From avid cruisers to those who have never-cruised-before, everyone has an opinion on cruising holidays. The cruise industry is built on the foundations of tradition and heritage which is long and rich, but not necessarily how they should still be perceived. Let us debunk some of the common misconceptions of cruising below!

Cruises are just for old people

One of the most common myths of cruising is that it’s just for old people. Fortunately, it’s not the case! Cruises cater to diverse groups of people, with the demographic of age getting lower and lower each year. 

Multi-generational cruising is also becoming popular, as families are cruising with their parents and grandparents for the ultimate family getaway. Much of the activities on-board include family-friendly shows, as well as adult-themed options such as comedy nights and late-night events.

Family on the Boardwalk - Royal Caribbean

Cruises are expensive

Though at first a cruise may seem much pricier than a land-based holiday, as soon as break it down and compare you reveal the value you could get with a cruise.

Everything from flights, transfers, accommodation, full-board dining, on-board activities and entertainment, and the chance to see multiple destinations in one trip is included from the get-go – leaving you to just optional extras such as drinks or excursions. 

If you were to book a land-based holiday across the Mediterranean, this would involve multiple flights, hotels, dining arrangements, as well as research into things to do and see. A cruise does all of this for you!

Celebrity Cruises - Day at sea

Cruises spend too much time at sea

Those who have never cruised before often think that they will be stuck on a ship from beginning to end, but that’s not the case. 

Course, longer duration sailings have a few days at sea, but shorter sailings visit multiple ports often with no days at sea at all! You might even find that you spend more time off the ship exploring capital cities and local towns, rather than on-board.

You don’t even need to get off the ship at every port, if it’s somewhere you’ve visited before – that’s prime sunbathing time as the ship is much quieter! Even if you do spend some time on-board, there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied so you definitely won’t be bored staring at your cabin walls.

Family dining in Izumi on-board Royal Caribbean

Cruise food is either fine dining or buffets

If you’re thinking cruise dining consists of either posh restaurants or packed buffets, you’re very much mistaken! 

Many people have favourite cruise lines purely for the foodie experience, with everything from simple poolside pizza stops and ice cream counters, to Michelin-starred menus offering sushi, teppanyaki, and culinary experiences. 

Royal Caribbean hosts a number of land-based favourites such as Ben & Jerry’s and Jamie’s Italian, while P&O Cruises’ Food Heroes include the likes of Marco Pierre White and James Martin. 

As for the main dining room, no longer are you tied to strict sitting times. You now have full freedom over your dining style, which is fully flexible with you and your family.

FlowRider on-board Independence of the Seas - Royal Caribbean

Cruises are boring

There is never a dull day on-board a cruise ship. Go kart tracks, surf simulators, sky- diving, laser tag, ice skating, and waterparks do not look out of place on some of the more popular family cruise lines – meaning you have plenty of adrenalin-pumping activities to choose from during your stay. 

As for somewhere to relax, most cruise ships offer first-class spa facilities and fitness centres for you to work out or kick back for the ultimate you-time. 

That’s without mentioning the West End-style entertainment, casinos, cookery courses and classes, libraries, live music, bubbling hot tubs, and plenty places to eat and drink. Boring isn’t in a cruisers dictionary!

Cruise ships are innovative, modern, and perfect for all the family, so don’t let these common myths put you off! Cruises need to be as diverse as the passengers who travel on-board, so they offer plenty of things to see and do on-board to keep everyone happy.

Which was the first cruise ship you sailed on? What were you most surprised about on-board? Let us know in the comments below!

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Emma Smith
Emma has more than six years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for over a year. She loves learning of new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in diary for 2020! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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