7 Reasons Why Cruising is a Great Vacation

My husband and I started cruising about 8 years ago, and it’s one of our favorite types of vacation. I share with you my 7 top reasons why cruising is such a great way to travel and see new places.

1 – Cruising is quite affordable. We opted to take a 35-day cruise that included Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, Vietnam, and Thailand. The cost of us flying to all these different locations, accommodations and food would have triple the cost of our holiday.

2 – The food on the cruise ships is amazing! Many times the meals were comparable to a high-class restaurant. The availability of the food is constant – 24 hours a day! I can attest to that because, on one of our cruises, I had a bad cold and couldn’t sleep well, so often I would head to the cafe to get a bite to eat and a hot lemon tea (often at 3 AM!). We also can order room service at no extra cost.

Cruise ship food

3 – I found out a few years ago, that I am gluten and lactose intolerant. Traveling to many of the countries we visited during our cruise vacations would have been a challenge in terms of finding appropriate food for my intolerance. On our last cruise with Princess, I mentioned to our regular waiter that I had intolerances, and he immediately called a special waiter that took care of me from that point on. He would present me the menu of the following day so I could make my selections and the specialty kitchen would ensure my meals were prepared with my intolerance in mind. Most of the items on the menu were available gluten and lactose-free, with some exceptions. Even the morning breakfast area had separate designated areas with gluten-free bread and products. They even made modifications in the specialty restaurants! They went beyond any expectations I had!

4 – You get a taste of multiple destinations, enough to decide if a longer stay is warranted. There is somewhat of a downside to this since we would have wanted to stay a bit longer at some ports of call, but we saw enough to get a good sense of the ambiance and see many of the sights.

Various cruise destinations

5 – You have a lot of activities to do on a cruise ship vacation. Both in port and while spending days at sea. We attended most evening shows (which are of good caliber) as well as took part in many of the workshops and demonstrations. I took advantage of the gym which had a good variety of equipment and classes. A few of our cruises were on ships that had a huge outdoor movie screen to watch movies or concerts. Imagine eating popcorn under a warm blanket while watching a great movie under the stars as you sail to the next destination!

cruise activities

6 – You don’t have to worry about visas. When we visited Vietnam, we needed a visa which could have taken a long time had we needed to do this on our own. Instead, we simply let the cruise ship crew take care of the paperwork and our passports were returned to us with the appropriate visa.

7 – There is a lot of flexibility in terms of types of cabins, excursions, and dining option. You can dine on your own schedule, or choose to dine at the same time frame. You can choose to sometimes share a table with other passengers, or have an intimate dinner for two, or however many you are in your group. You can choose to eat at the many outdoor stations or larger dining areas or try out some of the specialty dining lounges or restaurants. All but one of our cruise cabins were interior cabins since we opt not to spend time in the cabin except for sleeping. Some prefer cabins with balconies or prefer the larger version suites. We opted for some of the excursions and also chose to visit the ports of call on our own. The tours and excursions are interesting and diverse. There are so many options that even on the same ship but different itineraries, we had totally different experiences.

For those who have cruised before, what was your favorite destination or activity? For those who haven’t, consider a cruising vacation for your next adventure.

 

 

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Retired exec consultant who traveled for more than 4 decades, both corporate and leisure. I appreciate my travel experience and want to share tips, photos and stories with readers! I live in Ottawa Canada and have traveled to 31 countries.

38 thoughts on “7 Reasons Why Cruising is a Great Vacation

  • September 28, 2017 at 5:05 am
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    Great post. Thanks for taking the time to write it. My wife and I were just talking about taking a cruise 🙂

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    • September 28, 2017 at 3:31 pm
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      Hi Richard, thanks for your comments. Given the number of emails I received with more questions, I will likely write a few more posts about cruising – there is so much to do and see, I’m more than happy to share my experiences with others. Stay tuned!

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  • September 28, 2017 at 5:12 am
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    I am so with you! We never thought we’d like cruising, and it’s now our favorite way to travel. We love waking up in new, beautiful cities every day and the food is always amazing!

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    • September 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm
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      Hi Lois! Oh I so agree! a new city each day or close to each day! I loved the fact that the variety of ports of call made it so that if one location was a bit of a disappointment (it happens, just because one location may just not be our “type” of location) and the next one was a new surprise! Do you have another one in mind? Thanks for your comments

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  • September 28, 2017 at 7:23 am
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    I love what you say, helping you travel without fear.
    I was terrified of leaving the kids… in case something happened to me.
    I am a breadwinner, so major stress.
    So took an insurance policy… and prayed.
    Came back with God’s grace and a lot of prayer!
    Now about the cruise, I’m terrified of water, but your post is very convincing.
    Thank you!

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    • September 28, 2017 at 3:28 pm
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      Hi Kavita, thanks for your comments. I too was the breadwinner for quite a long time, my husband stayed at home with our two girls. Totally understand your concerns, but often the concerns are because of the unknown. Not to say we can let go of being vigilant, but the world is not as dangerous as most believe. So cruise wise, you would be surprised how smooth and fun they can be. You don’t need to be on the decks often if you choose so, perhaps not seeing the water would help. You could start with a three-day cruise, depending on where you live. And ultimately, cruising is not for everyone but it truly is a great option. Something to consider!

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  • September 28, 2017 at 8:03 am
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    I’m going on a sampler cruise in early November. Cannot wait. I’m just worried about sea sickness pirates and rogue waves. I know it’s silly but …. sea sickness is real! Lol 😂

    Thank you for sharing it’s helped me understand a little about what to expect

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    • September 28, 2017 at 3:25 pm
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      Hi Laura, what is a sampler cruise? seasickness, depending on where you go, you likely will not feel much, the stabilizers on ships are pretty impressive and do a great job. There is also a shop onboard where you can buy off the counter meds, and even a medical group and office. Don’t wait too long to see them if you have seasickness, they can easily help you with that.

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  • September 28, 2017 at 11:31 am
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    Oh, my you just gave me an idea how to spend my next vacation. Definitely, this will be one of the options 🙂 looking forward to you next blog post.

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    • September 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm
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      Hi Mary, Thanks for your comments. Depending on where you live, there are likely cruise ships relatively close by. I think, based on some emails, that I will expand my next few blogs on the virtues of cruising! There is so much more to say!

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    • September 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm
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      Hi Shirley, thanks for your comments. We are actually retired as well – who knows, maybe you’ll be able to return at some point.

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  • September 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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    I have cruised before, but I honestly don’t think I have had the complete experience. I did not know the cruise line could help you with your visa. That was a great little info gem! Thanks for sharing.

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    • September 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm
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      Hi Yolanda, Thanks for your comments, and glad you found out something new!

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  • September 28, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    I’m intrinsically a sea person but recently a cruise got my attention so thought of giving it a try. I loved your ideas, specially hopping on multiple destinations!!

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    • September 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm
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      Hi Shibani, I especially like cruising BECAUSE of the hop on hop off type travel. Last cruise we visited 5 locations in 7 days! Most ports of call are close to the main area, so that helps a lot! one can do wondered with 8 hours of stop over time. Thanks for your comments.

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  • September 28, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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    Such a good read! I’ve been trying to convince my hubby that he would LOVE cruising but he hasn’t bit yet. I’m going to share this article with him.

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    • September 29, 2017 at 5:04 am
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      Hi Amber, thanks for your comments. I actually am getting several different questions about cruising, so I will extend the subject, and write a few more blog entries on cruising. Stay tuned!

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  • September 28, 2017 at 6:45 pm
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    I have never been on a cruise, but it always looks like an awesome time whenever i see people’s photos! hopefully one day soon 🙂

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    • September 29, 2017 at 5:03 am
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      Hi Dawn, Thanks for your comments. I hope you do get to try out a cruise at some point!

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  • September 29, 2017 at 12:21 am
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    I love the idea of cruising for a long time! I have only done a small 5 night one around the Greek Islands and I absolutely loved it! A very convenient and relaxing way to travel.

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    • September 29, 2017 at 5:02 am
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      Hi Krysti, A cruise around the Greek Islands sounds wonderful! Thanks for your comments

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  • September 29, 2017 at 12:46 am
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    It has been a long time since I was on a cruise but I enjoyed it immensely! the food was incredible, the kids loved the activities and there was always something fun happening!

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    • September 29, 2017 at 5:02 am
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      Hi Jen, Thanks for your comments. Sounds like the entire family enjoyed your cruise. Whoh did you sail with?

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  • September 29, 2017 at 2:16 am
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    It may be more economical to go on boat cruises as opposed to flying. Also as you mentioned, if one is on a budget then cruising would make more economic sense. I however, prefer to fly because I have afear of cruising on the ocean.

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    • September 29, 2017 at 5:00 am
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      Hi Ingrid, thanks for your comments. I totally understand your choice of travel!

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  • September 29, 2017 at 5:26 am
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    My husband and I love cruising and have cruised Asia, the Baltic, Adriatic, Mediterranean and Nova Scotia. We are leaving this weekend for a land tour of Spain followed by a cruise of France, Italy and Malta and can’t wait. I love that you only have to unpack once and you see so many places of interest. My goal is to sail into or out of Sydney Harbour. Having been born in Sydney, I’m a little biased but I believe the harbour is magnificent and would be spectacular on a cruise. Really enjoyed your post.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

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    • September 29, 2017 at 6:04 pm
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      Hi Sue, Have a great holiday in Spain (my home away from home) – and the cruise sounds wonderful! Thanks for your feedback. Sydney harbor is so beautiful

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  • September 29, 2017 at 9:16 am
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    Very impressive how they are so accommodating with people with food allergies! I have considered a cruise vacation. We are living in Cape Town and there is a choice of cruises to take to the Portuguese Island or Mauritius, very affordable by the way!

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    • September 29, 2017 at 6:03 pm
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      Hi Cynthia, I was also VERY impressed with the care and attention they gave me for my allergies. Mauritius sounds like a great destination!

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  • September 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm
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    It looks like you have had a nice trip. Cruising, I have totally forgotten about this traveling way. Thanks for bringing it up to my mind. I’m glad that you’ve had a nice trips. Thanks

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  • September 30, 2017 at 1:26 am
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    boyfriend and I are saving up for our cruise vacation hopefully soon and the reasons you outlined here resonates with ours! I would love to go on a Caribbean cruise!

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    • October 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm
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      Hi Stephanie, Caribbean cruises are fabulous because most islands are close together. However, given the horrible hurricanes, many of the islands have been affected. Thanks for your comments

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  • September 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm
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    Great post! I have Celiac and not being able to handle any gluten cross-contamination has kept me slightly fearful of vacations where I cannot prepare my own food. We currently do a ton of camping in our travel trailer or stay in hotels with a kitchenette. Your descriptions of the customer service involved with food allergies / intolerances greatly reduced my fear. Thank you!

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    • October 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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      Hi Madison, I was so surprised at the care and attention they give to all types of allergies. The special lead waiter had 43 people on his list! Anything from gluten intolerant, to low sodium, to sugar-free, or straight out fish, peanuts, etc allergies. Thanks for your comments.

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  • October 1, 2017 at 9:43 am
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    It’s been a long time since I went to a cruise and it would be nice to do so now! I think it’s one of the best vacation ideas ever. All you need will be taken care of.

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    • October 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm
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      Hi Carol, I always feel so pampered when we take cruises – thanks for your comments.

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