When you're booking a cruise, almost every expense is covered in the initial price. The cost will vary from around $150 per day, depending on your destination; it will also include the value of all meals, most ship activities, and specific on-land excursions. There are very few things you'll have to pay for out of pocket while on the cruise, but it's always a wise idea to bring a little spending money on-board.
On a cruise, you get to sample several destinations for short periods of time; these are destinations that would be more difficult and expensive to visit in any other situation. The experience of waking up in a different area each day has been described as 'magical.' When you're not docked or scheduled for a stop, those evenings are known as 'sea days' and give you optimum opportunity to relax on the ship.
A cruise ship is like a floating hotel, but better! You'll have all the amenities you need in one of the many spacious cabins located on the ship. They're typically equipped with a comfortable bed, several drawers for storage, television for late nights, an adjoining restroom complete with shower, and an amazing view out onto the vast ocean. Cabins can be purchased depending on the needs of passengers; which means families can choose a large enough cabin for the whole group, or separate side-by-side cabins for a little more in-room privacy.
The very best part of a cruise has to be the luggage system! When you climb aboard, your luggage is checked in and 'appears' in your room. Then you only have to unpack once to store your clothing and essentials throughout the cabin. There's no lugging your suitcases around from once destination to another!
The scenery from a cruise ship is amazing; an experience that's worth the price of sailing. From every angle, there's a sea of the clearest, bluest waters you've ever encountered. It's not unusual for cruisers to also see dolphins, whales, and other elusive sea creatures while out on the open ocean. It's a spectacle you'll be glad you didn't miss.
Overall, choosing to vacation on a cruise ship will save you more money than vacationing in a list of other destinations. You'll have all the necessities and comforts of a traditional, extremely nice hotel without the disadvantages. So, why take a cruise? Because it's the perfect way to spend a few weeks of your year.