For many 20-something’s like me, a cruise holiday is something you’re not familiar with – or possibly even opposed to! However, more and more of us are discovering this type of getaway offers the whole package (in a survey 88% said they’d go again – Cruise Market Watch). Why? Here’s 10 reasons from my time onboard Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas…
1. It’s An Adventure
From the moment you step onboard a cruise ship your holiday adventure has begun. There’s very few places on land where you can ice skate, rock climb, surf, swim, eat, dance, sing, shop, get married, see a theatre show (and more) in one place!
2. Calories At Sea Don’t Count
…I’m kidding, of course. The temptation onboard a cruise is overwhelming – you can pretty much eat around the clock and the quality of the food is very good, in some cases, exceptional. The reason I say cruise calories don’t count is because of one simple reason… it’s a holiday!
3. You Get Cultured
One of my favourite parts of cruising is the variety of places I get to see in one holiday. When you typically fly abroad with friends and family, you’re usually stuck in the same place all week, or relying on public transport to shuttle you about.
4. It’s Always Happy Hour
There’s a bar for every time of day, be it the poolside cocktail bar for a hot and sunny afternoon, or a swanky lounge to watch an evening sunset.
Stunning view from Olive & Twist on Deck 14.
5. You Can Shop Around The Clock
Royal Caribbean’s Royal Promenade is the length of two football pitches containing duty free shops, cafes and bars. I purchased a Michael Kors watch onboard the ship and saved around £85 compared to prices at home.
6. Water, Water, Everywhere
So many 20-something’s escape to Spain to sun worship around a pool. Most hotel resorts have one… this ship has FOUR, plus a lazy river, several hot tubs and of course unrivalled sea views.
7. Rock the boat, baby!
The atmosphere onboard really comes alive at night. If there wasn’t a street parade on the promenade, there was a nightclub or late night pool party to bust a move. I also love watching fellow cruisers crooning a ballad or two at the karaoke bar.
8. It’s Relaxing
Most folk in their twenties have a busy “land-life”, so cruising really is a breath of fresh air. Waking up to blue skies and flat seas with room service is so far removed from any problems back ashore. It’s a great opportunity to switch off and unwind with limited phone service – particularly with a huge fitness centre, spa and adult only pool at your disposal. If you really want to stay in touch with those back home there are often wifi packages available to purchase.
9. Showtime Spectacle
I think most people have pre-conceptions of the calibre at sea, but I’ve always been rather impressed by the quality. Some of my highlights onboard this cruise was the circus and quiz show, as well as the ventriloquist, comedian and tribute band. I also liked the fact there was something different on offer almost every night to please all ages.
10. Service With A Smile
Some of the staff got to know our names, food and drink preferences quickly and took the time to ask us about our day. The personal service makes you feel a little bit special, and something I haven’t experienced to such an extent on a land-based holiday.
If you fancy seeing what the hype is all about it’s worth booking a taster cruise (usually 2-4 nights), that’s what I did and I’ve not looked longingly back to shore since!