Scanning the Web, I came across an interesting article on CNN.com, “Cruising for the Commitment Phobe.” Basically, the message is that many people avoid cruises, because the idea of being trapped on a vessel for a week, maybe two, with the same crowd of people scares them. The author of the article, Jason Adams, was once one of those people, but finally, one of his friends encouraged him to take a “cruise for commitment phobes” and he looked into it.
Adams and his friend found themselves buying tickets for a Carnival Fun Ship. Unlike most traditional cruise lines, these cruises typically last aA maximum of five days. Therefore, going on one of these trips really can be a spur-of-the-moment event, rather than a commitment you plan a few months of your life around. Though the cruise was inevitably high in cost, especially with extra charges for small things like a decent morning coffee, it seems that the former commitment-wary Adams was able to enjoy his cruise.
There are many different short cruises options that can satisfy all ages and interests. On Budget Travel there is an article that provides some unique short cruise choices. (Check it out here.) Do you like cooking? Holland America Line has ships that feature cooking demonstrations and classes on board a four-day excursion. Disney Cruise Lines let you relax while the ship counselors and Mickey Mouse take care of your child. If you avoid cruises because of the formalwear requirements, a Norwegian Cruise Line might be the perfect alternative: Freestyle Cruising has no dining dress codes.
Going on a short cruise makes the planning process much easier. (Really, you don’t have to have much of a planning process at all.) Some of the available cruises last for just three nights, so you could take an extended weekend and you might be set to go! So, if you have considered going on a cruise but have turned away because of its duration or formal-wear requirements, just remember that cruises come in many different varieties; there’s bound to be one perfect for you.