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5 Good Reasons To Go On A Cruise

With all the recent bad press surrounding cruises lately, it may be hard for some to see the true appeal of vacationing across the oceans. Despite this, cruises remain a popular form of vacation and should not be disregarded when making your next travel plans. If you are currently looking at cruise deals and considering whether this type of trip is for you, keep reading to see our five good reasons why you should go ahead and book that cruise today:

Visit multiple destinations

Cruises are a fantastic way of visiting multiple destinations in a short amount of time, or depending on the duration of the cruise you decide to take. Whether you head on a short 8 day cruise or something longer like a 20+ day cruise, you’ll be stopping across some amazing spots during this time. Pick from cruises that dock at stunning islands across Greece, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and many other exotic locations. If you’re not a fan of flying, this may also be a great way for you to see the world without hopping on a plane! Don’t forget your passport though, as you’ll still be crossing international borders in many instances and it is a requirement for you to bring and carry your passport on most liners.

Bond with family & friends or meet new people

Just like any other trip away, cruises can be a prime bonding opportunity for you to get closer with your family and/or friends travelling with you. Cruises are suitable for many types of holidays, such as a romantic getaway with your significant other or just some time away with friends. They are especially suitable to bring along the kids with you, with many cruises being totally family-friendly. Should you happen to feel like your company is getting on your nerves a little, you can also easily meet new people and make new friends on-board. It’s not uncommon for people from all walks of life to be on-board with you and you are highly encouraged to strike up a chat and hang out with others too.

Enjoy both onshore and offshore activities

Some people’s biggest concerns of being on a cruise is that they’ll be bored and run out of things to do, but that is far from reality. Cruises offer a smorgasbord of activities, both onshore and offshore, for you to endlessly enjoy. Check out your cruise packages timetable for a range of entertainment, events and even classes you can attend to a new skill. While you obviously spend majority of your time on the ship, you’ll still get ample opportunity to explore offshore destinations after docking at your port. Many cruises will offer offshore day-tours or activities, or you can use this time to do your own thing.

A range of dining options

Put your apron and cooking utensils away, as all the food preparation and cooking will be done entirely for you while you cruise the waters. Many argue one of the best parts of a cruise vacation is the chance to eat at a range of dining options onboard. Pick from a number of restaurants included in your package, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and delicious menus that rotate daily. Some cruises even have specialty paid restaurants you may wish to indulge in, orchestrated by top chefs and serving high quality, gourmet meals.

A time to rest & relax

The best reason to go on a cruise is to simply get away from the hustle and bustle of normal life. Unplug from your electronics and throw away your worries when you hop on board. Cruises ultimately are a time for relaxation, and you can choose just exactly how you want to relax. Head to the spa for some pampering, enjoy a yoga class in the health & fitness center or simply grab a book and lay by the pool on deck. Use this time to rejuvenate and get rid of any stresses you may have.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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