11 Reasons Why Cruising is the Ultimate Vacation

Cruising is more than just a vacation – it’s a journey of discovery, relaxation, and pure enjoyment. Whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or embarking on your first voyage, there are countless reasons why cruising is the best vacation ever. From the stunning destinations to the endless onboard activities, here are 11 reasons why cruising should be at the top of your travel bucket list.

1. Escape and Relaxation

Imagine this – you’re on a cruise ship, surrounded by the vast expanse of the ocean, with nothing but blue skies and gentle waves. It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Feel your worries melt away as you bask in the sun, cocktail in hand, and let the sea breeze soothe your soul. With no cell service in the middle of the ocean, you can truly disconnect and unwind. Remember that being on the water induces a flood of neurochemicals that reduce stress, slow down the heart rate, and help us feel more connected to nature. More on this phenomenon you can find in this book – Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols

2. Exceptional Service

On a cruise, you’re not just a guest, you’re royalty. Experience top-notch service with a smile, as the friendly staff cater to your every whim. From remembering your favorite drink to ensuring your room is always pristine, the crew goes above and beyond to make your cruise unforgettable. With a crew-to-passenger ratio that ensures personalized attention, you’ll feel like a VIP every step of the way. I went on a 14-day cruise a couple of years ago, and I don’t remember having to open a single door for myself.

3. Diverse Activities

From heart-pumping adventures to laid-back leisure, cruises offer various activities to suit every taste. Whether you’re ziplining over the ocean, indulging in a spa day, or catching a Broadway-style show, there’s never a dull moment on board. With activities for all ages, from kids’ clubs to adult-only lounges, everyone in the family can find something they love. We were surprised how much we enjoyed the silent disco, where you’re given headphones to select between two or three different channels of music.

4. Culinary Delights

Foodies, rejoice! Cruise dining is a culinary journey like no other, with a plethora of gourmet options to tantalize your taste buds. From sumptuous buffets to elegant specialty restaurants, every meal is a feast fit for a king. With themed nights and regional cuisine, you’ll have the chance to explore the flavors of the world without leaving your ship.

5. Exciting Itineraries

Cruising isn’t just about the destination, it’s about the journey. With exciting itineraries that take you to exotic places, you’ll have the opportunity to explore multiple destinations in one trip, making each day a new adventure. With expertly curated shore excursions that offer unique experiences, you’ll make memories that last a lifetime. You will have the opportunity to experience something new every day of your vacation as the ship docks at a different port and you wake up to a new landscape every morning.

6. Convenience of Unpacking Once

Say goodbye to the hassle of packing and unpacking at each destination. On a cruise, you unpack once and enjoy the luxury of visiting multiple destinations without the stress of lugging around your suitcase. With ample storage space in your cabin, you can keep your belongings organized and easily accessible throughout your trip. The ease of leaving your belongings and documents in your cabin on days when you’re on shore is unbeatable. When you embark and disembark the ship, all you need is your room key card, making traveling much easier as it serves as your ID.

7. Great Value

Contrary to popular belief, cruising is an affordable vacation option that offers great value for money. With inclusive amenities and activities, you’ll find that cruising is a budget-friendly way to travel. With deals and discounts available throughout the year, you can enjoy a luxury vacation without breaking the bank. Many passengers prefer to stay onboard as others rush through the gangway to check in for their shore excursions as soon as the ship has cleared customs and the captain announces we can disembark. Oh, did I mention all the duty-free shopping available onboard?

8. Shore Excursions and Adventures

Step off the ship and into a world of adventure with carefully curated shore excursions. Whether you’re swimming with dolphins, exploring ancient ruins, or simply relaxing on a pristine beach, the possibilities are endless. Expert guides and transportation are included, so you can explore with ease and peace of mind. While shore excursions may add a little extra to your spending budget, they form memories that last a lifetime. Every port of call has plenty to offer, even if you don’t book directly with the ship’s shore excursion desk. However, please remember when booking with private companies, that they will guarantee you get back to the ship in time for departure.

9. Opportunities for Learning

Expand your horizons and learn something new on board. From cooking classes to dance lessons, there are plenty of opportunities to broaden your skillset and have fun while doing it. With interesting lecturers and workshops on a variety of topics, you’ll come back from your cruise with a wealth of new knowledge. When you travel with the Fun & Fitness Travel Club private exercise classes are always included. Sometimes the ship offers free Zumba classes on the pool deck. You may also have the opportunity to try Tai Chi, however, yoga, pilates, or spin classes at the gym will cost you a few extra bucks.

10. Disconnecting from the Digital World

Unplug and unwind as you disconnect from the digital world and immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings. Take this opportunity to reconnect with nature, yourself, and your loved ones. Plenty of onboard activities encourage mindfulness and relaxation, guaranteeing you return from your cruise feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Most Wi-Fi packages onboard cost a pretty dollar, but they are available if you need to stay in touch with the rest of the world. Also, when you get off the ship you’re likely going to find free Wi-Fi spots on shore.

11. Creating Lasting Memories

Cruising isn’t just a vacation, it’s a memory-making machine. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or that special someone, cruising creates unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. With onboard photographers capturing your favorite moments, you can relive your cruise experience long after you’ve returned home.

So, what are you waiting for? Embark on the adventure of a lifetime and cruise your way to the ultimate vacation experience! We’re sailing to Hawaii in August 2024 – come with us!