5 Reasons I May Be Turning into a Cruise Person

As someone who writes about personal finance and travel for a living, I have a set of niches I stick to most of the time. I write about budgeting and most basic personal finance concepts, higher education, credit cards and awards programs, family travel, budget travel, and all-inclusive resorts.

I have always been a bit of a snob about cruises because, well, they don’t have the best reputation for offering cultural travel experiences. When I picture cruising, I typically think of people noshing on buffets of food and beer on a floating party ship.

Recently though, I went on a Caribbean cruise on the MSC Divina. I think I learned a lot about why people cruise during this trip, and I will likely take more cruises again in the future now.

Here are a few of the reasons I’ve changed my tune about cruising, and why maybe you should give it a try, too.

Cruising Is Very Economical

The #1 reason I’ve given cruising a second look is that it’s so economical. Seven-night cruises on budget cruise lines like Carnival and MSC Cruises can start in the $400 range per person, and sometimes kids are even free. That’s not a lot of money when you consider all cruising includes – food, your room, entertainment, and more. It’s also an economical way to see several different countries without worrying about all the logistics or costs of travel.

Cruising Is Very Economical

Since I was on a Mediterranean cruise line (MSC Cruises), there were people on the ship from all over the world. I would say we were probably in the minority as Americans, and that was fine with me. My kids made friends with children who spoke other languages, and there were plenty of different food types to try whenever we dined.

And obviously, cruising can be whatever you make it no matter what cruise line you choose. Even if your ship only stops in the Caribbean, you can use your port times to take a cultural tour or learn about the local area.

It’s Like A Vacation in a Bottle

I really like the fact that so many things are included in a cruise, much like all-inclusive resorts. Some of the events were cheesy (white parties, foam parties, etc.) but my kids loved it all. When you cruise, you basically just show up and enjoy whatever you want. Or do nothing at all since someone else is driving the boat.

The Rooms Are Not That Small

We had a balcony cabin on our cruise with a queen bed and foldout couch. It was plenty big for us, although it helped that our room steward would fold up the couch every day so we could use the room. I think cruises get a bad rap for having tiny cabins, but there is room if you’re crafty and don’t bring too much stuff with you.

Cruising Made Me Get Out and Do Things

While I am a huge all-inclusive resort fan and have been to nearly every brand of resort there is, I have a tendency to get lazy when we’re at one of these resorts. It’s far too easy to just set up a chair and relax the day away and never get out and do anything at all.

Cruises don’t make that quite so easy, but I appreciated the push to get out and do things. You don’t have to plan excursions off the ship, but you do have to decide what you’ll do once you disembark. We did some tours and some beach days on our cruise, and I loved every minute. It was nice to get out and see new things for once- even though I had been to almost all the islands on our cruise already.

Related: Are Cruises a Good Value for Your Points?

The Bottom Line

Cruising is fun, and I totally get it now. With affordable pricing across all major cruise lines and plenty of stuff to see and do, what’s not to like? Whether you’re a cruise person or not, I think everyone should give it a try.

Are you a cruise person? Why or why not?

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Holly Johnson is a financial expert and award-winning writer whose obsession with frugality, budgeting, and travel plays a central role in her work. In addition to serving as Contributing Editor for The Simple Dollar, Holly writes for inspiring…
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