On the fence about whether or not to take the plunge and book your first cruise vacation? Do you think cruises are just for retired seniors or that there is nothing to do and you will be bored silly? Forgetabout it, that’s pure myth. Millennials are other upwardly mobile young people are heading out to sea in droves because well they have the money and they know cruises are a great way to see the world and while sailing in a luxurious stateroom, being fed meals and snacks, enjoying drinking without having to drive anywhere and getting away from it all.
Whether it’s a budgetary matter or you’re just a little leery about being confined to a floating vessel for a duration of time, here are 10 good albeit off the grid reasons for considering taking your next vacation at sea:
1. The chance to toss coins with wild abandon into unyielding slot machines with money you could have used on a spa treatment, premium bottle of wine or shore excursion.
2. The ability to put on enough pounds to qualify for admittance into Weight Watchers or become poster child from Jenny Craig.
3. A rare opportunity to have photo taken on the day of embarkation by the ship’s photographer that actually looks worse than you passport picture especially after a long travel day getting to the ship which sometimes require taking a red eye or getting up before dawn.
4. The capacity to consume more adult beverages than you did in college in a shorter period of time especially when drinks are free on ships such as Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal or Regent Seven Seas. (Or run up one whopping tab when they’re not complimentary).
5. The confidence that you sound better singing in the shower than some of the onboard entertainment (no kidding sometimes the onboard talent just doesn’t have any and a few times passengers actually booed the vocalist during a ship show). However lines such as Crystal, Silversea, Princess and Seabourn do offer top quality shows.
6. A smugness that you wore at least half of the outfits and shoes stuffed in your steamer trunk and leaving the ship with new found knowledge about how to pack for a cruise (lighter than you think)
7. To have lots of quality time with your travel companion (partner, friend, relative) and really getting to know them better living in close cabin quarters.
8. To be able to leave the worries of the world in the wake.
9. To finally wear that expensive designer number or tuxedo you never get to use at home (many ships have formal nights for which they request passengers to doll up).
10. To spend all the time you want (and money, treatments are quite pricy on ships)being pampered in the spa, working out in the gym, jogging around the deck until every last calorie is used up, reading or well doing what comes naturally with your partner in the privacy of your stateroom whenever you get the urge.
Now sit back and watch the video for a taste of cruise humor.