The time cruises were only for older people or the rich are long gone. I made several cruises in the Caribbean and put together my reviews on shore excursions & ships. That, with some practical cruise tips and general information, to convince you that that cruises are fun and relaxing. But at the same time active and adventurous!
The first I hear when I talk about a cruise is: “It`s not for me, I`ll get bored”. Trust me, there’s always something you want to do or see on the ship itself if you have a ‘fun’ day at sea. You’ll want more days on the ship, just so you can enjoy the facilities they have on these ships.
The biggest advantage of a cruise is, you unpack once and you go places all week, without having to life out of a suitcase! While you’re having fun at night or sleeping, they take you to your next destination.
For example on a cruise in the Caribbean, like I did, you see 3 or 4 islands in just ONE week!
So, this is the perfect vacation if you don’t have a lot of vacation days left and want to make the most out of it.
You can make it a relaxing vacation by reading a book by the pool, or go to one of the beautiful beaches when they make a stop somewhere. Or you can have an active vacation, go swimming, snorkeling, horseback riding, biking… what ever you want, they usually have it! You can see culture or do a mix of all of the above!
And at the same time have the luxury of a nice cabin and fantastic foodin all sorts of restaurants. If you don’t feel like dressing up, just eat something in a diner.
But the formal nights you have to experience, even if you just go and sit somewhere and have a look around. The magic of a whole ship full of people dressed up, it’s something unique! But don’t forget your fancy clothes, if you want to participate!
Cruises you can make in any part of the world. I only went to the Caribbean, which was AMAZING! (but than again I LOVE sun, sea and beach 🙂 But you can also go to Alaska, Europe, Asia,…
It’s a great way of traveling. And like I said earlier, if you count the price of a good hotel, the wonderful food, the entertainment and the places you can visit on your way, a cruise is not that expensive.
Look for the deals for families, children are usually free on the boat until a certain age. If you book through airlines, you can even save miles for your next flight somewhere!
A few Cruise Tips that might come in handy! Especially if you’re a first time cruiser 🙂 They are about dinner seatings, tipping, … Things I learned from my several cruises.
First let me tell you the thing I love most about cruises, beside the many things you can see in a short period of time, is the people you meet! On a cruise ship, during evening dinner at the restaurant, you’ve got the opportunity to choose from tables with 4, 6, 8 or 12 persons. It makes you talk to your neighbor who probably is from a whole other state or country as you are. That’s how I met my great American friends!
- San Juan shore excursions
- St Thomas cruise excursions
- Cayo Levantado, Samana
- Port of Labadee
- Port of Nassau
Some tips on booking Shore Excursions
Cruise ship review
Port of Departure
Short Cruise Reviews
- Western Caribbean cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines
- Eastern Caribbean with CCL
- Southern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Food on Cruises
Read more on the food on cruises and what you can expect.