If you’re looking to book that next big holiday adventure where everything is taken care of, there are numerous hotspot destinations waiting for you, but the first thing to decide is what type of trip you want to go on. In our eyes, there’s one clear winner when it comes to the best way to relax on your holiday, and that’s a cruise. Let us take you through the many advantages of going on a cruise over an All Inclusive resort.
Seeing more of the world
This is probably the most obvious reason but, if you’re staying at a resort, you are more than likely going to be staying in one city or town for the remainder of your holiday. With a cruise, you’ll be able to see lots of cities and even countries, all in one holiday, so you’re sure to find an itinerary that goes to all the places on your bucket list.
Taking a cruise means you get to see more of the world in a shorter amount of time. But saying that, cruise ships will often dock for 10 hours or longer, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to explore new cultures and see more fantastic sights. Additionally, you only have to unpack once, and all of the travel is done while you sleep comfortably in your cabin.
Get more for your money
When looking at cruises vs traditional holidays, people often see cruising as an expensive alternative, but they’re actually good value for money when you consider the multiple destinations you travel to in one break. You may also be able to drive to the port rather than incurring the expense of flights.
Cruises are famous for being jam-packed with activities and facilities. You pay one price and you get several restaurants, fantastic onboard entertainment, pools, waterparks and even nightclubs. Not only do you have a huge range of non-stop activities onboard, you also get to explore the sites on shore and have time to check out whatever attractions are there like theme parks, markets and shopping districts.
If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford one of the top cruise holidays, there are plenty of ways to make savings. You can opt for an interior cabin, sail in the off-peak season months, and stick to a budget for spending onboard and in port. There are even specialist cruise apps, like Cruise Card Control, that help you with budgeting.
Socialise and meet more people
Cruises are all about camaraderie. You won’t be able to spend a whole week on a ship without making some new friends along the way. Meals in the restaurants are often organised so you’re sitting with a new group of people every evening. But of course, after a meal of laughter and drinks, they won’t be strangers anymore and you’ll have a fun new group of friends to see shows with and take excursions with once you dock.
The quality of the entertainment team on cruise ships can’t be matched. Broadway-style theatre performances, ice shows, cirque nights and even stand-up comedy routines are the norm on many cruises. The actors and performers are all of the highest calibre, you won’t find anything like it on any other holiday.
If you don’t want to watch a show, you have other options as well, like playing a round of mini golf, or having a go at the ropes course. Some Royal Caribbean® and Princess Cruises’ ships even have their own night-time showings of poolside films.
Cater your holiday to you
No matter what type of holiday you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it onboard a cruise. Some cruises are very specific to who they cater for and options include family holiday packages, singles cruises, fun party ships and seniors cruises. Of course, if you want to mingle with lots of different types of people, there’s that option too.
If you’ve got a family full of little ones, cruises are the ideal way to go as children will be entertained for hours in kids’ clubs, pools, games rooms, and at nightly entertainment shows.
As well as seeing the sights of the port you’re stopping at under your own steam, you can join one of the excellent excursions that are provided by your cruise line, as well as private tour companies. Many are designed especially for cruise passengers so you won’t get the chance to do them on an All Inclusive holiday. You can go snorkelling or zip-lining on a remote Caribbean island. Or Celebrity Cruises® hosts its own food tours, where the ships’ chefs take you around local markets.
Romance on the seas
When it comes to romance, cruises do it best, whether it’s the sparkling lights of the ship dancing over the waves or watching the most incredible sunsets from your own private balcony. Many cruise lines specialise in honeymooners enjoying their time together, with couples’ massages, secluded private dining or champagne and strawberries on the deck. You can even get married on certain cruise lines, or arrange for the service to be carried out in port before the clergy and guests depart so you can spend your honeymoon onboard.
Accessible for those with a disability
Not all hotels have accessible rooms, thus limiting your options, but almost all cruise ships will have at least a couple of accessible cabins and other facilities to assist those with a disability. Larger and newer ships have accessible cabins featuring wide and/or sliding doors, ramps, raised toilet seats and extra space to navigate the cabin and store a wheelchair or mobility scooter.
Many cruise ships are also fitted with braille signs, lift call buttons, and screen reading software in the internet cafes. Those with hearing difficulties can arrange sign language services and get room kits with alerts. Speak to your cruise representative if you have any further requirements, and you can get suggestions on the most accessible restaurants, entertainment venues, pools, facilities and excursions.
World class dining
The standard for cruise dining starts high, and rises higher with specialist restaurants and luxury lines upping the gourmet factor. You’ll get fresh buffet food and cuisine that matches the different destinations you’re going to, as well as loads of choice across international dining venues. Eat anywhere from Norwegian Cruise Line’s top-rated New York inspired Ocean Blue restaurant to the novelty of Celebrity’s Qsine where you order on iPads to get mini taste explosions like sushi lollipops or disco shrimp.
Top customer service
Another thing that’s par for the course on cruise ships is an exceptional level of service. Expect smiling, courteous staff who almost always speak English. There will also be specialists onboard to give you advice on the most suitable spa treatment, recommend the perfect excursion for you, or offer a breakdown of the kind of entertainment you should take-in from the bulging schedule. The cream of the crop are Celebrity, Thomson Cruises and Viking Cruises, who regularly score top ratings from customers on cruisecritic.co.uk, for large, mid-size and small ships respectively.
In the mood now for making new friends and sharing amazing experiences? If you’re new to cruising, take a look at our best cruise deals for first-timers.
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