Of Cruises and Enjoyment: Why cruises should be a travel priority!

There are plenty of great and not-so-great comments about cruises. Hard-core “travelers” say that cruises are for tourists and not real travelers, being the luxury of comfort and getting pampered as one of the issues. There are, of course, the more important ones like health, crime, and safety. But when you’re curious about what really happens inside a cruise ship, sometimes you forget about all that debate and just go for it. I’m glad that I did.

After the first time my family and I joined a cruise, I told myself that doing so should henceforth be one of my travel priorities. Here’s why:

It’s well worth the money

Okay, so going on a cruise isn’t cheap, especially when you’re making money in Philippine pesos. When my my mother, my brother, my sister, and I went on a 5-day cruise going to the Bahamas, it costed us a total of $1,402.04 or $350.51 per person. At that time, 1 USD was about 47 PHP, so a total of 65,896 PHP. Mind you, this was considered as one of the cheapest cruise packages from one of the cheapest cruise lines!

So yeah, cruises cost a lot plus there’s the expense for airtickets going to the country/city of departure, and for some, for lodging the night before the departure. But I’d say that for what was included in our $350, or what was then P16,450/person, it was well worth the money.

For one, all of our food was free.

In those 5 days our breakfasts were always buffets, and our lunches and dinners were never short of fancy. We had Tea Time on some days too, so the desserts were endless.

Great food on Carnival Cruise
I had Escargot as an appetizer. How’s that for fancy?

Our meals always came in threes: appetizer, main dish, dessert.

For another, there were plenty of activities to choose from on each day.

Tea Time was one of my favorites (saying this only because it’s the only activity I have pictures of). It was a time when we’d just sit by the view of the sea, while nibbling at all the sweets and drinking all the Bigelow Tea we could. The real definition of chill.

fun activities in the Carnival Cruise

But there were also activities like Bingo, or game shows and talent shows, or silly pool games like who can mix the best alcoholic drink – whatever you can think of. At night there were trivia games, comedy shows, dance parties, and musicals. The cruise personnel made sure that all their passengers got a copy of the day’s activities with their schedules and venues, so we didn’t have to scramble around, not sure what to do.

fun activities on the Carnival Cruise

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And my last reason for why it’s worth the money: the ammenities. Our ship had pools, water slides, a gym, a mini golf course, a library, a casino, plenty of bars, what have you! We were able to use all these without additional fees. So we realized that $350 for 5 nights with accommodation, free food, (some) free activities, and free access to ammenities was a bang for our buck.

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There were always midday activities here!

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The Library/Game Room
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sometimes, cycling while looking at the vast blue see can be nauseating

It’s the easiest way to get around

This is where the argument, “traveling by cruise isn’t really traveling,” come in.

“Where’s the culture? Where’s the experience? How do you see the country?”

I get it. Cruises aren’t for everyone. Cruises are for people who’d like to be able to say that they’ve been somewhere without having to experience all that planning, booking, and figuring out transpo times and routes. It’s for people who’d like to go at their own liesurely pace. For me, if it gets you from one country or island to another, that’s traveling.

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I didn’t worry about missing out on culture and experience, there was enough of that to go around inside the ship. We were basically immersed in a melting pot with ample chances to get to know people of different nationalities. We befriended interesting people during night parties, dinners, and just hanging around the casinos.

Even outside the ship and out on the islands, we were still able to enjoy ourselves through the number of excursions that the cruise offered (although with a cost). In which I encountered a donkey, which will probably be the only time I would do so. In which I was able to touch the incredibly fine, white sands of the Bahamas – probably also the only time I would do so. So no, cruises aren’t short on culture and experience.

Feeding Donkey Excursion of Carnival Cruise

My first and probably last encounter with a donkey!

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See me experiencing an encounter with this donkey? lol

Like I said, cruises aren’t for everyone but it was for me. Maybe it could be for you too?


4 thoughts on “Of Cruises and Enjoyment: Why cruises should be a travel priority!

  1. I went on a cruise years ago and was bored out of my mind. I realize that there were a couple of reasons for that. One, I don’t gamble and that’s almost all they offered in the day besides the pool. I should have done more research and chosen a better ship with more to offer. Secondly, we went to the Bahamas which is so close to Florida that it would’ve been better for us to just fly there and spend more time on the island.

    I’ve been considering a cruise for sometime longer like flying to Europe and doing a Scandinavian tour. Those ships will probably have better entertainment and some beautiful views can be seen from a ship in the ocean. Maybe one day I’ll be posting about a cruise! We’ll see. I’m glad you had a great time. Donkeys are so freaking cute.

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    1. Haha. Yes! I think that’s also why a lot of people hate cruises. They aren’t matched with the right ship! Our ship was by Carnival and it was mostly parties and games, which i loved. I guess also because i’d been so clueless about cruises (lol), that it felt like a dream being in one! Living in a third world country, going on a cruise had always been out of the question until last year! Lol.

      I agree. You’re so near the Bahamas. If i lived in Florida, i probably wouldn’t think doing a cruise to go to the Bahamas is worth it too. Idk. Having only thought I’d see the Bahamas in pictures, I felt it was!Lol.

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      1. It must have been a dream truly for you to be able to board a cruise and sail carefree. We have many two day cruises there as Floridians like to make the Bahamas a weekend getaway. I just don’t know. Maybe a different cruise next time. The ocean is pretty darn beautiful to look at.

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