With millions of passengers expected to cruise this year, there’s no doubt it’s a popular travel choice. Yet for many, the attractions of a cruise vacation remain a mystery, often shrouded in misconceptions.
Whether it’s for fear of seasickness or a concern for too much entertainment, many people miss out on the unique experience that a cruise vacation offers, saying it’s “not for them.”
To combat misconceptions about cruises, Gordon Nardini, head of innovation at Ambassador Cruise Linehas compiled a list of the most common cruise myths – and debunked them once and for all.
Myth: Cruises are more complicated than flights
Gordon Nardini, head of innovation at Ambassador Cruise Line, says flight-free cruises are a comfortable, hassle-free way to travel.
Gordon says cruises offer a hassle-free travel experience, contrary to popular belief. With several operators offering flight-free cruises, he says “you can start your vacation as soon as you leave your house.”
He explains: “By boarding the ship directly from various ports across the UK, the first day of your ‘holiday’ really does feel like a holiday. Rather than enduring a stressful day of travel, you can arrive at the port at your allotted time, pass through security painlessly, have your luggage delivered to your cabin and be on board to eat, watch shows , share a drink with friends or sleep comfortably.
“Plus, on a cruise there are no restrictions on liquids. No more losing your favorite moisturizer or drinking two liters of water as you approach security.
Myth: Limited food and drink options
“The ease of not having to think about cooking is one of the best parts of vacationing and a cruise takes it even further,” says Gordon.
In fact, Gordon says cruise ships are a “foodie’s paradise.” He adds: “From gourmet meals to casual buffets, the variety of restaurants on board a cruise ship means guests will always find something they like.
“The ease of not having to think about cooking is one of the best parts of vacation and cruising takes it a step further, with delicious food for everyone: at every level. From poolside snacks to late-night canapes, fine dining options and all-day buffet meals, even the pickiest eaters will find something to satisfy their cravings.
As if that were not enough, at each new port it is possible to “come down and taste the local cuisine”. He says this combination of on-board and on-board food will have you “leaving with a pretty full stomach at the end of the vacation.”
Myth: Cruises lack privacy
Cruising offers plenty of secluded places where you can escape, says Gordon – even on small and medium-sized ships.
Although some believe cruises lack privacy, Gordon says “there are plenty of opportunities to spend time alone on the ship.”
He says: “From quiet spots around the pool, reading a book in an onboard library to your private balcony, if you’re looking for solitude, cruising offers plenty of secluded places to enjoy yourself, even on small and medium cruises. large ships.
“Plus, cruise cabins are the perfect space to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With the gentle sound of the sea lulling you to sleep each night, cruises can be a great space to relax, read a book, meditate, or simply be alone with your thoughts for a while.
Myth: Motion sickness is inevitable
Gordon says “the majority of cruisers find their sea legs” after a day or two on board
If you suffer from seasickness, this worry is understandable. But Gordon points out that “cruise ships are specially designed to reduce wave movement on board.” While you may have experienced “stomach swings” on a boat or ferry, Gordon says that “doesn’t mean the same thing will happen on a cruise.”
He adds: “After a day or two, the majority of cruise passengers find their sea legs. Bodies are intelligent and extremely adaptable, which means they keep us feeling happy and ready to vacation at sea. And, should the worst happen, all cruise ships should have a stock of remedies on board against seasickness.
Myth: Cruises are not for me
Whatever you like on vacation, Gordon says you’ll find something that will ‘float your boat’
Gordon Nardini (photo), Head of Innovation at Ambassador Cruise Line
Gordon says sea vacations offer something for everyone. He says: ‘Whether you’re a solo explorer, avid adventurer, or a couch potato, there’s a cruise experience for you.
“The beauty of cruising is the freedom to choose: immerse yourself in off-the-beaten-path adventures, like exploring the charming fjords of Norway or the walled city of Santiago de Compostela, take part in onboard activities like engaging talks with subject matter experts, cinema screenings, exercise classes or craft workshops, or simply relax in your cabin and enjoy the stunning balcony views.
“Whether you prefer tracksuits and tequilas to ballgowns and Bellinis, a cruise vacation is for you – it’s truly about…whatever floats your boat.”