Cruising: is it really a good value holiday?

We all know that friend or relative who’s barely stepped off the ship before they’re on the net to book their next cruise! From the ships, to the convenience, everyone has a reason why they just love cruising. But are cruises really good value holidays? Let’s take a closer look.

The perks of a cruise

Imagine waking up in a new destination every day, without all the stress that goes hand-in-hand with international travel. Forget about airport queues and racing to make hotel checkout times—on a cruise holiday, all you have to do is board the ship, unpack, and let the crew do the rest!

Visit multiple destinations and countries in one holiday. Cruises sail on the ocean and down rivers all over the world. Soak up the sun in the South Pacific, sightsee along the quaint riverbanks of Europe, or explore the icy landscapes of the Arctic—wherever you want to go, a cruise can take you there!

Cruising vs. All-Inclusive Resorts

The perks of cruising are undeniably great, but then so too is the price. The question is, is it all worth it? Many people argue that you’d get better value for money on an all-inclusive resort holiday and, with all of your accommodation, food, drinks (including alcohol), beach time, some live entertainment and hotel-based activities provided, they might seem right.

While most cruises do provide your accommodation and on-board entertainment, your included food and drinks are generally only at a limited number of restaurants and alcohol is not included. Shore tours and excursions do come at an extra cost too and it all can start to really add up! But that’s where you have to be smart.

Find a Cruise Specialist

Cruise package specialists, like My Cruises, have made sure that cruising is good value! Unlike booking a standard cruise, a My Cruises package includes almost everything! Accommodation, transfers, meals, beverage packages (including alcohol), plus flights and bonus accommodation pre or post cruise (two things all-inclusives do not provide)! A My Cruises package is definitely full of value.

So, make a list of your holiday goals and do your research. Be clear about what you want from a holiday and know that there’s definitely a cruise solution for you!

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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