Most people are well aware of just how amazing a cruise holiday can be, but unfortunately far too many believe that this pinnacle of vacation indulgence is well out of their reach. The reality is that cheap cruises are relatively common and offer fantastic options for those looking to get away from it all without spending a fortune. So why are cheap cruises a good choice for the budget conscious holidaymaker? See below for just a few of the reasons that many are choosing a cruise for their next vacation.
1. Travel costs
This may seem like a bit of an obvious one to mention, but it makes such a huge difference that it's worth noting. Depending on where you're starting your cruise, it's quite likely that you won't have to worry about flights, gas, car rental, train tickets or anything of the kind. This can end up saving you a bundle, while still allowing you to sample the sights and sounds of exotic locations. With a cruise, you just pay for your ticket up front and that's the end of your transport costs right there.
Similarly to the first point, there's no need to worry about where you're going to stay, price matching hotels and motels, getting up early enough to check out on time... You have your cabin or suite for the duration of the trip, included in the cost of the cruise of course, and that's that. This can save you money, but it'll also save you a ton of hassle. There's no need to keep packing up your things and moving them to a new place every time you want to go somewhere new - just go to sleep and wake up to discover an entirely new horizon, every day.
3. Inexpensive dining
Indulging in delicious dishes is one of the greatest joys of vacationing, but all those restaurant bills can start to add up pretty quickly. When you're on a cruise holiday however, much of your food will not only be affordable but much of it will actually be included in the cost of the cruise. Dining options will vary a bit from cruise to cruise, but buffet options are almost always included in your fare, as well as a few casual eateries and the cuisine offered in the main dining room. Specialty restaurants are common - venues that offer another tier in quality where you may have to pay a cover charge or a nominal fee for the meal.
While you may choose to sample the various activities and entertainment on offer in the port cities that you visit, you'll soon find that there's plenty to keep you entertained aboard the ship. Again, options will vary according to which particular ship you're on but you can expect anything from stand-up comedy to live reality shows to elaborate Broadway productions - and that's just in the evening. During the day, cruisers might find themselves cooling off in a massive waterpark, getting behind the wheel of a top notch racing simulator or catching some waves in an onboard surfing pool.
5. Package tours
Of course, not all your time will be spend onboard ship. One of the best things about a cruise holiday is getting to discover a wide range of amazing destinations, and cruise lines usually offer shore excursions. These are generally guided tours that will allow you to experience the highlights of each location in the easiest way possible. Excursions can include activities like swimming with dolphins, attending tribal rituals and exploring ancient cities - many of these need to be booked ahead of time and may not be included in your cruise fare but they certainly are a supremely convenient and fun way to enhance your cruise holiday experience.
Popular cruises from Australia include destinations such as New Zealand, the South Pacific islands and Southeast Asia.