Land vs. Sea? A Cruise May Be More Affordable Than You Think
Cruising is surprisingly affordable (Photo: Thinkstock)
Picture this: Your bags are packed, and the kids are squealing with excitement as you head to the port for your first cruise.
You’ll stop at four islands during over the course of your seven-day adventure, and at each one you’ll have the opportunity to experience its unique vibe and perhaps enjoy some fresh, local cuisine. During your days at sea, you’ll eat fancy meals in the ship’s main dining room, relax at the pool and spa, and see Vegas-style shows the whole family can enjoy. Your cabin has enough sleeping room for everyone, a bathroom and a private balcony where you can peer out into the endless ocean.
Does this sound like a dream? Fortunately, cruising is a real vacation option for families.
What’s even more surprising? You may even be able to afford it.
A cruise is a great option for families (Photo: Thinkstock)
Why Families Choose to Cruise
Nearly 21 million people cruised globally last year, with about 17.6 million setting sail from North America, according to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. That’s a lot of people any way you cut it, and it speaks volumes about the popularity and convenience of cruising as a vacation option for families. But why do families choose to cruise in the first place?
To sample different locations. Since cruises typically stop at more than one destination, they provide families, couples or singles with the perfect opportunity to visit more than one place. And since land-based vacations typically require you to settle on one destination, cruises offer one more option for vacationers who have trouble picking just one place to go. About 40 percent of cruise passengers choose to return to a location they once visited on a cruise for a land-based vacation, according to marking firm International Cruise & Excursions Inc.
To avoid air travel. If you’ve ever flown with your family, you know just how expensive air travel can be. Fortunately, cruise embarkation ports have been strategically placed within driving distance for 75 percent of North American vacationers, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association reports. The prospect of getting overseas without paying for airfare is very appealing for cost-conscious travelers.