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12 Reasons Why Your Next Vacation Should Be A Cruise

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A cruise vacation is a one-stop-shop for your next adventure.

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Curious about cruising and considering your next vacation? If easy planning, great value and waking up in a different destination each day sound like the makings of your ideal getaway, then a cruise is well worth taking. Not to mention the lineup of amazing adventures and cultural experiences fit for everyone in your group.

Here are 12 reasons why people cruise and why it’s a perfect vacation for any traveler:  

1. Easy to Plan

One of the best aspects of a cruise is that you can easily choose how you spend your vacation—the destinations, the ship (considering the many amenities included) and the type of stateroom. Once that’s all set, believe it or not, the majority of your planning is complete. Forget the hassle of searching for hotels, coordinating transportation or finding accessible options. You can even select packages that include flights or add Cruisetours, which are overnight land tours before or after your cruise that will take you to places like Alaska’s Denali National Park or a former boomtown of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Friendly competition is the name of the game at the next-generation SeaPlex, the largest indoor and outdoor activity space at sea, on Odyssey of the Seas.

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2. An Excellent Value

A Royal Caribbean cruise includes nearly everything you would need for a great vacation—a stateroom, food, entertainment and a new destination from one day to the next. Depending on the ship, you can also find signature experiences like the FlowRider surf simulator, rock climbing wall, RipCord by iFLy sky diving simulator and The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea, among other thrilling activities. When you think about all you can check off your list in one day, you’ll find the value of a cruise vacation is unbeatable.

3. Convenient Departure Ports

From Florida and Texas to California and Washington, and all points along the eastern seaboard and throughout the Caribbean and Europe, our ports of departure are top-rated destinations to visit in their own right. Transportation is a breeze with any one of the options we offer, and you can make the most of your time off by extending your vacation a few days before or after your cruise.

 

Choose where to go from more than 270 destinations, like Perfect Day at CocoCay – our private island destination in The Bahamas.

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4. The Options Are Endless

There are so many ways you can tailor a Royal Caribbean cruise to be the vacation you and your group are looking for. With the variety of itineraries, ships and destinations, a cruise can meet everyone’s expectations and then some—no matter your interests.

There are more than 270 destinations to choose from and more than 25 ships that could take you there. Pack in more adventure by taking your pick from hundreds of shore excursions, and while you’re on board, you have a lineup of entertainment that spans ice, water, air and stage; restaurants that serve up a world of flavors and new ways to take in the incredible views like from North Star—an observation capsule that takes you 300 feet in the air for breathtaking, 360-degree views.

5. Sustainable Vacation

You can vacation with us knowing that protecting the environment is our business. We’ve committed decades to not only preserving the oceans and the wildlife that call them home but also the communities we visit, which includes offering 2,000 Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)-certified tours. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our sustainability efforts that span efficiencies on board our ships, partnerships with leaders like World Wildlife Fund and initiatives on every cruise and around the world.

 

Guests can dive into an underwater adventure in Tulum, which falls along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

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6. Perfect for Any Type of Traveler

Are you a foodie, lover of culture and history, wellness warrior or addicted to adventure? A cruise can fit your style, no matter the itinerary. From global cuisine and cultural immersion to a chill spa day and exciting active adventures, there are endless opportunities to explore and indulge all your senses—making every moment and memory count.

7. An Ideal Getaway for the Whole Family

From toddlers to teens, grandparents and everyone in between, cruising guarantees a memorable vacation for everyone to get some “me time” and quality family time. On board, there are dedicated kids’ clubs and activities, teen hangouts and adults-only pools, and dinner can be a family affair or a romantic evening for two, while in port you can enjoy a range of shore excursions ideal for a diverse group.

 

Packing for a cruise is a breeze, especially when you consider you only have to unpack once and there are no weight restrictions.

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8. Unpack Once

Cruising provides the ultimate advantage over other kinds of vacations—you only have to “arrive” and unpack once. When you enjoy this hassle-free way of seeing the world, you eliminate schlepping luggage—out of cars, between connecting flights, across cobblestone streets, and up several flights of stairs—from your itinerary (no weight requirements here).

9. You Can Explore with Local Experts

Shore excursions are reputable, reliable and among the best out there, no matter where you are in the world. The local guides leading the way give you access to authentic experiences that could be hard to find without insider connections, whether it’s learning to dogsled in Alaska from an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veteran or hiking through the rainforest into the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano in St. Kitts.

 

Perfect Day at CocoCay has a 1,600-foot-long zip line course, where you’ll criss-cross the island and soar high above the harbor.

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10. You Don’t Have to Pick Between Adventure or Relaxation

You’ll never feel as if you have to choose between the thrill of the wind whipping through your hair as you fly down a zip line or relaxing at the beach under the Caribbean sun. On a cruise, you can do it all, whether on board or at a port of call, thanks to equal parts adventure and relaxation.

11. Private Destinations

You’ll find seemingly endless thrills and ultimate ways to chill at Royal Caribbean private destinations in The Bahamas and Haiti. While adventure abounds at both locales—from the tallest waterslide in North America at Perfect Day at CocoCay to the unparalleled views on Dragon’s Breath zip line at Labadee—any and all will find their slice of paradise at these spots.

 

Royal Caribbean’s app puts your cruise in the palm of your hand.

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12. You’re Safe in Our Hands

We are always looking for ways to continuously improve the guest experience, especially when it means keeping you comfortable and your cruise vacation seamless. Whether it’s creating an app that eliminates the pain points of travel (lines, paper tickets and crowds), reimagining the mandatory safety drill with the introduction of Muster 2.0™, our personalized approach to guest safety; or ensuring that you’re breathing fresh, filtered air wherever you are on board. The lengths we go for your well-being are what make Royal Caribbean vacations so memorable.

If you’re now dreaming of being at sea, book your next vacation with Royal Caribbean today.