Are Cruises Really Just for Old People?
A thousand times no.
Never in a million years.
I genuinely believe the person who came up with this opinion was denied the opportunity of ever going on a cruise-ship. It's the only plausible explanation for ever thinking that cruises are not the most amazing thing ever.
Because they are.
Well, I could go on for ages about this. Truly, I could.
But I won't. Not this time.
Cruises deserve that I go straight to the point, advertising the hell out of them.
So first things first:
They are hella big, making them amazing just to look at.
Really, I doubt you'll be able to look away.
In fact, I dare you to do it.
You can't right? Right.
Moreover, they have buffets plus several speciality restaurants for all the different taste buds, allowing you to eat all day, everyday.
And the food is actually very good.
THEY KEEP GOING AT NIGHT
Apart from this, they also make it possible that you keep traveling while sleeping, buying you time for more eating or tanning.
100 extra points just for this.
THE (BLOODY) VIEWS
It takes you to go on a cruise to truly understand how beautiful the ocean is. You'll be amazed with the fact that it never gets boring looking at the water even if you are surrounded by it for seven days in a row.
Each passing hour will give you a unique view like this one.
TONS OF ENTERTAINMENT
From live shows to dancing classes, from shopping to casinos, cruises offer such an insane variety of activities that you will for sure wish you could stay seven days more.
CITIES AND MORE CITIES
In case you are still not convinced, let me remind you that cruises are not just about ocean and more ocean: they stop several times during your vacation, allowing you, therefore, to get to know a bunch of new places in a single trip!
What is there not to love about this?
YOU CAN STAY IN LIKE ALL THE TIME
No one, and I'll say it again, no one will drag you out of your sunny spot in order to force you going out and be a tourist.
That's the other amazing thing about cruises: you don't ever need to get out if you don't want to.
Lots of people do it. And it's perfectly legal.
AND THE MOST AMAZING THING CRUISE-SHIPS PROVIDE?
Because you need to attend the emergency evacuation simulation, you are provided with the opportunity of putting on a life-jacket without being in an actual near death situation.
Titanic people didn't have that. People who go on cruises do.
Clarifying some assumptions you might have
I can't go because being at the sea makes me either scared or really sick
Honestly, I was also very concerned that this would happen, preventing me from enjoying the whole thing.
But to be honest, I couldn't even tell I was on a ship.
When it comes to sickness, again, the boat barely moves so it's not actually as a recurring situation as you might think. On the other side, some people still feel sick despite everything.
I guess you'll only truly know if you go. But don't be afraid, it's absolutely fine.
Cruise-ships can carry more than 5000 passengers, isn't it suffocating or disorganized?
This is probably one of the most legitimate questions of all times, after all, 5000 people is a lot so how is it possible that we are not bumping into someone all the time?
Well, for as impossible as it seems, it's not.
Cruises have, undoubtedly, the best organization methods I've even encountered.
Firstly, because, as I have said before, cruise-ships are just massive which allows people to be quite widely spread.
When it comes to organizing people to go outside, cruises not only have multiple exits but the passengers are also divided according to the deck that their room is located in so at the end it doesn't take more than 10 minutes to get out, if that much.
(Disclaimer: I'm certain that it's not this straight forward with all companies or destinations, but most of the times organization is really on point and you'll find yourself thinking there's only like two or three hundred people on board with you.)
What about restaurants at meal times? Aren't they packed?
Yes, they are, indeed. Even though cruises have overall impeccable organization, ain't no way I can turn this one around: when it comes eating, prepare yourself to spend some fifteen minutes searching for an available table.
Unless you eat at very unusual times, you will go through a bit of stress but my experience tells me that it scales down throughout the day.
If I had to compare meals' terribleness (confusion-wise) using countries' presidents I'd say breakfast is Brazil, lunch is America and dinner is Portugal.
This basically means that you will have an horrendous breakfast, a terrible lunch but a pretty calm dinner.
Nevertheless, as I said before, the food is very good so it's worth the trouble.
THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT JUST FOR OLD PEOPLE
As you can see, cruises are for everyone: those who love to walk and getting to know places; those who enjoy sitting their butt and tan for the entire day; those who love shows and music; those who love silence; those who love eating; those who love partying.
In a sense, cruise-ships are like those build your own teddy bears but the vacation version: it's up to you to decide what you want to do and when you want to do it.
Finally, and because videos also help in persuasion, I'll leave you this one so that you can (literally) see what you are missing out.
Cruising does the soul good.— Unknown
If you have ever been on a cruise-ship trip, did you enjoy it?
© 2020 Patricia Marques