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The Wonderful Benefits of Cruises You Hadn’t Considered

Cruises offer a unique way to travel that’s hard to beat. The all-in-one experience means you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a new place without having to pack and unpack, worry about food safety or the cleanliness factor of public restrooms. There is a certain comfort level a cruise offers that you can’t so easily get when you are moving from place to place.

It’s no wonder so many people get hooked by the cruise experience. With so many benefits of cruises, it becomes difficult for any other type of travel to compete.

Let’s break it down to see what all the fuss is about. Just what are the benefits of cruises?

The all-in-one experience

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk about 15-minute cities and the benefits of such. There are certainly advantages to having everything you need within a few hundred yards of walking. That’s what a cruise experience offers.

Think of a cruise ship as an island. There’s food everywhere! You can eat whatever you like, whenever you like. Depending on the cruise ship you choose, there is a plethora of activities to choose from. That’s right. I said plethora. Boredom is rarely a consequence of someone who opts to see the world by water.

Cruise ships offer a compact microcosm within steps of your cabin. No question, you can’t beat the convenience of a cruise and having everything under one deck.

Health benefits of cruises

If you’re looking for a vacation that will benefit your health, then cruises are the way to go. Cruising is a great way to relax, get exercise and clear your head from the worries of everyday life. It’s been said that the negative impacts of stress can carve years off our lives. 

While many people think about cruising as being a vacation for seniors or retirees, cruise lines are actually known for having more than their fair share of young adults on board too—

Sure, if you have mobility issues, cruising can be the answer for you, but more and more young people are seeing the benefits too. Most cruise ships come with exercise rooms and offer a variety of activities, from dance classes to running tracks.

And not to mention the walking excursions and other sporting activities that are available once the ship docks.

Regardless of your age or how fit you are, cruises can be as active as you wish or as laid back as you desire.

benefits of cruises include onboard yoga
Unwind on deck with some yoga.

Cruising allows you to see places you’d never see by land

If you’re the type of person, who loves the thrill of seeing a destination that few people ever get to see…then small-ship cruising is the perfect option for you.

One of my most memorable travel experiences was visiting the remote pottery village of Yandabo just off the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. No roads can access this small community. I was humbled by the kindness offered. The opportunity to try some tea leaf salad and some Mohinga prepared by the women of the village. 

It’s these types of experiences you’ll never have access to when you stay on the proverbial beaten path.

visiting small communities otherwise inaccessible by land.
Visit small river-side communities other inaccessible by land.

And the chance to see many destinations all in one trip.

Of course, visiting multiple locations is not confined to just cruising. You can do this by land tour as well. But when you don’t have to navigate roads, and you can sleep while the ship moves between destinations…visiting multiple cities and even countries in a short period of time is just easier and more efficient by ship.

Visiting multiple destinations in one trip is one of the many benefits of cruises.

Unpack only once, saving the headache of travelling from hotel to hotel

Oh, the joys of not having to pack and unpack only to pack again and then worry about what you’ve potentially left behind in the last hotel. This benefit alone is a show-stopper.

If you’ve ever had to backtrack to retrieve your passport from a hotel safe, you’ll fully appreciate the blessing of never having to worry about where your passport is again.

Or having to iron your shirts only to have to pack them away again and pull out the iron on your next leg. With cruising, you remove everything from your suitcase…hand it all up and you are ready to go for whatever excursion you have on deck for the day. 

Education at sea

Most cruise ships come with onboard education facilities. There are lecture theatres, well-stocked libraries and on many small ship cruises, you get the benefit of meeting up with wildlife and history experts.

While the ship glides through the waters en route to its next destination, you can take part in either a cooking class, or a lesson on travel photography or maybe even a learn about the specific wines of a region from a resident sommelier.

If you are travelling with children, many ships have programs geared to entertain and educate young travellers and turn them into lifelong learners. 

Kids’ programs onboard include loads of activities, from designing their own t-shirts at arts and crafts sessions to learning hands-on from expert crew members about local cultures and wildlife.

Onboard lecture rooms
Learn from onboard guest lecturers while you travel at sea.

Confidently dine with culinary masters

Undeniably, one of the best parts of travel is trying foods you wouldn’t normally try at home. And it’s true, you don’t have to travel by cruise ship to take advantage of some of the finest restaurants in the world, but there are benefits to cruises, land travel doesn’t offer.

Cruise ships employ only the best chefs from around the globe. Each meal is sure to delight your senses. And with food preparation being highly controlled, there is little chance of you onboarding an unwanted party guest known as the parasite. Nothing is worse than missing a few days of touring because your tummy is under assault.

The only negative to the cruise dining experience is having to practice restraint. When confronted with the most delicious delicacies day after day, even the will of the strongest of men is tempted to break.   

enjoy the best dining as a benefit of cruises
Sample the best food and wine from around the globe

Small ship cruises offer an intimate setting with like-minded travellers

If you’re the kind of person who prefers an intimate setting, small ship cruises are what you need. Unlike larger cruise ships which can have thousands of guests on board and offer performances at night, small ship cruises offer a more personal setting for travellers who want to make new friends and relax in a more intimate environment.

Unlike large cruise lines with thousands of people on board, these trips tend to be smaller and more intimate, with less than 100 guests at any given time. This means there’s less competition for dinner companions or activities and thus far fewer chances of running into someone else who has booked their trip through your travel agent!

It also means that if you enjoy meeting new people from around the world—and learning about their way of life—you’ll love this type of vacation.

You wake up every morning in a new place

You wake up every morning in a new place. Even if you’re on a cruise ship, it feels like you are waking up on land. You have your own room and can stay in bed all day if you want to. If that sounds like heaven to you, then think about how much more heavenly it would feel to wake up without having the stress of navigating public transport (or even your own car) and driving around trying to figure out where the best place is for breakfast or lunch.

Cruise ships keep their schedule whether you want them too or not; this means that no matter how much time you spend exploring the ship and its surroundings, at some point during your trip there will be an announcement telling everyone what time dinner will be served tonight—and then everything resets itself after dinner is over so that tomorrow morning begins with another announcement about breakfast times. 

This regular schedule keeps everything running smoothly so that everyone knows when they need to go back on board after spending time off-ship exploring nearby destinations–and if something comes up unexpectedly (like illness) there’s always somewhere else where one can retreat until feeling better again–without having missed too many meals!

If can still travel with someone yet enjoy different onboard activities

We all love our spouses, don’t we? But sometimes…they want to go left, and we want to go right. Rather than having to compromise, cruises offer something for everyone.

If the idea of going ashore and browsing the local shops sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon, but your wife prefers to go golfing…you both can have your way.

When travelling on a cruise ship, you are going to find other shoppers and other golfers so taht you both can do your thing and sacrifice nothing. 

And, cruises are a great way to travel with someone but still enjoy some alone time too. You and your travelling companions don’t have to be attached at the hip to enjoy your holiday. If you want to do your own thing, you can! You can meet up at certain times and places during the day or find new people to make plans with once off the boat.

Cruises are perfect for family travel

Cruises generally have an educational component as well, which is especially valuable when travelling with kids or grandkids who are keen to learn more about our planet. Cruises also allow you more time with friends and family who are sharing this experience with you—and there’s little chance of running out of things to do!

It is no wonder that cruising has become an over 27 billion dollar industry in recent years. If you are still on the fence about whether this type of travel is for you, let’s talk. Book a complimentary session with me and allow me to walk you through your many options.

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