Which is a better vacation? taking a cruise or a staying on a island
It depends how much time you want to spend exploring one place, as I understand that on a cruise ship you don't get more than a few hours sometimes. Personally that isn't long enough for me, so I prefer to stay somewhere - sometimes you can island hop if there are other islands of interest nearby.
There are proponents for both. You can have the best of both worlds with some cruises that have both and and sea components. So you can stay in a hotel for a few days and cruise for a few. This is popular with some Hawaiian cruises. If you love to eat, eat and then eat some more, cruises are pretty indulgent. If you love sightseeing and don't want to be tied to a cruise schedule, you may prefer staying on the island.
I've done both and enjoyed both. But right now if given a choice, I think I'd choose a cruise. I think you can choose on an hourly basis how to spend your time - sleeping, eating, watching films, the view. Though it depends on the island. Still I want to go on a cruise.
Everybody has their on priorities, so the better choice for you might not be the same as for someone else. I'm assuming that you're interested in a standard week-long Caribbean resort or cruise, though there are plenty of cruises to other parts of the world too and shorter trips available to the Bahamas and Mexico. My family tends to alternate types of vacations, so I've done plenty of both over the years.
Say you're interested mainly in SCUBA diving or shopping, a cruise might be a better choice because you'd get the variety from the cruise's itinerary. If you're a sit by the beach or pool and read/drink type, either type of vacation is great. A cruise would cater better to travelers who enjoy active excursions like ATV, zip-lining through the jungle, rafting, swimming with dolphins or stingrays, etc. A history buff would also probably enjoy seeing a variety of cities rather than simply being on one smaller island for a week. Staying in one place limits you to just the opportunities in the vicinity of your hotel, so it seems that you better *really* like what your hotel and the surrounding area offers. The ships themselves vary widely and the newer megaships have a stunning number of activities and amenities that would be hard to find at a resort (surfing machine, ice skating rink, climbing wall, bowling alley, comedians and musicians). The downside to cruising is that you're likely going to be surrounded by people, so if solitude is a high priority, you may be better off looking for a resort that promises specifically that. Some resorts also include alcoholic drinks in their all-inclusive rates; if you're a heavy drinker, make sure to factor in the cost of paying for drinks on a cruise.
The main thing that I like about cruising is that it is usually less expensive than the cost of a room and similar entertainment and food at a resort. Its also usually significantly less expensive to fly to Miami or just drive to a nearby port, instead of getting a flight to an island in the Caribbean. What's "better" is different for everybody, but modern cruise ships and their itineraries tend to have much more to offer a traveler than simply staying in one place.
For me, If I am with my love ones, I would prefer staying in an island enjoying the beach and feeling the nature.
Depends on how long this vacation is. Staying on an island might get boring, so ships ahoy
I have stayed on an Island (in the Philippines, mind you), but I prefer cruising. Not only do I visit multiple islands, but I also love a lot of what the ship has to offer. Best of all, the entertainment there just can't be beat. (I'm partial to production shows, especially with an x-piece band with horns visible!)
Maldives Island is the best place
Taking a cruise. By doing this you can also visit other islands as well
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