Everybody has different reasons that work for them. For some, it’s a great way to sample plenty of good food, prepared by different chefs (in some cases celebrity chefs), while watching the ocean pass you by. Others might be a cocktail connoisseur and keen to take in a world of flavours and decorations with their drink, while many others see the benefit in seeing different parts of the world in short bursts, without having to unpack in each port.
We’ve cast an eye across many of the reasons people turn to cruising for their holiday and identified five of our personal favourites.
1. It’s a great way to see (or sea) the world
Two-thirds of the world is covered by water, and most of it is accessible by cruise ships of varying sizes. From the major cities, which cater to the largest cruise ships with enormous terminals, docks and facilities all the way down to small barges tying up to nothing more than a jetty in a small riverside town in the world’s rural corners, cruising covers them all.
Ocean cruising can take you to cities and islands in the farthest reaches of the planet, while smaller ships can slide into some quaint little bays and coves to deliver you to a hidden town somewhere remote. River cruise ships do the same, albeit at a slower and more serene pace, while small ships have the most remote parts of the planet in their sights.
The world has never been more open and accessible and cruising is the best way to see it.
2. You can begin relaxing as soon as you book
Planning a vacation itinerary can be an additional source of stress. Cruising takes the guesswork out of the planning process—all you have to do is choose a cruise itinerary and which cabin you want and you’re off! Cruises offer guests agendas and tours that have been thoroughly prepared by experts, meaning you don’t have to spend hours researching what to do.
3. You can go exotic without a worry
Cruising is one of the easiest ways to see exotic foreign destinations. It removes obstacles that can often make international vacation planning complicated—you no longer need to worry about visas, customs, transportation, or language barriers. Cruises also offer seamless transportation from the ship to your destination, and English-speaking tour guides are always available on excursions. While cruising may be a bit less authentic than traveling on your own, its perks more than make up for it—especially for those who wouldn’t otherwise have the time or budget visit certain places.
4. You’ll see more of the world
Why choose just one city on your bucket list? Cruising allows you to visit several destinations in one trip, albeit for a shorter period of time. While we’re not suggesting that you’ll have enough time to do everything during your limited stay, you can experience a taste, allowing you to make informed decisions of where you would like to return to for a longer period of time.
5. The Around the World Cuisines
Speaking of food, most cruise ships hire top quality chefs and cooks for their kitchens. Many of these chefs studied at very prestigious culinary institutes and come highly recommended. For instance, Georges Blanc, a world-renowned master chef from France, has become the signature chef for Carnival Cruise Lines. Most ships offer several cuisine options and several different restaurants. Menu options for every palette make the cruise experience great for families. Kid friendly cuisine, alongside fine dining choices; make family dining an enjoyable event.