Nowhere to go? Nothing to do? No healthy food, no people my age, not for people without sea legs - the list of unfounded cruise complaints could go on, but we're here to break down these hyped-up myths. The cruise experience is for travellers and holidaymakers of all sorts. Ships are designed for the active, the foodies, the first-timers, the health-conscious, the adventure-seekers and every age group.
Let's debunk the most common misconceptions about cruises:
Myth #1: Overcrowded and confined
Have you seen the size of cruise ships these days? They are massive and full of places to explore. If you enjoy private time, there are heaps of quiet places onboard where you can steal away for some peace. Opt for a spacious cabin or a suite with a balcony overlooking the ocean, curl up with a good book in the library or in quiet corner on the sun deck. Plus with all of the incredible activities happening 24/7, people are spread out enjoying the activities that make them happy. Whether that's getting a massage at the spa, rock climbing on the outer decks of a Royal Caribbean ship, or dancing the night away at a P&O Cruises themed party, there's something for everyone. Need to stretch your legs often? Book a cruise with less sea days and more time for shore excursions.
Myth #2: Unhealthy
Sugary and fatty foods only? No way to burn the calories? Unhygienic? Wrong again! Not only are cruise ships offering menus with designated healthy-options, spa cafes are the latest favourite eateries, serving fresh fruit, health-conscious meals and even organic food. Try Celebrity's AquaSpa cafe, for example.
The â€œnowhere to work outâ€ myth doesn't stand a chance. Jogging tracks around the ship, gym centres with the latest equipment, fitness classes and recreation areas are the norm on most ships. Bootcamp at Sea on P&O will make you sweat if you want to!
Unfortunately the cruise lines get a bad rep for illnesses thanks to overblown coverage of very few incidents. Public health standards are rigorously enforced on every ship with regular sanitation inspections to ensure a low-risk of outbreaks. Your chances of getting sick are actually higher on land than on a cruise ship. Context is key!
Myth #3: Only for love-birds and the elderly
The average age may be around 50 for cruise-goers due to retirees having more time on their hands, but that number continues to drop with every passing year. In reality, modern amenities, exclusive dining experiences and incredible entertainment improve with every new ship, attracting a youthful crowd that continues to get younger and younger. Shorter trips at affordable rates are perfect for a quick getaway from work or school.
Check out Carnival and Royal Caribbean for fun holiday tours that include celebrity DJs, epic nightclubs and pool parties. Families will love Carnival, Princess and Norwegian cruise lines, which offer kid programs for all ages, as well as water parks, cinemas and video games.
Myth #4: Seasickness
Seasickness is a much rarer phenomenon on cruise ships than you'd think. Large ships mitigate the effects that might normally prevail on a smaller vessel. If you happen to sail at one of those rare time when the seas are a bit rough, there are ways to prevent getting sick. Opt for the larger cruise ships (Royal Caribbean) and choose a cabin in the middle of the ship preferably on a lower deck with a balcony. You might opt for local sailings to get your feet wet, so to speak. Try dramamine or transderm scop to prevent motion sickness or stick to the natural way with ginger, mints and green apples (old cruise ship trick). It also helps to spend more time on the deck and watch the horizon. All in all, seasickness is very rare, but doctors are available on the ship if needed.
Myth #5: Cruises are not for active people
Prefer to take holidays that allow you to be adventurous and explore at your own pace? Rock climb, surf, run laps, swim, take a yoga class, learn a new dance, play mini-golf, cook up a storm... it's all possible on a cruise ship! Activities are plentiful on every ship on the water and we haven't even mentioned shore excursions. Snorkel, scuba dive, cycle, hike, bungee jump, kayak and more at port destinations. With so much to do you might need more days on the ship!
Don't get sucked in by these misleading myths. Everyone has a unique experience out on the ocean wave, so plan a cruise holiday and try it out for yourself.