It is a sector on the rise, but still misunderstood. Here is a list of the most recurrent myths on the subject.
1. Cruise ships are for old people
They may have been long ago, but for a decade the profile has been changing. Today, the average cruiser customer is a middle-class family with two children. The bet of the sector is to promote family tourism.
2. I’m going to get dizzy
Possibly, especially if you are susceptible to it. But in fact, most cruises sail in the high season of the various seas, when the weather conditions are the most favorable. However, to be sure, this doesn’t prevent that one night the ship moves more than the Elvis’ hips. If you are prone to seasickness, there are numerous pharmacies with a good assortment of drugs to help. The risk of getting seasick one day should not rob you of the possibility of enjoying a wonderful trip.
3. I always have to wear a jacket for dinner
It is no longer necessary to go tuxedo to dinner, as in the Titanic. Although some label is still required, the requirements have been lowered and what is requested is formality and comfort. It does not mean that you can go in flip-flops for dinner, but it does not have to be bow tie and white tip.
4. Dining every day at the same table is boring
And it’s true, especially if you’re matched up with some plastic companions that you do not know anything about and will never see again in life. That’s why companies are changing this custom. The tendency is that there is more freedom when it comes to interacting with other passengers, and that you don’t have to sit every night with the same people, if you don’t want to. It’s moving towards a conventional restaurant model, where you arrive and ask for a table and you are given according to availability.
5. All cruises are the same
Bad mistake. The key to the success of your trip depends on the good selection of the boat and the destinations according to your interests. If you are 25 and you are going with three single friends to a cruise where most of the passengers are over 60, you will be bored stiff. The opposite is true as well: an older couple seeking relaxation by the Mediterranean in August full of children will despise their fellow passengers shortly.
6. Theyre way too expensive
You see, this is not myth: it is the stark reality. If a tour costs $25, the boat will sell it to you at $100. It is one of the ways to make cash. But most of the shipping companies are starting to throw in the towel: they know that there are dozens of alternative companies that sell these excursions online and that travelers aren’t fools. Still, it can be pricey depending on the trip.
7. Size does’t matter
Wrong. It matters a lot. The smaller, the better. A novice cruiser tends to think that a supercar of 5,000 passengers is the best. However, it is the other way around: the smaller the boat, the more exclusive and personalized the service. Obviously, they are more expensive.
8. I should get an interior cabin if I Hope To Get Some Sleep.
Unless you’re stingier than Mr. Burns, don’t choose interior stateroom just to save a few dollars. An important part of day-to-day cruising is to see and enjoy the sea while traveling. The mistake is even greater in cruises where nature is the prime thing: going to the fjords or Alaska, where the boat is going for spectacular sites, and not seeing it from the balcony of your room for having saved 10% is stupid. Currently, the shipping companies try to build the ships with 90% of the outer cabins.
9. There is no time to see things
It depends on the cruise you choose and how you ride it. Obviously a cruise will only allow you so much time to see the city. If you intend to get to know Rome, you obviously shouldn’t take a cruise given its massive scale. But if you choose a cruise with stopovers in small cities such as Tallinn, Dubrovnik or Rhodes, it will give you time to take a good brushstroke of each place you visit.
10. I always have to partake in silly activities
Again, depending on which cruise you choose. There are Premium types, small or medium size, that give priority to relaxation and to those who are looking for rest and the delight of sailing. And many passengers spend the day reading, watching movies or enjoying doing nothing.
Alternatively, there are cruises that usually prioritize the destination and spend several days docked in the same city. And then there are the huge boats where everything is planned so that you don’t leave the boat: seven or ten days with all inclusive and noisy activities with monitors at all hours. The shipping companies are interested because the more time you spend on the ship, the more you consume there. It’s the American model: they go to the Caribbean on a cruise and they just disembark a couple of times to go to the beach. The trip is in the cruise, not so much the destination.