I recently read an a blog post entitled 10 Reasons To Never Cruise Again in which the authors gave their reasons why a cruise is not for them. There is always talk from people on why cruising is not for them. Some people have never been on a cruise while others have and were probably on the wrong cruise line. The couple that wrote this post has said they were on two different cruise lines and I could probably guess which ones they were. I tend to think that if someone does enough research, or talks to a cruise consultant, they can find a cruise that is right for them.
I will take a look at the 10 reasons they gave for why to NEVER cruise again and give a few reasons why I think a little extra time in the planning stage could have made for a better experience.
1) The only place you can be alone is your room.
For the most part, unless you are camping or hiking through some remote area, it is hard to really be by yourself while on any vacation. Many of the new ships being built are building in ways to allow people to have some “alone” time while on the ship. Take for instance; on the new Royal Princess there will be cabanas in the Sanctuary and around the Retreat pool that you can reserve.
MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have the Yacht Club and The Haven, respectively. These are like a ship within a ship where there are fewer passengers and special amenities to those booked in those cabins.
2) You’re less likely to experience any authentic dining.
Most of the time you are in port for a full day. You can have plenty of time to find some authentic food while in port. Yes, I know, the food on board is included in your fare; but how can you turn down a chance to try some street food in port?
3) Your destinations are manufactured.
This is where they complained about the ports being built for the cruise ships. I need to say, of course the built the ports especially for the cruise ships. People like to be docked more than they like to be tendered to port. There is more to the port of call than just the actual port. Get out and explore.
4) The alcohol on the boat is expensive, man!
Have you ever when to a hotel lounge? Any nice restaurant in a larger city? The last time is went to a hotel lounge my drink was $14; I don’t think the drinks on board that far out of line.
5) The on-board structured group activities are lame.
No one say you have to participate in the activities. There are other things you can want to do. Some cruise lines bring experts on board to give seminars about the culture your port of call. Princess does this in Alaska and Norwegian Cruise Line does this in Hawaii. Almost all cruise lines do this in Europe.
I will continue with reason 6 – 10 in a later blog but for now, what are your ideas? Do you consider any of these points when thinking about taking a cruise? What are your pros and cons of cruising? I would love to hear them. Please comment on this blog and lets have a discussion.
Author Nate: firstname.lastname@example.org