Everybody loves a good (cheap) vacation, right? If you’ve ever entertained the thought of going on a cruise, but haven’t quite made up your mind, this is the article for you.
I LOVE to travel. I mean, I really love to travel. Road trips and weekend getaways are my middle name. My family grew up camping in an RV. We would pack up and head to the beach for weeks at a time. Growing up, I had no idea the cost of such vacations. You guys, a week in a condo or hotel at the beach, or anywhere for that matter, will cost you a (not so) small fortune!Hello Carnival Cruise Line. My best friend introduced me to cruising about six years ago. Since that time, I’ve been on twelve cruises! When you’re passionate about something, you want other people to experience that same joy. I’m here to convince you to take the plunge – pun intended!
5 Reasons You Should Book A Cruise
1. It’s cheaper than a week in a condo/hotel. There are three day cruises for less than $300 per person.
2. Food is included. Anywhere you go, even with a timeshare, you still have to buy groceries or pay to eat out. On a ship, from the moment your feet touch the floor in the morning till your head hits your pillow at night, there are so many dining options. You can enjoy everything from burgers and fries to grilled chicken salad and fruit. Do not get me started on the breakfast buffet. Surely it is a glimpse of what Heaven will be like. If you’re not in the mood to leave your cabin, room service is available, free of charge.
3. You visit a different part of the world at each stop. One day you’re shopping on top of a mountain in Honduras and the next you’re floating in the blue waters of Mexico. Seriously? Are you on the Carnival website yet? And sign me up to escape this unpredictable weather! I’ll take crystal blue water and soft, white sand with a side of Coppertone, please.
4. You will make lifelong friends. Meeting new people may not be your cup of tea. Maybe your idea of a vacation is to simply lounge by the pool with a good book (sounds good to me). But for my extroverted peeps out there, you have a unique opportunity to meet and really get to know interesting people. Choose the reservation dining in the evenings and be placed at a table where you can meet new people. Have a ball getting to know one another and end up trading social media accounts and phone numbers before you debark. It worked out that way for us on more than one occasion.
5. You’re completely disconnected. Granted, you can pay for an internet/social media package, but my favorite part of cruising is being 100% disconnected from reality. Unplugged. No laundry, no cooking or cleaning, and no work. You don’t even have to make up your own bed! (Your bed is made for you with a cute towel animal perched on top of the comforter). You are waited on hand and foot. I’ve never had that luxury in any condo or hotel.
A few things to keep in mind: if you are prone to motion sickness, do not step on the ship without medicine. There are bracelets, ear patches and pills available. Take advantage of them or you’ll be sorry. I’ve heard people say, “the ship’s so big, you don’t even know you’re on the water.” Trust me, you know you’re on the water. Especially with the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing. If you tend to get sick, start out with a three to four day trip to test the waters, so to speak.
I’ve only cruised with Carnival , so I am not able to speak of other cruise lines. We’ve always had an excellent experience. A cruise is what you make it. I can’t imagine NOT having an amazing time while on board. Not only will you return to the States feeling refreshed, but will bring back memories that last a lifetime.February is THE PERFECT month to take a cruise! You’ve not celebrated Valentine’s Day until you’ve celebrated with Carnival. Check out their site for all the romantic reasons.