Disclaimer: I am kind of obsessed with boats: motorboats, ferry boats, ships, even kayaks. All forms of boats are my happy place, so I may be a little biased here. But the right cruise is objectively wonderful. So, here are the reasons why even people who aren’t obsessed with boats should try a cruise.
Travel Crash Course
Cruises are great because they are the fastest and easiest way to rack up entries on your travel list. Most visit two or three different destinations in one trip, so you can call yourself a world traveler after just one weekend. I’ve been on three cruises in my life, which adds up to nine different countries from those trips alone. And each stop comes with unique excursion opportunities and the chance to explore the port and take in the culture. I think the best way to do it is to spend your time exploring on your own. Excursions are cool, but they can be expensive and a little too touristy for me.
People typically think of cruises as expensive, but you can find some great deals on short weekend or even 5-day cruises. If you are smart, you can get away with not spending a penny the entire time you are gone. Food from the main dining room and buffet options are typically included in the initial cost, and many activities during the week are free as well. If you stay away from the temptations of extra food, drinks, and souvenirs, that first payment can cover your expenses for the whole trip.
Food, Food, & More Food
So. Much. Food. Most cruises assign you a table in the main dining hall that you can visit at a designated time for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every meal comes with a buffet or at least a 3-course menu. The quality of the food might depend on the cruise line, but even the ones lacking in quality make up for it in quantity. And if you are like me, you will want to try everything. Who can say no to a fifth course of exciting new options when you are only there for a few days, and it comes at no additional cost? Someone with more self-control than me, I guess. The best way to do it is to accept that you may gain five pounds on your trip and be constantly bloated…but in the best way possible.
The Water, Duh
Simply being on a large vessel out in the middle of the ocean is my favorite part of a cruise. Even if your room doesn’t have a balcony, you can spend as much time as you want on the top deck, looking out on nothing but water as far as the eye can see. It’s a humbling and breath-taking experience. And there’s nothing like the feeling of the waves gently rocking you to sleep every night. I could spend the entirety of any cruise just feeling the wind and standing over the sparkling water. It’s pretty magical.