I recently had someone tell me that they would NEVER go on a cruise because they think it’s a HORRIBLE way to vacation. I was bummed! I’ve been on two cruises (one of which was my honeymoon) and I loved them both. For some reason, I think cruising gets a bad rep and I am here to set the record straight.
Cruise Lines: I myself have only used Carnival and was happy with both experiences. I’ve been on the Spirit (which was a Mexican Riviera cruise to Mazatlan, Ixtapa and Manzanillo) and the Conquest (which was a Western Caribbean cruise to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel). My parents have also been on a Royal Caribbean cruise, which can be more expensive but they said they really liked it.
Price: The cool thing about cruising is that it can be relatively inexpensive as far as vacations go. If you live somewhere near a port, such as Florida, Texas or California you don’t even have the airfare to pay. During my first cruise, I shared a room with my brother and it was an inside room, meaning no windows (which is the BEST for sleeping, I got such great sleep that way). Per person on a Carnival Cruise for an interior room can cost you around $500 (this is for a 6 to 9 day cruise). For my honeymoon, we opted for a balcony room, which can run around around $700 or a little higher. There are also ocean view rooms, which are between interior rooms and balcony or suites, which obviously are the most expensive. Keep in mind that on the boat is almost completely all inclusive. The only thing you pay for is alcohol and pop.
Food: The food on a cruise is RIDICULOUS. Their dining rooms serve food that would cost you a lot of money at a normal restaurant. And it’s all included. You can get an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee and each course is amazing. On top of this, cruises have cafeteria style food, normally found on the lido deck (the same area as the pools) and this is food from all over, from Greek to American to Mexican and everything in between. And don’t even get me started on the dessert. Or the fact that there’s 24/7 pizza. And if you go, please do yourself a favor and get the chocolate melting cake. You’ll thank me, I promise.
Entertainment: One of the best things about cruising is the on board entertainment. They have so much going on that you will never be bored. There’s games and shows and prizes that can be won. From magicians to comedians to dance shows… and this stuff happens pretty much all day all over the boat. They have the big shows, which are generally in the main theater, to smaller shows located in various smaller rooms. And each area is GORGEOUS to look at. Not to mention that the crew in charge of entertainment is always around at the various pools doing silly things that keep you laughing. And there’s a casino AND a spa AND a gym AND mini gold AND a water slide. Yeah. Exactly.
Ports: Like I said, I’ve been to the Mexican Riviera and Western Caribbean. I find that the best thing about cruising is that it gives you a little taste about a certain place. I’ve found that I prefer places like Jamaica and Ixtapa over somewhere like Grand Cayman. And it’s nice to find that out in a day by going on a cruise than wasting an entire vacation somewhere that doesn’t fit your style. Generally, you get an entire day to spend at a port. The cruise offers excursions through the boat or you can set up your own.
Seasickness: I know that before my first cruise my main concern was what I had heard about seasickness. I don’t get motion sickness and I was fine on both cruises. You do find that the bigger the boat the less you notice the “motion of the ocean.” However, if the waters are choppy (or if you’re wearing heels and have been drinking) you’ll probably notice a little bit. However, during my first cruise I was with family that used the motion sickness patches and they were just fine. It’s definitely not as big of an issue as some have made it out to be.
Basically, what I’m saying is don’t knock it till you try it. And if you haven’t tried it and you’re looking for a vacation that is NEVER lacking in fun, try a cruise. They’re so much fun, at least I think so!