Picture the scene. You are sitting at the boarding gate, waiting to be told when you can board the flight. You’ve already been at the airport a few hours, gone through a lengthy security process in a crowded airport, browsed some duty free shops and are now literally just waiting. You have already checked out all the passengers all also impatiently waiting.
You finally get the go ahead to board the flight according to your allocated seat and then grumble as you have to make your way through slow moving passengers, who stop and hold up the line of passengers behind them as they try and store their cabin luggage in the storage overhead.
It’s a different world on-board a cruise ship. Sure on a flight you arrive at a destination much faster than on a cruise ship, however, here are some reasons why Cruises have more advantages compared to flying.
The check in process on the cruise is so much slicker and less stress free than for a flight. We literally attached tags, that we printed off, on to our luggage, dropped off our bags and joined the queue to check in at our allocated time. 5 minutes later we were boarding the ship!
There was no sitting around at the gate waiting to board, or being strapped into a seat waiting for take off. We were free to walk around the ship, relax by the pool or chill in our room.
What was even better was our bags were delivered to our room! No waiting around at baggage carousels or missing bags!
Value for money
The cost of the flight includes a meal or two onboard, depending on the length of the flight as well as drinks. You have a choice from meat, fish or vegetables.
On the cruise you’re accommodation is included and you have a choice of many restaurants, included in the cost of your trip, as well as many with very reasonable supplements. You have also got access to swimming pools, live entertainment and arrivals at multiple destinations rather than one.
On a flight you have an assigned seat, and very limited space to walk around and very little to see. On a cruise, in your room you have a comfortable bed and your own bathroom. You are also free to walk around the ship rather than being stuck in one space for the length of the journey.
Luggage and Packing
For a flight you have to pack and unpack per destination whereas on a cruise you only need to pack and unpack once for multiple destinations as every morning you will either wake up in a new destination or be welcomed with the view of the sea. You literally get dressed and walk off the ship at a new port to explore!
There is so much choice on a ship – a foodie’s paradise! From French, Indian to contemporary British cuisine, you just can’t go wrong. You can even treat yourself to in-room dining and enjoy your meal with a sea view. Beats the airplane food!
On a flight you have a small screen on which you can watch movies, TV shows or play games. On a cruise, you can go to the cinema, watch live shows, have cookery classes, singing lessons, yoga, play sports, use the gym or party by the pool.
On a flight you can shop either pre-flight at the airport, or choose something from the duty free trolley.
On a cruise you have a choice from the cruise terminal as well as various shops on the ship.
Cabin air vs Fresh Air
Ever come off a flight with fry skin, feeling fatigued? Cruises enable you to get as much fresh air as possible from the deck or even your own balcony, allowing you to feel refreshed and relaxed.
On a flight you may be able to stick a sheet mask on (and frighten your fellow passengers with a kooky halloween look) and wear socks to keep your feet from cramping.
On a cruise there is a spa where you can go have a massage, facial, body scrub, or even get your hair cut and styled! There are hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms to so you can unwind and escape into a relaxed dreamy state.
There is something for everyone
Whether you are a young couple,a family or retired, there is something to cater for everyone on board a cruise ship.In addition, you can choose cruise ships according to size and destination too.
On a flight, apart from segmenting by economy, first and business class, it is a pretty much one size fits all approach.
Prior to going on my first cruise I had stereotypical views of what a cruise was like. I had visions of small cabins with bunk beds, it being boring and suited just for elderly people. I have to say I had to eat my words as it was a truly incredible experience and I had so much fun! If you haven’t experienced a cruise yet, I would definitely recommend giving it a try!
You can read about my cruise here.