Why more and more young people are choosing cruise holidays – from a 21 year olds perspective

Emma Louise Nolan

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Young holiday goers enjoying a cruise holiday. Photo credit: Emma Nolan

I don’t know many young people who would describe themselves as ‘cruisers’, until they’ve actually gone on one. One in five people under 25 are said to be considering a holiday at sea. ABTA, the leading association of travel agents and tour operators in Britain, reported a surprising jump in the number of 16 to 24 year olds who are considering cruising holidays.

According to Phil Evans, CEO of Cruise Nation, there’s a:

huge trend in young people going on cruises, nowadays cruise companies cater for party lovers and have really modernised cruise holidays.

Phil stated that many young people choose cruises because of the price:

It’s cheaper to go on a cruise than a week in Majorca and once you go on a cruise you’ll never look back.

I chose to go on a five-day Royal Caribbean Bahamas Cruise and it was the best holiday I’ve ever had – it was the trip of a lifetime. As a 21 year old, I wanted a holiday that matched my twenty-first century lifestyle and Royal Caribbean certainly fulfilled my needs. Anything you could think of they’ve got it. You’d like a freshly made strawberry daiquiri? No problem. A vodka on the rocks served in the ship’s ice bar? Of course. A Starbucks skinny frappuccino? Done. How about a fitness consultation or a Botox session overlooking the Caribbean Sea? Say no more.

Cruise ships boast spectacular aquatic facilities. Photo credit: Emma Nolan

For young travellers nightlife is one of the most important aspects of any holiday. Aboard Royal Caribbean, discos run into the early hours, jackpots run all night in the casino while live bands and DJ’s provide constant entertainment. You can catch a Broadway show straight from the West End, laugh along to top class comedians or snuggle under the stars for the cruise ship equivalent of a drive-in cinema.

Travelling as a group of twenty one year olds, we weren’t looking for a family oriented holiday. For me, it was all about fun and excitement. Imagine yourself overlooking the Caribbean sea at sunset with your best friends, dancing to your hearts content in one of the ships many nightclubs, sipping cocktails in a secluded jacuzzi or partying hard at the all night pool party on deck 16 whilst the DJ bangs out tune after tune. Whatever your idea of fun is – Royal Caribbean has it.

Aboard Royal Caribbean pool parties continue into the early hours. Photo credit: Emma Nolan

As a young person a Caribbean cruise is very appealing because of its value. The majority of people are not aware of how cheap cruise holidays actually are. Royal Caribbean allows its passengers to experience a first class service and dining experience, endless amenities and opportunities that holiday resorts just can’t suffice for a similar price. My cruise holiday cost me just $44o.

Cococay Island, The Bahmamas. Photo credit: Emma Nolan

The daily excursions also make cruise holidays very appealing to young holiday makers. Each location has a unique personality, giving you the chance to experience a little bit of everything The Caribbean has to offer.

A trip to the Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park in Nassau is every adrenaline junkies dream. You can jet ski, parasail, snorkel, scuba dive and surf (literally any water sport you can think of – it’s there). You also have the opportunity to swim with dolphins and sting rays. It’s an ocean lover’s dream. The water park itself is amazing. It is 141 acres of endless aqua fun. Have you ever dreamt of being within touching distance of a great white shark? Well then imagine yourself sliding through a transparent water tunnel in a shark tank, Yep I’m serious.

Snorkeling is one of the many activities on offer at The Atlantis. Photo credit: Emma Nolan

Those fond of the sesh can head to Señor Frogs for a couple of hours before boarding back on the ship. Señor Frogs is a Mexican themed franchised bar and night club dotted in tourists spots throughout the United States, The Caribbean and Mexico. The franchise is known for its infamous party scene. According David Krouham, CEO of the venue:

You go to Señor Frog’s when you’re on vacation, if you want to get crazy where nobody knows you.

The atmosphere inside is amazing. Hundreds of young people from the many cruise ships docked in the port flee to the bar to party hard and engage in the bar’s many drinks promotion offers. It’s a great opportunity to meet other young people from all over the world.

Is the glass big enough? Photo credit: Emma Nolan

Cruising The Caribbean gives you far more flexibility than any other type of holiday can. Leaving your luggage behind and simply walking off with just your sea pass card in your hand is only possible on a cruise. It’s a super stress free and convenient way to travel, whilst seeing amazing places in a short space of time without actually noticing how much time you’re spending traveling due to the luxurious nature of a cruise holiday.

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Emma Louise Nolan