Deciding to do a cruise holiday for the first time is a big decision but for some it can be bigger than others. We have heard countless excuses not to take a cruise, from the fear of not being able to spend as much time in places as you’d like to the classic fear of seasickness and even some people believing it is not a genuine way to travel. Believe us when we say, we have heard them all but when considered in more detail, we can honestly say that most of these reasons are both speculative and unfounded, therefore it’s our job to prove why. We would even go as far to suggest that for every excuse or reason not to cruise out there, there is a cruise line that could prove the opposite.
We make this statement because of the incredible variation and innovation available in the modern world of cruising. From the glamour and stature of ships such as Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas and Princess Cruises Royal Princess to the serenity and intimacy of Seabourn, Star Clippers and many more, the choices are endless. Certain cruise lines orientate themselves around enrichment, cultural exploration and nature, whilst others prefer to showcase innovation and entertaining atmospheres for all the family. The common theme however, is that all guests are looking for an escape from the daily routine and a cruise is a great way to achieve this. Visit a different destination each day, never having to get bored of seeing the same old sights and unwind with an immersive indulgence of relaxation features.
There are many different reasons for not wanting to take a cruise and we decided to take a look at several prime examples and address them one by one. Whether you are uncertain about booking a cruise for the first time or in fact a seasoned cruiser, we welcome you to read on and let us show you the true wonders of cruising.
Let’s start with the most common of all. Seasickness, understandably so, can be a real fear when considering a cruise for the first time but the most important thing to remember is that just because you may feel you have been prone to seasickness before does not mean it will continue on a cruise. Taking a cruise is nothing like taking a boat trip in Norfolk or the Lake District for example. Cruise ships are truly incredible in size and have state of the art stabilisation to ensure smooth sailing. There really is nothing to worry about with this and it is often the thought of seasickness that remains more powerful than any movement you will experience on board. There are many remedies for this concern to consider before your travel and all available at your local pharmacy. Alternatively, if you do feel unwell on board you can rest assured thanks to the excellent medical facilities available to ease your concerns. You can even have an injection for seasickness now that completely solves the problem within a few hours.
One way to emphasise the difference between what you may have experienced before is to consider the difference in turbulence you can experience between travelling on a large 747 aeroplane to a small propeller plane. The same applies to cruising. If you have travelled on choppy waters on a small craft in the UK before then you are in for a big treat when you set foot on board a modern day cruise vessel.
The next excuse on the list has to be the concern of getting bored. This is often a serious concern for many people when considering a cruise for the first time. It can also be an issue for seasoned cruisers that have always travelled aboard larger ships before and are maybe considering a more intimate ship for the first time. The most important point we would make is not to get ahead of yourselves with assumptions. Modern day cruise ships are truly amazing. There is so much to see and do on board these ships that you will find it hard to fit it all in never mind struggle for things to do. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is a perfect example of this. On board this ship there really is everything you could imagine from surfing simulators to sports courts, an ice rink and rock climbing wall, a gigantic theatre, a superb range of restaurants and this is just scratching the surface of the facilities you can expect to find. Imagine a ship so large that it even has separate neighbourhoods on board. Are you feeling bored yet? We didn’t think so!
Believe us, boredom is not a factor with modern day cruising. Oasis of the Seas is not the only ship however to offer a fabulous range of entertainment to keep any sight of boredom away. Many cruise lines including the likes of P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, NCL and many more are perfect for the sheer amount of magnificent features on board. Also don’t forget that you’ll be in port for half the days on your cruise, if not more, where you’ll have plenty of options to keep yourself entertained.
The same applies to children. It can be a concern for families, particularly parents, as to whether on board features will keep their children entertained. The truth is that facilities on board so many ships these days for children is not just good, it’s excellent! Children of all ages will love cruising. The facilities on board most family-friendly ships are incredible and they have countless venues, exclusive to them including video gaming arcades, social hangouts and even their own nightclubs, it really is a fantastic holiday for the family. Best of all parents can relax knowing that their children are safe and having a great time.
Isn’t cruising mainly for the older generation?
The simple answer to this question is no. Cruising is for all ages and there should never be a stereotype placed on it, especially considering the modern day innovations you can find on board. You only have to read the previous parts of this blog and the stunning features on board Oasis of the Seas to realise that cruising is not just for the older generation. Families will love it, as will younger couples. It’s not just the on board facilities you have to consider either, it’s the ports you visit and the fantastic excursions available to do when visiting some of the world’s best destinations. The opportunities are endless and there is never a dull moment when taking a cruise.
This isn’t to say that cruising is all about fast paced entertainment and a vibrant atmosphere. Ships do not always need these features to ensure guests have a good time. It is simply all about choosing the right cruise line and ship for you. Refining the perfect choice for our clients is our speciality so never be concerned about feeling out of place when setting foot on board, we have this covered!
Now this is a common concern for holidaymakers considering a cruise for the first time and until you really experience a cruise it’s sometimes hard to persuade otherwise, but we’ll have a go anyway. The question of won’t I feel claustrophobic on board can be answered pretty simply. Yes you will feel this way…..if you are setting sail on board a tiny craft with enough room to fit you and your case alone, let alone your family. With cruising, this is not the case. The majority of modern day cruise ships are like floating five star hotels with so much space you won’t know where to head first. Stateroom accommodation is constantly being developed and you will find your cabin no different to walking into a hotel room as if you were travelling on a land based holiday.
The beauty of cruising is the outstanding value for money. You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy vast amounts of personal space and most of all a wonderful holiday. The aforementioned cruise lines for entertainment are also perfect choices for wide open spaces. Oasis of the Seas even has an open air mid-section where you can enjoy fresh air throughout many different areas of the ship.
Accommodation choice can be effective with relieving this concern as well. If you are worried then opt for a balcony and then you can head outside whenever you wish to look out over stunning sea views and breathe in the relaxing sea air. Alternatively the other option is to head for the nearest stair case or elevator and press the highest number you see, straight to the top of the ship where the doors will open and you will be met with a gorgeous sea breeze and fabulous views, sound good? We think so to.
Of course, if you are looking to try a luxury cruise aboard an intimate cruise ship then take a look at cruise lines such as Regent Seven Seas for example. These ships along with many other luxury cruise lines boast all balcony accommodation and the smallest cabins on board are 252 square feet in size, much larger than the average hotel room. You could even opt for a suite aboard a range of cruise lines and enjoy space from 700 right up to 2000 square feet and beyond.
Unhealthy way of travelling
We often make a fuss about how great dining is on board a cruise. This is because it is, there’s no other way of describing it, and it really is magnificent and is usually a factor that passengers rave about upon return. For some however, this can be a worry. Many people fear that cruising will be overwhelmingly unhealthy due to the sheer amount of food available throughout each day on board.
The truth of this is that yes most cruise lines do offer a superb range of cuisine around the clock on board but nobody will ever force you to enjoy this all the time. It is completely up to you how much you wish to enjoy. The issue of healthy eating is in fact spreading rapidly in modern day cruising. Cruise lines are even replacing some of the previously loved events such as a chocoholic’s afternoon with more healthy options such as spa café events, sushi demonstrations and much more.
Celebrity Cruises are a perfect example of a cruise line taking notice of passenger’s requirements and have led the industry when it comes to healthy dining options. Spa cafes have been developed throughout the fleet and the most recent class of ships in the fleet, the Solstice Class all even boast a standalone spa restaurant known as Blu. You can expect to find a superb range of salads, vegetarian creations, seafood and more on the menu.
The healthy eating amenities are not just available on Celebrity Cruises. Many cruise lines have adopted this philosophy and ensure that passengers always have a great range of choice when it comes to cuisine. There’s now even the opportunity to request menu options at the time of booking including low sodium, gluten free and much more so that your needs are catered for at all times. Do not worry about being unhealthy on board.
Not only is the cuisine choice excellent for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there’s also a great range of fitness and exercise facilities on most ships now. State of the art gymnasiums are a regular feature on board as well as a selection of fitness classes you can enjoy.
We could be tempted to say; you’re on holiday, you’re supposed to have a good time and enjoy yourselves but we know this can be a real concern and it is important to address the matter properly. We hope this helps.
Limited time in port
It can be a worry for some passengers that cruising only provides a superficial experience of a destination rather than allowing for optimum enjoyment. Some also worry that cruise ships will depart early from ports and therefore mean that they will miss out on nightlife attractions. This really isn’t the case and we can tell you why. Cruising is more than just a way to have fun in the sun, this is an opportunity to explore like never before. There are so many exciting and fascinating itinerary choices you can look at when taking a cruise. Again it all comes down to refining the right choice of cruise line for you. At Bolsover Cruise Club we know each passenger is an individual, with different needs, requirements and preferences. Therefore it’s our job to use our expertise and find the right cruise for you. We can ensure the perfect combination of entertainment and destinations, focus more on on-board entertainment or more on destinations, finding the balance or the specific requirement is our forte.
For guests looking for port intensive itineraries then do not worry about not having enough time in port or only enjoying a superficial experience. Arthur Frommer once called cruising a “a dumbing down of the travel experience,” but clearly he had never considered a cruise aboard such cruise lines as Hurtigruten, Silversea Expeditions and many more exciting opportunities to see the world. These superb cruise lines offer passengers an up close look at some of the finest destinations the world has to offer with a remarkable choice of excursions and experiences to get the most from your time in port, often spending an evening or perhaps two days in port. The same applies to larger ships, they may not be able to head off the beaten track like smaller vessels can but they certainly ensure you have all the means available to you to enjoy a thrilling time in port.