12 reasons why a cruise holiday is a brilliant idea
Like the idea of wearing a bikini all day long? Enter: the cruise holiday. Think blissful days at sea, sun-kissed beaches and a mega-ship full of non-stop entertainment (it literally barely stops). It’s a party boat extravaganza.
Another reason cruising holidays rate? Because you can do it with your tight-knit group of besties, your one-and-only bae, your whole crew or even with your family in tow (if you want). The variety on board means there’s something to keep everyone happy.
And if you think you already know cruising - think again. Here are 12 reasons why we’re loving the idea of a cruise escape right now.
Anything and everything you could possibly want is waiting just outside your cabin door. Literally all you have to do is wake up, get dressed, step outside and start exploring.
And to make it even easier, a daily program of activities and entertainment is slipped under your door every day for those who like to plan ahead (you know, so you don’t miss any of the highlights). Otherwise, go with the flow and wing it. Either way, it’s oh so easy.
Beautiful shores galore.
Whether you’re on a dreamy Pacific Islands cruise, a cruise to palm-dotted New Caledonia or tracing the Great Barrier Reef up to Tropical North Queensland, you just know a cruise means beach time. Expect pristine sandy shores, sparkling blue waters and Insta-worthy sunsets left, right and centre, wherever you cruise.
Bang for your buck.
A cruise holiday = everything. Accommodation, all meals, non-stop entertainment, activities and facilities galore, plus more (and more). There are more options than you could ever afford to pay for on land, so you get all the choice for a very, very nice price. Better yet, being all-inclusive means you only have to pay once, then chill and soak it up. No more stressing about budgets or spending money. And no stress. Okay, so there may be a small tab to pay at the end for any extras you go for (like a land tour, any extra activities or souvenir), but that’s it. Carefree all the way.
Drinks, drinks, drinks.
If your cruise includes a drinks packages this will cover you for ALL drinks during your cruise, from the second you step on board ‘til those last precious hours. Cocktails, spirits, wine, beer… it’s all there. Our top tip? Pre-book it before your cruise. You’ll have a cocktail in hand in no time.
Bars, bars, bars.
Not until you step on a cruise ship do you realise just how many bars there are. Pool bars, classy bars, relaxed bars, bars with amazing views… sometimes Irish pubs, epic nightclubs, deck parties and so much more.
The best part? You don’t need a taxi to get home.
Wake up in blissful destinations.
Wake up to find the world on your doorstep. Party, sunbake and have fun (or sleep) while the ship is cruising, then spend your days exploring gorgeous new destinations. Set off for Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand, Asia and beyond. Or do a quickie on Aussie shores.
Try a party cruise.
Sampler cruises are also known as the “party cruises”. Where do they go? Nowhere, actually. Just out to sea. And that means it’s all about the onboard experience. Considering they’re usually just a few days long, it’s the best way to experience the epic onboard atmosphere over a long weekend with your crew in tow.
Think ice-skating extravaganzas, theatre straight off Broadway, hilarious comedy skits and musicals. Plus bands, pool parties, game shows, movies on deck, trivia and so much more. All included. All the time.
Depending on the cruise ship, you could be surfing on a wave simulator, playing laser tag, ice skating, sky diving, rock climbing or zip-lining from dawn till dusk. You could also rally in table tennis tournaments, hit the gym, or learn a new skill like hip-hop dancing, cupcake-decorating or cocktail mixology. The many things to do on a cruise will surprise you.
It’s not all about ‘doing’ things though. The lazy deck chairs are all for sunbaking and relaxing (cocktail in hand). For chill time, the pools and spas are perfect, or else hang out in your cabin for tunes, chats and flicks. There’s always a quiet spot to escape the buzz.
The ultimate cruise wind-down takes place in the on board spa. Think massages, mani and pedis, haircuts, waxing and treatments of all sorts. The only catch? Pampering isn’t included, so it’ll cost you extra.
Beyond the traditional dining room and buffet, very cool specialty restaurants pop up all over the ship. From tasty American burgers to traditional Japanese fare and other worldly eats, they offer a lovely intimate setting and unique bites. There are tonnes of celebrity chefs at sea now too, setting up kitchen on various cruise ships.
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