So, before we even get start, let’s get one thing out of the way. Taking a cruise can be an incredibly fun way to take a vacation. You’re literally staying aboard a floating city that has been specifically designed to keep you fully entertained as you move from port to port… What’s not the love about that?
Well, as it turns out, there are a few things. Even though we definitely love cruising, there are some definite drawbacks that make cruise ships not as good as you might think they are. What are these drawbacks precisely? Why might you wish to reconsider taking a cruise for your next vacation? Here are our 14 reasons. Let’s see if you agree with any of them…
1. Motion Sickness
Though not as pronounced as it would be on a small boat, those who are susceptible to motion sickness will encounter bouts of seasickness aboard a cruise ship.
2. Cruise Ship Accidents
It doesn’t happen often, but when it does it can be catastrophic. Just take a look at what happened to the Costa Condordia.
3. Break Downs
Likewise, sometimes cruise ships can just simply break down… Obviously this can be a real problem when you’re out in the middle of the ocean.
4. Cruise Sickness
One drawback to being on a floating, enclosed city with thousands of strangers is that sickness can (and sometimes does) spread like wildfire.
5. Bed Bugs!
In recent years, bed bugs have started to become somewhat of a problem for many of the world’s cruise ships… Be careful!
If you’re new to cruising, here’s an important thing to remember. If you miss the boat’s departure time, then you’re stranded… Period!
7. Take a Bite out of Crime
For the most part, cruise ships are perfectly safe… But incidents of crime do take place, both aboard the ship itself and definitely in the ports of call.
8. Food Poisoning
Given the wealth of food options available on cruise ships, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that incidents of food poisoning are more common than most people would expect.
9. Unhealthy Eating
Even if food poisoning doesn’t get you, good luck trying to keep a healthy diet when there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet just a short walk away at all times.
10. Too Much Fun in the Sun
Of course you’ll want to spend as much time up on deck as possible… But when you spend a lot of time in the sun, bad things can happen.
11. The Crowds
Too much fun in the sun might not become a problem for you, though, if you can’t bear the massive crowds you’ll find up on deck!
12. Keeping in Touch
If you value being constantly connected to the outside world through your smartphone, tablet or computer, then cruise ships definitely aren’t for you.
13. The Hidden Costs
It sounds like it will be a lot of fun to check out those excursions you saw advertised, doesn’t it? Well, wait until you see how much they cost. We bet you’ll feel differently.
14. The Sanitized Experience
Unless you relish the idea of taking your vacation in the equivalent of a floating amusement park, then cruise ships may not be the ultimate vacation idea for you and yours.