Opinion10 Reasons Why I Can't Stop Cruising

10 Reasons Why I Can’t Stop Cruising

It only took one cruise, a four night voyage on the Norwegian Sky to the Bahamas, for me to fall in love with cruising.  I enjoyed it so much, I was home less than 48 hours and I had already booked my 2nd cruise. What do I love about taking a cruise?  Here are 10 reasons why I can’t stop cruising.
1. Visit New Destinations – I love to travel and visit new and familiar places.  With cruising, I can visit multiple places on one trip and I only  have to unpack once.  I don’t have to check in and out of hotels and lose time traveling between destinations.  Cruising is the perfect way to sample several new ports on one trip.

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2. Morning Coffee on my Balcony – Waking up early each morning and drinking a cup of coffee while watching the sunrise over the ocean is pretty much the perfect start to a day.  It really doesn’t get much better than that.

3. Sea Days – Before I took my first cruise, I was afraid of being “stuck” on a cruise ship during sea days.  Now, sea days are my favorite days of each cruise.  Whether I’m relaxing by the pool, attending an enrichment class, or getting a massage at the spa, sea days are a great way of relieving stress and getting completely away from the hustle and bustle of life.

4. Sample New Food – Cruises are a great way to sample new food that you have always wanted to try without being afraid of spending money and not liking the dish.  Whether it’s frog legs, alligator, or calamari, you can try new cuisines at no extra cost. It is all included in your cruise fare, with an exception being the specialty restaurants.

5. Sailaway Parties – I love pulling out of PortMiami with Bob Marley being blasted over the Lido Deck preparing me for a week of fun in the Caribbean.  Sailaway parties are the perfect way to start every cruise.

6. Best Bang For the Buck – Cruising offers the best bang for the buck out of any type of vacation available.  For one low price, your accommodations, food, entertainment, and transportation from one port to another is included. View Cruise Deals

7. Brings Out the Best in People – There is something about cruising that brings out a side in people that you don’t see on land. I never get tired of seeing grandmas and grandpas dancing on the pool deck like they are 60 years younger.  Is it the salty air or motion of the ocean? Whichever it is, I hope it never stops.

8. Being Pampered – The crew members know how to treat you like royalty and I love the service and attention that they give me while I am onboard.

9. Meeting New People – I love hearing stories of fellow cruisers who have met others on a cruise who are now friends for life. A few ways to meet people on a cruise is at dinner, meet and greets (Facebook Rollcalls), and at various activities that are offered onboard.  I have met so many new friends at sea and look forward to meeting many more in the future.

10. Mobility – Cruise ships are mobile, and when bad weather (tropical storm or hurricane) hits, the ship will sail away from the storm keeping my vacation going. Cruise lines have been known to switch itineraries from Eastern to Western Caribbean and vice versa to give their passengers the warm, sunny vacation they were hoping for.  If I went to a resort in Grand Cayman and a hurricane hit, my tropical vacation would be pretty much ruined (and shortened).  I’ll stick to cruising.

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Ben Souza
Ben Souza
Ben is a world traveler who has visited 40+ countries, taken over 70 cruises. He is one of USA TODAY's experts for their 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. His writings have appeared and been cited in various media outlets such as Yahoo News, MSN, NPR, CNN, Fox, and ABC News. Ben currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Follow Ben on Instagram. Visit Ben Souza on Linkedin. You may email Ben at [email protected].
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  1. I agree…from my first cruise, I am hooked!!! It is the only way I want to vacation! Where else can you relax, party, eat, drink, socialize or just be by yourself!! (not sure why anyone would want to be!) I love cruisin’!!

  2. I’m the same way. Love cruising. Just got back from the Mediterranean (12 days). Going in January and March. Now that I’m retired, I can pretty much go when I please. It’s great!

  3. Totally agree – I’m just restricted due to low holidays allowance at work but if I were retired and had the money, I’d never be off them!??

  4. You nailed it!!! Similar story different cruise lines. I took my first 4 Day Bahamas Carnival cruise 19 years ago. I fell in love the moment I stepped on board. I have been on so many of Carnivals ships and they have taken me to some amazing adventures. I can’t wait for my next cruise, 66 days and counting.

  5. I had to work 33 years to get my wife to go on a cruise. Her excuse, I am afraid I will get sea sick. What convinced her to go was I bought 7 bottles of seasick pills, one for each day of the cruise. After the 2nd day, she had only taken one seasick oil, before we left the hotel, she looked at me and said, “this is the only way I want to vacation from now on!”. We have been on 11 cruises since then and no seasickness!

  6. We are also hooked, especially since retiring recently. We try to cruise twice a year. We find best deals are when you book on board. We tend to stick with one line to earn status and yes, as you may know, it does make a difference. We have taken 20+ cruises and there really is nothing like a cruise. Next one in December and counting the days.

  7. Ours is almost the exact same story, Ben. 4 days on Sky (to see if it was for us), and every year since, we have booked within a couple weeks of stepping off the ship. Addicted family !

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