10 Ways Cruises Are Better Than Hotels

by John Roberts

10 Ways Cruises Are Better Than Hotels

by John Roberts

Planning your next big vacation and can't choose between a cruise or a hotel stay? Ships are more than just floating hotels: There are many perks you just can't get if you choose to stay on land. Here are 10 reasons to sail away on your next trip:

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Disney in Alaska / Disney Cruise Line / Matt Stroshane
Settle in
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1. You only have to unpack once. 

You really can't beat unpacking one time for visits to multiple destinations on your journey.

You really can't beat unpacking one time for visits to multiple destinations on your journey.

Signatures on Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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2. Your meals are included. 

Eat as much as you like, from steak and lobster to decadent desserts — it's all part of your cruise fare. Seconds? Yes, please.

Eat as much as you like, from steak and lobster to decadent desserts — it's all part of your cruise fare. Seconds? Yes, please.

Disney Magic stateroom
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3. You travel ... while you sleep. 

Head to bed each night after your day of adventure, and then wake up in the morning at a new, interesting historic or exotic destination.

Head to bed each night after your day of adventure, and then wake up in the morning at a new, interesting historic or exotic destination.

"Disney Dreams" on the Disney Magic
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4. The entertainment is really good.  

Depending on which ship you choose, you may find Broadway-quality shows — including musicals, magic, and comedy acts — as well as interactive entertainment involving passengers, such as trivia contests, cooking competitions, and "Love and Marriage" game shows.

Depending on which ship you choose, you may find Broadway-quality shows — including musicals, magic, and comedy acts — as well as interactive entertainment involving passengers, such as trivia contests, cooking competitions, and "Love and Marriage" game shows.

Zodiac tour from the MS Hanseatic in Alaska
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5. You'll learn something. 

Experts are invited on board to give educational talks and commentary for certain itineraries, especially during cruises to the Panama Canal or Alaska.

Experts are invited on board to give educational talks and commentary for certain itineraries, especially during cruises to the Panama Canal or Alaska.

Green sea turtle in the Galapagos
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6. You can see exotic destinations. 

Cruise ships can take you to the farthest reaches of the globe, from the Galapagos Islands to Greenland and Africa to Antarctica. Head ashore on an expedition each day but return to the ship for your chef-prepared cuisine, fine wines, and soft bed.

Cruise ships can take you to the farthest reaches of the globe, from the Galapagos Islands to Greenland and Africa to Antarctica. Head ashore on an expedition each day but return to the ship for your chef-prepared cuisine, fine wines, and soft bed.

Gym on the Celebrity Solstice
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7. The gyms are surprisingly sophisticated.  

Many cruise ship fitness centers are well-equipped spaces for workouts, with cutting-edge equipment. Plus, you'll find instructors that lead group classes (some of which may be included in your fare).

Many cruise ship fitness centers are well-equipped spaces for workouts, with cutting-edge equipment. Plus, you'll find instructors that lead group classes (some of which may be included in your fare).

Party in a Grand Duplex on the Queen Mary 2
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8. Cruises are more social. 

Cruises provide a relaxing environment with like-minded travelers on board for a week or more of fun. These trips are famous for bringing together people who end up lifelong friends.

Cruises provide a relaxing environment with like-minded travelers on board for a week or more of fun. These trips are famous for bringing together people who end up lifelong friends.

Cheers!
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9. The somewhat-inclusive rates can save you money.

From prices as low as $100 per person per day (and sometimes less), you get transportation to new countries, all your meals, shows, and more.

From prices as low as $100 per person per day (and sometimes less), you get transportation to new countries, all your meals, shows, and more.

Blackjack Casino on the Queen Mary 2
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10. Bonus: There's probably a casino. 

Unless you're in a specific gambling town, like Las Vegas, your hotel probably doesn't have a casino; your cruise ship will. Daily bingo sessions give you even more chances to win on a cruise.

Unless you're in a specific gambling town, like Las Vegas, your hotel probably doesn't have a casino; your cruise ship will. Daily bingo sessions give you even more chances to win on a cruise.

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