10 Reasons why I love to cruise – and why I think you would too!

Ten Reasons Why I Love To Cruise…

…even though I’m under the average age of UK cruiser. But let me tell you why I think younger people, groups of friends or couples especially should give cruises a try.

Recently a fellow travelblogger Travelshopgirl shared a blog post by another blogger under the name of Wanderabouts called ‘The Top 10 reasons why we LOVE to cruise‘. It caught my eye and must have done the same for Travelshopgirl as she proceeded with her own ‘top 10 reasons to cruise’ย post. That prompted me to write my ten – but I could probably write a lot more ๐Ÿ˜‰ And if you are a cruise blogger or a cruise fanatic I challenge YOU to share your own top ten reasons and tag me in your post or tweet – ready, set, GO!

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10 reasons to cruise

1) Every night on a cruise is a date night

On self-catering resort or city holidays we do eat out but do end up doing a lot of our meal prep – which involves going to the grocery store. You take the items to your temporary home, prep or cook them and end up with the dishes to do at the end. Not a hallmark of a relaxing, luxurious holiday – just the stuff you do at home, every day.

On a cruise, however, even if you have been exploring the port in casual/sporty gear, each night you get to dress up* for wonderful dinner prepared for you – no cooking involved. And it is not just the dining that makes a cruise nights special…but the fact that dining is followed by live music in the various bars or theatre shows, comedy shows and dancing in the night club after. Date night. Each night. That is a #win ๐Ÿ™‚

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*we don’t do fully formal (ballgowns, DJ/tux), just smart casual or formal-lite for me. You won’t find us on Cunard ships which rather rigid with their dress code. Celebrity’s Evening Chic is more us or Royal, MSC, Carnival or even Princess.

2) Cruise holidays are fantastic value

Linking to the first reason of having ‘date night’ dining every night – ย cruises are great value for considering all the dining options you have with your partner! Plus most cruises are full board, some even fully AI including the cost of drinks. Buying a self-catering package holiday may look cheaper at first, but once you add the weekly resort spend for grocery shopping and dining/going out, cruises are excellent value. Even if a drinks package is not included in your cruise fare, investing in one means not to worry about the spend onboard – everything’s paid in advance. (Unless you want to shop, use spa, buy photos etc – but your meals are included and depending on ship/cruise line at times room service is included too)
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3) Seeing many places over one holiday

I love being able to visit various ports in many countries over one holiday. It’s a great way to sample places – having spent a day in port in Florence I now know it is both gorgeous and very vegan-friendly, so am looking forward to visiting it later. True, you can visit many places over a holiday but with cruise holidays there is no need to unpack/pack and travel between locations. Instead, you visit many places from one base, your ship. This compared to a resort holiday where you are in one spot a week and after a few days you have seen everything there is.
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4) Cruises are such comfortable & luxurious ways to travel

Cruising a convenient way of travelling – not just what I said above but stuff like your suitcases are delivered to your room from the check-in at theย port. There is room service. A wonderful cabin attendant who keeps the cabin in order. If only I had one to keep my home as neat during rest of the year!
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5) The many small extra touches that make your holiday special

Since I mentioned the lovely (and hard-working) cabin attendants – I must not forget the towel animals they treat the passengers with ย ๐Ÿ™‚ This may be childish of me but they do cheer me up.
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6) A wide range of dining options on offer – so much choice!

Cruise ships offer a wide choice of foods from all over the world – a range of venues, menus and themed nights. Main dining room, specialty restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream bars, buffet restaurants. Food glorious food – when you want it. You don’t need to do ‘set’ dining unless you want to.

7) Cruise ships cater for dietary needs

And since we’re on the theme of food – cruise ships are used to catering to customers’ wishes, so dining with allergies/intolerance and related diets not a problem – even vegan food can be found. Princess especially were amazing with their MDR food (desserts too!) and MSC’s Bora Bora buffet was wonderful for vegan choice.
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8) The seas

The fabulous views onboardย these beautiful ships – so calming. Gorgeous blues of the seas. So mesmerising,ย so addictive that I think this might just need to go up to be the top reason for me to cruise.
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9) The beautiful ships themselves

Gorgeous ships, fantastic decor anything from Swarovski stairs to art displays all over the ships, quirky lifts with wanderlust-inspiring messages.
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10) Cruise holidaysย have so much to offer – no place for boredom!

Ships have a range of facilities for sea days.. or while in port if you wish: spa, pools and jacuzzis or waterparks for those who wish to splash. Some ships have climbing walls and surf simulators, zip-lines or skydiving simulators. Lots to keep you active, if that is what you wish. Very few hotels or resorts have everything a ship offers. But perhaps all you want is to relax, and there are so many options – like the spas I mentioned. My last post was on one of these cruise spas, have a look

My last post was on one of these cruise spas, have a look here!

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16 thoughts on “10 Reasons why I love to cruise – and why I think you would too!

  • December 24, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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    The service on cruises in unbelievable! I took my first cruise with my toddler last year and it was the first vacation that actually FELT like a vacation because everyone was so nice to us (not always the case when traveling with small kiddos.) The towel animals were also a perk for us ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • December 27, 2016 at 5:45 pm
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      Yes, the kids love the towel animals just like us young-at-heart do too.

      And you’re right, I have only ever seen staff fuss over children – so pleased you had a great cruise experience with your kids. As someone who started cruising as a baby/ toddler and thru my school years I always felt looked after by the staff and enjoyed my cruises even then.

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    • December 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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      Birthday week? Holiday week. Any week. Cruise weeks are special in so many ways ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • December 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm
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    All these pictures look amazing! I’ve only been on 2 cruises, both were group trips and both with Carnival. I didn’t love it lol. But MSC and Celebrity look worth a try!

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    • December 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm
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      Oh no, why didn’t you enjoy your trips? Sure, some ships are older, some ports more interesting than other… Celebrity is stunning. Modern, classy, fab for couples… had a great girlie trip on a Carnival ship though, younger more fun crowd.

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  • December 27, 2016 at 3:22 am
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    I love the idea of “testing out” a few different countries all at once. I always have such a terrible time trying to decide where to go next!

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  • December 30, 2016 at 10:19 pm
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    Oh I wish I had the chance to get to a real cruise someday ๐Ÿ˜€ and by real I mean something far far away from Helsinki-Stockholm-Helsinki one ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • December 31, 2016 at 9:45 pm
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      Thx Kayla, glad you do ๐Ÿ™‚ Cruises are great fun..so happy my post made you think cruising could be for you too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • January 2, 2017 at 8:44 pm
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    I’d go on a cruise just to see a towel bunny hahaha.
    I love your reasons, maybe I’ll go on a cruise one day, so I’ll be able to share the experience

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  • November 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm
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    This is what I love about cruising too – especially being able to see so many places without the hassle! ๐Ÿ˜€

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