8 Reasons Cruises Are Still Cool

For all your cynical friends.

1. The Amenities Are On Point

Sure, pools and whatnot are great. But how about being 300 feet above water with 360 views? Royal Caribbean (opens in new tab) has an unprecedented view (think: the London Eye) on their new Quantum Class ships, along with an ice-skating rink, a skydiving simulator, zip lines, and even bumper cars. Crystal Cruises (opens in new tab) (with an almost 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio) take it a step further with activities like language lessons and digital filmmaking classes. Some Celebrity Cruises (opens in new tab) offer Lawn Club, a half-acre patch of grass where guests can chill out, cook your own meals, play croquet, or just hang on a hammock. 

2. The Food Is Actually Really Good

If you've ever heard a complaint about Cruise Food, fear not. Cruise companies have heard your cries, and are rolling out cuisine with the makings of Michelin stars. Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers restaurants run by Le Cordon Bleu, while Oceania Cruises has a partnership with famous French chef Jacques Pepin. And some Norwegian Cruises (opens in new tab) have a Svedka Ice Bar. For…you know, reasons.

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3. The Entertainment Isn't Tacky

Plenty of big lines bring some serious entertainment on-board, from well-known performers to Broadway shows to acts by improv comedy group Second City.

4. It Doesn't Have to Be "Family Friendly" 

No, being on a cruise doesn't have to mean you're surrounded by screaming kiddos. Plenty of cruise ships have "adult-only" areas. And make sure you talk to the cruise line before booking if you're looking to avoid children altogether—certain voyages, timing, and ships mean you're less likely to encounter kids. (Booking on your own? Think: longer trips, more "luxury" lines, and avoiding holidays.)  

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5. But It Can Be

If you do have kids, obviously kid-friendly is a must. But that doesn't have to mean cheesy. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Holland America Cruises (opens in new tab) all offer kid-friendly activities and even "clubs" where kids (in similar age ranges) can hang out. Even better? This means they're out of your hair, and you can park yourself at the pool or the bar. (Just a thought.)

6. You're Going Cool Places *While* You're Relaxing and Eating and Drinking (i.e. Not Cooped Up on a Plane)

When it comes to cruises, destinations are key. And some of the newer experiences have some seriously enviable locations. From seeing the Alaska glaciers (Royal Caribbean), to making your way through the Hawaiian Islands (Princess Cruises (opens in new tab)), to hopping through Central America (Celebrity Cruises), you can find any destination to suit anything you'd want to do or see. And yes, there are short excursions, too—like New England to Canada and short Caribbean voyages.

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7. Not Every Cruise Gives You Just Two Hours to See the City

Being able to *see* the land of port is key—that's kind of the point of travel, no? Azamara Club Cruises (opens in new tab) focuses on this in particular through their programs like Cruise Global, Eat Local (which helps curate for guests places where locales *actually* eat), Insider Access (which facilitates small hangouts with locals to focus on cultural exchange), and Nights and Cool Places (a "nightcap" of sorts that feature after-dinner tours with experiences best seen at night). Oceania Cruises also a ton of on-shore excursions, like guided market tours and wine tours.

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8. Everything's *Mostly* Included

Many cruises feature all-inclusive packages, including Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Crystal Cruises—and if not offered, many lines will provide a breakdown for anything you'd want included. Time to book? 

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Samantha Leal
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Samantha Leal is the Deputy Editor at Well+Good, where she spends most of her day thinking of new ideas across platforms, bringing on new writers, overseeing the day-to-day of the website, and working with the awesome team to produce the best stories and packages. Before W+G, she was the Senior Web Editor for Marie Claire and the Deputy Editor for Latina.com, with bylines all over the internet. Graduating from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a minor in African history, she’s written everything from travel guides to political op-eds to wine explainers (currently enrolled in the WSET program) to celebrity profiles. Find her online pretty much everywhere @samanthajoleal.