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Cruise vs. land vacation: Which is the better deal?

Acruise experience offers the opportunity to experience the world as you choose. Whether you're looking to spend a week relaxing with family in the Caribbean, or swim among dolphins of the South Pacific, cruising offers a world of opportunity.

When compared to a land vacation, cruising offers a number of benefits:

  • A spa facial leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated on Crystal Symphony.
    David Martinez / Courtesy of Crystal CruisesA spa facial leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated on Crystal Symphony.
    You can tailor your experience based on your budget, selecting specific accommodations, dining arrangements and even shore excursions. Most cruises already include dining, entertainment, and gratuities, offering options for even the most cost conscious traveler.
  • Additional expenses may include drinks, casino play, spa treatments, shore excursions and shopping.
  • For those looking to indulge a bit more, many cruises offer additional premium dining options, entertainment and even exclusive spaces, such as spas, pools and restaurants.
  • A week on board one cruise ship will offer you a chance to experience a number of enticing destinations, across the globe. In one week, many ships sailing through the Caribbean will bring guests to four exciting ports of call, whereas a land based resort only offers the same destination each day.
  • A cruise experience offers you the ability to experience as much, or as little of the world as you prefer. Cruises also offer the most flexibility in pricing, allowing all travelers the opportunity to cruise with their preferred budget in mind.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with combining a land vacation with a cruise, and several cruise lines offer cruise tours, a full land and sea vacation combining a cruise with a land journey before or after the cruise.

Cruise Lines Intl. Assn.
Cruise Lines International Association, the world's largest cruise association, is dedicated to the promotion and growth of the cruise industry.