5 Reasons to Take a Cruise

By Ariel Lee

There is a lot to think about when it comes to taking a cruise, especially if you have never taken one before. When I went on my first one there was many different factors I thought I might know. I realized I knew practically nothing about cruises when I booked my first one. I began asking everyone I knew had taken a cruise various questions about cruising. I asked questions about what there is to eat to where I get off the boat. The first cruise can seem intimidating, but I found that it is well worth going on a cruise. I loved everything about my first cruise experience. If you are unsure of which cruise line to go with, I highly suggest Carnival. I have nothing but great things to say about them, they come highly recommended by many people.

Endless chores are visible during a cruise. BnBNation
Endless chores are visible during a cruise

1.) Seeing more than one place at a time

When I went on my first cruise I went to 4 different cruise ports. I went to Half Moon Cay, the Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos. Being able to explore different islands and places without having to get in a plane or drive a car is well worth it. Getting a small taste of what the island is like, allows me to know whether I would like to come back for a longer period of time.

Seeing more than one place at a time BnBNation
Seeing more than one place at a time

2.) Everything is included

Before I went on my first cruise, I questioned what was included in the cruise price. Come to find out all meals are included. For breakfast you can go up to the Lido Deck and have a buffet breakfast. You can also go to a dining room and have a sit down breakfast. You can also have room service delivered to your room, by placing a filled out sheet of paper in the evening. You can choose to eat at different restaurants, but those cost extra. Soda and adult drinks also cost extra, but most tea, coffee, water and juices are included in the base price of the cruise. Below is a picture of a lobster dinner from one of our fancy dinner nights.

Everything is included in a cruise. BnBNation
Everything is included in a cruise.

3.) You can make payments on a cruise

One thing I did not know about cruises was I could make payments on the cruise. I did not have to pay the full price upfront, so here and there I would pay money towards the balance. The cruise final payment is typically due at least 3 months before the cruise sets sail. If you plan ahead in enough time, you can pay less per month and take your time paying it off. I know I enjoy not having to lay down a load of money all at once. This also allows me to focus on paying other aspects of the trip.

You can make payments on a cruise BnBNation
You can make payments on a cruise

4.) Get away from everyday life 

On board the cruise, there is no service or internet unless you want to pay a hefty price for the Wi-Fi. I personally like getting to set my phone down. I enjoy not worrying about other people or work for the week of the cruise. While on board everyone I spoke to that bought the Wi-Fi package said it was not worth the money. The Wi-Fi worked all over the cruise ship, but it was slow and made them frustrated while on vacation. Not having Wi-Fi or service gives you time to breath and relax without the everyday worry of what is happening on your phone.

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Get away from everyday life

5.) Entertainment on and off ship

Before I went on the cruise I booked several excursions to do when we got to each port. Excursions can be anything from snorkeling to just relaxing on the beach at an all-inclusive place. There is always something to do for entertainment on and off the ship. There are concerts, comedy clubs, casinos and so much more to do at night after dinner. While you have a day at sea, there is always something going on. I typically enjoy sitting out on the deck catching some rays. Other people enjoy learning how to make these towel animals, competing in contests or so much more. There is never a dull moment on a cruise ship since there is always constantly something going on.

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Entertainment on and off ship

With all that being said, you can see why cruises are well worth it. I already have two planned for next year, are you ready to plan yours?

Ariel Lee, BnBNation's guest author.
Ariel Lee, BnBNation’s guest author.

Author Biography:

My name is Ariel and I am the creator of Different Frame of Mind Blog. My blog focuses on travels with little funds, medical and psychological disorders. Currently residing in North Carolina, I hail from Kansas. I am married and have two wonderful puppies.

I am a bucket list traveler and have plenty to still check off. Been on a cruise, traveled to 34 different states, swam with the dolphins and so much more. Join me on my journey on one of the social media links below.

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Ariel- Creator of Different Frame of Mind blog

10 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Take a Cruise”

  1. Wow, I’ve never been on a cruise before and this makes me want to experience it. I want to feel how to live on a ship for days of sailing viewing nothing but only the endless blue seas in the horizon and the sky above. O what such peace it is 🙂

  2. This was a very informative post, especially for somebody like me who is an experienced traveler but yet to take a cruise. I’ll be honest taking a cruise has never really appealed to me in the past, however I would like to try it at some point. I will be keeping this post in mind for when I do one 😀

  3. Getting away from everyday life and trying something different is my most compelling reason to have a cruise trip in my bucket list. But I didn’t know you can make the payment on board as well. That makes it all the more attractive.

  4. Yes the right reasons to set off on a cruise! What inspires me most is being surrounded by water all the time. And my fav. photography pursuit would be to capture sunrise and sunsets.

  5. A couple of months back, I had read a post by an American lady about managing her son’s food preferences while on a cruise.
    He had life threatening food allergy and the mom went to extra extra lengths so that everything was fine. Yes, that cruise trip was managed by an entertainment company.

    Ambuj, we were meeting in Delhi, what happened?

  6. On reading your post I was inspired on adding a cruise trip to my bucket-list. Feels nice dropping off in some island chilled out and relaxed.

  7. I have never been on a cruise, simply because the ones around India are expensive. I’d love to go on one to be disconnected from the world. Nothing is more irritating than slow wifi, I’d rather not have internet. I recently stayed 108 hours without 4G. It was a very different experience. I think the joy of being on the sea beats it all.

  8. I’ve never been on a cruise before but I really enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing so much information and insight into why you should go on one. I will definitely considering going on one with my family now! Awesome post!

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