4) Everyone has the time and space to do their own thing, too
That’s the beauty of a cruise ship -- it’s contained, but it’s also colossal, and the list of onboard activities is never-ending. Active types can take a fitness class, ride a wave machine, run, do yoga, or rock climb. Divas? Treat yo’ self at one of the cruise ship’s many spas (Euro-posh, Zen-harmony, or anything in between). Outgoing friends can let their gregarious flags fly doing trivia or karaoke, getting dealt in at the card table, or dancing the night away after a lavish five-course dinner. Give everyone a little me time and the next group hang will be even better.
5) No cabs, curfews, or checkout times
Ever gone to New Orleans, Las Vegas, or Austin and gotten swept up in the action? It can stress the whole group having to worry about getting home safely at the end of a long night and then getting out of bed for check-out the following morning. But on a cruise ship, there’s no curfew -- epically late nights aren’t a big deal, and you don’t have to worry about finding a way to safely get home. The daytime side of this perk is even better -- a relaxing lunch can turn into an afternoon of fun. Want to lie around in your cabin until 2 PM? Nobody will care. Have a beer with breakfast? So long as you drink responsibly and remain respectful of the rules and regulations in place, a cruise is one of the easiest places on the planet to truly let your hair down.
6) Pack without stress, shame, or hesitation
Want to live in leisurewear? Rock that tank top all week, my friend (but bring a couple of nice outfits for dinner). If you’re a serial over-packer but know how to make it all fit Tetris-style in your interior cabin, bring a different outfit for every time of day. Oh, and if you’ve been dying to try on that ridiculously loud shirt, painfully tight swimsuit, or amazingly gaudy jacket, a cruise ship full of complete strangers is the best place to give it a shot.
Looking for a temporary escape from the everyday without all the stress of a complicated trip? The sea beckons! Solo vacays are cool, and family trips are great, but there’s nothing as sweet as quality time with your besties. Whether you need a fresh perspective, a blast from the past, or a reminder of you and friends’ unshakeable bonds, a friends cruise is the perfect mix of convenient, affordable, fun-loving, and freeing. You can’t say no to that.