A cruise holiday was once considered a leisurely getaway for a wealthy, older couple. Black-tie soiree’s and cabaret shows with rounds of golf.
Despite the average age of British cruisers being mid-50’s, the last number of years has reported a wave of young people setting sail to sea.
Yearly, I ask myself if I could handle the waves lashing against my short-stay home – would I suffer sea sickness? What if I feel entrapped knowing that my surface has a stop and start point – otherwise I’m in water?
The basics of a cruise holiday
From looking around at the major cruise companies, it seems you can find more on board than you can at most on-land resorts.
Zip-lining, rock climbing, water slides, bungee trampolines and sky-diving simulators. To attract the millennial generation, music festival cruises and ships with pool parties are becoming wider known.
There’s even a vegan cruise in Norway that offers a wellness approach with yoga and pilates.
A cruise holiday provides two types of cabins. You have an outside cabin that will have a window and possibly a balcony. Then there’s an inside one which is cheaper, but means not waking up to sea views. An inside room is most-likely smaller. Depending on the cruise line, luxury suites are a third option.
It’s important to take into account placement. Being on a lower level and in the centre helps with sea sickness, while those looking to sunbathe or jump in the pool each morning, may prefer staying upper-deck.
From chatting to people who have worked on ships, I’m told food is abundant in variety and many places have on-board cosmetic shops and spa’s, if pampering is more your thing.
Is a cruise holiday cheaper?
Part of the reason younger crowds are attracted is due to price. Flights are nearly as expensive as deals on holiday comparison websites. Combined together with food and money for activities, an inclusive package on a boat is appealing.
You do have to bear in mind however, that when a ship goes to port, you need excess money if you plan on visiting set locations. It would be hard to do a Caribbean cruise and not get off the boat to put your feet in the sand.
As with all vacations, do your research first. Look at a cruise booking website to see TV deals and offers – discover all the different ranges. A cruise is fantastic for wild animal spotting.
Ultimately, a cruise holiday gathers a host of entertainment and food, and conveniently puts it in one area for you to swarm to. It’s about getting in as much as you can from a limited amount of time.
Why visit one country when you can see plenty? But, if you want to explore and get lost in an Island and walk for miles at your own leisure – a hotel or apartment that’s not floating – just might be the key.
If you haven’t already read, go through my: Essential Travel Trips.
Have you been on a cruise before? If you haven’t, would you consider one? What are the best tips to know beforehand?
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