12 myths about cruising

More than 20 million people will sail on cruises this year. Yet cruising remains one of the most widely misunderstood facets of the travel universe, disdained by many at the same time it is worshipped by many more. The truth lies in between.

Text by Eric Lucas | Photo editing by Connie Ricca

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Mar 17, 2013 1:15PM
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Cruising is a great way to see the world without going broke in the process. Granted you may only be in port for 12 to 14 hours but you can get a flavor of the stop.

 

Food for most part is above average with multiple eating options with no adde costs and up scale is available for small fees.

 

Ship tours are usually the best to insure you don't get left behind, and yes I have seen that happen when folks go out on their own and miss the sailing.

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I prefer The larger as they tend to have much more to do and I for one don't notice any crowds.

 

Been on 17 cruises and wish i could convince my better have to go more often.

 

Best trips for just getting away are west bound transatlantic's. Cheap, relaxing, and still a few port stops. 

Mar 15, 2013 7:01AM
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I have done both. Bus tours with a guide, packing and unpacking every day, eating two star meals and staying in two star motels. I have also gone on a few cruises. A cruise is better by far. A greater value,

better food, more relaxing and more room to get away from the idiot stranger you might be sitting near, if on a bus tour for seven days.  

Oct 1, 2012 12:06AM
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good old uncle sam gave quite a few of us almost a month long cruise all expenses paid aboard the troop carrier u.s.n.s.general edwin d. patrick.  we left california march 1957 headed for korea.  any one that remembers this trip leave a message  thanks
Sep 10, 2012 2:11PM
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Pleasant enough slide show, and almost all true.  I disagree with the take on cruise ship food, however.  There is a vast difference between food on 4,000 passenger mega-ships and that on small, ultra-luxe (or whatever silly adjective) vessels with 100 to 250 passengers - I'm thinking Seabourn and Silversea.  IMHO (and per experience), here's why those small ships serve excellent cuisine: (1) Very few covers: 250 dinners is less than most top restaurants. (2) More limited menu than restaurants: each dish gets more attention, from selection to ingredients to prep to presentation. (3) Semi-fixed meal times: a restaurant's dinner trade runs from about 6 to 11 pm; on a small luxe ship, everyone dines between approx. 7 and 9, allowing more a la minute preparation and reducing the interval between pre-cooking and service. (4) Practiced and professional service: luxe lines pay their hotel staffs well, and they really don't expect to be tipped (but we do). (5) Localized menus: small ships can build around seasonal produce in ports of call. (6) No reservations: your table always awaits - and the waitstaff knows your preferences already.  (7) Good company: on small luxe ships, one dines with passengers of similar interests and tastes; when and with whom one pleases.  Good conversation makes the food taste better.  Seriously.
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A cruise is the best deal one can get; just unpack your suitcase and relax, everything is taken care of! Just avoid all the excursions that will add to the cost!
Sep 6, 2012 2:21PM
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We have been on four cruises this year and another one in November.  Have cruised both Carnival and Royal Caribbean.  Would never have afforded to go on five vacations in one year if it wasn't for the affordability of cruising.  Every ship is a fun ship.  Royal Caribbeans newer ships cater alot to the children with themes such as Matacacar and have alot of children on board.  Saw more kids on Royal than on Carnival.  Every cruise is what you make it.  Been on almost 20 and have never had a bad one.  Food is always 5 star and the entertainment outstanding.  Do as much or as little as you choose.  If you're bored that's your own fault because they offer something for everyone all day and night.  We have made so many life long friends cruising and enjoy every minute and can't wait till the next one!!!!  We've booked as early as a week before and as late as a year before.  Makes no difference.  You still get a bargain.  Enjoy!!!!
Sep 6, 2012 1:45PM
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I totally recommend cruising.  Took a trip to Alaska a couple of years ago.  Had the best time ever. had balcony and it was soooooooooooo worth the upgrade.  The food was great, the entertainment was great, the employees of the ship franchize were impeccable-friendly, helpful, always ready to go that extra step to make you comfortable.  Don't think about it, just DO IT!!!!!!!!!
Sep 6, 2012 12:31PM
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I highly recommend cruising.   90% of the people are extremely happy with the overall experience.  Some people pay rock bottom prices and then complain about everything.  I have found that you can take a really great vacation on very little money by booking in off-peak seasons or going against the flow.  One bad news story or trend can bring prices down, and that will lead to some bargains, but you have to be flexible.  I do have one thing to say, though, and that is that you should purchase the travel insurance.  Under no circumstances will they refund your money or allow you to change the names on your cruise if you are unable to go.  The travel insurance also covers the cost of being helicoptered to land in case you need to go to a hospital in the event that the ship's physician can't handle your emergency.  Since the insurance only costs about $100 per person, you should get it even if it seems disproportionate to the price of the cruise.  Take it from me, the one time you don't purchase the insurance, that would be the time you would need it.
Sep 6, 2012 12:15PM
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Been on eight cruises in the last three years.  Th cruise ships provide a lot of bang for the travel buck. There are ships to fit everyone's needs and I suggest you read up on each cruise line your're considering to find the one that will provide all the activities and amenities you need. I would suggest that families with young children stick to Disney or some Carnival cruises. These ships are geared to keep young ones entertained and happy.  For a romantic couples cruise, I personally love Holland America and  great middle of the road  ships that seem to please all vacation types is Royal Caribbean. 
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