Frequent cruisers have heard them all. Those pesky little fibs that spread throughout social media. Yes, we are talking about cruise myths. When you tell someone who has never cruised before that you are a cruise addict, they are quick to cite some alternative fact about cruising. Oh yes, there is even fake news about cruising. For those travelers skeptical about taking their first cruise, we debunk the top 10 cruise myths.
Top 10 Cruise Myths Debunked
Cruises Go Nowhere Interesting or Fun
The Alaskan wilderness. The historic cities of Rome and Venice. Trekking through Antarctica. If these places sound boring or uninteresting, we would love to know what you do on the weekends. Cruising has expanded rapidly in the last decade. This means travelers have so many more options when it comes to seeing the world via cruise ship. With boutique cruise lines now traveling to literally every corner of the globe, you can visit almost anywhere on a cruise. Sail up and down the ancient rivers of Africa and South America or bask in the Caribbean sun. There are few places that you can not see from the perch of your cruise ship balcony.
View from the Mendenhall Glacier on an Alaskan Cruise
Cruises Are For (Fill-in-the-Blank) People
There are going to be too many kids. Cruising is for old people. You get the point. Many travelers who are reluctant to cruise feel that it is for “other” people. Well, that is why there are different cruise lines. Some cater to couples, others to families, and still other appeal to more seasoned and luxury travelers. Yes, there will be families onboard most major cruise lines, but not all of the itineraries and ships are built exclusively for kids. You can certainly find a ship add itinerary that match your style. Stroll down European waterways on a river cruise, or perhaps a two week transatlantic trip on a classic British ocean liner is more your style.
Cruise Ships Are Tacky
The public venues will be ugly and over the top. We have heard the uniform complaint about the apparent lack of style on cruise ships. Newsflash- Today’s ships are sleek and trendy. Even ships that cater to families are abound with works of art, sophisticated public areas, and even celebrity partnerships. The newest classes of ships deliver unique and appealing designs that individuals would expect from world class hotels and resorts. Not convinced? Check out Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class or some of the newest builds like MSC Seaside. Then, let us know if you still think cruise ships lack style.
Inside the Stylish Anthem of the Seas
I Will Get Seasick/An Illness Onboard
A very small percent of people get sick on a cruise. If you believe the news reports, it seems like every cruise is overridden with some virus. The truth is that there are occasionally outbreaks on ships, but these are no more frequent than you would find on land. In addition, most modern cruise ships have technology that limits the sensation of the ship moving. You are sailing, so there is bound to be some motion, but we rarely ever feel it. For those with extra concerns, there are plenty of low cost options to help prevent seasickness. The small chance that either of these should occur is no reason to avoid trying a cruise vacation.
You Gain Too Much Weight on a Cruise
Yes, food is everywhere on a cruise. If you are not careful, the cruise pounds can add up quickly. Although, today’s cruise ships have plenty of ways you can burn off the extra calories. State-of-the-art gyms and fitness classes mean you don’t have to miss your workout routine. In addition, outdoor sport decks and jogging tracks allow you to still get some sun while adding some extra steps. Even though you are on vacation to indulge a bit, you do not have to gorge yourself either. Have that sweet treat, but opt to take the stairs to offset the added calories. Just like on land, moderation is key.
The Gym on Norwegian Getaway
Cruises Are Too Expensive
When you factor in accommodations, food, onboard amenities, and entertainment, cruises are one of the best vacation values. Once you account for everything that is included in the cruise fare, cruises typically cost a fraction of other similar vacations. Plus, if you time things right, you can often take advantage of special promotions that provide even greater value, like a free beverage package or free specialty dining. Finding a trusted cruise specialist to help book your trip can give you even more perks. If you start comparing cruises to other popular family vacations (or even all-inclusive resorts for couples), you might quickly realize that cruises are anything but expensive.
My Kids (and I) Won’t Have Anything to Do on the Ship
We don’t know why people always seem to think that they will be bored on a cruise. Modern cruise ships have so much to do and see that there is never a dull moment. Family and adventure travelers will enjoy features like zip lines, ropes courses, water slides and other onboard amusements. Dance classes, wine/cocktail classes and demos, as well as cultural experts and historian lectures are regularly scheduled for those looking for some edutainment during the trip. Outgoing travelers will love the onboard game shows, trivia, nightly entertainment, and nightclubs. And the list goes on. Of course, you can choose to just relax if you’d rather soak up the sun or enjoy the view.
Fun-Filled Sun Decks on Norwegian Escape
I’ll Be Stranded in the Middle of the Ocean
So you can not live without internet access for an entire week? Well luckily, modern cruise ships now have WiFi and plenty of high tech features. Everywhere you look, cruisers are on their smartphones and tablets posting on social media, checking emails, uploading videos from their GoPros, or streaming movies. Cruise ships have become a techie heaven. With all of the cool things to do and see on the ship, we don’t know why you would want to be tied to a device all week, but it is nice to check in with family and friends back home. Maybe you can even FaceTime to make them jealous of all the fun you are having.
You Don’t Get to Truly Experience the Destinations on a Cruise
What can you do with only a few hours at a port? Travelers looking for “authentic” experiences from their travel destinations often think cruising is not for them. Cruise lines have listened and created itineraries and options for more in-depth experiences. Many ships now have longer stays in port, even overnights is some popular cruise ports of call. Also, new shore excursion options exist for travelers to get more culturally enriching time ashore. Of course, you are not bound to use the tours provided by the cruise lines. In our travels, we have found many local tour providers who have given us amazing, authentic experiences often at a fraction of the cost of a cruise line tour.
We Got to Spend a Full Day in Havana, Cuba with Havana Journeys
I Won’t Be Able to Escape the Other Passengers
A frequent concern from those who have never taken a cruise is that they won’t be able to escape their fellow passengars. After cruising over 10 years on the world’s largest cruise ships, we have never worried about crowds. Modern cruise ships offer a variety of venues to suit travelers with different tastes. Multiple indoor and outdoor spaces let you find your own spot to unwind and relax. Family areas and adult only areas also exist to ensure you find your happy place. In addition, newbies often learn that cruisers are friendly and gregarious people. They might even return from their first trip with some new friends.
Can you think of any other cruise myths we should debunk? Do you have some counter arguments to share with other skeptical travelers? Drop us an anchor below with your thoughts on these cruise myths.