Don’t miss out on the best vacation you will ever take because you are a skeptic!
As I am about to embark on what I hope will be an incredible Alaska cruise later this month, I thought this would be a good time to write about the joys of cruising and dispel any notions that it isn’t a fantastic way to spend a vacation.
I’ve heard almost every conceivable reason people give for why cruising is not for them. Of course, not every line or type of cruise is a match for every vacationer; but often the imagined arguments people give for why they’d dislike a trip on a ship are often unfounded. Here’s my list to convince the most ardent skeptics:
1. Cabins are Small
Sure, there are some lines with microscopic cabins. However, you can easily avoid this by booking a balcony cabin or suite with a line known for larger cabins. Book one of Seabourn’s suites and you will be in a cabin that runs in size between around 300 q’ to well over 1000 sq.’!
2. Getting Nickeled and Dimed
Often luxury cruise lines can truly be all-inclusive, including excursions and liquor. Regent Seven Seas for example, includes round trip business air on intercontinental flights, and round trip coach on domestic flights, unlimited shore excursions, 2 or 3-night land programs, unlimited beverages, free open bars, pre-paid gratuities, specialty dining, transfers, and unlimited wifi. Regent actually did a price comparison between cruising in a suite on the more luxurious Regent vs. less pricey big non-luxury lines and found that the total price differences at the end of the day was negligible.
3. Cruises are Boring
There is a cruise line to suit almost every taste. Each line has their own personality and offers a myriad of enrichment programs and educational lectures including wine tastings and hands-on cooking lessons. Or you can enjoy relaxing at the pool or jogging on deck. Viking guests can withdraw to an icy, snow-covered room inside the wellness-oriented LivNordic Spa. And if you are on a Disney cruise, you can hightail it down their incredible water coaster. The point is, there is so much to do on your sea days, you won’t be bored. But if you prefer to avoid most sea days altogether, a river cruise might be more your speed, where everyday can be a port stop.
4. The Food is Mediocre
I am not ashamed to admit that food is one of my most important considerations when planning a vacation. And you won’t find better fare than aboard many of the luxury ships. Crystal Cruises have been offering some of the best dining at sea, with the phenomenal Uma Uma on the Serenity, from famed master chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa to Prego which offers out of this world Italian dishes. Seabourn has created a partnership with world-renowned American chef Thomas Keller. the genius behind three Michelin-starred restaurants.
Listen, if you get seasickness, your concern is well-founded. However, there is a possible workaround, depending on the severity of your affliction. I would highly suggest considering a river cruise, as big waves or high seas aren’t a concern. Viking has sailings around the world including on the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro, Volga and Yangtze. Itineraries include visits to wine countries, historic city centers like Paris, and even pyramids.
6. People Who Cruise are Old, Kids, etc
Choosing the cruise that is right for you is imperative to having the experience you dream about. Your travel advisor will discuss your expectation and find the right fit for you. Each line caters to people of specific demographics. U by Uniworld brand targets solo travelers and couples in the 21 to 40. For the more traditional age group of retired folks, they might prefer to be around like-minded contemporaries on a river cruise with lines like Regent Seven Seas. For those looking for an ocean voyage, Cunard is a more relaxed style, Silversea and Ponant for those looking for ultra-luxury expeditions, Windstar Cruises for people looking for adventure and small ships. Azamara Club Cruises also is a favorite amongst the 60s+s age group.
7. Port City Choices Aren’t for Everyone
With ships visiting more than 2,000 ports around the world, it’s important to find an itinerary that is right for you. If glaciers, fjords, and a plethora of wildlife, including moose, otters and whales interests you, Silversea’s luxury ships to Alaska provides a trip you are sure to remember, as they explore a remote, untouched Alaska on an expedition that takes you further inside the Inside Passage. I can guarantee it won’t disappoint. While visiting Venice, Athens, Istanbul, and Rhodes allow you to witness first hand important historic sites that date back thousands of years. Cruising to Asia, Hawaii, Fiji and the Caribbean each offer something incredible, yet completely different. It’s important to speak with your travel advisor about the destinations you dream about and the type of accommodations you enjoy, from large ships to quaint yachts, so they can create an itinerary where imagination and reality converge.
Have I convinced you yet that your perfect vacation is waiting for you on water?
If I haven’t answered your specific question, feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org I’m happy to help!
Founder & Luxury Travel Advisor at Beyond Boutique. Learn more about how Toni creates exceptional travel experiences by signing up for the newsletter at beyondboutiquetravel.com
Next month I will share photos and stories about my Alaska cruise. I’ve been informed that I may be kissing a moose?!