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Four Reasons to Take a Cruise

4 Reasons to

Bluegrass and Pearls is a big fan of cruises and I thought it would be fun to talk a little bit about why we are big fans of cruising.

Before my first cruise the idea of going on a cruise was crazy to me. It wasn’t “real” travel, it was a boat full of old people, etc. etc. I went on my first one because my girlfriends wanted a girls vacation and this is what the group wanted to do. So off I went and now I am on my 4th or 5th cruise. It has become one of my favorite vacations.

So why do I love cruising?

First: It is super affordable. Z. and I usually drive or take the train to either Miami or New Orleans, which cuts out flights. We also cruise in the fall so September/October/November, which is off season, again cutting costs. We can usually cruise for the 2 of us for a week for a little over $1000. I’m not going to pretend that is nothing, but it relatively affordable for a week vacation.

Two: It is a nice, easy introduction to international travel. I will not pretend that taking a cruise is anything like really immersing yourself in a culture and truly getting to know a country. However, if you just want to step a toe in to international travel or see if you might like a place, cruising is an easy way to try a new place in a relatively safe and easy way. So dip your toe in to international travel but have the cruise take care of the details for you. You’ll probably find you love it.

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Three: It is great for family/ group travel if you have a variety of interests. You love cultural attractions but your travel partner loves water sports? You can travel together but each book excursions that suit your fancy. When I traveled with my girlfriends, I would go see Mayan ruins and they would swim with dolphins, and we would come together for pool sitting.

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Four: It is the most relaxing way to travel that I have yet found. You get on the boat and the only other decision you really have to make is what to have for dinner. I love travel, but it is a lot of work. Planning and then being in a new place constantly trying to figure out where to go and how to get there is exciting, but exhausting. For this reason, I recommend cruising if you want to relax over constant movement.

So these are the reasons I advocate people consider cruising. There is no one travel style that suits everyone, but this is something I do recommend everyone try at least once in their life when they need that relaxing get away.

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