Ah, the dead of winter. Though winter in Wisconsin and much of the U.S. has been very mild this year, cool temperatures, leafless trees and gray skies still urge me to plan a vacation to somewhere sunny and tropical. I thought of a road trip with my friends but gas is pricey and it would take awhile to drive to a warm destination – using up valuable vacation days. Then, I thought about flying down south – but the cost of purchasing airfare, hotel rooms and food could really add up. When the idea of a cruise came to mind, it seemed to be the best option because it’s everything I want in a vacation, all rolled into one.
If you’re on a budget but still want to plan a vacation, cruises can offer great value. Everything can be purchased in one package – transportation, various accommodations, food and entertainment are included in the price. Some packages even offer airfare.
2. All-in-One Vacation
There might not be a better way to visit multiple destinations without having to pack and unpack your luggage. A cruise offers an “all-in-one” experience and lets you visit multiple destinations while getting the chance to enjoy your choice of several entertainment and fine dining options located just steps from your room. Do nightly live bands and comedians sound like a great way to unwind each evening? They do to me! If that weren’t enough, many cruises also offer dancing, casinos, and entertainment for children. And that’s only the start! When the ship stops at a port of call you can immerse yourself in the local culture and sample the local cuisine.
3. Great Food
The food available on cruise ships isn’t your normal everyday fare. Did you know cruise lines often hire top quality chefs to cook meals for the guests on board? In addition, most ships offer gourmet food at several different restaurants. The menu is sure to cater to any palette which makes the cruise experience great for couples with different tastes or families with picky eaters.
When you go on vacation – you truly want to BE on vacation. Relaxation and rejuvenation are the name of the game on any cruise line. Ships often offer massage, sunbathing, free childcare, spa treatments, and hot tubs just to name a few.