Learn The Truth About The 7 Popular Cruise Myths

There’s just something about cruising that captures the imagination. If you’ve sailed before you likely still daydream about that vacation or taking another one. And people that have never sailed before, they have lots of preconceived notions of what life is like on the ship. But for those that have sailed, they realized quickly that some of what they might have thought cruising was like turns out to actually be a myth.

 

In fact, the first-time sailing can end up being completely different than what you might have expected. With that in mind, we’re diving into some of the biggest myths surrounding cruising and why they simply aren’t true.

Myth #1: Ships are full of older passengers.

The funny saying is that cruises are for the newlywed and older generation. That might have held water a few years ago but it’s certainly not the case today. When you board a cruise aboard a major line like Carnival or Royal Caribbean, you’ll find everyone from small kids to older folks and everything in between.

 

In fact, you need to look no further than the amenities offered on a cruise ship to see that everyone goes on cruises. Ships are built to appeal to a broad age range. You’ll find water slides and kids cups for children, trendy bars and nightclubs for the younger adults, and in quieter lounges and fine dining for older passengers.

 

According to Cruise Lines International Association, 52%, more than half of passengers were under 50 years old on North American Cruises in 2019 and 37% were under 40 years old. That said, there are differences between cruise lines and the type of passenger they attract.

 

A mass market line like Carnival, they appeal more to younger passengers while luxury lines such as Celebrity, you can expect an older crowd. Less expensive and shorter cruises tend to have younger crowds and pricier longer-term trips cater more to older passengers. But these days everyone takes cruises no matter their age.

Myth #2: Last-minute cruise deals

Now, last minute cruise deals are something that we all dream about. The issue is they don’t really exist. You’d think that you’d be able to get a cabin cheap if a ship was about to sail and the room was empty. After all, if a cabin sale is empty not only does the cruise line not make any money on the cruise fare. But they also don’t make money from onboard spending on things like drinks or excursions or gambling.

 

The truth is, however, that cruises sail at capacity. During normal operations, the average cruise ship sails at about 105 to 107% capacity. 100% capacity means that each cabin is filled with two passengers. Being at more than 100%, that means some rooms have three or more passengers.

 

Cruise lines, they are experts at making sure ships sail full and, in our experience, it’s rare to see a drastically discounted rate right near the cruise date. As well, cruise lines don’t want to train those passengers to wait until the last minute to book. Imagine if rates were always cut right near the cruise date, in that case, passengers would simply wait and save money in sale cheap.

 

It would create tons of headaches in trying to plan for a sailing, as well, as need less revenue for the cruise line. As a result, cruise lines tend to keep prices steady instead of offering those last-minute cruise deals.

Myth #3: Always on a schedule

Many people mistakenly believe that when you cruise, you are on a strict schedule. Now, in some ways that is true. For instance, days in port have set schedules. You can’t go ashore until the ship arrives in the morning and you have to be back on board before the ship departs.

 

As well, each day on the ship, you’ll receive a daily schedule that lays out everything happening on the ship. So, you’ll know that the evening show starts at 7pm or that the belly flop contest by the pool is at 2pm. But on a cruise your time is your own.

 

Don’t make a mistake thinking it’s not. You don’t have to do anything. If you want to sleep in and go to breakfast late, you can do that. If you want to hang out by the pool all day or maybe you just want to eat at 8pm instead of 6pm or maybe you want to go to the spa for massage followed by a workout in the gym and then grabbing lunch.

 

You have complete freedom to do what you want, when you want on the ship. The only schedule is to be back on the ship before it leaves port. Apart from that, you can do what you want, whenever.

Myth #4: Ships are ‘petri dishes’.

No doubt, cruising has been at the forefront of the recent health crisis. When Covid hits, stories about cruise ships seemed to be a regular fixture on the news. And before that, there were regular stories about norovirus and other viruses having outbreaks on ships. Truth is that, yes, viruses can spread on cruise ships.

 

With so many people within close proximity to one another, sickness is a concern especially after 2020. But to call cruise lines petri dishes is a misnomer. In fact, they may be among the most sanitized and carefully cleaned spots you’ll ever vacation.

 

Cruise ships go through something called the vessel sanitation program. It’s an inspection headed up by the CDC that focuses on eight different areas including galleys and dining rooms, housekeeping and pools.

 

Ships must score in 86 or better to pass. And when it comes to Covid, under new protocols, the industry has seen about 400,000 passengers sail and only had about 50 cases of Covid tied back to the ships. Yes, illness can spread on a ship but cruise lines, they take sanitation seriously. After all, it has a big impact on their bottom line.

Myth #5: Low food quality

When you have 4,000 people on a cruise ship, beating them is a big inexpensive task. That’s 12,000 meals a day plus any snacks and what’s needed to feed the crew. So, it’s no wonder, with so much food needed there is an idea that the food is low quality. I will be the first to say that some food it could be better.

 

In particular, the buffets can leave something to be desired. To me, they’re just fine but eating it every day does get tiresome. However, the main dining room and the restaurants around the ship, I have yet to have had a bad meal. From steaks to burgers to Mexican food, barbecue, even Asian, I’ve tried tons of different food and restaurants on cruise ships. The quality has always been solid.

 

Now, the downside for much of the best food I think, that you want to dine in specialty restaurants, which will cost extra money and isn’t included with your cruise fare.

Myth #6: Everyone gets seasick.

No one wants you to get seasick on a cruise especially the cruise line. If you get sick, then the chances of you actually enjoying your trip are low. But for the vast majority of people, seasickness worries, they’re simply overblown.

 

First, modern cruise ships are big and the bigger the ship, the less you’ll feel the ocean. That’s not to say that you can’t feel the waves at all. But most of the time, it’s only very slight.

 

As well, modern ships have plenty of advanced notice of weather and the ability to steer clear sailing towards smoother waters. That’s not to say the ships never face rough weather. Sometimes, it’s simply unavoidable but if you think that the entire trip will be rocking and rolling then think again.

 

Beyond that, even if there is some rougher water, then a simple over-the-counter seasickness medication can help you feel more comfortable.

Myth #7: You only see touristy spots.

Now, there is no argument that cruises especially those that go to the Caribbean can be very touristy. Many port areas like Cozumel, they’re built specifically to appeal to cruise passengers. It’s hard to say that Margaritaville at the cruise pier is very authentic and for many passengers that’s simply no issue.

 

But some people are more interested in seeing the real place they’re visiting. Not just the touristy hot spots. On a cruise, the tour spots are definitely front and center but you can absolutely get off the beaten path and see the real country if you want to.

 

You can explore on your own but there are also excursions that can show you more than you can see otherwise. For instance, one excursion in Belize takes passengers to Altun Ha, which is an ancient Mayan city. This is about as far from a souvenir shop or a party bar as you can get.

 

The trip is then followed up by a boat ride down a wild river back to the ship. Giving you the experience of seeing all the natural wildlife first hand. Don’t think just because you’re on a cruise that you can’t see the real place you’re visiting.

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    Learn The Truth About The 7 Popular Cruise Myths

    There’s just something about cruising that captures the imagination. If you’ve sailed before you likely still daydream about that vacation or taking another one. And people that have never sailed before, they have lots of preconceived notions of what life is like on the ship. But for those that have sailed, they realized quickly that some of what they might have thought cruising was like turns out to actually be a myth.

     

    In fact, the first-time sailing can end up being completely different than what you might have expected. With that in mind, we’re diving into some of the biggest myths surrounding cruising and why they simply aren’t true.

    Myth #1: Ships are full of older passengers.

    The funny saying is that cruises are for the newlywed and older generation. That might have held water a few years ago but it’s certainly not the case today. When you board a cruise aboard a major line like Carnival or Royal Caribbean, you’ll find everyone from small kids to older folks and everything in between.

     

    In fact, you need to look no further than the amenities offered on a cruise ship to see that everyone goes on cruises. Ships are built to appeal to a broad age range. You’ll find water slides and kids cups for children, trendy bars and nightclubs for the younger adults, and in quieter lounges and fine dining for older passengers.

     

    According to Cruise Lines International Association, 52%, more than half of passengers were under 50 years old on North American Cruises in 2019 and 37% were under 40 years old. That said, there are differences between cruise lines and the type of passenger they attract.

     

    A mass market line like Carnival, they appeal more to younger passengers while luxury lines such as Celebrity, you can expect an older crowd. Less expensive and shorter cruises tend to have younger crowds and pricier longer-term trips cater more to older passengers. But these days everyone takes cruises no matter their age.

    Myth #2: Last-minute cruise deals

    Now, last minute cruise deals are something that we all dream about. The issue is they don’t really exist. You’d think that you’d be able to get a cabin cheap if a ship was about to sail and the room was empty. After all, if a cabin sale is empty not only does the cruise line not make any money on the cruise fare. But they also don’t make money from onboard spending on things like drinks or excursions or gambling.

     

    The truth is, however, that cruises sail at capacity. During normal operations, the average cruise ship sails at about 105 to 107% capacity. 100% capacity means that each cabin is filled with two passengers. Being at more than 100%, that means some rooms have three or more passengers.

     

    Cruise lines, they are experts at making sure ships sail full and, in our experience, it’s rare to see a drastically discounted rate right near the cruise date. As well, cruise lines don’t want to train those passengers to wait until the last minute to book. Imagine if rates were always cut right near the cruise date, in that case, passengers would simply wait and save money in sale cheap.

     

    It would create tons of headaches in trying to plan for a sailing, as well, as need less revenue for the cruise line. As a result, cruise lines tend to keep prices steady instead of offering those last-minute cruise deals.

    Myth #3: Always on a schedule

    Many people mistakenly believe that when you cruise, you are on a strict schedule. Now, in some ways that is true. For instance, days in port have set schedules. You can’t go ashore until the ship arrives in the morning and you have to be back on board before the ship departs.

     

    As well, each day on the ship, you’ll receive a daily schedule that lays out everything happening on the ship. So, you’ll know that the evening show starts at 7pm or that the belly flop contest by the pool is at 2pm. But on a cruise your time is your own.

     

    Don’t make a mistake thinking it’s not. You don’t have to do anything. If you want to sleep in and go to breakfast late, you can do that. If you want to hang out by the pool all day or maybe you just want to eat at 8pm instead of 6pm or maybe you want to go to the spa for massage followed by a workout in the gym and then grabbing lunch.

     

    You have complete freedom to do what you want, when you want on the ship. The only schedule is to be back on the ship before it leaves port. Apart from that, you can do what you want, whenever.

    Myth #4: Ships are ‘petri dishes’.

    No doubt, cruising has been at the forefront of the recent health crisis. When Covid hits, stories about cruise ships seemed to be a regular fixture on the news. And before that, there were regular stories about norovirus and other viruses having outbreaks on ships. Truth is that, yes, viruses can spread on cruise ships.

     

    With so many people within close proximity to one another, sickness is a concern especially after 2020. But to call cruise lines petri dishes is a misnomer. In fact, they may be among the most sanitized and carefully cleaned spots you’ll ever vacation.

     

    Cruise ships go through something called the vessel sanitation program. It’s an inspection headed up by the CDC that focuses on eight different areas including galleys and dining rooms, housekeeping and pools.

     

    Ships must score in 86 or better to pass. And when it comes to Covid, under new protocols, the industry has seen about 400,000 passengers sail and only had about 50 cases of Covid tied back to the ships. Yes, illness can spread on a ship but cruise lines, they take sanitation seriously. After all, it has a big impact on their bottom line.

    Myth #5: Low food quality

    When you have 4,000 people on a cruise ship, beating them is a big inexpensive task. That’s 12,000 meals a day plus any snacks and what’s needed to feed the crew. So, it’s no wonder, with so much food needed there is an idea that the food is low quality. I will be the first to say that some food it could be better.

     

    In particular, the buffets can leave something to be desired. To me, they’re just fine but eating it every day does get tiresome. However, the main dining room and the restaurants around the ship, I have yet to have had a bad meal. From steaks to burgers to Mexican food, barbecue, even Asian, I’ve tried tons of different food and restaurants on cruise ships. The quality has always been solid.

     

    Now, the downside for much of the best food I think, that you want to dine in specialty restaurants, which will cost extra money and isn’t included with your cruise fare.

    Myth #6: Everyone gets seasick.

    No one wants you to get seasick on a cruise especially the cruise line. If you get sick, then the chances of you actually enjoying your trip are low. But for the vast majority of people, seasickness worries, they’re simply overblown.

     

    First, modern cruise ships are big and the bigger the ship, the less you’ll feel the ocean. That’s not to say that you can’t feel the waves at all. But most of the time, it’s only very slight.

     

    As well, modern ships have plenty of advanced notice of weather and the ability to steer clear sailing towards smoother waters. That’s not to say the ships never face rough weather. Sometimes, it’s simply unavoidable but if you think that the entire trip will be rocking and rolling then think again.

     

    Beyond that, even if there is some rougher water, then a simple over-the-counter seasickness medication can help you feel more comfortable.

    Myth #7: You only see touristy spots.

    Now, there is no argument that cruises especially those that go to the Caribbean can be very touristy. Many port areas like Cozumel, they’re built specifically to appeal to cruise passengers. It’s hard to say that Margaritaville at the cruise pier is very authentic and for many passengers that’s simply no issue.

     

    But some people are more interested in seeing the real place they’re visiting. Not just the touristy hot spots. On a cruise, the tour spots are definitely front and center but you can absolutely get off the beaten path and see the real country if you want to.

     

    You can explore on your own but there are also excursions that can show you more than you can see otherwise. For instance, one excursion in Belize takes passengers to Altun Ha, which is an ancient Mayan city. This is about as far from a souvenir shop or a party bar as you can get.

     

    The trip is then followed up by a boat ride down a wild river back to the ship. Giving you the experience of seeing all the natural wildlife first hand. Don’t think just because you’re on a cruise that you can’t see the real place you’re visiting.

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