Want to convince a family member or friend to go on a cruise, but they keep giving you excuses?
I am always talking to people about how great cruises are, but there are a lot of people who are either afraid or hesitant about taking a vacation at sea. Here are some common reasons you will hear for someone not wanting to go on a cruise and how you can convince them otherwise.
“It Costs Too Much”
This is one of the most common reasons people give, but the truth of the matter is that a cruise vacation is MUCH cheaper than most land-based vacations, especially when you consider that all of the food, lodging and entertainment is included. Yes, there are many “extras” you can pay for like excursions, drinks, and fine dining restaurants, but you can get all the “free” amenities of a cruise for under $500 for a week per person. Depending on when you buy and where you sail, cruises can be very inexpensive.
“It’s Too Crowded on a Cruise”
This was one of my preconceived notions before my first cruise. I had this idea that there would be massive crowds everywhere I went, but this simply was not true. These ships are so large that there are plenty of places on the ship where you can get some privacy and peace and quiet and feel like you are the only one on the boat. The only places that might seem a little crowded are the pools during a sea day, but if you go swimming at night or while the ship is in port you can pretty much have the whole pool to yourself.
“I’m Afraid of a Ship Wreck or a Rogue Wave”
If someone gives you this excuse it will almost impossible to persuade them. While rogue waves are VERY rare and rarely large enough to do any real harm to one of today’s large cruise ships, they can present a scary situation. But if you look at the raw numbers you will see it is more dangerous to drive on the highway or fly on an airplane than to cruise on a ship. And even after the Costa Concordia disaster there have been many safety precautions that have been implemented in today’s cruise ships to make this form of travel even safer than ever.
“I’m Afraid I Will Eat Too Much”
Cruise ships do not force you to eat anything if you don’t want to. But if you are a compulsive eater you might have a hard time avoiding the delightful delicacies that adorn the ship’s buffet and main dining room. At the same time there are also fitness gyms on these ships and you can hit a treadmill or elliptical to try to work off those calories while getting a great ocean view.
“There’s Nothing to Do on the Ship”
Whoever said this one has definitely not been on a cruise before. What can you do on a cruise? Everything from swimming, rock climbing, bowling, ice skating, shopping, movie watching, attending a show, singing, mini golfing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and so much more. There are always activities, games, game shows, crafts, and trivia games going on aboard these boats during sea days and if you can’t find something to do on a cruise ship then I’m afraid I can’t help you. Beside that, sometimes it is nice to just do nothing. After all, it is a vacation right?
“I’m Afraid I Will Get Seasick”
My wife was afraid of getting seasick before she went on her first cruise since she has had problems with seasickness before when she had gone fishing. But these cruise ships are so huge you barely feel you are at sea at all most of the time. My wife didn’t feel seasick one time on her first cruise. These ships have stabilizers to keep them from rocking and unless you are in rough seas it should not be a problem for most passengers. You should still bring some Dramamine though, just in case.
“I Want to Spend More Time at the Ports”
The thing I love about cruises is that you can visit so many different places at one time. It’s kind of like a vacation sampler and you can get a small taste of all kinds of tropical locations. There are some ports I visited that I would like to do a land vacation on some time. But I never would have known this without going on a cruise there first. Being able to visit 4 or 5 islands on an 8 day cruise is much cheaper than trying to fly to these ports and find hotels to stay in on each one of them, but if you want to spend more time at the ports a cruise is a great way to see which ports are your favorite.
Got any more excuses you have heard? Let us know in the comment section below and let’s help each other convince our friends and family that cruise vacations are the best way to get away.