11 Reasons a Non-Cruiser Would Want to Take a Cruise

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

11 Reasons a Non-Cruiser Would Want to Take a Cruise

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

We've heard it before: Cruising just isn’t for you—the sea days, the excursions, the early call times. But whether you prefer to travel to far corners of the globe, or you want both independence and quality time with family, there are certain trips that even the most staunch anti-cruiser can agree are better done by sea. Click through and see if we can’t convince you.

We've heard it before: Cruising just isn’t for you—the sea days, the excursions, the early call times. But whether you prefer to travel to far corners of the globe, or you want both independence and quality time with family, there are certain trips that even the most staunch anti-cruiser can agree are better done by sea. Click through and see if we can’t convince you.

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You want to see a lot but not spend a lot.

Take Norwegian Cruise Line’s Hawaiian cruise, Pride of America: It calls on all four of the main islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and two ports on the Big Island). The over-land alternative is costly (flights between islands are $150-$200 per person). You might spend $800 on top of your flight to/from Hawaii, and that’s without factoring in food and accommodations. Current deals start around $1,700 per person and include free alcoholic drinks, dining (including at specialty restaurants), wifi, and a free flight to Hawaii for one guest—making for a cost-effective way to see the islands in one trip.

Take Norwegian Cruise Line’s Hawaiian cruise, Pride of America: It calls on all four of the main islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and two ports on the Big Island). The over-land alternative is costly (flights between islands are $150-$200 per person). You might spend $800 on top of your flight to/from Hawaii, and that’s without factoring in food and accommodations. Current deals start around $1,700 per person and include free alcoholic drinks, dining (including at specialty restaurants), wifi, and a free flight to Hawaii for one guest—making for a cost-effective way to see the islands in one trip.

Hanauma Bay on Oahu
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You want to see more than you have the time for.

Using the same example of NCL’s Pride of America, the seven-day sailing calls on five ports across four Hawaiian islands—an itinerary that would be near-impossible (and certainly not pleasant) to recreate on land. Between limited flight schedules, not to mention the time it takes to get to/from airports and check in/out of hotels, you’d end your vacation more exhausted than when you arrived. The NCL cruise overnights in three of the four main islands and sails between islands while passengers sleep, so each morning you wake to the sun rising as you approach a new island. The convenience of the “floating hotel” eliminates the time spent on anything other than exploring.

Using the same example of NCL’s Pride of America, the seven-day sailing calls on five ports across four Hawaiian islands—an itinerary that would be near-impossible (and certainly not pleasant) to recreate on land. Between limited flight schedules, not to mention the time it takes to get to/from airports and check in/out of hotels, you’d end your vacation more exhausted than when you arrived. The NCL cruise overnights in three of the four main islands and sails between islands while passengers sleep, so each morning you wake to the sun rising as you approach a new island. The convenience of the “floating hotel” eliminates the time spent on anything other than exploring.

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You like hard-to-reach and hard-to-plan-for destinations.

Whether it’s your dream to see the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and the Great Pyramids, or Bissagos’ Orango National Park in Guinea-Bissau—some of the world’s most exciting destinations can be a logistical nightmare. And a very expensive one at that. When you factor in a seasoned travel agent, private transportation, and the potential risk should you miss a transfer, the cruise option ends up being more economical and less stressful. The trip you’ve worked to save up for is as enjoyable as you’d imagined.

Whether it’s your dream to see the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and the Great Pyramids, or Bissagos’ Orango National Park in Guinea-Bissau—some of the world’s most exciting destinations can be a logistical nightmare. And a very expensive one at that. When you factor in a seasoned travel agent, private transportation, and the potential risk should you miss a transfer, the cruise option ends up being more economical and less stressful. The trip you’ve worked to save up for is as enjoyable as you’d imagined.

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You’re on a strict budget.

Budget travel can be easy in the planning but fall to pieces once you’re on the trip. In an exciting new destination, it’s easy to get swept up and splurge on purchases you don’t need, leaving you with a lengthy bill when you get home. With cruising, you know you can afford the trip before you depart; once there, you never need to open your wallet again (unless you really want to).

Budget travel can be easy in the planning but fall to pieces once you’re on the trip. In an exciting new destination, it’s easy to get swept up and splurge on purchases you don’t need, leaving you with a lengthy bill when you get home. With cruising, you know you can afford the trip before you depart; once there, you never need to open your wallet again (unless you really want to).

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You’re traveling with the whole family.

Amid our busy lives, there’s nothing more valuable than the rare times the whole family gets together on vacation. However, getting everyone to agree on where is hard. Kids want adventure and entertainment, while adults may want a spa day or cultural outing. A cruise is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. The best ships for multigenerational cruising offer games and waterslides for kids, along with adults-only zones (from jazz clubs to cooking classes)—so everyone can do what they want, and then meet back up for dinner together at the end of the day.

 

Amid our busy lives, there’s nothing more valuable than the rare times the whole family gets together on vacation. However, getting everyone to agree on where is hard. Kids want adventure and entertainment, while adults may want a spa day or cultural outing. A cruise is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. The best ships for multigenerational cruising offer games and waterslides for kids, along with adults-only zones (from jazz clubs to cooking classes)—so everyone can do what they want, and then meet back up for dinner together at the end of the day.

 

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You (or your companion) have health or dietary limitations.

For someone with a severe peanut allergy, a trip to Thailand is nearly impossible and certainly not relaxing. A cruise around the Thai islands, however, offers a chance to experience the destination without having to worry; safe food options are built in. No matter what your health or physical needs are, cruising makes bucket list destinations accessible and provides peace of mind should an emergency arise overseas.

For someone with a severe peanut allergy, a trip to Thailand is nearly impossible and certainly not relaxing. A cruise around the Thai islands, however, offers a chance to experience the destination without having to worry; safe food options are built in. No matter what your health or physical needs are, cruising makes bucket list destinations accessible and provides peace of mind should an emergency arise overseas.

Moorea
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You want to visit multiple countries on the same trip.

When you want to travel to several countries on the same trip, each country requires a different visa, customs, currency exchanges, language barriers, and challenging airport transfers and taxi pick-ups. Especially in harder-to-reach corners of the world, stress levels can easily skyrocket. A cruise streamlines the process: For instance, Paul Gauguin Cruises 13-night Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji itinerary affords travelers the opportunity to experience four distinct island cultures. The cruise line handles nearly all transportation and accommodations, taking the guess work and most of the logistics out of the equation. Not to mention, you unpack only once and have a variety of restaurants and entertainment options just an elevator ride away (getting a cab in a new city is hard enough, without having had a drink on top of it). For a once-in-a-lifetime trip, the last thing you want is stress.

When you want to travel to several countries on the same trip, each country requires a different visa, customs, currency exchanges, language barriers, and challenging airport transfers and taxi pick-ups. Especially in harder-to-reach corners of the world, stress levels can easily skyrocket. A cruise streamlines the process: For instance, Paul Gauguin Cruises 13-night Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji itinerary affords travelers the opportunity to experience four distinct island cultures. The cruise line handles nearly all transportation and accommodations, taking the guess work and most of the logistics out of the equation. Not to mention, you unpack only once and have a variety of restaurants and entertainment options just an elevator ride away (getting a cab in a new city is hard enough, without having had a drink on top of it). For a once-in-a-lifetime trip, the last thing you want is stress.

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Your trip is about the company rather than the destination.

Some trips we embark on to discover new cultures and destinations, others we plan to reconnect with loved ones. Whether it’s a bachelorette party, a one-on-one trip with a parent or sibling, or a reunion with your college buddies, these trips are about bonding. A cruise provides all the best parts of group travel—time and space to hang out, fun activities, cool views—without the pitfalls (transportation logistics, tricky dinner reservations, conflicting schedules, different food preferences). You can just show up and make memories.

Some trips we embark on to discover new cultures and destinations, others we plan to reconnect with loved ones. Whether it’s a bachelorette party, a one-on-one trip with a parent or sibling, or a reunion with your college buddies, these trips are about bonding. A cruise provides all the best parts of group travel—time and space to hang out, fun activities, cool views—without the pitfalls (transportation logistics, tricky dinner reservations, conflicting schedules, different food preferences). You can just show up and make memories.

Hardanger Fjorden Norway
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You don’t have the time (or the desire) to plan.

Maybe you’re not much of a planner, or you have a last-minute chance to get away but don’t have the time to book much more than your flight: Cruises are calling. Cruise lines are always offering last-minute itineraries at steep discounts, sometimes with drinks and excursions bundled in. You can pretty much swipe your credit card and hold off on planning until you’re poolside en route to a tropical island.

Maybe you’re not much of a planner, or you have a last-minute chance to get away but don’t have the time to book much more than your flight: Cruises are calling. Cruise lines are always offering last-minute itineraries at steep discounts, sometimes with drinks and excursions bundled in. You can pretty much swipe your credit card and hold off on planning until you’re poolside en route to a tropical island.

Nassau, Bahamas
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You want to sample a few destinations before planning a longer trip.

It’s a gamble to spend your annual vacation in a place you’ve never been. Could it be amazing? Yes. Could it be not at all what you thought or were prepared for? Yes. A cruise offers the opportunity to sample several destinations (Sicily or Crete? Fiji or Moorea?) to see what you like before committing to a longer, more expensive trip to one place. You’d be surprised how often the place you’re least excited about on your itinerary ends up being your favorite.

It’s a gamble to spend your annual vacation in a place you’ve never been. Could it be amazing? Yes. Could it be not at all what you thought or were prepared for? Yes. A cruise offers the opportunity to sample several destinations (Sicily or Crete? Fiji or Moorea?) to see what you like before committing to a longer, more expensive trip to one place. You’d be surprised how often the place you’re least excited about on your itinerary ends up being your favorite.

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You want peace of mind (particularly during a pandemic).

Changes in country entry rules, weather, or other unforeseen problems can ruin a trip. No time has proven true than the present. A cruise lets you off the hook. Should plans need to change, the cruise line plans for you (with your safety in mind) without interrupting your trip. Unlike on land, where different hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues may have different protocols, cruise lines are regimented. No matter the destination, safety and protocols are standard and reliable—while erring on the side of caution. 

Changes in country entry rules, weather, or other unforeseen problems can ruin a trip. No time has proven true than the present. A cruise lets you off the hook. Should plans need to change, the cruise line plans for you (with your safety in mind) without interrupting your trip. Unlike on land, where different hotels, restaurants, and entertainment venues may have different protocols, cruise lines are regimented. No matter the destination, safety and protocols are standard and reliable—while erring on the side of caution. 

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