Cruising, Love it or hate it, Cruises are here to stay
The thought of cruising may be your ideal of hell. Full of old people and trapped on a ship with nothing to do! But not all cruise ships are the same these days as ships have advanced over the past decade. Now there really is a cruise ship for everyone.
Love them or loath them Cruise holidays are here to stay with half a million people new to cruise each year, it’s a growing trend. There is a cruise on offer for every time of the year which is one reason they are becoming more popular, but it is not the only reason.
This could be due to new itineraries exploring more destinations and cruise lines offering bespoke cruising from fine dining and excursions based on food and wine for the foodies, to the healthy options where well being is the focus with power smoothies to start the day and activity based excursions.
So how do you choose which cruise is best for you?
Cruise ships are very much like hotels, they differentiate from one another by their size, what the do with their interiors, their on-board facilities and the quality of their food and service.
The Cruise ships sizes range from small intimate ships offering almost 1-2-1 service with as little as 100 passengers right up to the mega ships such as Harmony of the Seas which is currently the largest cruise ship in the world accommodating up to 5479 passengers.
Small is often beautiful
Smaller cruise ships tend to have only outside cabins with low key entertainment and focus on quality of food and service. Don’t be surprised to find butlers and fine dining as standard on the small luxury ships. River cruising can offer beautiful 5 star luxury “floating hotels” allowing you to explore a handful of cities in a short period of time, without the hassle of packing and unpacking. This growing area of cruise offers a variety of cruising style from health and well being (a diet tailored for you, your personal trainer and off board excursions based on activities such as cycle rides, hikes and waking tours) Pilates on the deck each morning as the sun rises.
Large ships dare you NOT to have fun
The larger the ship the more restaurants, bars and activities there are for you to choose from on board. These ships have so much entertainment to offer on board, you could never be bored, making them the ideal choice for itineraries with days at sea. If you are a first time cruiser then you might want to read our blog on “tips for first time cruise holiday”
Consider also the new exploration cruise ships to some of the far flung parts of the world such as Scandinavian and Arctic cruises to see the Norwegian Fjords or the Polar Bears and the wonderful Northern Lights. Dare yourself to explore further and consider South American and Antarctic cruises explore the rainforests of the Amazon or head off to the Galapagos islands and look out for many weird and wonderful wildlife.
Kids just love cruise ships
Large ships are the perfect choice for families as their kids clubs and all the crazy fun activities available on board appeal to children. There is so much choice for them such as; ice rinks, climbing walls, surf simulators, zip lines and even bumper cars! The clubs run every day from early morning until about 10pm in the evening and accommodate children of all ages from babies of 6 months up to teenagers. Most cruise lines offer baby sitting services in cabin or at the kids club and if your child is able to stay on-board in the kids club while you venture off board on a more adult excursion.
River Cruising the alternative City Break
River cruising is the city break alternative If big ships are not your idea of fun, but good food and wine along with culture and history tick your boxes then river crushing could be the perfect choice. All the ships are very similar in size due to the height and width of the bridges they pass under and itineraries that they take.
However it’s once on board that makes these ships different as each cruise line has something different to offer. With the top end of this market offering Fine dining, luxury decor, butler service and all outside balcony cabins as well as fully inclusive packages. Not all river cruise prices include the same value and careful consideration is required when comparing prices.
With fine dining taken to its extreme on some ships offering a chefs table experience as an excursion, going off ship whilst in port to source the ingredients in local shops and markets. To go back on board an learn from world class chefs how to make the dishes you will eat later that evening in a small intimate setting.
Other quirky things you’ll find on river cruises To entice a younger traveller on board the river cruise lines are offering more extras and variety to their itineraries. A few of my favourites are;
- ebikes that you can take off ship to explore in port,
- GPS hand held tablets that suggest walking itineraries and have the ship coordinates to get you back on board
- Well being itineraries with detox programs, personal trainers offering yoga or Pilates for the early risers to activity based excursions such as cycling tours or hikes.
- Choose on the day excursions, no need to precook in advance.
Have we changed your mind on cruising?
Hopefully after reading the above you will have an insight into why cruising is a growing market and possibly have tempted you or perhaps made you think of someone who would be a perfect virgin cruiser! By all means share our blog, cruising is not for everyone, but as they say “you won’t know unless you try” at Go Easy we are here to guide you to the right cruise line and itinerary to suit you. We want you to love cruising and that can only happen by booking the right cruise for you.
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