It may not be the fastest way to get from A to B, but more and more Australians are trading in their annual holiday abroad for a luxury cruise in waters closer to home. Whether it’s a cruise along the gorgeous Australian coast or an international island-hopping adventure, cruising is once again becoming one of the more popular travel options – here’s what the fuss is all about.
Cruising broadens your horizons
As the old adage goes, “it’s about the journey, not the destination”. Your journey could in fact take you to several destinations, including places you might not have gone on your own. You might be island hopping to places you weren’t confident you could explore over the course of a full holiday or you might simply see a town or village of which you’ve never heard, but either way, you’ll be able to pin a bunch of new destinations on your travel map.
Cruising is an affordable way to travel
Whenever you book a holiday, there’s much to think about: transport, accommodation, meals, activities, souvenirs, what have you. But many cruise packages offer a fabulous all-inclusive element which helps to save you big money down the track – with all your meals, accommodation and transport covered under one big umbrella, all you need to do is luxuriate in whatever fashion suits you best.
Cruising truly is as relaxing as everyone says it is
Little things you forgot to do before you left – replying to that email, booking that dentist check-up, defrosting the freezer – are now impossible until you get back, because you’re out at sea. And trust us, there are worse positions to be in. We all need a bit of R & R every now and then, and sitting aboard a luxury cruise, listening to the sound of crashing waves, sipping a cocktail and having absolutely no responsibility for what’s going on back home can be the best way to find it.
Cruising is easy to plan
Another great reason to make your next holiday a cruise holiday is that it’s super-simple to book. There’s no need to spend hours looking through TripAdvisor reviews for hotel options, or think about where you’re going and how long you’ll have in each place – cruise companies such as P&O have done all of the hard work for you. All you’ll need to think about is the general theme of cruise you’re looking for, then book in on available dates and get packing!
Cruising is social
If you’re travelling solo, or you and your significant other are simply in a bit of a rut, a cruise is a fabulous way to meet new people outside of your regular social circles. Think about it – everyone onboard is there to have fun, relax and take their mind of reality – so you’ve got the perfect scenario to meet new people with similar interests. You might just meet friends for the duration of your cruise – or you might even make lifelong friends with whom you’ll cruise year after year!