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5 Reasons I Have Never Been On A Cruise
Cruises are a very popular travel choice. And I get it, much like all inclusive vacations, everything is kind of rolled up into one. It is a simple way to vacation and you can see multiple destinations at a reduced cost. But also like all inclusive vacations they don’t seem to really be for me. I’ll share the 5 reasons I have never been on a cruise.
This article idea came to me after I posted a news story in our Facebook Group which started a little bit of a debate. It seems like people either love cruises or hate them. If you love them then that is great. The most important thing is traveling the way that makes you happy. Anytime you find something you enjoy do it as much as you can! If you want to share where I am wrong in the comments section then I gladly welcome the discussion
I know it is a cardinal sin of sorts to knock something before I try it but I have a pretty good idea of what cruises entail and why I wouldn’t like them.
I know these ships are massive and most of the time it probably doesn’t seem too crowded. But I have to say it just seems like cruising would be like the worst parts of Disney World and Las Vegas had a hideous baby and placed it floating on the sea. Don’t get me wrong I love Vegas, and Disney has it’s charms, but the crowds are not one of the things I enjoy most. And since the rooms are so small, and there isn’t a resort to go back to, you are kind of stuck in it.
The Bar Tab
I have often heard that your bar tab could end up being as much as the cruise itself cost. It is great that the food is included but they definitely make it up on the back end with the drinks. I know you can purchase a drink package but then I would feel like I need to get my money’s worth each day. I am sure there are ways to work around it with credits via travel agents etc. but it does seem like kind of a hassle. And it is not like you can get away from the high prices and go to a dive bar on the ship.
Speaking Of The Food
One of the things I enjoy most about traveling is trying local restaurants and trying to find the hidden gem off the beaten path. I am not as adventurous as some when it comes to food choices but I still like to get a locals take on my favorites. Plus I think the best way to really absorb the vibe of a place is to check out their local establishments. When you are cruising most of your dining happens on the boat. That takes away from the travel experience in my opinion.
Limited Time On Shore
One of the things I hate most when traveling is having an itinerary. I like to be able to do what I want when I want and not have to worry about making it back somewhere at a certain time. If I am loving a particular area and want to stay longer I like having that option. With timed departures you have to get back at a certain time and it limits how much you can actually do at each destination. I feel like you would just scratch the surface of a place instead of really enjoying it.
This one may be to fill out the list because 5 sounds better than 4 :). But in all seriousness the prices that the ships charge for WiFi is pretty criminal. When we were at the Hilton in Nassau we heard people who paid for a day pass say it was cheaper than paying for WiFi on the boat. The day pass came with WiFi at the Hilton so that is why they did it. That is crazy!
I know cruising is kind of like a travel subculture and that some people absolutely love it. I just don’t think it would be for me. If I was going to do it I think it would have to be with a big group. I could see that being fun. Or maybe a Disney Cruise for the kids. It seems like cruising is a very divisive topic and people either love it or hate it. No matter which way you lean I would love to hear your take in the comments. Just be civil with each other ;).
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