Cruise holidays are the biggest part of the entire tourism business and Caribbean cruises make up a huge portion of it – more than 3,250,000 people visited places like Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas last year via a cruise ship.
There are distinct advantages to making a Caribbean holiday a cruise holiday versus a regular holiday package deal. What better way to relax and enjoy your visit than to have your itinerary completely planned for you on an all-inclusive cruise? The stress of planning is gone.
While regular holiday packages may have your travel plans and hotel reservations taken care of, with a cruise there are absolutely no decisions to make once on board. Choose from one of the many onboard restaurants and bars for your meals and entertainment and forget the worry of choosing a restaurant with good food in a safe area of the town you are in. Many Caribbean cruise lines will even take care of reservations and arrangements for your shore excursions and suggest the best places to see and things to do before you even get into port.
Another advantage of Caribbean cruises over regular holiday packages is that your cruise can include a wide variety of destinations in a short period of time. In a week you can see places the Bahamas, Curacao, Cozumel, Jamaica, and the Grand Caymans. With most Caribbean package holidays you are likely to be “based” in one spot like Saint Thomas or Aruba with the possibility of quick visits to nearby islands or other towns.
There are some holiday packages to the Caribbean that may cover several destinations, but this involves unpacking and packing again at each spot, not to mention hectic trips to small island airports or marinas and hopping on and off airplanes or boats just to get to the next spot on your itinerary. On a cruise ship you can unpack, tuck away the suitcase, and kick back and relax for the entire holiday.
While at sea between destinations on your cruise, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy from time by the pool, exercises classes, comedy shows, theater, and even shopping. There are also cruises aimed at different groups of people like singles, couples, seniors, and families. This means the activities onboard are geared towards the likes of that particular group. Family cruises have a huge variety of activities just for kids and even offer baby-sitting services so mom and dad can have some romantic time together.
On a cruise, passengers have a tendency to spend time with people with which they share interests. You will find this quite often on couples or singles cruises. Many of the activities on board are designed specifically to encourage mingling. This is a great way to make friends for life.
An all-inclusive cruise can mean anything from your accommodations, food, non-alcoholic drinks, entertainment, and taxes being paid for in advance to completely all-inclusive. This could cover airfare, transportation from the airport to the dock and back, tips, excursions, spa treatments, and an unlimited drink package. Whatever style you choose, a cruise practically guarantees you a wonderful, worry-free holiday.