Do you think the title of the blog-post is an oxymoron? A few years back, so did we. Vid and Savi, circa 2009, would have scoffed at anybody who suggested a cruise holiday as an ideal getaway for a young couple. We used to think we would be dead bored aboard a cruise ship. Today it is our favourite kind of holiday. Read on to find out what changed us.
Our first priority is travelling to new places, and seeking new, off-beat experiences. Both of us enjoy backpacking and flashpacking. But it’s no secret we also like the finer things in life-then again, who doesn’t? No wonder once we discovered cruising, we were hooked. We’ve been on 4 cruises in the past 3 years, and each one has been better than the last. Here are a few pictures from our latest cruise, aboard Costa’s Costa Mediterranea, along with our top 5 reasons for youngsters, honeymooners, and adventure-seekers to consider cruises:
#1 The View or should we say THE VIEW
We’ll let the pictures do the talking
Imagine waking up to that everyday. Even typing that puts a smile on our faces. But there’s more- how about a nightcap on one of the decks with the ocean for company?
#2 Waking up to a new place everyday
The thrill of waking up to a new place everyday is second to none. It’s a strange feeling to bid goodbye to Istanbul in the evening, and wake up to Athens the next morning. Believe it or not, cruises are the best way to access non-traditional destinations, including Papua New Guinea, Alaska, remote parts of Russia, and unheard-of Caribbean islands. Cairo, Luxor, Sharm-El-Sheikh, Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, Istanbul, Haifa, and the Lost City of Petra in Jordan are just a few of the exotic ports we have visited on cruises.
Some people might argue that a day is not enough to explore a city, but we feel a cruise gives you a sample of the place, and if you love it, you can always go back. Over the years we have become quite good at planning a “day-trip” from a cruise ship – something we shared in how to explore Palma De Mallorca in a day.
#3 Gourmet Dining
This is our favourite part about cruises- there are endless dining options. While breakfast and lunch are enjoyable, it is the sit-down dinner that is the proverbial icing on the cake. Every night, guests aboard the cruise ship are treated to a seven-course sit-down meal. The menu is crammed with only the most luscious offerings. The food manages to be inventive and delicious at the same time. The chefs never fail to deliver – don’t be surprised to find a Michelin-starred chef on board your cruise.
The best part? All your meals are included in the price of the cruise (even the tips), so you don’t have to worry about footing the bill or tipping waiters.
We hope these pictures give you a taster (pun fully intended) of what to expect on a cruise ship. In fact, we love the dining experience on cruise ships so much that we penned down an entire article on Fine Dining on Cruise Ships.
#4 Excellent Value for Money
Contrary to popular conception, cruises offer great value for the budget-conscious vacationer. You get accommodation with fabulous views, superb dining options, Broadway-style shows, access to numerous gyms, jaccuzzis, and saunas included in one fantastic package. Prices start as low as £250 for 7 nights- you should just know where to look.
#5 Making Friends
If you like hostels for meeting like-minded people, and stay away from hotels for fear of being ensconced in your own room (and world!), cruises are for you. They are a perfect place to meet fascinating people from across the world. The bars, night-clubs, casinos, and cafes on cruise ships provide a perfect opportunity to mingle with other guests on the cruise ship. Who knows when you might find your doppelgänger from halfway across the world?
There you go- Bruised Passports’ top 5 reasons why you should be considering a cruise holiday. So far we’ve converted a lot of our friends. We hope you’re next in line 🙂
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