15 Reasons Cruise Ships Are Better Than Hotels

Planning your next vacation and hesitating between a cruise or a hotel? There are many options to consider when trying to make this choice. While both options give you a comfortable place to sleep, there are plenty of things you can find on a cruise that you simply won’t find in a hotel.

Here are 15 reasons cruises are better than hotels:

1. Travel while you sleep

A cruise ship is a moving ship, which means it will transport you to your next destination while you sleep.

You will wake up every day in a new place and discover several destinations!

2. Unpack only once

That being said, you only have to unbox once! If you were to visit several cities while staying in a hotel, you would have to pack and unpack each time you arrive somewhere new.

During the cruise, you only have to worry about unpacking on embarkation day and you are ready for your entire vacation.

3. Activities

Cruise ships have packed daily itineraries to ensure there is always something to do. Behind-the-scenes tours, cooking classes, sports competitions, bingo, trivia, karaoke, wine tastings and more are offered daily.

The activities staff work hard to ensure that each day is unique with their activity offering to maximize enjoyment.

4. The ability to unplug

If activities aren’t your thing, cruise ships also offer the perfect opportunity to disconnect and relax.

Sailing in the middle of the ocean, you will find the perfect excuse to disconnect from the real world and soak up your vacation. You will always find plenty of space on board to relax and rejuvenate.

5. Entertainment

One of the best things about cruising is the entertainment offered.

Where else will you find Broadway shows, comedians, magicians, ice skating shows, water theater shows and game shows all in one place? The onboard entertainment options are not only a fantastic way to spend your evening, they are all included in the price of your cruise!

6. Cruises are affordable

Comparatively speaking, cruise vacations tend to cost less than hotel prices. Especially when you factor in the food, entertainment, and all the travel the ship does for you.

7. Food Options

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are always included in your cruise fare.

Chefs on board create fantastic menus that change daily, so you’re never stuck eating the same thing if you don’t want to, and there are multiple venues to choose from.

Cruise ships also have specialty restaurants for an additional charge ranging from steakhouses, hibachi, Italian, BBQ and more!

8. Formal evenings

Want a chance to break out your black tie outfit? Cruises offer between 1 and 3 formal nights per sail, and seeing everyone dressed in their best for dinner and evening activities is an experience in itself.

On those nights, you’ll also find photography stations set up around the ship to capture it all.


During the cruise, you will be sure to find a casino on board. Most hotels and resorts outside of Las Vegas don’t have one.

These casinos offer your traditional poker, roulette, craps tables, slot machines and more!

10. Kids clubs

One thing families should consider is the kids’ clubs offered on cruise ships. Most cruise lines have free kids’ clubs, with different activities for different ages.

It’s a great resource not only for entertaining your kids with activities, but also for providing some quiet time for parents.

11. Ocean Views

When sailing, you are never, at most, more than a few decks away from a beautiful view of the ocean. There’s no better place to watch the sunrise or sunset than in the middle of an ocean.

It also allows for some of the best stargazing you will find on vacation.

12. Cruising is social

With hotels, everyone checks in and out on different days. While on cruises, everyone starts and ends their cruise vacation at the same time, providing a great opportunity to make new friends. Before you even board, you can join call groups and get to know the people who will be on board with you.

13. Cruises are easy to plan

Cruises are the perfect mix of transportation and accommodation, making for an easy-to-plan vacation! The most difficult decision you will have to make is choosing the route and the ship you want to take.

14. Variety

Cruises truly offer something for everyone, from babies to grandparents, from solo travelers to family reunions.

With all the different onboard locations, activities, restaurants, ports and excursions, everyone is sure to find something they want to do, creating unforgettable memories.

15. The Crew

Last, but not least, is the crew.

Staff on board cruise ships are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure you have the best vacation possible. They make it a point to remember your name, ask how your day is going, answer your questions, help you find what you need, or just put a smile on your face.

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