There’s a common misconception that cruises are only for older travellers, but this isn’t the case. While the average age of a cruise-goer is around 45 to 50, more and more cruise companies are focusing their trips at a younger age bracket, tailoring their tours to suit a younger mindset and visiting more unique cruise destinations. There are massive advantages to exploring this form of travel, not least the fact that you avoid the stress of having to compare flights and make all of your connections. A cruise comes as a full package, meaning you can relax and enjoy being pampered for the entire holiday. With cruises for people in their 20s and 30s becoming increasingly popular, here are some reasons to consider being part of the trend.
VISITING LOTS OF DESTINATIONS
Younger generations tend to live hectic, fast-paced lifestyles, and the increasing accessibility of internet and travel apps has facilitated a more independent form or travel, where its possible to plan very little in advance, hop on and off public transport and visit multiple destinations in one trip.
Cruising takes a lot of the stress and uncertainty out of travelling, but still enables you to fit multiple destinations into a short time span. In fact, the time saved by having all of your connections pre-booked means you can focus on the important part—exploring the places you stop at. You also avoid long waits at airports and excruciatingly long bus rides. In transit, you can relax in the comfort of your room, enjoy sea views from the ship’s deck or socialise with your fellow passengers.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Compared with visiting each destination on separate trips, or via a string of flight connections, cruises are seriously good value for money, and considering your journey time is far more comfortable and enjoyable than if you were backpacking, you have much more time to enjoy yourself. Sleeping in a comfortable room also means you’re well rested and prepared to make the most out of each destination. While most cruises charge extra for optional excursions, there’s no obligation to book them. If you’re used to backpacking, you can easily explore each location on your own, and this really helps to keep the costs down. Alternatively, you can use an independent booking platform for cruise excursions. This enables you to book local tours specific for cruise guests so you don’t have to worry about organising sightseeing at each port. Group sizes tend to be smaller and the prices are often much lower compared with what the cruise line charges.
For many travellers, one of the joys of exploring new countries is the chance to try their local cuisines. During a cruise, not only will you be able to grab national delicacies while on land, but most ships are equipped with a massive selection of restaurants. Usually, you will be provided with a huge buffet breakfast too. There’s also ice cream by the pool and drinks in the bar/club to look forward to, so you can really indulge.
There’s never a dull moment on a cruise, so whether you’re checking out one of the stops or having a great time socialising on board, there will be ample opportunities to take photos. One of the biggest advantages of being out at sea is the chance to witness some spectacular sunsets, and maybe even the odd sunrise from the railings of the ship’s deck. With unobstructed views and no light pollution, it’s possible the moments spent gazing out to sea will be even more memorable than your stop-offs.
PERFECT FOR YOUNG FAMILIES
Most cruises offer free kids’ clubs and activities that are available virtually all day long. This means that young parents can relax and enjoy themselves in the knowledge that their kids are also having fun in a safe environment. Many cruise ships offer small competitions and children’s parties, which are supervised by responsible staff.
MEETING NEW PEOPLE
On such a big ship, you’re likely to encounter a diverse group of people from different nationalities and backgrounds, and there’s company for all ages. Since you’re all taking the same journey for an extended period of time, it gives you the chance to form strong bonds with some of your fellow passengers, rather than constantly saying goodbye and having to make new friends, as it the life of a backpacker.
ENJOY BEING OFFLINE
Most cruise ships don’t have a free Wi-Fi connection. Although this is a daunting prospect (especially for younger generations), it forces you to live in the moment and makes it far more likely that you’ll immerse yourself in every experience available. Of course, for updates on social media and messages home, you can access the internet when you stop at a port.
GENERAL SAFETY TIPS
Although it’s one of the safest ways to travel, cruising comes with small risks. Boats aren’t for everyone, and those prone to seasickness might find that this dampens their enjoyment of the cruise. It’s a great idea to pack medication for motion sickness just in case. You should also drink responsibly, especially if you’re travelling solo. Aside from the security risks that come with impaired judgement, it’s never fun to be hungover on a boat!