Undoubtedly, heading out on a cruise is one of the best ways in which to enjoy a vacation. However, one would be lying to his or herself if they were to say that cruising is without its annoyances. Like it or not, there are just some things about heading out on a cruise ship that can get under the skin of even the most veteran of cruisers.
If you’ve been out on a cruise, then you’re probably already thinking about a few of the things that we’re talking about. If you haven’t tried cruising yet, then you should check out our list of cruise ship annoyances. While none of these are deal breakers when it comes to taking that cruise ship vacation, they’re certainly things you should be aware of before boarding…
1. No Internet Connections
If you’re the kind of person that has to text with your friends at all times, then be prepared to give up that cellphone connection… Unless you want to pay a pretty penny for Wi-Fi, that is…
2. Leaving the Hot Spot
You cruise to one of the world’s most famous tropical destinations, a place known for its wild nightlife… It’s just that you can’t enjoy that, because you’ve got to get back on the boat!
3. No Time for the Beach
Oh, some of the beaches you’ll see when you head out on a cruise vacation! And oh, how little time you’ll have to enjoy them!
4. Formal Night
This is a holdover from the old days of cruising – the night upon which the whole cruise ship goes formal. You don’t really have the follow suit, but come on…
5. Expensive Libations
Cruise ships understand that they have a captive audience. They knew you want that frozen cocktail, and they’re going to charge you quite a bit for it!
6. Children Everywhere
Families go cruising, and families involve children. If you can’t hang with screaming three year olds, then you might be in for trouble…
7. The Pool Crowds
Some cruise ships can carry thousands of people at a time; and thousands of people will definitely be crowding those pool decks on hot days.
8. Not-So Broadway Productions
Performing on a cruise ship isn’t the ideal gig for someone who’s bound to become a star. You’ll notice this in the quality of the productions.
9. The Single Supplement
Traveling by oneself can be an incredibly rewarding and eye-opening experience. If you want to cruise by yourself, be prepared to be charged extra for the privilege.
10. Getting Your Sea Legs
Once you finally get off the boat and head back home, prepare to be dealing with your sea legs for days and days…
11. Paying for Excursions
You’d think that cruise ships would include the cost of excursions in their fares, but nope! They cost quite a bit, particularly if you book them while on the ship.
12. Bringing Out the Germaphobe
A floating city that’s ferrying thousands of people is a germaphobe’s worst nightmare. If you want to stay healthy, you better stay on top of your hygiene.
13. The Sanitized Experience
Hey, it’s definitely fun to be out on the ocean and relaxing for your vacation. But, cruising ultimately provides a ‘sanitized’ experience, not unlike staying inside of an amusement park for a week.