What’s the deal with hating on cruises? So many people roll their eyes and say they don’t want to be herded on and off the ship with a thousand other tourists, or that they don’t see it as “real” travel. Here is my defence.
1.) When a cruise rocks into town they have done the research for you, and show you in the form of excursions what the top attractions are. They will drive you from the ship to the attraction in comfort, giving you a history lesson along the way, let you skip the line, and give you a guided tour, usually followed by a cold or hot drink (climate dependant) on the return to the ship. I learn way more on a cruise through its port history courses prior to arrival than I would travelling on my own, and spend a fraction of the time having to plan, which in a world of busy busy busy, I appreciate!
2.) Unpacking once. Holla! We have two small kids and have been to 22 countries with them before our oldest was 2 and a half. We’ve done road trips, farm stays, Airbnb, glamping blah blah blah and the hardest part is unpacking and packing up. Being on a cruise is so flippin’ easy. We can settle in, sit back, and get to where we need to be.
3.) Crummy weather — not my problem! The ships have plenty of things to do inside if it’s pouring rain, brutally hot, or super chilly. We’ve seen Cirque du Soleil at sea, had amazing exercise classes, and relaxed at day spas while we otherwise would have been feeling bummed about bad weather.
4.) Long hard travel days? See above! A 24 hour span of cruising is a non-issue. No one is strapped into a car, bored, and asking “are we there yet?” We just enjoy ourselves, and are hand delivered to the hot spots!
5.) Food, baby! Do you know how much time we spend planning out who needs to eat what, where we will get it, and so forth? Our kids eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, supper, bedtime snack, and milk at bed time. It is such a treat to be able to nip to the buffet to grab a prepared snack, and then leave without having to clean up behind myself. Easy peasy!
6.) It is the appetizer of travel…a little taster! There are some places that I want to check out but don’t know if I would commit an entire trip to. Cruising gives you the chance to have a sneak peek at a half dozen places so you can later say “whoa, I didn’t see that coming!” (good or bad) and decide where you want to go back to invest more time. If it’s a place you don’t click with, no prob Bob. You’ll be gone by 6 pm. If you love it, you can start planning the big return!
7.) It’s a great way to visit hard to reach areas like the Arctic, or South Pacific Islands. You can do little hopper flights but cruising gets you to the destination with a leisurely pace, and killer scenery along the way!
If you’re looking to stumble upon a cool underground club that needs a secret password to enter, you won’t have that experience on a cruise, but isn’t there a time and place for everything? I give cruising a wild thumbs up for ease!
Have you cruised? What did you think??