to alaska with holland america it was awesome. great food and entertainment highly recomended.
Oh Alaska, beautiful Alaska! We cruised there too and had a great experience too. Glad to hear you had a good time as well!