Ahoy, Maties! Sinking Seven Common Cruise Myths, Part II

Don’t let these sourpuss cruise myths keep you from enjoying the vacation of a lifetime.

So…you could find yourself cruisin’ on a Sunday afternoon, or you could listen to all those doom-and-gloom cruise myths and decide to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground. But c’mon — do you really think your ship will sink, or your captain will run you through a storm? They can steer those big boats, you know.

In Part I of this article, we sank certain myths about rampant seasickness, expense, and rumored boredom. Stay with us as we fire a few broadsides into three more maritime entertainment myths that just won’t hold water.

Myth 1: Cruises are for the newlywed and nearly dead.

Puh-leeze. Are you going to let one pithy little cruise myth keep you from enjoying a vacation where you don’t have to drive or go through airport security? One that’s probably the best travel dollar you’re ever going to get? Cruises these days are set up to appeal to everyone, including the occasional loner.

Go on a cruise, and you’ll find there’s always something to do and see — in fact, there’s usually so much to do and see that it’s hard to make up your mind. Really, your cruise is what you make of it. They’re as much for families and individuals who want a quiet vacation as they are for seniors or newlywed couples.

Myth 2: Cruises are only for romantic getaways.

Not so; see the demolition of the above cruise myth. This is called the Love Boat Syndrome. Cruises are excellent opportunities for rekindling a romance, sure enough, but they’re also a great, fun place to bring your family. Or, if like Greta Garbo you vant to be left alone, there’s plenty to keep a singleton occupied.

Myth 3: There will be nothing to do but eat.

Even if it were true, this is a problem? You have something against multicourse gourmet meals? The truth is, what you eat, how you eat and when you eat on your cruise is mostly up to you these days — and anyway, the food is great.

Most ships offer multiple dining rooms and restaurants, and they don’t mind if you eat alone or sit by yourself — so if you’re feeling shy, you don’t have to talk to strangers. You can also find food to match any diet.

Take our advice: don’t let this cruise myth — or any other — keep you from experiencing a great vacation!