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Five Reasons You Should Definitely Try a Cruise

Photo from Flickr by Fish Whisperer
Photo from Flickr by Fish Whisperer

Cruises often get a bad rap– They’re not always viewed as the best way to travel.  The myriad of reasons that are given not to take a cruise are often spouted by the very same people who have never been on a cruise themselves.  Take it from a seasoned traveler- there are many ways to travel, and they all have their pros and cons– here are some real reasons you should absolutely consider a cruise for your next holiday:


1.) ALL YOU CAN EAT- Perhaps it’s not necessary to expand on the idea of all you can eat, but the author finds it necessary to convey just how awesome the constant presence of free food is.  A typical day, if you’re so inclined, could look like this: Breakfast buffet, soft serve ice cream bar, pizza, soft serve ice cream bar, lunch buffet, soft serve ice cream bar, fancy dinner, soft serve ice cream bar, drinking with new friends you inevitably meet, midnight buffet.  Repeat.  (Certainly, there are variations to the culinary offerings on cruise lines, and not everyone shares the author’s affinity for food and ice cream.  The point here, is you can have everything, free, all the time).


2.) Discounts.  Serious discounts.- Cruises are still not quite the hot commodity they have the potential to be. Therefore, discounts on cruises are widely available.  Even more so last minute- if you have the ability to take off of work with not much notice, take advantage of the great deals you can find on Kayak, Expedia, Travelocity, and the cruise-specific discount super-website cruise1st.  Just take a look, and you’ll be surprised at just how little it can cost for an all-inclusive holiday.


3.) Visit multiple destinations- This one is a no brainer.  Visiting multiple destinations is a great way to see the world.  Why not take a holiday on which you can check off several destinations on your bucket list?

4.) Titanic- Okay, yeah, the ending is horrific, but really, who doesn’t want to play Jack and Rose on the front of the ship and pretend you’re flying?  Or just look out into the endless ocean and ponder just how small your existence really is.


5.) Activities (or lack thereof)- Being trapped at sea with a bunch of people you don’t know can either be the worst or the best experience you can imagine.  Mostly, you can make a fool of yourself, and know you’ll never have to see these people again.  The activities available on board vary from cruise line to cruise line, but there is certain to be something you’ve never thought you would do (the author regrets a certain belly flop contest on a cruise she foolishly entered).


Or something you haven’t ever wanted to do (don’t judge me- Bingo is actually fun!).  There are shows, contests, casinos, and shopping.  Or you can choose the relaxation route, and spend most of your time on board lounging by the pool and relaxing at the on-board spa. Whatever your reasoning for not going on a cruise, take the author’s advice.  Try one cruise, approach it with good humor, go with some good friends, and you’re bound to have a ridiculously fun time.

Aaron Bradford has written 156 articles. Aaron is the leader, mentor and chief geek of the Happytime team. He put together this crack team of travel writers known by codename “The Firm“. Twitter: @b4ubackpack | Google profile |

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