There’s just something magical about being on a good cruise, lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand while sailing along the pristine open sea. And there’s never been a better time to hop aboard a cruise ship than spring break, as the industry is on a roll offering top of the line itineraries in places far from home, from Patagonia and French Polynesia to luxury Greek Island cruises, not to mention the jaw-dropping concepts the likes of river-cruise lines aimed at millennials.
That being said, here are the top reasons why a cruise is the best choice for your spring break vacation.
Taking a spring break cruise with friends or family offers ample time to spend with them, but at the same time, getting on a cruise is one way of disconnecting from the world. On a cruise liner, you can choose to have no contact, no phone calls, and no pesky emails. Should you need to contact somebody important before arriving at the port, you always have the option to get a Wifi plan on the ship, but be prepared for the high cost.
2. Buffets Galore
One of the best parts of cruising is eating. Good food is usually included in your stay and there’s not a cruise ship that doesn’t offer all you can eat buffet. With amazing food choices, you can eat whatever you wish, how much you want, and sit by the buffet table all day long if you can. If your kids are picky, you won’t have to worry about it because cruises offer so many options.
3. All Inclusive Packages
With the exception of spa treatments and specialty dining options, cruises are amazingly convenient because they’re all-inclusive. Your all-day activities, entertainment options, and dining are included in the cost of your trip. What’s included in your package, of course, depends on the cruise ship, but it’s a guarantee that you’ll find a package that has everything you and your family could ever need or want on a cruise.
4. Drinks, Drinks, and More Drinks
During spring breaks, college-age kids frequent cruise liners, which means there’s a lot of partying and of course, drinking. If you’re 21 and older, you’ll find drink packages that offer alcoholic beverages in unlimited amounts while on board. You may think the price is too much at first, but when you consider how much the cost of each drink is on a cruise, the drink package will appear more appealing. Since cruises have activities for kids and kids’ lounges, you won’t have to worry about being a responsible parent because cruises make that easy.
5. International Cuisines
You don’t always get to try new food on regular days, but while on a cruise, why not give international favorites a go? You may have refused to take a mouthful of escargots before, but you’ll have a lot to remember if you try it on board. Try different kinds of cuisine that may seem unappealing to you. You may be surprised that you actually enjoy it. This can also be an excellent opportunity to expand your children’s palettes.
6. Friendly People
People on a cruise are either the party type or the relaxed type. Whichever group they belong in, it’s a guarantee you’ll find a friend or two, or even a great many people. Cruises have a way of bringing out the friendliest sides of most people. You’ll often find someone to talk you no matter which part of the ship you’re in.
Perhaps the only thrilling way to experience a new destination is by going on an excursion. Cruise packages often include pre-planned excursions in them for each stop, and the best part is, you don’t have to plan anything. You’re essentially paying for the convenience of a planned excursion, adding to the fun and relaxation of your trip.
Cruising also equates to the best entertainment you can ever get night and day. There’s not a cruise ship that doesn’t offer the best form of entertainment, whether in a form of a band, musicals, plays, acrobatic and dance performances, and many more. Your choice will depend on what kind of entertainment appeals to you the most, but no matter what, you’re bound to find something for you and each member of your party, be they young or old.
The spring is the perfect time to bask in the beautiful warm weather after the cold season. By March, everybody is pretty much longing for warmth and sunshine. You can have all that and more by getting on a cruise. Check out the beaches on each stop and work on your tan by the pool on the ship’s top deck.
Planning a vacation often entails hunting for car rentals and flight deals — chores that are not exactly fun, and in fact, can be a source of a major headache. When you’re on a cruise, however, you won’t have to plan for these things. By the time you wake up, you will be probably on some port, with a shuttle waiting for you wherever your excursion takes you.
You can always shop at a local shopping mall, but there are a great many finds on cruise ships that will make your trip all the more memorable. Buy some trinkets for yourself and your family to remember this trip by, some cruise-appropriate outfits for everyone, and some items that you can take back home as souvenirs for friends.
12. Weekend Variety
While you will find many things to do in the city you live in, the destinations can get quickly boring especially if you’ve gone to most of them. You can stop weekends from getting mundane and boring by going on a cruise. During the spring, you’ll some last minute deals for a three-night sale, perfect for weekends if you can’t take some day offs at work. Forget Atlantic City or Vegas — hop on a cruise ship instead.
13. Enjoy the Beauty of the Ocean
While hanging at the beach all day is relaxing, being at the sea offers something more peaceful. Cruise ships have gotten bigger and bigger over the years, and the amenities and entertainment options continue to evolve. But you know what’s remained the same? The sound of the ocean and the striking sunsets. You get to enjoy the beauty of the ocean that you can’t find anywhere else.
If you haven’t gone on a cruise during spring break before, take the opportunity this year. It will be a vacation you, your family, and your friends will never forget. There will be a little something for everyone, so you can entertain the whole group with minimal effort. It’s a win-win situation, so don’t miss out on this opportunity for a wonderful spring break with your family and friends.