[TRAVEL] Why You Should Choose to Cruise
SAFETY ON THE HIGH SEAS
A FOOD LOVER’S PARADISE
I will admit, I have sailed aboard some vessels whose culinary offerings were not exactly…er, appetizing (I specifically remember a dining room aboard a cruise ship that shall remain nameless that boasted a Mexican-themed night and served a dish called ‘Mexican fried jalapeño broccoli–I wish I was kidding). I have traveled through Mexico extensively and never have I encountered this dish. The good news is, horrendous dining experiences are a rarity. Cruise lines have renewed interest in their culinary programs; some have even employed the guidance and expertise of respected celebrity chefs like Daniel Boulud, Todd English, Jacques Pepin, and Geoffrey Zakarian. Though cruise lines may request a surcharge for eating in renowned chefs’ restaurants, it is often far more inexpensive than dining in their land-based eateries. Dining aboard cruise ships has evolved into more than uninspired buffets and 24/7 fast-casual dining. Consider Holland America’s ms Koningsdam. The vessel is home to the Culinary Arts Center, a show kitchen that transforms into a new dinner concept, an immersive farm-to-table experience where chefs prepare simple, artisanal dishes and guests enjoy each course as it is freshly prepared. Meals emphasize fresh, thoughtfully-sourced selections while incorporating select ingredients harvested from a glass-enclosed potager adjacent to the kitchen.
MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
ONBOARD ACTIVITIES & AMENITIES
While nothing quite compares to the excitement of debarking in a beautiful city, a fair amount of time is spent on the ship and cruise lines realize the importance of keeping guests entertained. Sailing vessels are like self-contained cities, complete with stores, restaurants, nightclubs, spas, lounges, bars, and even libraries onboard. Honestly, debarking isn’t even necessary. (Kidding. Staying onboard all the time would kind of defeat the purpose, no?) There is no such thing as boredom on a cruise ship as there is almost always some activity taking place. Entertainment directors, those responsible for curating onboard activities and catering to myriad guests’ tastes, are constantly seeking new ways to outdo themselves. MSC Cruises even introduced a partnership with famed acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, which will debut in 2017 in its 10,700 square foot Entertainment Lounge. Talk about entertainment on the high seas!
Are you ready to set sail yet?