Cruising is not just for your grandparents. In fact if you think about it, few things sound better than setting sail on the open waters and literally cruising around the world. And while there are a lot of contrasting opinions out there (people seem to either love it or hate it), you should decide for yourself whether cruising is your thing. To help you get started, we have partnered up with Thompson cruises to bring you the top 10 reasons why cruising is kind of the best. 


1. See the World on a Budget

There’s no denying it, cruises are a great way to see many places on a dime. Explore two, three, four (or more!) destinations for the price of what it would normally cost to see just one.


2. There’s Something for Everyone

No matter if you’re looking for a solo-getaway to recharge your batteries, want to party it up with a group of friends, or you just need some quality family time – cruising’s got you covered. There is something for everyone, whether it’s space and tranquility, clubs and casinos, or family friendly shows and activities.


3. Enjoy Stress-free Planning

You might know the feeling: being super excited to go on a trip… until it comes to planning. The stress of organizing transport, accommodations and food can turn a vacation into an overwhelming experience. When you go on a cruise, you just have to book your ticket – that’s all! No nit-picky itineraries needed.


4. Eat Like A Queen

This might be my all time favorite part of cruising – the food! Not only is it available at all imaginable hours almost everywhere you go (including your room), but the sheer amount of options is enough to satisfy the biggest appetites. Check out this helpful article about what to expect regarding food on a cruise (hint: it’s all good).


5. Make Friends from All Over the World

When you stay on a ship with 3,000 others – you’re bound to meet interesting people from all different places – or maybe just people like this. But seriously, it’s super easy to strike up a compelling conversation with others – since you automatically have something in common (being on the cruise). Find out what your ship-mates most love about being onboard or how they’re spending their time at the ports of call. Cruising provides a great way to meet new friends, but there’s absolutely no obligation to do so – so don’t worry if that’s not your thing or if you just want some peaceful R&R.


6. Travel to Unexpected Places

Maybe you never thought of visiting Montenegro, but it’s on your cruise schedule so just like that you’re looking forward to exploring this Balkan beauty. Cruising offers a unique opportunity to experience surprising new places that you might not have otherwise thought or been able to visit.


7. The Perfect Vacation to Unplug

Ever felt pressured to keep your Instagram updated during your trip to Paris? Or let your friends and family know just how wonderful you find London? There’s no better excuse for being unplugged than that you’re literally sailing in the middle of the ocean. Not only that, the sheer overload of offerings from typical travel destinations are enough to frazzle the chillest of travelettes: hundreds of restaurants, dozens of must-see nightspots, etc. Cruising can seriously be one of the most relaxing holidays because it doesn’t have all this noise – use your days at sea to get much needed rest, finally read that novel you’ve been eyeing or just simply be in the moment.


8. Activities Galore! 

Fancy a little more activity in your time off? Most anything goes on a cruise ship and there is always a ton of things to do – from mini golf, volleyball and even extreme sports to shopping, visiting the spa, or catching a live musical. And that doesn’t even include nightlife – go dancing, sing karaoke or attend a comedy show. The list goes on…


9. Ocean Views – All Day, Every Day

Need I say more?


10. Great Value

Let’s face it, with all inclusive packages – meaning you only pay for your ticket – cruising is simply one of the best deals for travelling. The outstanding level of service paired with all the above mentioned (food, activities, and more) – you’re likely to be planning the next one before you even disembark from the first one.

These are my top 10 reasons why you should go on a cruise. Still hesitant? – Check out this guide for first-timers. But don’t just take my (or anyone else’s) word for it – go see for yourself!

With their expert knowledge, the folks at Thomson cruises have shared with us some of their very best destinations to visit during the summer months and now is the perfect time of the year to set sail!

What are your favorite parts of cruising? Let us know in the comments below.

This is a guest post by Briana Goad.

briana goad Bri is a small-town girl from the Southern U.S. living in big-city Europe. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she planted roots in Berlin in 2011 and lives for travel, good weather, and great food. Whether it’s relaxing on the beaches of Belize, interviewing trendsetters on the streets of Lisbon, or touring the towering city of Tokyo, Bri lives a life on the go and is always up for the next adventure. In between her travels she works as a freelance designer from her home studio. Follow her adventures at home and abroad on Instagram and her blog.