The best thing about booking a cruise is that no matter what your party is interested in, they will find something to keep them occupied both on and off the ship. These days, I think some ships are like floating resorts they’ve got so much going on!
If you’ve been toying with the idea of booking a cruise for your next holiday, but have yet to take the plunge, here are my top three reasons why this type of break will get everyone in your group smiling.
1. There’s plenty of sunbathing
It obviously depends on what time of the year you travel and destinations you visit, but if your friends or family members are sun worshippers, you’ll probably fancy going on a Mediterranean or Caribbean cruise. That way, they can make the most of having whirl and swimming pools on deck, as well as plenty of sun loungers to choose from. There’s something special about reclining in the sun on a ship as your next destination looms on the horizon.
Where’s there’s the chance to dock there tends to be a beach or two, so you can rest assured that once you hop off the ship, you can still work on your tan on one of the stretches of sand. Some stop-offs boast so many beaches you might not know where to start. The Caribbean’s St Martin, for example, has 37 beaches, such as Plum Bay, Little Beach, Anse Marcel, Green Cay and Orient Bay.
2. Activity lovers will be kept occupied
If you like to keep busy both on and off the ship, a cruise will suit you down to the ground. When onboard (and obviously depending which ship you’re on), you can swim, go for a jog on the running track, take part in a fitness class or hammer the gym.
When docked at a destination, you will also be spoilt for choice. Walking is one of the best things to do on an excursion, as it allows you to see more of a place, while also stretching your legs. Whether you decide to walk along the old city walls of Dubrovnik in Croatia or discover what’s for sale at a traditional Moroccan market, cruises provide you with plenty of opportunity to do a bit of exercise.
The amazing snorkelling and diving conditions in many top cruise destinations should not be ignored. The Grenadine Islands boast more than 50 dive sites, such as those in the Tobago Cays Marine Park and off the coast of Carriacou. Keep your eyes peeled for the likes of turtles, sharks and eagle rays. The Greek islands, including Rhodes and Corfu, are also perfect for diving and water sports.
3. You’ll stop at top cultural sites
Going on a cruise is not just all about sunbathing and sports. The fact there will be several stop-offs on your itinerary provides you with the perfect chance to visit amazing cultural hotspots. If your Med cruise docks at Athens, you can soak up the top sights that date back to ancient Greece, like the Acropolis. Holidaying in Israel? Make sure you visit the village of Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, as well as the site where he turned water into wine – Cana.
There are loads more reasons why cruises will suit all tastes. If you’ve been on this type of break before, what were your highlights?