There's just something about those beautiful sunsets on the water that draws me back to the boat over and over again. Well... that and... the fact that cruising is about the cheapest way for our family to vacation!
Here are some reasons why it's so affordable:
1. It's All Inclusive. Your very comfortable lodging and all your food (well most) is included in your cruise fare. There are some specialty restaurants, coffee shop foods, and some room service items that aren't included, but for the most part, anything you could ever want or need is available to you and is included in your price.
2. Free Entertainment. There is usually something going on somewhere on the ship at any hour of the day or night. There are Las Vegas style musical shows, magic shows, comedians, musical bands of all types, and karaoke all over the ship. Not to mention most ships have an outdoor movie theater where they show movies at night. There is always something to do, and unless you are playing Bingo or in the Casino, it's all included in your price.
3. Conveniently Located Ports. In the past, if you wanted to take a cruise, you had to travel to Florida or California. Today, you can cruise from ports that might be located closer to home, like Texas, Maryland, South Carolina, Louisiana, New York, Alabama, Virginia, Washington and more. That means less travel expenses to and from debarkation ports. We live just under 5 hours from the port in Texas, so driving makes more sense for us rather than flying a family of six to the port.
|Cozumel during the month of December|
|On a cruise during the month of February|
These are just some of the reasons I think cruising is super affordable. I know that we have taken road trips to Colorado, and spent tons of time in the vehicle, slept in less than comfortable beds, and eaten frozen pizza and corn dogs all week, to keep expenses down, and we still spent more than we would have if we had cruised. Cruising isn't for everyone, but it sure is an affordable way to spend a week being pampered and spoiled! And we love it!