Thinking about going on a cruise? The reason could be pure curiosity, or your desire to go crazy with 4,000 new best friends in the middle of the ocean.
For the most part, a high-seas voyage is a relatively carefree holiday that can provide you with an assortment of opportunities for discovery, relaxation and unparalleled dining experiences. And, best of all, you don’t have to worry about driving, searching for your hotel, or think about where you should eat next.
Aside from making sure you get yourself to the departure port on time, there is little you need to do to have a successful trip. That’s because cruises are a great way to maximize your actual vacation time and get the most bang for your buck.
Depending on which cruise line you choose to embark on, each vessel can become your own adult wonderland. Some ships have water parks, spas, libraries, casinos, movie theaters, mini-golf courses, planetariums, basketball courts, ice-skating rinks, and surf wave simulators. And most large ships even offer several shopping malls littered with designer boutiques.
When weighing your options, it’s important to research the various onboard amenities and shore excursions you prefer so that you’re getting everything you want. For example, ask yourself the following questions before booking any trip:
- How much time do you want to spend at sea?
- How many destinations do you want to visit during the trip?
- What destinations would those be?
- On the ship, what do you want to do? Are you going healthy with meditation and yoga classes, indulging in a few wine tastings and spa sessions, or just hanging by the pool.
For some people, there’s never a need to leave the ship. Even when docked, you can stay behind on the ship and have nearly the entire floating 5-star hotel to yourself while everyone else is busy exploring on land.
You don’t even have to leave the country for some of the world’s most luxurious boating excursions.
With the growing number of liners setting sail every year–each with its own unique and impressive onboard amenities, lodging options and itineraries–sometimes, finding the perfect cruise is no easy task. Your best bet is to decide where you want to travel to and how much you are willing to spend before you start looking.
To help take some of the guesswork out of why you should book a cruise right now, and help you get an idea of what there is to do, we’ve compiled the top 16 reasons to take a once-in-a-lifetime luxury cruise for a price that makes it affordable on any budget.