I want to start off by debunking a few of the most common cruise myths that people think of when you mention “cruise”. It’s not all old people, and, for those who are lazy. Since we’ve cruised before, we’ve learned what works for us. I’ve been on five different cruise lines and Hubs has been on three. We tend to pick our cruises based on itinerary and reputation, not brand loyalty. We don’t book shore excursions solely through the cruise companies, either. Most are usually catered to the older folks, unseasoned travelers, and those who don’t want to bother with doing the research themselves. Plus, they’re typically not a good value.
Cruising is a vacation and there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to lift a finger, worry about budgeting for food, or finding a good place to stay. It’s a fantastic way to get a sample of different places and figuring out if you like them enough to return in the future. There’s plenty to do onboard, too, when you’re not in port, or after your touring day is over. There’s casinos, movie theaters, and ship organized social events (beer tasting, trivia, live music, etc…) to name a few. Each night we received an agenda for the next day of the ship events we could take part in.
My favorite part of cruising? It’s a close call between only having to unpack once, and being surprised with a new towel animal every night!