9 Reasons We Love Cruising

by Kayla Becker

9 Reasons We Love Cruising

by Kayla Becker

We've been on our fair share of ships, so it's safe to say we know a thing or two about cruising. And over all those embarkations, port excursions, and days at sea, we've had time to reflect on why it is one of the best ways to see the world. Want our take? You have a moving home base plus all the entertainment you could ask for and amazing food options right on board … really, what’s not to love? Here are nine reasons we think cruises blow land travel out of the water.

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MSC Musica in Venice / MSC Cruises
The Sanctuary on Princess Cruises
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1. There’s a cruise for everyone.

Cruises come in all shapes and sizes, and all that variety means one thing: There’s definitely a ship that will fit your taste. Families will love budget-friendly mega ships with lots of activities on board, while singles and groups of friends can easily find boisterous ships where the party never stops. And those couples looking for a more refined vacation will have no problem selecting a smaller luxury ship with classic décor and afternoon tea.

Cruises come in all shapes and sizes, and all that variety means one thing: There’s definitely a ship that will fit your taste. Families will love budget-friendly mega ships with lots of activities on board, while singles and groups of friends can easily find boisterous ships where the party never stops. And those couples looking for a more refined vacation will have no problem selecting a smaller luxury ship with classic décor and afternoon tea.

Park Güell
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2. You can tour a different iconic city every day.

You’ll cover a lot of ground (well, ocean) in your sleep and wake up ready to explore bucket-list destinations each morning with minimal effort required on your part. How else can you easily see Barcelona's Sagrada Família, the gorgeous beaches of France's Cote d'Azur, and Rome's Colosseum all in the same week?

You’ll cover a lot of ground (well, ocean) in your sleep and wake up ready to explore bucket-list destinations each morning with minimal effort required on your part. How else can you easily see Barcelona's Sagrada Família, the gorgeous beaches of France's Cote d'Azur, and Rome's Colosseum all in the same week?

You only have to face that suitcase once.
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3. You only have to unpack once.

There's something so stressful about having to check under the bed for lost socks in a mad dash to make check out time each morning, don't you think? And who wants to shove their nice dresses, pants, and blouses in a suitcase so many times they become a wrinkly mess? Instead, on a cruise you can empty your suitcase on the first day and hang and store everything properly for the whole trip (and even have things freshly laundered at your request).

There's something so stressful about having to check under the bed for lost socks in a mad dash to make check out time each morning, don't you think? And who wants to shove their nice dresses, pants, and blouses in a suitcase so many times they become a wrinkly mess? Instead, on a cruise you can empty your suitcase on the first day and hang and store everything properly for the whole trip (and even have things freshly laundered at your request).

Cruises let you leave the navigating to someone else.
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4. You don’t have to make tons of travel arrangements.

Forget about train timetables and highway maps. The ship's captain is the one planning out the navigation between ports while you lie by the pool. Independent travelers may want to forge their own path in port, renting a car or hiring a driver for the day and planning their own excursion. But if you really don't want to have to look at even one map, you can easily book tours though the line and let the guides and bus drivers get you to all of the highlights in one day — and back to the ship on time.

Forget about train timetables and highway maps. The ship's captain is the one planning out the navigation between ports while you lie by the pool. Independent travelers may want to forge their own path in port, renting a car or hiring a driver for the day and planning their own excursion. But if you really don't want to have to look at even one map, you can easily book tours though the line and let the guides and bus drivers get you to all of the highlights in one day — and back to the ship on time.

Norwegian Epic in Miami
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5. There are ports all over the U.S.

The convenience factor is everything when traveling, and millions of Americans live within driving distance of a major cruise port — no expensive flight required. Cruises leave right from big cities such as New York and Boston in the Northeast, Baltimore and Charleston on the eastern seaboard, Seattle and Long Beach on the West Coast, and Galveston, New Orleans, and multiple spots in Florida in the South. 

The convenience factor is everything when traveling, and millions of Americans live within driving distance of a major cruise port — no expensive flight required. Cruises leave right from big cities such as New York and Boston in the Northeast, Baltimore and Charleston on the eastern seaboard, Seattle and Long Beach on the West Coast, and Galveston, New Orleans, and multiple spots in Florida in the South. 

Breaking off from the group
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6. Your group doesn't have to do everything together.

It's so cliché to say that the larger cruise ships have something for everyone ... but it is true. There's no need to grit your teeth and do what grandma or the toddlers want to do and wish you had just stayed home. Instead, the grandparents can sign up for the bridge tournament, parents can head to the adults-only pool for some peace and quiet, and the kids can hang out in the supervised kids clubs with friends their own age. Even on port days, members of your group can split up and do the shore excursions that peak their interest. There will be lots to talk about when you reconvene at dinner and share the day's adventures. 

It's so cliché to say that the larger cruise ships have something for everyone ... but it is true. There's no need to grit your teeth and do what grandma or the toddlers want to do and wish you had just stayed home. Instead, the grandparents can sign up for the bridge tournament, parents can head to the adults-only pool for some peace and quiet, and the kids can hang out in the supervised kids clubs with friends their own age. Even on port days, members of your group can split up and do the shore excursions that peak their interest. There will be lots to talk about when you reconvene at dinner and share the day's adventures. 

Norwegian Escape's Aqua Racer waterslide
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7. The ships are destinations in themselves.

Pick the right cruise ship, and you’ll never be bored. Large ships from mainstream lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival rival theme parks with the entertainment options they offer, from surfing and skydiving simulators to twisting waterslides and ropes courses. Lines keep upping the ante for after-dark fun as well — the new Carnival Vista has its own brewery on board while Broadway-style shows are living up to their promise from the costumes and sets to the talented casts.

Pick the right cruise ship, and you’ll never be bored. Large ships from mainstream lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival rival theme parks with the entertainment options they offer, from surfing and skydiving simulators to twisting waterslides and ropes courses. Lines keep upping the ante for after-dark fun as well — the new Carnival Vista has its own brewery on board while Broadway-style shows are living up to their promise from the costumes and sets to the talented casts.

Chef Curtis Stone helms SHARE on Princess
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8. The experience gets better all the time.

Gone are the days of old cruise stereotypes. Instead of boring Baked Alaska and pre-cooked Beef Wellington, there are more celebrity chef restaurants each year, with everyone from Thomas Keller to Curtis Stone helming restaurants at sea. And while many ships do have shuffleboard courts, they are now one of the many activities to fill your sea days instead of one of the only. You also won't find the strict class systems and rigid dining and dress code policies; instead, you'll find open seating and relaxed attire on most lines. And best of all, advances in technology have made cruising a 21st-century vacation with everything from robot bartenders mixing cocktails in the lounge to Wi-Fi strong enough to stream movies in your stateroom.

Gone are the days of old cruise stereotypes. Instead of boring Baked Alaska and pre-cooked Beef Wellington, there are more celebrity chef restaurants each year, with everyone from Thomas Keller to Curtis Stone helming restaurants at sea. And while many ships do have shuffleboard courts, they are now one of the many activities to fill your sea days instead of one of the only. You also won't find the strict class systems and rigid dining and dress code policies; instead, you'll find open seating and relaxed attire on most lines. And best of all, advances in technology have made cruising a 21st-century vacation with everything from robot bartenders mixing cocktails in the lounge to Wi-Fi strong enough to stream movies in your stateroom.

Dinner at no extra charge on Royal Princess
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9. You can't beat the price.

Since your cruise fare includes accommodation, travel, and meals, you’re likely to spend way less than you would booking a similar vacation with hotels, train tickets, rental cars, and three meals a day in restaurants (just as long as you don't overdo with extras such as specialty dining and frozen drinks by the pool). You can even find three-night Bahamas cruises for less than $150 — which might even be cheaper than staying home.

Since your cruise fare includes accommodation, travel, and meals, you’re likely to spend way less than you would booking a similar vacation with hotels, train tickets, rental cars, and three meals a day in restaurants (just as long as you don't overdo with extras such as specialty dining and frozen drinks by the pool). You can even find three-night Bahamas cruises for less than $150 — which might even be cheaper than staying home.

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