Is a cruise for me? Common questions answered!

4th August 2015

Is a cruise for me? Common questions answered!

I realised that after posting about my recent cruise holiday and reading all of your lovely comments that so many of you haven’t been on a cruise or having been considering the idea but not entirely sure about the whole thing.

So, in this post I aim to answer some of the commonly asked questions about cruises.

Is it expensive?

This entirely depends on a) which company you are travelling with and b) when you book/ travel.

Of course if you travel with the most well known cruise companies like P&O or MSC the price is going to be much higher than if you travel with companies with a smaller market share of the cruise industry, like Thomson.

Thomson are definitely one of the cheapest companies to cruise with. You can pick up a week long cruise, including flights and transfers, for less than £500 each. Winter, off peak cruises will be cheaper, and I’ve seen these go for less than £400 each.

Really, the most expensive aspect of a cruise holiday is the flights, so in general, any cruise that does not require flying (e.g. cruises from Southampton or Liverpool for UK residents) will be cheaper.

Because we waited and booked our last cruise 2 weeks before we travelled, we manage to book for half the normal retail price. We paid just over £500 each, and this included all inclusive drinks too which is rare on cruises. Believe me, a weeks stay in an all inclusive hotel with the same quality accommodation as a cruise ship (including food and entertainment) would cost you the same as what we paid for a weeks cruise.

Don’t forget, excursions are not included, so you should factor in the cost of these before making your booking.

Aren’t cruises just for old people?

Not all. I’m 21 and I’ve been on three cruise holidays; my first was when I was 15.

I guess the quantity of older people will depend on which cruise ship you are on. Obviously the Disney cruises don’t have as many older people on board.

I can certainly see the appeal of cruise holidays to the older generation, and believe me, when I’m retired I’ll be going on plenty of cruises. I certainly don’t think  cruise is a holiday just for old people. I think younger people are slowly catching on that a cruise is a pretty exciting form of holiday.

And what’s wrong with old people anyway? Get talking; they’re full of great wisdom.

Will I get sea sick?

I’d always advise taking some travel sickness pills just in case, because you really never know.

Some oceans/seas are choppier than others so I’d say do your research before. If you are on a bigger ship then you will probably feel less movement than on a smaller ship.

If it is the sea sickness that is putting doubts into your head, I’d recommend booking an inside cabin (inside of the ship with no window) on a relatively low deck, but not the lowest as the smell of the engine oil won’t help your sickness.

If it is choppy, don’t drink too much alcohol, don’t dance and don’t think about it too much. If you feel ill, take a travel sickness tablet, get into bed and watch the TV to take your mind of it.

Inside cabin?! No natural light?!

I don’t know, maybe I’m use to it because I lived in a room in student accommodation for a year with no natural light, but not having a window in my cabin doesn’t bother me.  Sure, applying makeup is problematic, but on a cruise you don’t really spend that much time in your cabin anyway, so always consider whether the upgrade is worth it.

No natural light has its benefits, such as being able to sleep in the day in pure darkness.

Entire days at sea? Doesn’t that get boring?

Not at all. There is always something going on onboard so you will never be bored. There are sports activities, demonstrations (cocktails, spa treatments, etc.), quizzes, auctions, shoes, parties and much more. Some of the larger ships have cinemas, ice-rinks climbing walls, mini golf and water slides. And if none of that appeals to you, then get on deck with a good book and drink. That’s what holidays are for.

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Any questions I haven’t answered? Feel free to leave them in the comments below and I will answer them for you!

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  1. I think your questions answered some common misconceptions about cruising. XD I haven’t yet been on a cruise but Nick has been on a few and definitely squashed some of my own misconceptions. Really good cruises are more pricey but they can sometimes be much cheaper than taking a holiday planned out yourself. Another thing he pointed out is that cruises give you the opportunity to maybe go to another country/island and get a bit of a feel for it on an excursion if you don’t want to go through all the planning or organising to travel there yourself.

    I didn’t think people actually took flights just to go on a cruise! Maybe that’s because Sydney has a port for lots of cruise boats and it’s a large city so people can just catch a train to board the ship, so I have never heard of that. 😛

    • Oh yeah, if we had planned trips to all of the countries that we visited on our last cruise we would have spent a fortune. Especially Monaco. We would never have been afforded to take a holiday there.

      It’s quite common in the UK to fly out to a cruise ship, because we Brits like to go on holiday to hot places! As I say, you can take cruises from Liverpool but they are usually to Scandinavia (which I’d actually love to do) and the ones from Southampton usually last for quite a few weeks because it takes so long to get to get to anywhere from there.

  2. Perfect post! The only real cruise I have been on was more of an overnight ferry from Bari, Italy to Tolo, Greece. We had no window and four people to a room which meant bunk beds. I was not sea sick but it is a weird feeling. The cool thing about the boats is there is always something to do like you said! For us there was a teen dance bar that night (we were all under 18). With a few accidents happening in Italy over the past couple of years on cruise ships and even in the US and Caribbean I think people don’t really understand how they work and jump to conclusions based off what they hear. If I were to do a cruise I would do a European one. I am looking into ferry rides from the Azores to Lisbon for next summer, and I never realized how cheap you can get some of these accommodations. Last time my trip was all inclusive through a tour agency. Personally I think the no natural light makes it easier for me to get over the moving feeling while on the boat. 😛

    • Holly

      Safety is something I should have wrote about! I think the incidents in Italy have definitely put people off cruises, but since then safety has been improved on all ships. You now have to take part in a lifeboat drill before the ship even moves (you could previously get away with doing it the day after).

  3. Great post! I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise because my grandma raves about them. Funnily enough it, it didn’t put me off even though she’s the whole ‘old people who go on cruises’. It just sounds so fun, and she said she got to meet the captain a couple of times too. Plus I would just LOVE to recreate the “I’m flying!” scene, somehow. Lol.

    I’ll definitely have to look into going on one!

    • Holly

      You should definitely do it! Our captain was a really cool guy. He told stories over the loud speakers every afternoon, which was kind of weird but kind of fun.