Cruising vs flying: Why your next holiday should be a cruise

Everyone knows about flying. You sit in a small seat, enjoy meals on a small tray and try to watch something on a small TV.

Cruising, on the other hand, is an extravagant way to travel, allowing you time to truly appreciate the glistening marvels of our oceans and coastlines. Not only that, you will feel like royalty with your own bedroom and space to walk around – without tripping over anyone’s feet or asking them to get up so you can go to the loo.

So how do you make the most of a cruising holiday?

And why would a cruise win the cruising vs flying debate?

On board facilities

On a cruise ship, you’ll never get bored. Whether you want an exciting, luxury escape or something a little more relaxing, there will be an activity for you.

  • Dining: For starters, literally, most cruise ships have proper dining facilities. These aren’t just pre-packaged meals made in a factory somewhere far off, but proper, real restaurants with world-class chefs catering to your desires. Many larger ships even have multiple restaurant options, including both high-class dining for the evening, and smaller venues for lunch and coffee breaks.
  • Entertainment: Most major cruise operators come alive at night, as if they were an entire city entertainment precinct on a single ship. You can join in the fun at casinos, gaze at spectacular cabaret and circus performances, laugh until you cry at stand-up comedy shows, sit down for an evening blockbuster film played on the big screen – you name it, chances are a cruise liner probably has it.
  • Day time sport and leisure: Out at sea, the crew do their best to provide guests with the ultimate daytime entertainment to keep everyone both busy and happy. There are often sports tournaments and swimming pool games, as well as regular lectures and classes ranging from wine tasting and history to napkin folding and cooking. You’ll even find afternoon musical shows and even more movies.

In addition to those, there is usually a gymnasium available on board, where you can get that essential mid-holiday workout. Or the spa facilities, where massage therapy, steam rooms and detox sessions can be found to keep the body relaxed and healthy.

On top of all this great entertainment, you mustn’t forget you’re also travelling between ports. Each destination you visit also has its own raft of great holiday activities, many of which your cruise provider can even organise for you.

Have a safe trip

They say flying is the safest way to travel, but that doesn’t mean cruising is dangerous. Here’s how you can enjoy a safe ocean holiday.

  • Sea sickness: To enjoy your trip to the fullest, without shaky knees and a churning stomach, consider talking to a pharmacist or your doctor about travel sickness pills before your trip.
  • Travel insurance: If you’re sailing off into the sunset, consider customising your travel insurance by adding our Cruise Pack so you’re covered for that cruise adventure. This provides extra protection while you’re at sea, including medical, evacuation and cabin confinement cover. It also provides cover for pre-paid shore excursion cancellation, marine rescue diversion and more. Check out the Virgin Travel Insurance Cruise Pack to see if it’s right for you.
  • Remember you’re on a boat: Crew will give you safety instructions prior to departure, as well as in the event of an emergency. Many travellers also recommend wearing shoes with good grip when you are walking around the ship.

Have you booked your next cruise holiday yet?