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Cruise Myths and Fallacies

By Anna Lynn Sibal

Most people who have gone on cruises have certainly found the experience to be memorable and worthwhile. There is something about long journeys over the seas that widens a person's horizon and changes his mindset. It definitely makes him realize that there is more to the world than the spot he calls home, and seeing other places and meeting other people are definitely opportunities for enriching his life.

But while many people find going on cruises lovely and enjoyable, there are also many people who are afraid of embarking on a journey over the seas because of some preconceived notions learned from secondhand or third-hand information that are not necessarily true. Believing in these cruise myths and fallacies prevents them from actually going on a cruise and experiencing for themselves just how fine traveling by ship can be.

Here are some common cruise myths and fallacies and why they are not true.

All-inclusiveness. Unlike what a lot of people believe, the standard cruise fare does not include everything. What you pay for when paying for a standard cruise are just room, board and basic cruise amenities like the use of the swimming pool. Everything else, like bottled water, alcoholic drinks and extra stuff, are to be paid for separately.

Beaches. The common misconception that people have with cruises is that cruise destinations are just beaches. On the contrary, cruise ships travel to all parts of the world and there are plenty of cruise destinations that may appeal to any type of traveler.

Boredom. A lot of people think that going on a two-week voyage across the sea can get you stir-crazy with boredom. This is so not true. Cruise ships have a lot of features and facilities designed to keep the passengers entertained while on board. Passengers can also go on shore excursions when reaching a port of call for city tours or hiking trips during the day, and for bar-hopping and other such activities at night.

Crowds. Cruise ships are crowded, or so a lot of people think. But then again, hotels can be crowded too, as well as restaurants, shopping malls and beach resorts. Cruise ships crowds are not that bad.

Danger. Many people are scared of going on cruise trips because they think that cruise ships are not safe enough and can sink anytime. Gone are the days of the Titanic and people can have fun on board a cruise ship without having to worry about safety.

Dinner seating. Before, cruises have assigned times for dinner and each passenger has his assigned table. Sometimes, this forces people who dislike one another to bear each other's company for at least an hour. While some traditional cruise ships still have assigned dinner seating, most are now offering open dinner seating and with different restaurant choices.

Norovirus outbreaks. People believe that cruise ships are hotbeds for norovirus outbreaks. It is true that norovirus outbreaks can happen in cruise ships, but it is also just as true for them to happen in schools, offices and other places where a lot of people are packed in a relatively small space, not just in cruise ships.

Party people. It is not true that all the people you will find on board a cruise ship are people who love going on wild parties. You can meet all sorts of people on board a cruise ship, not just the partying types.

Seasickness. People tend to assume that if they go on a journey by ship, they will get seasick. While some people are indeed prone to getting seasickness, most cruise ships nowadays are stable enough so that their passengers do not have to have their inner balance go awry and therefore get seasick.

Senior citizens. It is true that many old people go on cruise trips. But what is wrong with traveling with older people? They have many interesting stories to tell that they are only very willing to impart. But if you really would rather not travel with many old people on board, look at the activities offered on board. More sports-oriented activities make it more likely that younger people will be at the ship with you.

These cruise myths and fallacies are just that: myths and fallacies. Still not convinced? Then why don't you go on a cruise and see for yourself if they are true or not?

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