If you’re planning a vacation sometime this year and struggling to find the perfect option that the whole family will enjoy, you may want to consider booking a cruise. Below, we’ve outlined some of the benefits of cruising to help you decide if a cruise is the right option for you.
Benefits of Cruising:
One of the top benefits of cruising is that it’s a great “bang for your buck” option. Entertainment and onboard activities/performances are typically included in the price and provide endless options for amusement. All-inclusive, on-board dining is also a huge plus (who can turn down free food?).
Another benefit of cruising is pure convenience. It is a fantastic way to visit a variety of destinations without the hassle of flying, packing and unpacking, worrying about hotel accommodations, etc. Depending on the length and destination of your cruise, you may visit quite a few ports! Some of the most popular cruise destinations include Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, the Bahamas, and Central/South America.
Cruising also offers an eclectic assortment of activities and amenities. Most lines have everything from sunbathing and swimming to ping pong, shuffleboard, casinos, spa services, hot tubs, comedy clubs, dance clubs, bars and more. There is literally something for everyone! Many cruise lines offer special activities or clubs just for children: A great way to keep the kids entertained while at sea. Shore excursions are typically available for a fee and provide safe, guided experiences such as scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding or zip lining, among other things.
Cruising With Special Needs:
With a friendly staff to assist you and easily accessible elevators, ramps and hallways, cruising can be a wonderful option for those with limited mobility or other special needs. Many popular cruise lines such as Holland America, Celebrity, Norwegian, Carnival, Princess, and Royal Caribbean offer accessible cabins specifically for special needs passengers. Find a great link with a comprehensive list of cruise lines and specific ships accessibility features HERE.
Be sure to thoroughly research your itinerary and specific ship accommodations before booking your cruise. Some ships are better equipped with medical facilities and trained medical staff than others, and some ports and destinations are more appropriate than others for special needs travelers. Do not hesitate to directly contact the cruise line if you have questions or concerns.
Book Your Cruise:
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Happy cruising, travelers!
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” –Henry Miller
February 2, 2012