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Why You Should Go on a Cruise
A Cruise is a Good Choice for a Holiday Because....
Travelling is a wonderful way to spend your time, going to new places, meeting new people and experiencing different ways of life. Travelling can also be stressful, navigating airports, different cities, different languages, different money and different food. All of those things can be part of the fun, however if you're looking for a very laid-back experience, cruising can be a good choice for the following reasons.
When you go on a cruise:
1. Once you're on the boat, the travel happens around you. You don't need to find taxis, airports or train stations. You don't have to find accommodation or meals, everything is on hand and you're still travelling to new places, just with less effort.
2. You don't have to drive anywhere. The Captain takes care of that, as well as navigating to the places you want to go. Therefore you don't even need a map (although you'll probably want one so you can show everyone where you've been).
3. There's only one deadline you have to meet - being back on board by the time the ship sails from each port. If that is one deadline too many, you don't even have to get off the ship at each port, you can sleep in instead. You don't even have to worry about getting to dinner on time as food is usually available somewhere on the boat 24/7.
4. There's nothing to do. As in, no cooking, cleaning or tidying up. Most importantly, you only have to unpack once.
5. There's lots to do. As in, swimming, jogging, watching movies, listening to live music, rockclimbing, drinking cocktails and meeting new friends. There are literally hundreds of activities available on board the larger cruise ships.
6. There's lots to do when you go into each port. You can get involved in organised tours and activities or find your own. Depending on where you cruise you can go sightseeing, diving, shopping, or visit historical and cultural sites.
7. Should you become ill, need a haircut or a massage, there are doctors, hairdressers and health and beauty spas on board.
8. You can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail without worrying about how you will get home, because home is just down the corridor.
9. You see the world from a different point of view. When you arrive by sea (or river) you get a totally different perspective on the places you visit.
10. You can go places it would be hard to get to otherwise. Such as the Arctic and Antarctic. Some places you just can't drive to.
11. The food is usually amazing. While I can't speak for every cruise in the world, most cruise lines have figured out that good food equals contented customers.
12. There is something very calming about water. Being on and around water and able to rest your eyes on a water view does something really good for your state of mind.
If the above are not sufficiently compelling reasons, there is also the price. While some cruises are extremely expensive there are many that are very cheap, particularly if you can find a "last minute" deal. When you consider that everything is included in the price, travel, accommodation, meals and entertainment, cruising can be a value-for-money holiday.
Choosing Your Cruise
Any travel agent will tell you that different cruises attract different demographics. Some are "party" boats and others are designed for quieter enjoyment. Some cruises are aimed at families, some are more focussed on couples or singles. Cruises are available for areas of special interest, such as those designed to offer particular experiences including wildlife tours and scuba diving. If you tend to get seasick, a river cruise may be a better choice for you with options including sailing down the Nile or the Danube.
Then there are the alternative methods of cruising:
1. Take a ride on a freighter. Many freighter companies accept paying passengers and while there is less luxury and entertainment on a freighter, the experience is definitely authentic. Have a look at this site and this site for more information.
2. Take a ride on a mail boat. In out of the way places such as the Norwegian Fjords and the outer islands of the Bahamas, you can see the sights and visit the less inhabited parts of the world via the postal service.
3. Offer yourself as a crew member. Crew members are needed on yachts, luxury cruise lines and on freighters. As a crew member, you get paid to cruise, or a least get full board and a free ride.