October is cruise month at Ocean Florida and we’re celebrating this exciting holiday type. We give you our top 10 reasons why you should choose a cruise for your next holiday.
Everything’s All In
Well almost, anyway. Most cruises all full board which means you get all your food included in the price with the option to add on drinks packages. Norwegian Cruise Line are unique in that they include drinks packages in the cruise cost, so no need to pay for any extras when on board.
Aside from the food and drink, you get all the activities included too. You can do as much or as little as you like. Many cruise ships have spas (although, you may have to pay extra for treatments), pools, casinos, cinemas, shopping, and more. It’s basically one huge floating resort!
Cruises take the stress from visiting many destinations in one trip. There’s no need to pack and unpack multiple times or checking into numerous hotel rooms.
Get a taster for the cultures and places your visiting, explore what’s on offer and take part in the onshore activities. It’s amazing to see the sunset in one destination and watching it rise as you arrive at another.
Cruise & Stay Options
Combine your cruise with a stay on land. Fly to Florida and experience the world-class attractions of Orlando or explore the Everglades. Sail from Miami and spend a few days partying on the South Beach or dining in the trendy art deco restaurants.You can find our cruise & stay guide here
The food on cruise ships is unbelievable. Dine on dishes from around the world in restaurants inspired by celebrity chefs. Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas has a Jamie’s Italian, part of Jamie Oliver’s food empire. This ship cruises from North American and tours the Caribbean, Bermuda as well as New England and Canada.
If you’ve seen Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you’ll know Guy Fieri is serious about BBQs. Find his burger joint in most Carnival cruise ships, it’s the perfect place to stop by for lunch.
All the cruise ships have entertainment in the evenings. Carnival have an IMAX cinema which shows the latest blockbusters and nightly Lip Sync Battle, take part and make the crowd go wild!
Disney have regular performances on their ship from Aladdin to Tangled, both of which have exclusive songs written for the cruise line. Norwegian and Royal Caribbean also have nightly Broadway-calibre stage shows.
Let loose on the dancefloor and head to the bars and clubs on board. They play a variety of music, and are open until the wee hours.
Most cruise lines are family friendly, the most of course is Disney. From character experiences and kids’ clubs to generous sized cabins, there’s so much for the children to enjoy. On some Carnival Cruises, you can have breakfast with Dr Seuss, brave the high ropes or the SkyRide and make a splash in the pool. Royal Caribbean ships have a FlowRider, water parks, rock climbing and mini golf.
Every cruise holiday you embark on will be different, guaranteed. There are so many different itineraries from various ports across the USA, all with differing durations. You may want to sail from New York and discover the historic New England or see the Bahamas from Miami. With a variety of cruise lines offering diverse holidays and experiences, you’ll find the voyage for you.
Despite popular belief, cruises can be quite a cheap way to travel, especially if you want to see as many places as possible with a few added luxuries along the way. Moreover, they are simple to plan; all you need to do is pick your cruise line, itinerary, any relevant flights and you’re off.
If you’re looking to spend some quality time with your other half, a cruise could be a good option. See unforgettable sunsets, walk along a secluded beach, have a date night or watch a movie under the stars. You can even have a special dinner on your private balcony with the glistening sea as you backdrop.
Private Tropical Islands
Many of the cruise lines have their own exclusive islands where the experience of the ship continues on land. Disney have Castaway Cay, Royal Caribbean have CocoCay and Norwegian Cruise Line have Great Stirrup Cay. Rent a private cabana and relax to the sound of the sea or take part in the thrilling Watersports on offer.