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Planning a holiday in the islands? Read this first.

Planning a holiday in the islands? Read this first.

Flying across to some Pacific Island destination for a holiday is a time hallowed tradition in this part of the world - but has there been a better way to vacation right under our noses all this time? Don’t get me wrong: traditional hotel-based holidays in the tropics can be good fun for solo travellers, couples and families alike, but a cruise holiday just goes the extra mile and beats your standard vacation in almost every way. Not convinced? Check the points below to see if you still disagree.

More affordable

With so much included in your cruise fare, a cruise holiday is surprisingly affordable.

This is one that surprises a lot of people. While cruise holidays are often viewed as expensive, one important thing to take into account is how much is included in the fare. Travel, accommodation, entertainment and food is all bundled into one price on a cruise, and while there are always opportunities to have even more amazing onboard experiences for a little extra money, all the essentials are covered for you. Once you take another look at the cruise fare in this light, it starts to seem even more reasonable.

Wake up in a new world

On a cruise, travel is a joy not a hassle.

Almost everyone loves travel - new sights, tastes and experiences are always exciting - but you can expect the actual ‘getting to where you’re travelling’ bit to be a bit of a drag. On a cruise holiday, that expectation is thrown out the porthole. When you board a cruise ship, you can forget all about getting to wherever you’re going and just start relaxing straight away. Go to sleep in a comfy bed and wake up to a beautiful sunrise, well on your way to an exciting destination.

Easier for families

A family holiday onboard a cruise ship gives both parents and kids the chance to enjoy themselves to the fullest.

Family holidays are wonderful - except when they aren’t. Constantly supervising the kids to make sure that they aren’t getting up to mischief can really take the joy out of any vacation, but on a cruise ship this is far less of an issue. For a start, the youth programs onboard will keep young ones busy with a range of fun activities, allowing adults a little time to themselves. Quite a number of cruise lines, including well-known names like P&O Australia, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, also have a range of attractions designed specifically for families. Whether that’s bumper cars, waterslides or a go-kart race track, these lines make it a whole lot easier to have a great time with the kids.

Avoid flights

Forget the stresses of flying - on a cruise, you can travel and have fun at the same time.

Sometimes flying can be fun, if you’re flush enough to be able to afford first or business class. For everyone else though, a flight is a necessary evil to endure on the way to a better place. Fortunately, with the increasing popularity cruising in Australasia, stepping aboard a cruise from a city near you is becoming a much more attractive and viable option. That way, you can cut out all the hassle of air travel and skip straight to the fun bit. Not all cruises start from your backyard of course, but for those that don’t there’s always cruise/flight packages. Otherwise, you might just be able to walk onto the ship, and walk back off - no dull flights needed!

Everything laid on

Wave goodbye to responsibilities as soon as you step aboard. A cruise is the perfect place for utter relaxation.

Perhaps one of the best things about a cruise holiday is that everything is taken care of for you. Meals, dishes, tidying, organising activities - you just don’t have to worry about any of that. Hotels give you a little taste of this freedom but a cruise takes it to another level. With all that day-to-day bother out of the way, you can focus purely on relaxing and having a great time. The crew are there to make your life easier in any way they can, and even parents can catch a break thanks to the kids programs and activities mentioned above.

So next time you’re casting around for holiday ideas, pause before you start booking that hotel and consider whether a cruise could give you a far better holiday with a lower price tag. With so many cruises on sale all the time, you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for your next trip.

From party cruises in the Baltic to a classy Cunard voyage, I’ve been lucky enough to experience the full spectrum of cruise life. Onboard you’ll probably find me by the pool with a doorstop sized book in one hand and a mojito in the other, or sampling an array of delicious foods.

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