By Brent Ramirez
Blog Content Contributor
This past January was the first time I have ever set sail on a cruise, and I’ll be honest, I was pretty skeptical at first. How fun could being stuck on a boat in the middle of the ocean be? Turns out that a cruise ship is where I had some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time. Now I know that many people have been on cruises themselves, but this was the first time I have ever been on one, and I’ve walked away with some pretty good insights. So here are four reasons, you should go on a cruise.
- Its’s all-you-can-eat bruh!
If there is one reason you should go on a cruise, it’s to eat your heart out. If you’re anything like me and you live to eat, being on a cruise is like the best death wish. Me and my friends did the all-inclusive trip on the Carnival Triumph, meaning you could eat whatever, whenever. I didn’t understand the true meaning of “bless up” until I saw the ninth deck of our ship. Aside from the three pools, four hot tubs, water slide, giant television screen and two bars, the ninth deck was fitted with all the food you could dream of. There was a cheeseburger bar, a taco/burrito bar, a deli that served as an omelette bar during breakfast, a food bar to create your own Asian food and a buffet line (I just gained two pounds typing all of that up). That doesn’t even include the 24-hour pizza bar and three 24-hour soft serve/frozen yogurt machines. I’ve never known bliss like that in my life. The best part about it all was not having to look at prices. Being able to order food without worrying about how much money you spend is one of the best feelings in the world. After you pay for that all-inclusive ticket, just be prepared to not only gain a great amount of happiness, but a great amount of weight as well. Stay hungry my friends.
- Cruises can be cheaper than other kinds of vacations
The amount I spent on the all-inclusive ticket was a little more than $300 for five days. This included rooming, dining, entertainment, activities and gratuities. If you think about a five day road trip, you’re spending money on all of those things individually and then some more on gas. If you were to fly to your vacation destination, that gas money would be replaced by airfare. Let’s say this road trip is to Disney World or Universal Studios Orlando. You would spend all of that money previously mentioned (if you don’t live in Orlando) and then some more for park tickets. A two-day park hopper for Disney World starts at about $100 per ticket and that doesn’t even include the money you would spend on food and souvenirs from the park. On another note, the all inclusive tickets don’t really include alcohol or on-shore-excursions for when you port. Luckily, your cruise line should offer drink packages and array of excursions to purchase for your trip. All in all, if you’re trying to be a bit more frugal come vacation time, you’d be surprised to find that some cruises can be cheaper than most options.
As the device-obsessed millennial I am, one of the things I was skeptical about when I first planned on going on my cruise was internet. How was I going to keep up to date with my social media feeds and the world around me? The answer: I wasn’t going to. I soon realized that being on a boat in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico was a good enough reason to disconnect from the online world. While I did miss talking to friends and loved ones from home, being offline was such a great feeling. Not constantly refreshing and loading new bytes of data every second meant enjoying everything and everyone in front of me. Sure I used my phone here and there to take photos and play games or music, but being away from the online world was refreshing. If that’s a deal-breaker for all of you internet users, then have no fear, you can pay for wifi that the cruise line provides. But I do encourage those of you who can’t put your phones down that if you decide to go on a cruise, just go and enjoy the cruise itself.
- Explore the world!
Another great part of going on a cruise is getting to see new places. Many cruise lines offer a wide variety of destinations you can choose from. You could find yourself swimming on a nice beach in the Bahamas, or even exploring the beauty of the Mediterranean. Sure, it can be pretty scary leaving the country if it’s not something you’re used to, but going on a cruise is a pretty comfortable way to do so. If seeing the world is something that you want to do, I recommend getting your sea legs ready and setting sail.
Whatever you may think of cruises, I think it’s something everyone should experience at least once in their life. Just make sure you renew your passport! Happy sailing my friends.
Feature image by Brent Ramirez.