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11 Irrefutable Advantages of Cruising: Why This Travel Method Captivates Hearts

Posted: 12/21/2023

Author: Amelie de Moreau

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You may already know that 50% of people who go on a cruise book another one. This means that one out of two people is captivated by the concept. You want to understand why people are so crazy about a cruise? Let's try to understand why this mode of travel is so popular, why a cruise can be a dream holiday! Convinced? Feel free to check out our article explaining how to take advantage of the best promotions!

Reason 1: Discovery

You visit numerous destinations all at once! In a week, you can explore 6 or 7 different cities without having to unpack your suitcase every night. A cruise is the only mode of travel that allows you to visit so many destinations while your hotel sails during the night. It's so exciting to wake up in a different city every morning. Imagine opening the curtains of your cabin and discovering a new landscape! The icing on the cake is that you only need to unpack your suitcase once!

Reason 2: Follow the Guide or Plan Everything – Your Choice!

Whether you like to plan your trip or be surprised on-site, it's up to you! Every morning, you have several choices.

You can decide to stay on the ship (and enjoy all the activities as if you've privatized the ship). You can't imagine the feeling of serenity and excitement that comes with having the entire ship to yourself!

You also have the option to explore the destination on your own. In this case, I recommend preparing for the trip in advance. Keep in mind that you will spend 8 or 9 hours in port, and it's essential for the smooth progress of your cruise to return to the ship on time! (A ship doesn't wait.) To make the most of the destination, it's important that you have explored the sites, monuments, museums, or restaurants you absolutely want to see. However, if you're like me, you can also let yourself be carried away by the city or the port and stroll through the city according to your whims.

Finally, you have the option to take advantage of excursions offered by the cruise company. In some destinations, historical sites or must-see activities are far from the port or require special logistics, so it's easier to book excursions (either on the ship or in advance). In this case, you just have to let yourself be guided and marvel.

Whether you like to plan your trip or be surprised on-site, it's up to you! Every morning, you have several choices.

You can decide to stay on the ship (and enjoy all the activities as if you've privatized the ship). You can't imagine the feeling of serenity and excitement that comes with having the entire ship to yourself!

You also have the option to explore the destination on your own. In this case, I recommend preparing for the trip in advance. Keep in mind that you will spend 8 or 9 hours in port, and it's essential for the smooth progress of your cruise to return to the ship on time! (A ship doesn't wait.) Or you can also let yourself be carried away by the city or the port and stroll through the city according to your whims.

Reason 3: Budget Control

Once your cruise, flights, and transfers are booked, you only have to think about your souvenir expenses (yes, we all love to indulge in local products offered in cities) or your onboard expenses (if you want to play at the casino or treat yourself to a specialty restaurant that is not always included). This depends, of course, on your cruise company; some include specialty restaurants, alcohol during meals, or all day, etc. The policy varies for each company, but generally, once your reservation is made with or without extras (excursions and beverage packages), your budget is fixed and will only be exceeded if you wish.

Reason 4: Socialization

Cruises are the mode of travel where you will meet many people, whether during excursions, meals, or cocktails, etc. You always have the choice to stay in your bubble and share this privileged moment with your family or partner. However, if you like to meet new people, the cruise is the best choice! Indeed, you will share the same places with the same people during your trip. Communal tables are always available, and some companies only offer communal tables! Whether you're solo, a couple, or a family, you will always have the choice to stay in your bubble or meet others. Finally, it often happens that friendships are formed on board, and these cruise friend groups are found on multiple cruises!

Reason 5: Serenity of the Sea

I don't know about you, but the ocean view and the waves rock disconnect me immediately. For me, there is no better way to unwind and clear my mind than to take a book or listen to music with the ocean as far as the eye can see. Again, you will always have the option to enjoy all the activities offered on the ship (shows, sports classes, spa, casino, bars, etc.) or simply savour a cocktail facing the ocean. Once again, the choice is yours, whether you want calm and relaxation or to explore every nook and cranny of the ship and enjoy all the activities!

Reason 6: There's a Cruise for Everyone

The choice of the cruise company, the ship, and the itinerary is crucial for your cruise to be exactly as you imagined. Taking a cruise is not just randomly selecting a ship and an itinerary. Each company targets a specific clientele and offers a different experience. You won't find the same clients on a transatlantic sailing ship as on a family ship in the middle of July! There is a cruise for everyone!

Reason 7: Unparalleled Service

In general, cruise ships offer the highest staff-to-client ratio in the tourism industry; in some cases, this ratio is almost 1 to 1! When you arrive in your cabin, the manager will always come to see you to get to know you and adapt your cabin to your habits. Whether you like to have several towels or sleep in every morning, he will take note of all these little points of attention to personalize your stay to the maximum. Finally, I guarantee that after several days (or even a few hours), the bartender will know your favorite pre-dinner cocktail, and it will be ready even before you arrive!

Reason 8: Your Taste Buds Will Thank You!

Do you know that cruise ships are the largest consumers of champagne and caviar? I have never eaten as well as on a ship! Many companies have partnerships with Michelin-starred chefs and offer numerous themed restaurants. Finally, you will always have access to a buffet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Reason 9: There's So Much to Do!

Depending on the ship, you will have the opportunity to discover many different activities. On sea days, I like to start my day with yoga or meditation classes, move on to exercises in the fitness room (where the equipment is often state-of-the-art), or go for a jog on the upper deck. In the afternoon, you can try many activities such as go-karting, zip-lining, a surfing or flying simulator, mini-golf, or finally enjoy theslides in the water park. If you opt for a smaller ship, you will have access to water sports from the water sports platform (kayaking, windsurfing, etc.). In the evening, many shows are offered (they are always performed by specialized companies and not by the crew). Finally, personally, I love to slip into a pretty dress and high heels and play Blackjack with my partner (yes, I know, it's very Las Vegas 21!). As you can see, depending on the chosen ship, you will never have the opportunity to get bored!

Reason 10: Landscapes and Views

It's a certainty; some views are only accessible by sea! Every time I'm on a ship, I think that people on land don't have the opportunity to see what I see. Imagine gradually entering the Norwegian fjords with the mountains surrounding you (you then feel so small), entering New York Bay at night with the Statue of Liberty illuminated especially for you, or admiring the sunset on Santorini or the windmills of Mykonos? In the majority of cases, all these views are only accessible by ship!

Reason 11: Themed Cruises

Many cruise companies organize themed cruises. These themes are varied and range from art (photography, painting, etc.) to music (classical, Rock, DJ, etc.), sports (golf, yoga, dance, etc), gardening (with visits to the most beautiful gardens), or even vineyards. The advantages of these cruises are multiple. You will have the opportunity to meet people who share the same interests as you and learn new things related to your passion, all while putting into practice or visiting sites directly related to your passion!

In conclusion, you will have understood that cruises are increasingly attracting people, and it's not by chance; there is indeed a cruise for everyone! However, it is crucial to get help in choosing your cruise company, itinerary, and ship because the experience is entirely different depending on these criteria. Don't hesitate to contact us: theteam@ifyoucruise.com, or here or by phone on 020 4576 2793 if you want to take the plunge into a cruise but don't know where to start; we will be happy to help you plan an exceptional cruise based on your desires!

Article Tags: Adventure, Cruise, Packing, Preparation,

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