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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Ariel- Creator of Different Frame of Mind blog