In 2017 it was anticipated that 25.8 million people worldwide would take a cruise. It is anticipated in 2018 that this number will grow further with the launch of several mega-ships. Despite the increasing popularity of cruising many people are still put off going on a cruise due to various misconceptions. Today we highlight 5 of the biggest Cruise Myths and why you should consider a cruise for your next vacation.
Cruise Myth 1 I’ll get bored
Whilst we can’t guarantee nobody will ever get bored it is highly unlikely you will be one of them. Certainly, if you spend your regular vacation lounging by the hotel pool then a cruise will be an exciting alternative.
Whilst the are plenty of pools you can lounge around there is a list of additional activities you can partake in if you wish. Although activities vary by cruise line & ship during the day you will often find lectures, movies, spas, gyms, deck games, and activities for kids. On the biggest ships, you will even find activities such as diverse as rock climbing, ice skating, ten pin bowling & go-karts. At night you can often enjoy a Broadway Show, comedian, listen to a live pianist in a bar or just find a quiet spot to people-watch.
Plus on many days you will have a new port to explore and experience various cultures.
Cruise Myth 2 It is expensive
When you consider all that a cruise includes e.g. activities, kids clubs, shows, entertainment & food it is clear that cruises are a cost-effective option. Whilst if you go for the very top cabin a cruise could cost as much as a small house the price for most cabins are reasonable. Plus the majority of activities are included no matter what class of cabin you have booked.
On most cruise lines what you experience outside of your cabin is the same for a suite as it is for a basic inside cabin. Therefore if you want to keep costs down do consider whether a balcony is really essential.
If you look around it is possible to book cruises for less than the cost of a land-based package holiday.
Cruise Myth 3 It isn’t for children
Whilst this may have been true in the past it isn’t true today. There remain certain cruise lines that are aimed at adults but the majority of cruise lines target the family market. Kids pools, entertainment, clubs & meals are just some of the activities you will find for children on a cruise.
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Cruise Myth 4 I have to dress up for dinner
Like cruises not being for children being true in the past having to dress up for dinner every night is now a cruise myth. Whilst there do remain more formal cruise lines e.g. Cunard the majority of cruise lines follow no strict dress code.
Dinner on most cruise lines now have a casual dress code but many do still have 1-2 formal nights a week. However; on these formal nights whist you can dress up it is usually not compulsory and many passengers choose not to. This does vary by line and you should check if dress code will be enforced prior to booking e.g. on P&O formal nights they insist on men wearing a jacket and tie in public areas.
Cruise Myth 5 I’ll get seasick
This isn’t as common as you might think but it does happen. It is less likely with the biggest cruise liners and most ships now have stabilizers which minimise movement. If you are prone to seasickness avoiding certain itineraries may also help e.g. crossing the Bay of Biscay.
If you are hit by seasickness remedies are usually available from the ship’s reception or shop. However; it is uncommon and you are more likely to be not aware when that ship is actually moving.
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