10 New Year’s Resolutions for Cruise Lovers

by Donna Heiderstadt

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Cruise Lovers

by Donna Heiderstadt

It’s that time of year when we all resolve to change for the better in the year ahead. What can cruise lovers do to make their experience at sea healthier, more enjoyable, more meaningful, and more mentally rewarding in 2022? Here are ten New Year’s Resolutions to consider.

It’s that time of year when we all resolve to change for the better in the year ahead. What can cruise lovers do to make their experience at sea healthier, more enjoyable, more meaningful, and more mentally rewarding in 2022? Here are ten New Year’s Resolutions to consider.

10
Billboard on Board on Holland America Line / Photo courtesy of the cruise line
1 of 10
Switch up your cruise routine.

If you’re the type who’s loyal to a particular cruise line, it’s because you know what you like, right? But, you also don’t know what you’re missing -- which is why you should resolve to set sail with a comparable cruise line. Alternatively, embark on a different type of vessel: Think small-ship sailing with Windstar if you’re used to mega-ship cruising, and vice-versa. Who knows: You may even surprise yourself by finding a new favorite.

If you’re the type who’s loyal to a particular cruise line, it’s because you know what you like, right? But, you also don’t know what you’re missing -- which is why you should resolve to set sail with a comparable cruise line. Alternatively, embark on a different type of vessel: Think small-ship sailing with Windstar if you’re used to mega-ship cruising, and vice-versa. Who knows: You may even surprise yourself by finding a new favorite.

2 of 10
Book a cruise to finally see your dream destination.

Sail to several bucket-list-worthy destinations, including Tahiti, Hawaii, Alaska, the Greek Isles, the Mediterranean, Antarctica, the Galapagos, and Easter Island. And, as places like Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia eventually reopen to tourism, it's worth considering a cruise, which makes an affordable and convenient option for exploring. 

Sail to several bucket-list-worthy destinations, including Tahiti, Hawaii, Alaska, the Greek Isles, the Mediterranean, Antarctica, the Galapagos, and Easter Island. And, as places like Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia eventually reopen to tourism, it's worth considering a cruise, which makes an affordable and convenient option for exploring. 

3 of 10
Try something totally new while on a cruise.

Cruises are often equated with the familiar (think: pizza, burgers, beer, margaritas, and casinos). However, the best vessels offer passengers truly unique tastes and experiences. For example, enjoy a glass of Aquavit on Viking Cruises, sign up for virtual sky diving aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, or get a tattoo on board a Virgin Voyages ship.

Cruises are often equated with the familiar (think: pizza, burgers, beer, margaritas, and casinos). However, the best vessels offer passengers truly unique tastes and experiences. For example, enjoy a glass of Aquavit on Viking Cruises, sign up for virtual sky diving aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class ships, or get a tattoo on board a Virgin Voyages ship. 

4 of 10
Discover the joys of exploring a port on foot independently.

Setting off on your own lets you absorb local ambiance and culture at your own pace. You'll also have more time for shopping, museums, markets, and other activities — many of which are often left out on guided shore excursions. Easy ports to explore on foot include Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Monte Carlo, Venice, Barcelona, Sorrento, Helsinki, San Juan, New York, Boston, and Montreal. 

Setting off on your own lets you absorb local ambiance and culture at your own pace. You'll also have more time for shopping, museums, markets, and other activities — many of which are often left out on guided shore excursions. Easy ports to explore on foot include Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Monte Carlo, Venice, Barcelona, Sorrento, Helsinki, San Juan, New York, Boston, and Montreal. 

5 of 10
Pack a book that takes place in the region you’re sailing.

Plane rides and sea days offer time to enhance your enjoyment by reading a book set in the place you’re visiting. It could be fiction, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo if cruising from Stockholm, or travel non-fiction such as Paul Theroux’s The Happy Isles of Oceania if sailing the South Pacific. Headed to Europe? Mark Twain’s 1869 narrative, The Innocents Abroad, is a humorous classic.

Plane rides and sea days offer time to enhance your enjoyment by reading a book set in the place you’re visiting. It could be fiction, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo if cruising from Stockholm, or travel non-fiction such as Paul Theroux’s The Happy Isles of Oceania if sailing the South Pacific. Headed to Europe? Mark Twain’s 1869 narrative, The Innocents Abroad, is a humorous classic.

6 of 10
Give river cruising a try.

Swap an ocean for one of the world’s most fascinating rivers — the Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Seine, Douro, Nile, Amazon, and Mississippi, to name a few — and you’ll discover that the increasingly popular river cruise realm offers all of the ease and many of the perks (great food and wine, convenient sightseeing, spa treatments) of ocean cruising on a much smaller scale. 

Swap an ocean for one of the world’s most fascinating rivers — the Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Seine, Douro, Nile, Amazon, and Mississippi, to name a few — and you’ll discover that the increasingly popular river cruise realm offers all of the ease and many of the perks (great food and wine, convenient sightseeing, spa treatments) of ocean cruising on a much smaller scale. 

7 of 10
Be an eco-conscious cruiser.

Cruise lines are cutting emissions with new technology and reducing waste via recycling — and, as a passenger, it’s easy to do your part, too. Sanitary issues with COVID-19 have made using personal refillable water bottles impractical right now, but proper disposal of plastic water bottles and straws (so that they don’t blow overboard) is something everyone can do.

Cruise lines are cutting emissions with new technology and reducing waste via recycling — and, as a passenger, it’s easy to do your part, too. Sanitary issues with COVID-19 have made using personal refillable water bottles impractical right now, but proper disposal of plastic water bottles and straws (so that they don’t blow overboard) is something everyone can do.

8 of 10
Give back to local communities.

Making a physical, material, or financial contribution to a local community can help foster a better connection with its people and enhance your overall perception of a destination. Some cruise lines have special programs — such as Crystal Cruises' "You Care, We Care" and Holland America's "Cruise With a Purpose" — offering voluntourism-inspired shore excursions to help communities in need.

Making a physical, material, or financial contribution to a local community can help foster a better connection with its people and enhance your overall perception of a destination. Some cruise lines have special programs — such as Crystal Cruises' "You Care, We Care" and Holland America's "Cruise with a Purpose" — offering voluntourism-inspired shore excursions to help communities in need.

9 of 10
Indulge your inner adventurer with an expedition cruise.

Chances are your bucket list destination offers adventure — whether it's wildlife spotting in Antarctica, watching the northern lights in Scandinavia, or admiring the rugged landscapes of Patagonia. Fortunately, several luxury cruise lines (including Crystal, Hurtigruten, Lindblad Expeditions, Scenic, Seabourn, Silversea, and Viking) offer luxury expedition vessels to take you there.

Chances are your bucket list destination offers adventure — whether it's wildlife spotting in Antarctica, watching the northern lights in Scandinavia, or admiring the rugged landscapes of Patagonia. Fortunately, several luxury cruise lines (including Crystal, Hurtigruten, Lindblad Expeditions, Scenic, Seabourn, Silversea, and Viking) offer luxury expedition vessels to take you there.

10 of 10
Actually wear the workout gear you pack but never use.

Getting in better shape is probably the most notable New Year’s resolution — and a cruise vacation can jump-start your regimen: that is, if you resolve to put on that workout gear and move. Set off around on the ship’s walking track, take a yoga class, or hit the elliptical in the fitness center. Many cruise lines also offer active shore excursions that involve hiking, biking, and paddling.

Swap an ocean for one of the world’s most fascinating rivers — the Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Seine, Douro, Nile, Amazon, and Mississippi, to name a few — and you’ll discover that the increasingly popular river cruise realm offers all of the ease and many of the perks (great food and wine, convenient sightseeing, spa treatments) of ocean cruising on a much smaller scale. 

Up next...

12 Exciting New Cruise Ships Setting Sail in 2022

Go Back
Find The Best Cruises
Find a cruise

Find the best deals!

Click on multiple sites to get the lowest prices

Click on multiple sites to get the lowest prices