So you have traveled all over the world and seen everything. Or have you? With so many places to go and so many types of transportation, it can be confusing not to mention hectic. If you have never cruised before I highly recommend looking into it. It can be a great way to knock a bunch of countries, cities, and places off your bucket list.
Why go on a cruise?
- Cruise vacations are super easy to plan. If you are like my husband and I who jam pack a bunch of activities into one trip and always “running” around on trips then you will love a cruise. Simply pick your ship, ports of call, type of cabin you want, and off you go!
- Family Friendly! From babies to tots to teen to grandparents cruises have something for everyone. If you are going on a vacation with a group or even a family it can be tough to please everyone. Hop on a cruise and sail that worry away. Ships now have extensive kids’ facilities, sorted by age. Teens have their own cool hangouts, far away from the play areas for the little ones (and certainly a nice distance from parent-friendly pools and bars). This also allows parents to have a date night by taking advantage of late-night hours in the kids’ club.
- Unpack once for multiple destinations.
- Cruise ships are literally floating cities. Today’s vessels are outfitted with Wi-Fi, cell service, and satellite TV so you can stay in touch with the real world during your cruise (if you even want to). Onboard shops sell the toiletries you forgot to pack, medical centers can provide meds or a doctor’s services if needed, and laundry facilities let you wash your clothes mid-cruise so you don’t need to overpack. Of course, there’s also the fun stuff like gyms, multiple restaurants, movie screens, spas, swimming pools, theaters, and discos. And in the rare emergency, there are always enough lifeboats for everyone onboard as well as a helicopter pad.
- Unplug. Unless you get the wifi package you will not have service.
- Not hunting for food as my husband calls it. Take the elevator (or stairs) up or down and you will find food at all hours on a cruise ship.
- Endless ocean views. If you are like my husband and I and love the sounds of the ocean, ocean views, and sunsets and sunrises then hop on a cruise. The spectacular views are endless. Something about these views is so calming.
- Daily Entertainment. It’s almost crazy how many options there are on a cruise and how many shows and events go on. You will have Broadway shows, mini – golf, casino, live music acts, nightclubs, bars, comedy…the list is endless.
Have I convinced you to take a cruise as yet? If the answer is yes, GOOD! Let me tell you about the Allure of the Seas by Royal Caribbean. We recently sailed to the Eastern Caribbean on the Allure of the Seas and what a great journey it was. A cruise to the Eastern Caribbean with Royal Caribbean stops at Labadee Haiti, St. Maarten, & Old San Juan Puerto Rico. They also have a Western Caribbean cruise which sails to Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico.
The staff is so incredibly nice and accommodating I can’t even begin to tell you. Anything you ask, want or need you will never hear the word ‘No’. It’s always let me see what can I do for you. The activities are endless as well. You will never find yourself bored but rather torn between wanting to breathe and sit for a couple minutes or missing an event or class.
Entertainment is amazing on Allure of the Seas. There were so many shows every night we didn’t know which one to go to when! While on the Ship we went to Mama Mia, Ocean Aria, and the Comedy Show.
Food options are endless. Restaurants that are free or included in your cruise price are the Wind Jammer Marketplace (buffet style food), Main Dining (reservations have to be made for my time dining if you do not pre select your dining time), Sorrentos, and Cafe Promenade. There is even a Starbucks but for an extra charge.
There are a bunch of restaurants such as Sabor (Mexican Food), Izumi (Hibachi), Chops Grille (Steak), etc that you can also dine at but you will have to pay a cover charge and then the cost of the meal. We enjoyed the Wind Jammer and Main Dining so much we only made it to one restaurant. The main dining is very accommodating. We are strict vegetarians and I do not eat egg so they were very careful in serving us any sauces and even custom made us Indian food every night and let us order anything else we wanted from the menu.
We went to Sabor for lunch one day and we were not very impressed. However, we thoroughly enjoyed the guacamole and the drinks but the vegetarian food was just okay.
We may have just gotten back from our cruise but we are already planning our next. No joke. Let me know if you’ve been on a cruise and what your favorite memories are!