Did you know that cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other type of vacation? Studies have shown that when people cruise, especially with friends and family, they tend to return again and again. Last year alone, approximately 14 million people enjoyed a cruise vacation. When you look at all the reasons to cruise, it’s easy to see why.
Relaxation is often mentioned as the number one factor in cruise satisfaction. On a cruise vacation, there is no cooking, cleaning, waiting in line, rental cars, etc. You unpack once and the ship’s crew does the rest. You can sleep late or get up early. You can have breakfast in bed, head to the breakfast buffet on deck, or have your meals cooked to order in the dining room. You can sunbathe all day around the pool, spend some time in the spa, head out on a shore excursion and explore the port, or even nap all day. Evening brings many entertainment options, or you can just relax with a glass of wine on the balcony in your stateroom. All the decisions are up to you and the ship’s crew works hard to make you feel pampered while on-board. Regardless of your budget, cruise lines provide their guests with first-class service around the clock.
Value is another reason that so many people choose cruising. The cost of your fare includes your lodging, transportation, food, kids programs, activities, and lots of entertainment, which means your vacation is virtually all-inclusive. Many lines also offer educational programs and lectures, sports activities, cooking classes, etc. The list of possibilities is truly endless.
The Caribbean is the number one cruise destination in the world. Many people choose Caribbean vacations because of the variety of ports you can visit. While on a cruise, you will fall asleep in one destination and wake up in a different one. You will also find variety in the choices you have. There are over 150 different ships and 1800 ports of call, so you have a big array of places to see and things to do.
One of the best reasons to cruise is to reconnect and bond with your spouse or your family. Today’s ships offer something for everyone, from zip lines, rock climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, exercise facilities, movie theaters, gambling, shopping, computer classes, video arcades, sports bars, and MUCH more! Even if everyone chooses different activities during the day, you can come together and dine at lunch or dinner as a family. If you and your partner are looking for romance, you will find that too. You can walk on the deck in the moonlight, dance to your favorite music, and visit secluded beaches and exotic locations. Spa services for two would be another great romantic pursuit.
Many really enjoy the cuisine on a cruise vacation. Traditional dining on gourmet fare is standard in the dining room, and specialty restaurants include options such as, steak houses, Italian cuisine, French food, and more. Depending on your mood, you can grab pizza or ice cream at midnight, eat your meals at the large buffets, or try a small bistro.
Cruises can truly offer the vacation of a lifetime. Convenience is a big plus also. You can find a cruise ship within driving distance of most US cities, which can save hundreds of dollars on airfare. So go out there to see the world, feast on fabulous cuisine, learn something new, and make new memories with your family. There’s never been a better time to cruise!