Imagine this: You have been waiting at the airport since a few hours now, and after undergoing an excruciating process of standing in queues everywhere – be it collecting your boarding pass, getting yourself checked, arguing at the luggage counter and paying a hefty amount for a few extra kilos, walking for long stretches, facing yet another queue while boarding, patiently waiting behind and eventually forcing your way through annoying co-passengers who do not know how to cooperate – you finally slouch on your seat, without having enough space to even stretch your legs out and relax. And within a few hours, the journey that build up so much of expectation, ends, in an almost anti-climax. Flights take comparatively a lot lesser time, indeed. But is this how you wish your vacation begins?
It is an entirely different experience when you are on-board a cruise. Pretty much the opposite in fact, and out-worldly so! From being pampered with all the good food and luxuries to getting some personal space and fresh air, and ample company of nature and loved ones! Here are six reasons why you should definitely opt for a cruise trip over flights for your next big vacation:
Compromising with your comfort no more!
There’s always something to whine about when you take a flight: be it having to sit in the same rigid position with just the aisle to walk on for a limited number of times, packed food of subpar quality or no food at all, the bland coffee—the list is endless!
Cruises score far more when it comes to comfort. From easy check-in to zero luggage issues, more than apt space and privacy, good food being made right in front of your eyes, friendly attendants—they leave no stone unturned to provide you with the comfort you look for. Most importantly, you get to breathe fresh air! Who said traveling along with staying in your comfort zone is a myth?
Even though flight attendants have a smile glued to their faces, you can clearly see past that. When even getting the bare-minimum on flights is far-fetched, you get pampered to your fullest while on a cruise. Young or old: they can cater to any audience. You can treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa experience or gorge on gourmet food, take a swim, and what not. And all inclusive!
Goodbye, privacy woes!
After the entire airport-griping episode, being stuck in one place for the whole of the journey with often nosy, talkative, snoring, smelly or plain annoying co-passengers is something you look forward to the least. While you can endure it for domestic and shorter-duration flights, it can totally take a toll on you if you have an irritating co-flier on a substantially long journey.
This ceases to be an issue on a cruise since you can roam around freely, chill at the deck or by the pool or in the comfort of your room, choose who you want to have your dinner with, and what not! Enduring bothersome co-passengers isn’t a compulsion anymore as you can choose to mingle with people or spend your time privately, with only the stars and the sea to keep you company.
Missing onto entertainment? Nah!
The most that you can do on a flight is put earphones on and watch a movie or two (not your choice) on a small screen. Whereas on a cruise, there is just so much to do and get entertained by. Cooking classes, live shows, yoga, cinema theatres, partying to activities as even rock climbing—the possibility of entertainment is endless!
Amazing experience and cost-efficiency go hand-in-hand!
For an average family, this is the most important point when considering a vacation. Apart from the often forgettable experience, exorbitantly high prices for a hardly decent quality of journey is very off-putting. The least you would expect after paying a hefty amount is bare-minimum comfort, and there seems to be a lack of that well. At times you have to pay for availing additional services, even if it is something as trivial as using earphones.
In cruises however, your one-time payment often at the same price as an international price covers it all: accommodation, gourmet food made in a variety of restaurants, swimming pools, live entertainment, leisure activities and literally everything else!