9 Reasons to book a Cruise over a flight

Note: I appreciate that we are all living through difficult times right now and COVID-19 has stalled a lot of travel plans. I do however hope the below post can offer inspiration for future adventures and a bit of content for when travel bans are lifted and life returns back to normal.

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 and looking out for the best cruise deals in the coming months!

Here are eight reasons why Cruises have more advantages compared to flying.

The Check in process

On a cruise the check-in process is so much slicker and stress free than for a flight. In my personal experience, 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 is no sitting around at the gate waiting to board, or being strapped into a seat waiting for take off. You are free to walk around the ship, relax by the pool or chill in your 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 may include a meal or two onboard, depending on the length of the flight and the type of flight you’ve booked.

On a 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.

Comfort

On a flight you have an assigned seat, and very limited space to walk around and very little to see, aside from out of the window if you’re lucky to be sat by it!

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 your 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 on sea days!

Dining

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. Sure beats airplane food!

Entertainment

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 performances, watch cookery demos or learn how to cook, singing lessons, play sports, use the gym or party by the pool.

Cabin air vs Fresh Air

Ever come off a flight with dry 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.

Pampering

On a flight you may be able to stick a sheet mask on  and wear socks to keep your feet from cramping.

However, on a cruise you can go to the spa. relax in hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms  and totally relax and unwind.

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.

Do you like going on cruises? Let me know in the comments.

 

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About Binny

Hi, I'm Binny - a writer, dreamer and serial wanderluster with a love for Wildlife Conservation. I am originally from Kenya but I now live in London. 'Karibu' to Binny's Food and Travel! I regularly share my experiences eating out, cooking and travelling, both in the UK and globally, as well as educate on the plight of Wildlife. I am an ambassador for World Animal Protection and regularly support the work of The Born Free Foundation, Four Paws and Dreams Come True Charity. I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way. It's my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible!

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