• The 10 Biggest Myths About Cruise Vacations


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    Have you always wanted to take a cruise, but a few concerns have been a hangup? Let’s debunk the most common cruise travel myths once and for all.

     

    Cruise Ships Are Unsafe

     

    Accidents can occur anywhere, but to the contrary of the myth, cruise travel is statistically safer than air travel—the golden benchmark for safety. If you as a passenger use common sense and are mindful of your own personal safety, you’ll have nothing to worry about onboard.

     

    Seasickness Is Almost a Given

     

    Ships do move with the motion of the ocean but not nearly as much as you might think. Newer, larger vessels are more stable than their predecessors, and certain routes and times of the year are calmer than others. Consider inlet voyages or a river cruise and avoid stormy seasons if you’re concerned.

     

    Cruise Ships Are Viral Breeding Grounds

     

    Thanks to the mainstream media’s undue attention given towards Norovirus, everyone has surely heard of the gastrointestinal bug, but outbreaks are statistically rare onboard, and you can protect yourself by simply regularly washing your hands.

     

    Quarters Are Cramped

     

    Contemporary cruise ships tout larger cabins or at least better-outfitted ones with more-efficient use of space. Expectedly, they will not be as large as shoreside equivalents at a hotel, but they are still very comfortable, and larger suites are available for those who would prefer.

     

    Decks and Public Spaces Are Overcrowded

     

    Sometimes, popular areas onboard can become busier, but there are usually plenty of other places to go for a quiet retreat. Look for higher passenger-space ratios for cruise ships with more available room per guest.

     

    It Will Just Be a Booze Cruise

     

    The drunken debauchery once associated with cruises has thankfully died down. They are far more intellectual now and well behaved accordingly. If you want to avoid any element of weekenders, seven-day or longer sailings are ideal.

     

    There’s Nothing to Do Onboard

     

    In fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. As cruise ships get bigger, the abundance of activity, entertainment and dining options rapidly expand with them. You will absolutely not be bored onboard.

     

    Cruise Ships Are Isolated from the Destination

     

    Cruise ships are, in a way, destinations unto themselves, but they do still sail to actual international ports-of-call, allowing every passenger the opportunity to explore ashore or stay onboard as much or as little as they please.

     

    Cruises Are Too Expensive

     

    There was a time when cruise travel was pricier, but with a massive amount of cruise lines and ships now in the market, per berth rates have decreased significantly, making cruising one of the best values in travel.

     

    Cruises Are for the Newly Wed and Nearly Dead

     

    As the cruise industry evolves, so too does its demographic. Cruise ships do remain a great option for honeymooners, but the average age of cruisers has dropped substantially. In fact, the passenger quantity of Millennials and Generation Z is beginning to match and now exceed that of Boomers and Generation X.

     

     

    Article Courtesy Travel Pulse and Seven Sea Journeys/News 

    Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more.

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    Good info!  I've had people say some of these same things to me.  My former SIL's hubby has said he would be bored with nothing to do...well they went on their first cruise with us...The Panama Canal...he was very surprised!

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    I have heard some say that there is nothing to do on board too. I got a copy of one Princess daily patter and sent it to her just to show her what can be done. She just took her first cruise so I have to buzz her to see how it was.

     

    I've also heard some say that you must get off the ship in port and that you must do an excursion that the ship has. Holy cow such misinformation! 

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    I spoke to her yesterday and she is now a convert. She, hubby and friends took the CCL GLory out of FLL and loved it.  But we knew that. 😉.

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    That is great to hear, Larry, and I'm glad she discovered what a great value cruising can be. I'm sure it won't be long until she books another!:biggrin:

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    Our kids said the same thing. That they dont want to be stuck on a boat for days on in with "OLD PEOPLE". Well were they in for a surprise, and are begging us to come on all of our cruises. They were surprised to see lots of kids their ages, and ended up making a lot of friends who they still talk to on fb till this day. They want to plan a cruise with their family in a few months. 

    Thanks for the great post Sunluva7. 

    Im going to make sure to share this one!

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