7 Myths About Cruising

by John Roberts

7 Myths About Cruising

by John Roberts

Never been on a cruise before? You probably have an idea of what to expect ... but is it right? Read on to see if any of your preconceptions are dated:

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Relaxing on the Celebrity Equinox / Celebrity Cruises
Liquid club on the Carnival Breeze
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They're Just for Old People. 

Average ages on board vary by cruise line — and even from ship to ship — based on styles, tastes and itineraries. But there are cruise ships that provide activities and amenities for families with small children, young couples, groups of singles and, yes, even more mature travelers.

Average ages on board vary by cruise line — and even from ship to ship — based on styles, tastes and itineraries. But there are cruise ships that provide activities and amenities for families with small children, young couples, groups of singles and, yes, even more mature travelers.

Getting some air on an Azamara ship
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I'll Get Seasick.

Today, ships feature stabilizers and are so large that you might not even notice you're moving, especially in the calmer waters of the Caribbean.

Today, ships feature stabilizers and are so large that you might not even notice you're moving, especially in the calmer waters of the Caribbean.

Keep it clean
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There's a Good Chance I'll Get Norovirus. 

This highly contagious stomach bug is common on land — it's not actually a cruise ship illness. Sailings with outbreaks are not that typical, but regulations require reporting of the illness by cruise lines. So you're more likely to hear about it associated with cruises even though it's as common at resorts, schools, retirement homes, and large workplaces.

This highly contagious stomach bug is common on land — it's not actually a cruise ship illness. Sailings with outbreaks are not that typical, but regulations require reporting of the illness by cruise lines. So you're more likely to hear about it associated with cruises even though it's as common at resorts, schools, retirement homes, and large workplaces.

Cabin on the Norwegian Epic
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Cruises Are Very Expensive. 

You can find many sailings that prove to be a better deal than land-based vacations, especially if you can drive to a port. Cruises start at around $75 to $100 per person, per day — even less during promotions.

You can find many sailings that prove to be a better deal than land-based vacations, especially if you can drive to a port. Cruises start at around $75 to $100 per person, per day — even less during promotions.

Carnival Dream's waterslides
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We'll Be Bored.

If you get bored easily, choose a cruise ship that's packed with onboard activities that fit your personality. Some have Broadway-style shows, gourmet cooking classes, zip-lining, rock-climbing walls, water slides, bowling alleys, outdoor movies, comedy shows, dancing, and even surfing simulators.

If you get bored easily, choose a cruise ship that's packed with onboard activities that fit your personality. Some have Broadway-style shows, gourmet cooking classes, zip-lining, rock-climbing walls, water slides, bowling alleys, outdoor movies, comedy shows, dancing, and even surfing simulators.

Yoga on sun deck of Linblad's National Geographic Explorer
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Ships Are Too Crowded. 

This is actually a legitimate concern on the mega ships, which carry thousands of people. Still, those vessels are smartly designed and, if you prefer a bit of seclusion, you can always find a quiet place to relax away from crowds. In addition, small ships offer a way of avoiding crowds altogether.

This is actually a legitimate concern on the mega ships, which carry thousands of people. Still, those vessels are smartly designed and, if you prefer a bit of seclusion, you can always find a quiet place to relax away from crowds. In addition, small ships offer a way of avoiding crowds altogether.

Fathoms nightclub on the Disney Magic
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These Vacations Are All-Inclusive. 

This is only true on a few luxury lines. On most cruise ships, you have to pay extra for gratuities, specialty dining, excursions, spa treatments, drinks, and other onboard activities, not to mention flights, hotels, and transfers.

This is only true on a few luxury lines. On most cruise ships, you have to pay extra for gratuities, specialty dining, excursions, spa treatments, drinks, and other onboard activities, not to mention flights, hotels, and transfers.

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