Have you pondered going on a cruise but aren’t sure if it’s the right fit for you? With so many cruise lines, destinations, and pricing points to choose from, there is a cruise for just about everyone.
Do you drive to work every day, potentially waiting in traffic for hours? Consider this: on a cruise, you won’t be driving for 7, 10, 14 or more days. Even if you’re on a bus trip and won’t be driving, you’ll have to carry your luggage or at the very least pack and unpack it at each stop. When you check in for a cruise, you check your luggage, and it suddenly appears in your cabin, stateroom, or suite. You only have to unpack once, and you’ll be at ease for the length of the cruise. At the end of the voyage, the cruise staff will advise you when to place your bags outside your lodgings, and your luggage will mysteriously appear on shore at a specified pick-up site. Taking a cruise trip relieves you of some of the travel hassles.
If you’re going on a road trip, you’ll need to figure out where you’re going to eat. All meals are included in the cruise fee, and one of the main attractions of taking a cruise is the delicious food. The majority of current cruises cater to the modern casual lifestyle by offering a range of eateries and snack bars on board. A breakfast and lunch buffet, comparable to what you’d get in Las Vegas, is usually available. You can also eat breakfast or lunch at one of the ship’s restaurants, where you can order precisely what you want from the extensive menu and have it prepared fresh for you. Restaurants are typically open for extended hours for meals, and buffets are typically open all day and night. Have you heard of the cruises that provide a midnight buffet?
On a cruise ship, supper is a major occasion, with a history reaching back to the late 1800s, when cruises were reserved for royalty and the wealthy, who expected elaborate formal dinners. Again, with today’s lifestyle, a fancy supper is optional, and the dinner buffet is normally provided until 9 p.m. for those who prefer to dine casually. Most cruise ships offer great cuisine in the main dining room or cabins, especially at night, as well as meals at upmarket specialized restaurants for an additional cost. Food service is very important to cruise lines, and words like “world class cuisine” and “gourmet meals” are used in conjunction with “impeccable service” to ensure that the onboard dining experience is genuinely unforgettable. Many cruise lines still provide one or more optional formal dinners, where ladies dress in long formal gowns or other evening gowns and gentlemen dress in tuxedos or dark suits.