In 2006, I went on my very first cruise. Since then, I’ve been on 10 more cruises – racking up the first five in just 2 years. I was hooked on cruising from the very first day and have been spreading the love of cruising ever since.
Many of my friends and co-workers ask me why I like cruising so much or why I go on so many cruises. I secretly love that question, because it gives me permission to talk about my cruising addiction. Sometimes I don’t think my enthusiastic words and stories of my adventures do my love of cruising justice. Sometimes, this writer is at a loss for words to describe a very real cruising addiction. In the meantime, here are 5 reasons why cruises are so addictive:
1. Ports

Curacao

Curacao

Because they stop at multiple ports during your vacation, cruises let you experience multiple places at one time. We took a cruise in the Mediterranean on the Carnival Magic and visited several famous cities: Venice, Rome, Naples, and Barcelona. I discovered that I adored Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik, Croatia (a city I hadn’t given much thought before visiting). On the other hand, I found the history of Rome amazing, but overall I was underwhelmed with parts of this storied city. I know that I’d love to spend a lot more time in Venice or Barcelona, but I’m in no hurry to head back to Rome. The same holds true with Caribbean sailings: I’ve fallen in love with Cozumel, Aruba and Key West. I’d happily book longer vacations in those places.
2. Friendships and People
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Most of today’s cruise ships hold a large number of passengers – the largest cruise ships, Oasis and Allure of the Seas each hold up to 5,400 passengers – and crew members. You’re going to meet new people pretty much the entire cruise. And sometimes, those people can become great friends. I’m still good friends with the assistant cruise director from my very first cruise. When we sailed one December, we made such great friends, we sailed together again the following year. While it’s great to spend time with the people you came on the cruise with, it’s also a great part of the cruise experience to do things with your new cruise friends. And just think, you’ve already got one thing in common with the people you’re sailing with: you all like cruising!
3. Reputation

BlueIguana Cantina aboard Carnival Freedom.
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