Cruising is my favorite type of vacation. Sure, picking one place to go visit is fun, but three destinations on one vacation? Sign me up!
I went on my first cruise nearly four years ago on the Norwegian Escape and quickly became obsessed; all I wanted to do when we got home was go on another! Between the amazing food, ocean air, and great entertainment, what was there not to love about it?
When we first booked the cruise, I had no idea what to expect. Would I get sea sick? Would I hate it? Would this be the worst possible experience of my life? (Maybe I was a little dramatic.) In talking with quite a few people who haven’t cruised before, these are their fears too, so today, I am going to answer some common cruising myths!
I’m going to get sea sick. This mostly depends on you, personally. If you get motion sick on a bus or in a car, there’s a likelihood that you will suffer from sea sickness. The only other variable is if the water is choppy or not; if the water is smooth, there's a good chance that you’ll be fine. If you’re not sure how you’ll react, I would suggest picking up a sea band or Dramamine; sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry!
The food won’t be good. I’ve actually found the opposite to be true. I can’t recall one thing that I’ve eaten on a cruise ship that I thought, “Eh, this isn't great.” There are so many options – gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan – that there is something for everyone. For me personally, I love the fact that I can have Indian food one night, Italian the next, and then have some pizza at the buffet. Whether you go to the buffet for dinner or a dining room, the food will definitely be delicious!
I’m going to be bored. Cruises have So. Many. Things. to do. If you’re adventurous, you could do a ropes course, go on a water slide, or if you’re going on Norwegian’s newest ship, the Encore, you can even do some go-karting! If you prefer a calmer day, you could sit by the pools and hot tubs and read a book or spend some time inside at one of the many onboard activities! At night, whether you’re adventurous or not, you can sit back and watch a “Broadway” show or spend your night laughing at comedy show! There are so many things to do while aboard the ship, be sure to look at your daily itinerary for what all is going on!
Cruises are more expensive than any other vacation. This all depends on the ship, length of the cruise, where you go, and if you have a drink and dining package included. My husband and I have found that the cost of a cruise is pretty on-par, if not a little bit less, than a traditional vacation. For example, we’re going on the Norwegian Encore in a few short weeks. Our package included a spa mini suite, the beverage package (alcohol and non-alcohol), dining package (access to all of the complimentary restaurants and three specialty meals), WiFi, and airfare and we are paying way less than we would’ve if we had just flown to one of the islands for a week.
I have to get dressed up for dinner and am at an assigned table with people I don’t know. Good news for you – you don’t! There are certain cruise lines that require you to get dressed up for dinner, but now, the majority don’t. Most cruise lines are implementing more of a “freestyle dining” style, meaning you can wear whatever you’d like for dinner and have your own table. Speaking from experience, Norwegian offers freestyle dining and it’s great; you can go wherever you’d like, whenever you’d like to, and sit with your family and friends.
Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be talking all things cruising as my husband and I are going to be on the second-ever voyage of the Norwegian Encore – so exciting!