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Have Ocean Liners, Cruise Travels and Tours Ever Really Appealed To You?

Or is it more a case of  ‘You Cruise, You Lose’ ?  

Where do you stand on cruises? I’m a little on the fence personally, but I can see the benefits. Having said that however, I can also see the disadvantages.

I would like to try a cruise, but I must say I’m certainly veering towards a Caribbean one, purely because I love the idea of trying a few different islands within a short space of time, and I’m too lazy to get up and explore them on my own steam!  Although an arctic or Alaskan cruise also has a certain appeal.

If you’re still sat on the fence, let’s look at a few of the advantages and disadvantages, which will hopefully help you make up your mind.

Ocean Liners, Cruise Travels and Tours – Advantages

Cruise ships these days are basically floating holiday resorts, and there is enough to see and do on-board to stop you ever leaving the ship during your holiday.

You’re not likely to even notice you’re sailing, because they are simply that big.

Food and most drinks are included in the price of your holiday, which is a major bonus if you’re not good at budgeting, just like me.

Shore excursions can be organised yourself, if you don’t fancy paying the rather inflated prices offered by your cruise company, and perhaps the biggest advantage of all is that you get to see many bite-sized pieces of places, upping your travel quota in a short space of time.

You could call it a try before you buy kind of affair, because if you fancy spending more time somewhere, then you can consider it next time on a land-based break.

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Ocean Liners, Cruise Travels and Tours – Disadvantages

For me, the major disadvantage of a cruise is that you can’t really say you’ve explored a place if you’ve only spent a few hours there – you’ve simply visited, and for me that’s not enough to say you’ve been. I can’t get my head around not being able to immerse myself in the culture and heartbeat on the place, like you would if you were staying somewhere for a week or two. On top of this, you have the worry of getting to the place in time for your ship to set sail. I’m sure this is an unnecessary worry but I am likely to fret and worry that I’ll miss it, and I don’t think I’m the only one to think this either!

I guess it’s a totally personal choice whether you want to try a cruise or not, but many people these days are, so there must be something in it. Once upon a time it used to be the elderly or seriously rich who went on cruises, but that stigma is being shed, and now you’ll find cruise holidays up there in the mainstream holiday search, next to your beach breaks in Benidorm or Kavos. They’re coming down in price too, and if you can grab a cheap flight to your leaving point, you’re cutting costs even further.

There’s no denying that cruises have a lot going for them, so perhaps it’s time we tried them for ourselves and decided on this sitting on the fence matter once and for all.

Ocean Liners, Cruise Travels and Tours  – By Nicola Curtis
Cruising the Alaska Inside Passage by Ian D. Keating and all Flickr images are licensed under CC BY 2.0

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