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Wondering if a cruise holiday is for you? Whether you’re thinking about going on an ocean cruise or a river cruise holiday, here are seven cruise myths that may give you the confidence to plan a floating getaway.

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There’s something just so special about spending quality time aboard an ocean liner. The sun, the sea breeze, the never-ending activities and entertainment options – it’s easy to see why so many travellers insist on booking cruise ship holidays as often as their bank balances allow.  

And, if ocean cruises are a little too adventurous for your liking, there’s the much slower, often more luxurious option of a river cruise holiday that glides through the calm waters that separate captivating cities.

If you’re wondering, “Should I go on a cruise?” – or even, “Why should I not to go on a cruise?” – it’s high time we debunk some age-old myths about cruising.  

Sadly, there’s a lot of misinformation about cruise travel floating around out there, which often stops travellers from giving this fun holiday option a go.

But we’re here to tell you this: don’t buy into the negative press. Cruises are a popular holiday options for a reason, so it’s time to stop believing these seven common cruise myths that may have kept you from hitting the high seas on holiday.  

Don’t believe these seven cruise travel myths:

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7 common myths about cruising holidays – busted

Myth #1. You’ll definitely get seasick.

Just because you hear horror stories of seasickness about cruise ships, it doesn’t necessarily mean you'll experience this too. These days, cruise ships are generally equipped with stabilisers, so there may be times you don’t even feel movement.  

Still, there are waves on the ocean, so it's best to be prepared. Consider booking a cabin in the middle of the deck where the ship is more stable. You could also book your cruise holiday on a route or during a season known for calmer seas. Or opt for (generally calmer) river cruise holidays until you get your sea legs.

If you are prone to motion sickness, you may want to consider seeing your doctor to discuss remedies or medication before your voyage so you’ve prepared before you ever step on board. 

Myth #2: Cruises are too crowded.

Cruise ships are massive, so if you want some privacy, it’s likely you’ll be able to find a spot to call your own somewhere. Even better, you can book a cabin with a balcony so you can get some alone time inside or out (and order room service too).

These days, many cruise ships offer adult-only and less crowded areas for those who want some quiet R&R – so this cruise myth is one you can ignore. Don’t forget to check if the cruise holiday you have in mind does offer this if you do want to escape the crowds on board.  

Myth #3: Cruises are expensive.

This is an outdated cruise myth! Why? There is so much competition in the cruising industry these days, which means you can often find a great deal if you do some research.

Some money-saving hacks include cruising in the off-season, and looking for discounts and incentives, like excursions, spa treatments or packaged deals when booking an ocean cruise or river cruise holiday.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to go on a three-week cruise right off the bat. If your budget is tight, you could consider a three- or four-day cruise. This is also a smart idea if you’re new to cruising and just want to test the waters.

Check out our tips for saving for a holiday if you’re looking for ways to increase your travel budget this year. 

Myth #4: Cruises are boring.

Lovers of cruise holidays will likely insist this myth about cruising is not true at all – and with good reason. With an abundance of amenities and activities on the ship, boredom is rare on most cruise ships.

Plus, if your cruise holiday includes land stops, each port will likely have lots of activity options, including shopping, enjoying the beach, tasting local cuisine, learning about the local culture and more. Tip: If this sounds like your cup of tea, don’t forget to check which shore excursions are available in each port.

Don’t forget, there are specialty cruises for all kinds of interests, from guest authors and romantic retreats to music specials and culinary cruises. Find something that sparks your interest and go for it. If you do, you’re more likely to have fun and fall in love with cruising. 

Family having fun during a land stop during their cruise holiday

Myth #5: Cruises are for certain age groups only.

Your age does not have to affect whether you’ll love cruising or not!  

Today, cruise lines offer special programs for everyone — from kids to young adults, 30- and 40-somethings, and those enjoying the golden years too! More than ever, you’ll likely find trendy activities, celebrity chef-inspired restaurants, fun programs for families with kids, adult-only areas, modern spas, and must-see entertainment, all part of your cruise ship holiday package.  

There are lots of adventures to be found while you’re onshore as well. As always, it’s best to double check the cruise’s excursions and inclusions before finalising your booking to make sure it’s the right option for you.

Myth #6. Cruise ships are full of germs.

It’s easy to get caught up in this myth, especially given the stories of COVID-19 outbreaks on cruises during the height of the pandemic.  

While outbreaks of illness can sometimes occur, the reality is that cruise lines generally have industry-wide protocols for thorough cleaning and sanitation processes before each launch and during each cruise. If people do get sick and are quarantined, they generally go through those same strict protocols again.  

Mainstream cruise ships also generally have onboard staff to deal with medical issues. Most ships offer an ample supply of hand sanitiser, and some attempt to limit the spread of germs by not offering self-service buffets for the first 48 hours of the trip.

So, like on any type of holiday, if you follow general health protocols and do your best to stop germs from spreading, you should be OK.

Myth #7: You don’t need travel insurance for cruise holidays.

For most cruise lines travel insurance is generally optional, but there are some cruises that may require passengers to purchase cruise travel insurance before they board the ship. Why? In the unlikely event of a medical emergency – or other emergency incident – getting you back to shore from the middle of the ocean or seeking treatment onboard can be a costly exercise.

If you choose to protect your cruise holiday with Cover-More travel insurance, you’ll need to include our Cruise Cover in your policy. This cover has been designed for travellers going on a multi-night sea or ocean cruise, and it contains some handy benefits, including:

  • Onboard medical and dental cover
  • Ship-to-shore medical cover
  • Sea sickness cover
  • Cabin confinements cover
  • Missed port (embarkation) cover
  • Missed shore excursions cover.

You can learn more about our Cruise Cover here, on our Cruise Cover FAQs page and in the PDS.  

Going on a river cruise holiday? Good news: our base plans include cover for river cruises in Australia and abroad, so you won’t need to include our Cruise Cover option in your policy.

With a multitude of adventures to choose from, it’s not hard to see why people go on cruise holidays. Cruising offers adventures full of culture, exploration, and exciting experiences. 

So, it’s time to stop wondering “Should I go on a cruise?” and start researching, booking, protecting your trip so you can hop on board for the adventure of a lifetime!


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