Why I Will Never Willingly Set Foot On A Cruise Ship

Some people love cruises.  Crystal, one of my favorite bloggers, has gone on a couple in the past year and has written glowing reviews.

Some people love them.  I will never be one of those people.

No, I have never been on a cruise, and I can assure you that I have no interest. This is not something I think I’ll change my mind on.  This won’t be something that I’ll one day add to my bucket list.

The cruise industry is a massive industry, but here are my reasons for never wanting to set sail:

  • I get motion sickness – For years, I couldn’t go on a roller coaster without getting sick for the rest of the day.  I had a few years where I was able to overcome that with motion sickness pills, until I found out the hard way that didn’t work anymore.  The thought of rides or things that spin you around in circles make me nauseated.  I can’t even go on a swing for more than a couple of minutes.  I had a lot of inner ear problems as a kid, and while that may not be tied to the problems I have now, the fact is that getting bobbed up and down for more than a few days is not something I would envision offering any sort of enjoyment.
  • I prefer scenery – When I go on vacation, ideally I like to look at something.  If I go to mb-201402cruise400Florida or California, I enjoy the coast.  When we go camping, I enjoy the lakes or the woods.  Looking out at water would not provide much in the way of scenery for very long.
  • I like relaxing on my vacations – When I go on vacation, I like to settle in for wherever I go.  While some might say that a cruise ship would keep me in one place, I know that they tend to stop at various places, where you’re shepherded off the ship for a few hours, only to wait in line to get back on and take sail for the next stop.  Sounds rushed, crowded, and touristy.  Thanks, but, no thanks.
  • They’re floating germ incubators – How many times per year do you hear about a ship coming back with hundreds of passengers sick from norovirus or some other awful sickness?  When you’re confined to what amounts to an oversize raft sailing in the baking sun, you have no escape.  Even if you retreat to your cabin once you catch wind that the illness is spreading, it’s probably too late.
  • Speaking of cabins – I’ve seen pictures of most cabins.  While I rarely spring for a premium hotel room, I do like having some space to move around.  From what I’ve seen, most people find the accomodations tolerable at best.
  • They’re floating sewers – Multiply the number of people on a cruise times the number of meals and snacks that they eat, the number of drinks they consume, and skip past the part of how the human body processes that food, and it just kind of grosses me out when you consider the scale of what is being stored somewhere.  Yuck.
  • I enjoy a drink or three while on vacation – Cruise lines definitely want you to enjoy alcohol, but at a pretty steep cost.  When I’m in my camper, I can make a $20 fifth of whiskey go a long way.  Even if I go on vacation to the beach or somewhere else where I might enjoy more drinks out, I can still choose to mix in my own drinks at the hotel.  No such option on cruise ships.
  • The money saving element isn’t there for us midwesterners – If you live along or close to  the coastline where cruise ships arrive and depart, you can rack up some pretty big savings, but for those of us that have to fly to get to port, it knocks a big chunk of that savings off right from the get-go.  I know a lot of my friends here in Michigan like to go on cruises, so I’m sure the numbers can work, but they don’t work for me.
  • Did I mention I get motion sickness? 

What are your thoughts and experiences with the cruise line industry?

15 thoughts on “Why I Will Never Willingly Set Foot On A Cruise Ship”

  1. “They’re floating germ incubators” Lol, sad but true in too many cases. We enjoy going on cruises actually, and have been on three so far and will likely go on another one in the next couple of years. That said, I know that it’s not for everyone and for good reason. In regards to the motion sickness, my wife has it really bad and had some really bad inner ear issues as a child. She has actually been fine each time we’ve gone. They have these wrist bands that have pressure points on your wrist…sounds bad I know, but completely harmless. Anyway, they cost like $5 at Walgreens and by wearing them she has been fine on all our cruises.

  2. I’ve never been on a cruise and I also have no desire to take one for many of the same reasons. Lately, all the stories about the illnesses have freaked me out, so that alone will keep me away. But, the biggest no-brainer for me is the fact that when I go on vacation, I like to explore new cities and environments. The descriptions of cruises I’ve heard or read about include lots of ports, but it never seems like enough time to really explore a city. I’d much rather pick one location and get to know it well.

  3. Sounds like you wouldn’t enjoy cruises, but we love them! We do live in Florida and it is a cheap vacation for us and we find them very relaxing. That and we don’t get motion sickness.

  4. My wife loves to go on cruises. She recently won a free 3-day cruise for two from LA to Mexico and back that she and our son are planning to go on. There have been some pretty bad horror stories about cruise ships sinking, losing power, or having passengers get sick. I think it’s a pretty small percent of the number of cruises around the world every year. I would not let that bad news keep us from going on a cruise. I would put more weight on Yelp reviews of a particular cruise line.

  5. The illness stories are cringe-worthy, no doubt about it. I’ve never been on a cruise despite all my other travels, which is interesting in itself. Frankly, I’d be interested in trying it once if only for a short distance as a “trial run”. In your case, if you have motion sickness, that would probably make a cruise experience a no-go.

  6. I need to show this to my wife….she keeps saying she wants to go on a cruise. But SHE gets motion sickness so I have NO idea why she would even want to risk it. I keep telling her if we booked a cruise, we should also buy plane tickets home from the first port because that’s exactly what we’d be doing.

  7. I’m not a fan of cruises either. I hadn’t thought about the germs, but I just like to do my own thing when I travel. To me, half the fun is not knowing where you’ll eat or sleep next.

  8. These are definitely not fun facts! but it really depends on the person perspective about travel and adventure. I’m fascinated about cruise ships but aside from the fact that it is expensive, it sounds stressful for me.

  9. I always thought a cruise would be fun…not a long one, but maybe a 4 to 5 day one. I prefer scenery too, but sometimes it’s nice to have everything at your fingertips…entertainment/food/etc. But with the recent problems with the electrical problems, germ infestation, and all that stuff. I don’t know if I want to be trapped on a germ incubator!

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