Pros and Cons of Cruise Ships for Holiday Beach Hopping:
Cruises were an $8.3 billion industry as of 2015. This means they are a quite popular way for people to vacation. Cruises can last anywhere from 3-4 days to 123 days to a full year! Prices vary based on the length of the cruise and where it takes people.
People love cruises for all different reasons. For many, cruises are a great way to enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in the world on one holiday. The following are the pros and cons to cruise vacations. We hope this helps you plan your next trip to see the world’s best beaches:
- Cruises are essentially a floating hotel. Your hotel room follows you to every port of call or destination you visit
- You get to sleep for the night and wake up in a new port
- Plenty of entertainment is available on board the ship as you wait to get to the next great beach location
- You can always go back to the cruise liner for your meals which are included in your cruise fee
- Side excursions at each port of call allow you to customize your vacation the way you wish. To see the beaches you want to see as knowledgeable tour guides lead the way.
- If side excursions don’t appeal to you, sit on the beach. You can rent a beach chair and lay in the sun all day.
- Many people get seasick with the motion. If you get motion sick a cruise can be a rather unpleasant vacation.
- Cruises do force you to go to all the ports. Even if it’s not a location you care to visit.
- If you wish to spend longer in one location than the ship stays it is not possible. There is a certain set arrival and leaving time. The cruise line decides this and not the passengers.
- Many vacationers don’t like that the shore excursions cost more money. You already paid enough to get on the cruise in the first place!
These are some of the most typical pros and cons you hear when people talk about taking cruises. However, if your cruise is going to some of the best beaches in the world and you enjoy cruising, it can be a great combination for you and can help you see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Top Beaches in the World To See:
The world is full of amazing sights and landscapes, including the most exquisite beaches on the planet. The following are the world’s best beaches to consider visiting the next time you book a cruise:
Shoal Bay, Anguilla
Shoal Bay is a hot spot for vacationers all around the world as it boasts 33 beaches on its beautiful 16 miles of island coast. Every single one of these beaches is also open to the public. This means that you have your pick of where to lay and which view to enjoy as you get a tan or go on an excursion to learn more about the island!
Eagle Beach, Aruba
Aruba has miles of clean, sandy beaches and tranquil waters to put all of your fears and worries at bay (no pun intended) and amazing weather that makes it a perfect time to go to the beach year around. Finished off with powdery, white sands and a quiet, relaxing atmosphere that is fully immersed in nature and you will feel all of your worries fade away in minutes.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
For those who are looking for a more cosmopolitan beach setting, then Phillipsburg is the place for you! This town has influences from both the Dutch and French sides of the island and the entire beach sports a European flair. Enjoy time sunning on the beach or take a walk along the Great Bay Beach Promenade which takes you for nearly 2 miles along the busy beach front.
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
the British Virgin Islands are made up of a collection of small islands, each of which has their own unique posh tourist hotspots. From parasailing to boating, water activities are common at all of these beaches. The pristine, white-sand beaches and tranquil waters, any of them are a great place to relax and let your worries fade away.
Coral Bay, Australia
One of the world’s best snorkeling reefs are located only meters from the shoreline and is part of the Ningaloo Reef region. The nearby town lives a laid-back lifestyle that will provide you with a relaxing getaway from the hustles and bustles of daily life!
Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation is a rare location where 2 you have two World Heritage places smack up against each other in the Daintree National Park and The Great Barrier Reef which means you have somewhere quite special.
Navagio, Zakynthos Island, Greece
The wreck of the 1980s weathered hull freighter that occurred here has made a rather popular tourist attraction and the bone-white wreckage meeting the bright, blue pristine waters makes a beautiful landscape and backdrop for a tourist destination beach. The light and the way it strikes against the wreckage is something anyone needs to see to appreciate!
Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa, Italy
This remote beach is one of the most beautiful in the world and is about 100 miles off of the coast of Italy which gives it an isolated feeling that allows you to do nothing but truly appreciate how remote and beautiful nature can be. The shallow bay allows for a beautiful swimming opportunity and the beautiful beaches make a great place to relax and unwind on your vacation.
Vik is a frigid location in Iceland and it may not be an ideal place to take a dip (you will FREEZE) but the majestic nature of these frigid water in the Atlantic is a sight for every sightseer to behold. The eerie black-sanded beaches are created by Basalt formations which have corroded over time and make this a hauntingly beautiful place to visit. It’s one you’ll never forget.
Yunokawa Hakodate, Japan
Yunokawa is a hot spring district of Japan which also shows its true charm during the winter months when the local villages are at their most beautiful. It’s majestic. The hot springs are scattered on a snowy beach. There is also great skiing nearby at Hokkaido and it’s a quieter time to visit as many tourists ignore the area when they should be visiting it the most!
Tanjung Rhu, Langwaki, Malaysia
Tanjung Rhu is a cluster of island beaches that are becoming both a major cruise line attraction and a resort hotspot in Asia. The beaches are surrounded by ancient limestone caves that attract tourists as well as rippling waterways and dense mangroves. There are also boat tours that go throughout the islands on a regular basis so you can see all the beauty that the area has to offer!
Punta Del Diablo, Uruguay
Located about 112 miles from Punta del Estate, the Punta Del Diablo beach is as a beach vacation hot spot. It is set in among a variety of fishing villages. It’s a great camping destination among the many sand dunes. There are excellent barbeque eateries scattered along the beach front. The nearby Cabo Pablano was declared a national park in 2009. Tourists can go to see a sea lion colony and a namesake lighthouse. This is a beautiful beach setting.
Carilo, near Pinamar, Argentina
Carilo is a great swimming destination. It has some of the warmest waters near a beach in all of South America. Spanning over 500 miles of beautiful coastline there are also legendary pitstops for food along the way. Anything you might crave from pasta to seafood dishes is available all with a beautiful view of the beach as a backdrop.
These are 13 of the most amazing beaches to consider visiting the next time you cruise! You won’t regret it!
No matter where you choose to cruise, there are great beaches all around the world that you can go see! Cruises are one great way to do that. If you enjoy the cruising vacation style and want to see new places – book a cruise!