Cruise Versus Resort – Which Vacation Is Better for You?

The falling leaves, scarves around our necks and boots on our feet mean fall is definitely here and winter will be creeping up on us before we know it. And while the cooler seasons have their own special appeal (hot cocoa and snow angels, anyone?), if you aren’t quite ready to give up the warm weather, you can still soak in the sun by going to a resort or on a cruise vacation. The question, however, is which one is the right one for you? We compiled a few pros and cons that pit cruise versus resort vacations against one another.

Read on to see which one better suits you, and get your sun block and swimming trunks ready to go.


Today’s cruises are becoming more and more popular among travelers for many reasons. For one, they are a great value. They’re all-inclusive–which means the price covers everything from transportation to several destinations, to foods and drinks, lodging and entertainment– so other than bringing along some fun money you’re budget is pretty easy to set. Likewise, travelers can sometimes find affordable sale prices, for even greater savings. 

Cruises also save you from having to worry about planning all the different aspects of your trip. You don’t have to find and reserve a hotel room, hunt down places to eat or plan extensive activities; the details are either handled for you, or the choices are simple, fun and easy to select.

Cruises also offer tons of on-board entertainment, ranging from night clubs to rock climbing and more. With tons of choices, there is sure to be something that appeals to every member of your group.

One of the best aspects about cruises is that you get to travel to multiple beautiful and exotic locations. You discover amazing places all over the world and never get bored of staying at the same place for too long.

Beach Getaways

Beach towns, on the other hand, have their own appeal. Since you aren’t travelling with a large group and aren’t on a preset schedule, you have much more time to experience and explore the location of your choice. You can soak in the beach town culture, interact with the locals, and even buy some cool handmade shell jewelry and beach bags. These things help you get a better sense of place than a cruise, where you may be rushed and not have as much time at any given stop.

Also since you aren’t confined to an area like you may be on a cruise ship, you can always move around if the need arises. Is the beach crowded near the volleyball set-up? Just move down several feet to a less congested area. Don’t like some aspect of the hotel? You can always switch out to a different location, provided there is space. You don’t always have that peace of mind on a cruise.

The best option of all? Book a week in a beach city, then jump on a cruise ship for a week’s journey. That way you get the best of both worlds.

But whatever you decide, research your selected vacation option beforehand and you’ll be sure to have a great time.