Cruises have been a part of my life for just about as long as I can remember. Coming from a family of 6, finding an affordable family vacation was of utmost importance when my parents planned our family getaways. One of the most affordable and accommodating forms of travel is cruising. Now, I totally understand that cruises aren’t for everyone, but today I’m going to talk about why I’m cruising my way through life.
It’s no secret that cruises are my preferred method of travel– I’ve spoken about cruising in several other posts linked here in packing and prep. Everything is literally catered to you, you can do as little or as much as you please…and the FOOD. (Not to mention the fact that I have a complex about flying and have to mentally prepare myself for the panic I’ll have once we get in the air.) So clearly, cruising to magical destinations is a no-brainer for me. But why do I think everyone should try cruising just once? Well, 3 reasons.
Reason 1: Affordability:
When it comes to affordable vacations, there aren’t a whole lot of options out there. I’ve done a lot of research about this (trust me, I’m planning a new “imaginary” vacay at all times). A great example of how affordable a cruise is, I was considering taking a 3 day trip with Ben to Arizona this year for his birthday, when I tallied what all that would cost, I was completely shocked!
Here’s a breakdown of a 3 day AZ vacation:
$560 round trip flights for two (This is the wanna-get-away option through Southwest. looking at during monsoon season too!!). CheapestAirbnbB in a safe neighborhood $198 for 2 nights and 3 days. Average cost of meals for 2 nights and 3 days (Not including breakfast) Lunches $35×3 Dinners $50×2. This brings our total 3 day vacation total to $920 assuming we don’t do any activities that cost, don’t call an uber, and don’t buy drinks or coffee with any meal! That’s a lot for 3 days! The average 7 day Carnival Cruise, with three destinations, all meals and transportation included, with the add on of 2 excursions comes up to about $1500. Broken down that $1500 is $215 a day, whereas the Arizona trip comes out to $306 a day!
Reason 2: Peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of:
This is one of my biggest reasons for choosing cruises. I don’t have to order a travel guide, make extensive notes of things to see and do, places to eat, or study general safety guides, think about rental vehicles or if it is safe to use taxis, research hotels or AirBnb’s etc. All of that is done for you when you book a cruise! It just takes the guesswork out of travel.
Reason 3: The Destinations:
This is one thing I have been really surprised to find as an adult. There are so many destinations on cruises that I have been on as a kid where I thought to myself, “When I’m an adult I’m just going to fly into such and such island and spend a week here”. Sorry young Mary, you didn’t grow up to be that rich! Quite a few cruise destinations are either, extraordinarily expensive to fly into (I was crushed to find out how much it costs to fly into Nassau Grand Bahamas, and really shocked by how hard it is to get flights into Grand Cayman due to tourism laws!) or only allow flights into their airports certain times of the year due to tourism laws!. Sure, the most authentic way to visit a new country or location is by spending extensive time there, while on cruises you rarely get more than 8 hrs at a port. However, if that is the only way you will realistically be able to see that destination, those short 8 hrs don’t sound too bad!
I hope this post inspires you to consider a cruise for your next vacay destination!
Look at that beautiful clear blue water! I have never been on a cruise, however, you have made a valid case for cruises over flight travel. I imagine with a cruise there is more than one destination also.
The water was more placid and beautiful than anywhere I’ve ever seen. Cruises really are such fun, and they do usually go to several locations!
Going on a cruise is way better. It is stress free and more economical if you would think of the places you’d be able to visit in one vacation package. Everything you would need to make a vacation memorable, all in one package!
I absolutely agree with you! Cruises are most definitely my preferred method of travel!
Cruises are my favorite vacation!! They are fun and relaxing!
I second that, Girlfriend!
These photos are so beautiful! My parents frequently go on cruises but I haven’t thought about going on one with the hubby yet. Totally jealous.
You should totally take your husband! I took mine and he can’t wait to go on another one!
I never really thought about going into cruis before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.e
I highly recommend trying it at least once! Just make sure the cruise line you choose offers everything you could want in a vacay! Some are definitely better than others.
Oh how fun…it looks like you had a blast. This is definitely a cruise worth taking.
It was such a blast!!
I love cruises. Actually taking my husband and son on their first one next year!
Yay!! That’s going to be so fun! It’s always really special taking first time cruisers!
Going on a cruise does sound really nice. That’s not that bad of price if you think about.
It really isn’t a bad price when you realize it includes 3 or more meals a day and a safe and tidy place to stay!
I LOVE cruises! They are so much fun and you make memories that last you a lifetime. I’ve been on 3 Disney cruises and they were magical (pun intended)!
That is so true! Cruises are my absolute best memories in both my childhood and adulthood! I have never done a Disney cruise but I’ve heard incredible things!
I have never taken a cruise due to motion sickness but this definitely looks tempting! I would love a little getaway!
Oh, I totally understand you! I have such a sensitive stomach when it comes to motion sickness, but Dramamine really has helped me with cruises!
Thank you for sharing your colorful photos and letting us know how much fun you have on cruises and how affordable they are.
Thank you so much for reading!
This is a really nice cruise! I was on one once that was kinda boring!
I have been on a boring one once too! The time of year and the cruise line you choose make a huge difference in how fun the experience is.
Cruises definitely seem like such a smart option, for budget and locations. It looks like you really enjoy them and have such a great time exploring.
It is definitely one of the most budget-friendly options. Cruising and Groupon get-aways seem like the best bang for your buck!
I’ve never been on a cruise but damn do you sell the idea of them well! I guess it’s cool as you get to visit lots of different places and have fun on the ship in between!
Awe! thank you! I really do truly love cruising, so I’m glad that my passion came through. I hope you take one sometime!
I love cruises too!! They’re so much fun and I love all the activities on the boat, plus it’s so fun to get to visit different places!
I love taking cruises. These photos are beautiful!
A double yes to your last line. I’m not exactly one who’d prefer a cruise vacation but you just sold the idea to me. It’s mostly practical when I think about it, enjoying the trip and going to your destination, amazing sights at any angle, it’s perfect! And you have some excellent pictures here, great job! Is that a turtle up there?
I’m so glad this post resonated with you! I absolutely hope you go on a cruise. I’d love to hear about it when you do! It is a turtle, we got to swim with sea turtles on our excursion.