Smashing the Stereotypes… Top Cruise Myths Blown Out of the Water
MYTH: I’m too young to cruise…
FACT: Well, we can’t deny cruising is traditionally loved by a slightly older demographic BUT, they aren’t the only ones. More families are now cruising with children due to the fantastic on board facilities and activities – think ice-rinks, rock climbing and even bumper cars! Plus, a new wave of adventure style cruises and destinations is encouraging a younger audience of 30+s. Fancy exploring the arctic, spotting elephants as you cruise down the Chobe River in Africa, or even partying the night away in the multitude of clubs and cocktail bars on board? – It’s not all knitting classes and boules!
MYTH: Cruising is old fashioned, unpopular and not the type of holiday for me…
FACT: In the last couple of years, the UK cruise market has become the largest in Europe - with the latest figures showing an extra 25,000 Britons boarding cruises last year, taking the total annual passengers to over a whopping 1.7m! From small ships to tall ships and everything in between - there really is a cruise style for all interests. Also, the new trend of short cruises from 3 to 7 days offers a great opportunity to sample what cruising is all about.
MYTH:Cruising is boring, you’ll be stuck on a ship for days with nothing to do…
FACT: This is certainly not the case. Cruising puts entertainment at the forefront with fine dining experiences, family fun, spas and relaxation to more unusual activities including; outdoor cinemas, zip wires, wine tasting, and art exhibitions, plus even Apple computer and photography lessons – so no time to develop cabin fever! For those with itchy feet, there are also thousands of shore excursions to choose from on days in port. Plus, you get to visit more than one place on your holiday! Slightly different from the usual land hotel package…
MYTH:It’s all over-eating at the buffet, lazing around and not a healthy thing in sight…FACT: If you want to relax and not watch what you eat or worry about exercise then go for it, we wouldn’t blame you! However more and more of us want to strike a healthy balance whilst away, and contrary to popular belief, a cruise is the ideal answer. From specialty spa restaurants, ‘trans-fat-free’ dining rooms and sushi bars, to top of the range gyms, outdoor running tracks and endless body blitzing exercise classes, you’ll really have no excuse. Plus there are some amazing revitalising spa treatments to try!
MYTH:Cruising is expensive and only for the privileged…FACT: Cruise travel offers amazing value and you will be surprised what you can get for your money when you start comparing it to your usual land-based holiday. Plus, one in every two cruises last year were bought for less than £1,000 – Bargain!
MYTH:You can only cruise in the CaribbeanFACT: As lovely as the Caribbean is, Norway, the Baltic and the Mediterranean were the big cruise destination winners in 2013. Cruise travel is actually blazing a trail with new destinations constantly being added. If you think about it, our planet is covered by around 70% of water – so it’s not surprising that you can really see more on a cruise with some places on Earth being only accessible by boat.
Now that we have exploded those common cruising myths for you, why not come and uncover a whole new world of voyages at The CRUISE Show? Taking place at Manchester Central on 13-14 September, Birmingham’s NEC on 20-21 September and Glasgow’s SECC on 11-12 October 2014, this is your chance todiscover why cruising is so popular. In fact, it has maintained one of the highest satisfaction levels in leisure travel - in 2013, for the 2nd consecutive year, more passengers took multiple cruises than took just the one cruise – so it must be good!
Whether you want to research and plan your first ever cruise or you are a seasoned cruiser looking for your next big cruising adventure, The CRUISE Show gives you the chance to meet directly with major cruise lines and specialist operators all under one roof. You can save thousands of pounds with the exclusive show-only offers and upgrades while leading cruise experts will be on hand to offer inspiration, tips and advice about your next exciting getaway.
So go on, make a visit to Europe’s leading cruise showcase this autumn – where will you be sailing off to next…?
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