Many young couples have a strong perception that cruising is only suited for the over 50’s. We have to admit, we were no different. But boy, we were so wrong! Our opinion of cruising for young adults changed instantly when we were on vacation in the Aloha State, Hawaii. We were converted immediately and could not stop raving to our friends and family about why young couples should definitely consider cruising as their travel choice.
We wanted to explore the surrounding islands of Hawaii and were strongly advised that the best and most economical way to get around is by cruising on the 7 Day Hawaii, Round-Trip. Hesitant with the idea of cruising at first and being the planners that we are, we decided to do some research and what we found intrigued us! After detailed reading through reviews from various reputable sites, we quickly learnt that many cruise lines have now revamped their image from a more traditional and formal cruising style, to a more modern appeal with plenty of activities for young couples and passengers with young families. We discovered that many modern cruises now offer theme parks and resort like activities (e.g. rock climbing, zip-lining across the deck and water slides!) and much much more fun and action-packed activities to do throughout your entire trip!
My partner and I were immediately sold with the new concept of cruising and decided to give it a go. Over the next couple of days, we booked the 7 day round-trip from Honolulu with Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)’s Pride of America, and it was the best decision we had made for our trip! My partner and I had the most amazing time exploring Hawaii’s four largest islands, with plenty of time to enjoy onboard activities, entertainment and restaurants, as well as go on land tours, watch the sunrise over the crater and snorkel with wild dolphins. Sounds pretty amazing huh? It was!
The experience has made us realize that there are so many benefits of cruising for young couples like us, and here are some of them to help you choose a cruise as your next holiday!
Value for Money
All taken care of – includes accommodation, travel expenses, all meals (and snacks!), daily activities and entertainment, and often added onboard specials for drinks, specialty dining packages, tours, spending money and/or free WiFi!
You don’t have to worry about driving or catching trains/buses from one place to another in a foreign country. City to city or island to island, the ship does the travelling for you while you relax, eat and enjoy the entertainment. Meals are all prepared for you and available for you all day, and for most of the night (bring on the late night snacks!!!). Laundry can be done too, if requested, what more can you ask for?
Unpack and Pack, Once!
You only have to unpack you clothes in your cabin once, cruise around to all these amazing and different places, and then pack up once at the end of the trip. Literally your hotel room and all its contents moves with you!
Many cruises now offer great onboard indoor and outdoor activities for young couples. For example: rock climbing, skydive simulator and surfing simulators, zip-lining across the deck, water slides, ice-skating, live music, bars…and the list goes on!
Relax and Unwind
Many cruises offer great facilities and services for you to enjoy throughout your trip. If you didn’t feel like doing any onboard activities, you can simply relax by the pool or outdoor jacuzzi/hot tub while having a pina colada (or other cocktail of your choice). You could sunbathe on the deck, get a massage or spa treatment…the choices are endless. There are so many ways to enjoy life while cruising, life is bliss!
The scenery is always changing when you are cruising. Get ready to be spoilt with breathtaking views of untouched nature.
Tip: Stand on the upperdeck — usually gives you a 360 degrees panoramic view!
Enjoy spectacular entertainment every night, ranging from live music, comedy, cabaret, magic, movies. You are never bored!
From all-you-can-eat buffet meals to fine dining in specialty restaurants, the choice is yours! Experience and indulge in a wide range of cuisines from all over the world prepared by talented chefs.
Discover Other Cultures
What an exciting feeling to wake up to a different city nearly every day, to explore different cultures and broaden your horizons. Who knew you could learn so much just in one trip! It’s amazing!
Be adventurous and sign up for land tours to experience and learn more about the destination ports! Shore excursions include snorkeling, helicopter rides, hiking, white water rafting, cooking classes, watching the sunrise, visits to local museums/factories, shopping and more…There’s so much to do!
Some of the NCL Pride of America cruise Shore Excursions we did while in Hawaii included:
- Volcanoes National Park & Rainbow Falls
- Journey to Waimea Canyon (picture shown below)
- Haleakala Sunrise (the first picture at the beginning of this post)
- Dolphin Reef & Captain Cook Snorkel Adventure (we got to swim with wild dolphins!!)
- Wailua River Cruise and Grotto
An absolutely amazing time!!
Have you been on a cruise that is great for young couples? Share your experience with us below!