How many times have you wanted to go somewhere and the planning and researching is so overwhelming you just say, “forget it – I’ll stick with [insert typical destination here]” (for the 10th time)?
Consider cruising!! Maybe you HAVE considered it, but you're still not sure. If you're on the fence, here are some reasons to give cruises a chance.
1. They're all-inclusive. Your room — and pretty much everything else is already paid for. Not only do cruises come with a shockingly ow price tag, but that price includes almost everything you'll need. Often the price will include your stateroom, all meals (including room service), entrance to the live shows and entertainment, and use of the pools and fitness center, among other amenities. In general, the only things you'll be responsible for are any additional excursions you choose to do at the various ports, spa services, alcohol (though there are drink packages you can add on), and gratuities. when planning a vacation, many of us often look at the “bottom line,” which usually includes flights, hotels, entertainment and a basic food allowance, but when planning a cruise a large portion of the cost includes most of these factors in the fare.
When comparing a cruise to another option, there are not many vacations that offer the same “bang for your buck. Obviously these rates will go up depending on your room choices, if you plan on drinking alcohol, etc. however there are definitely lots of deals to be found when looking for a cruise.
2. You'll have the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful places in world AND with stress-free planning!
This is another top reason. Once you book, all you really have to do is show up. It’s the Epitome of the Worry-Free vacation! You can choose some of those on-shore excursions (I can help you narrow these down and book them for you), which are put together by the cruise line and typically guided, but those are optional. When you arrive onboard, you'll get a schedule of activities that you can go to if you want, or you can lay in bed ordering room service for the whole trip. It's totally up to you.
On a cruise everything is done for you. With a cruise you get an overview of several ports in one trip
and if you fall in love with one it’s easy to plan an extended stay there on your next trip, or vice
versa, what if you hate everything about a port? – instead of wasting a lot of money and vacation time you can just get right back on the ship and grab a snack and a chair by the pool (or not even get off the ship for that matter.) Best example for this, if you’re looking for a Caribbean vacation I can’t think of a better way to see 3 or 4 different islands in a one week trip.
Every cruise typically stops in at least one port, and longer cruises stop at more. At each one you'll have a list of available excursions that give you the chance to explore historic landmarks, nearby beaches, ancient ruins, and more. You don't get a ton of time to spend at each place, so it may leave you wanting more. From the Alaskan coastline to the beaches of the Bahamas to the Aztec ruins of Mexico — there's definitely a destination for you.
3. The Food. Let’s all admit it, a large part of a vacation is the food. There is definitely no shortage of food options when on a cruise, and other than some “specialty restaurants” that implement a cover charge – everything is included. Whether you want a formal sit down meal in the dining room, an informal stop at the buffet, or you just want to grab a burger by the pool – there is something for everyone at any time – even room service. Another perk of cruising is if you are not an adventurous eater and you are visiting a country where you are unsure about what you like or want to eat, you can always go back to the ship and you will not go hungry. And last but not least regarding food, if you’re anything like us and have “dessert indecisiveness,” a cruise is the perfect way to cure that problem – just get one of each!
4. Everyone likes comfort. There is a great feeling in knowing that after a long day of sightseeing and exploring you can get back onto the ship and relax in a “comfy” air conditioned room, and maybe even enjoy a movie or a game of BINGO. No surprises. Another benefit of cruising is only unpacking once, you get to explore several different locations without having to pack and unpack over and over every day or two.
5. Entertainment. This is where it is all up to you, you can do as little or as much as you wish. There is no shortage of entertainment on these huge cruise ships ranging from Broadway style live shows, pool parties, BINGO (and most ships even have a casino), nightclubs and dancing, movies (some outdoors “under the stars”), crafting and cooking classes/demonstrations, shopping and more. And if you would rather be left alone, believe it or not these ships are so big that it is usually not difficult to find a lounger to yourself.
6. Safety. In all of my clients’ cruising experiences and from what I read on all the cruising boards, everyone reports back that all guests seem quite friendly and happy to be part of the ship community. Yes, you will sometimes see the odd incident on the news but these are very rare occasions and I think it is safe to say for the most part that cruising is a very safe way to travel, especially as a single.
7. Service. There are not many places in the world where you will encounter the kind of service that you will experience on a cruise ship. Friendly, helpful, professional are some of the words I think of. These people work very hard and play a large role in your shipboard experience, whether it’s a server in the dining room, a room attendant or a shore excursion advisor. They go above and beyond so please be sure to include gratuities into your budget when planning a cruise.
8. You can truly disconnect. One of the few things NOT included in your fare is WIFI. Having to pay for wifi is the perfect excuse not to check your work email. If disconnecting is something you want and something your job will allow you to do, a cruise is the perfect option. Your phone won't work at sea, and the wifi can be expensive. So unlike other destinations where it's easy to slip into the "just one more email" routine, a cruise might force you to totally disconnect.
However, between the food, the entertainment, the excursions – you’ll have plenty of Instagram worthy subjects!! So let’s just pretend you didn’t get the wifi package (for work). Wink Wink.
9. Kid’s Clubs. Some families are reluctant to enroll In the kid’s club for a couple of reasons: 1. the whole point of a family vacation is to spend time together so why put the kids in a babysitting service?, and some people ask 2. “who are these people and what would they do with my kid?”. However, the kid’s club quickly becomes the highlight of the kids’ trips!! So many great activities including talent shows, coloring a t-shirt, scavenger hunts and more. The social aspect of the kid’s club was also a great way to
meet some friends from all over the world. PLUS, it gives mom & dad some time to reconnect as adults and enjoy a “date night” or two.
10. Weather. Everyone knows that there are no guarantees when booking a vacation – especially when it comes to the weather but cruises are actually a little less of a risk. Cruise ships are constantly receiving the latest in weather reports and in many cases can avoid terrible weather by changing their path, or even the port.
Did you know that booking with me will cost the same as if you did it yourself? I don’t charge any extra fees for my services, which include (but are not limited to) offering payment plans, booking excursions & on board extras, arranging pre/post trip hotel accommodations (ideal to avoid delays from flights), arranging transportation to/from port, etc. And if another promotion or discount comes out and your sailing is eligible and there’s availability, I’ll make sure to have it switched it if it’s to your benefit.
And don’t be fooled by the online booking engines. Many don’t include taxes and fees in their pricing, PLUS, should anything happen and you need help, they tend to be VERY difficult to reach and work with. Should anything happen, I’ll be your advocate with the Cruise Line.
What started out as a fun hobby of planning Disney trips has EXPLODED into a full time career as a Travel Agent. Offering cruises, all-inclusive resorts, guided trips - as well as Disney, Universal, and other theme parks, my passion is to make EVERY trip a Magical Adventure.