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18 Reasons Why You Need to Take a Cruise This Year

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If you're stuck on what to do for your next vacation, consider taking a cruise. Getaways at sea have become increasingly popular over the past decade, offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for you and your family.

Leave your stresses behind -- the ship takes care of everything. From dining to accommodations and entertainment, you will reap the benefits of stress-free planning and a great valued vacation. This will result in a relaxing, exciting and safe vacation.

On-Board Fitness
Cruise ships offer you the opportunity to continue your fitness routine while on vacation. They offer well-equipped fitness centers and classes such as yoga and Pilates. But the best fitness perk is most likely are the ship’s top deck running tracks. Soak up the sun and catch a cool breeze while burning calories. Photo Credit: Flickr / Roel van Deursen / CC BY 4.0Click Here to See Why You Need to Take a Cruise This Year
Relaxation
Enjoy a cocktail and a good book by the pool or book a balcony suite for private time to rejuvenate and relax. Either way, cruises give you the opportunity to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. According to Heart of Healing, relaxation gives the heart rest by slowing the heart rate, reducing blood pressure, and decreasing muscle tension. This will lead to a better night’s sleep, enhanced concentration, and amped up energy. Photo Credit: Flickr / Christian Lendl / CC BY 4.0
Socialize
Cruises give you the opportunity to meet new people from around the world. Experience different cultures and even make some lifelong friends. Meet people at dinner, at the bar, by the pool, or during an exciting excursion. Find a workout buddy to keep you motivated and hit up the top deck running track together. If you’re single, keep yourself open to meeting someone looking for a significant other, as cruises offer numerous romantic options. Click Here to See Why You Need to Take a Cruise This YearPhoto Credit: Flickr / Penny Higgins / CC BY-SA 4.0
Safe
Cruises are some of the safest vacations you can take. Cruise Critic explains, “cruise ships that sail in U.S. waters are regularly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard for any irregularities or safety issues that might be of concern.” Also, on board activities are supervised, there is security, passengers are tracked, no unauthorized persons are allowed onboard, and doctors are available just in case sickness spreads or injury occurs. Also, there is no need to worry about theft because your cabins are equipped with in room safes to store your personal belongings. Photo Credit: Thinkstock
Spa Treatments
Disengage from the outside world and rejuvenate your mind and body with one of your ship’s on board spa treatments. Try a body exfoliating treatment or a massage and facial for the ultimate relaxation. Other than simply helping you look and feel great, spa treatments improve blood circulation, release serotonin and stimulate the lymphatic system. Click Here to See Why You Need to Take a Cruise This YearPhoto Credit: Flickr / Unique Hotels / CC BY-SA 4.0

According to CLIA, "with a growing emphasis on health and well-being,cruising offers a wide variety of health benefits. From the purity of ocean air to on-board fitness options, there's a way for everyone to stay healthy in both mind and body while on a cruise."

Aside from on-board fitness and opportunities to explore different cultures, cruise ships offer a great amount of health benefits. Did you know breathing fresh air, soaking up the sun and walking on the sand actually have extensive benefits on your well-being? Fresh air cleans your lungs, sunshine stimulates your body's production of Vitamin D, and walking on the sand can actually be a great workout.

It's time to cash in your frequent flyer miles and disconnect from the world as you embark on your cruise ship adventure.

- NicoleDossantos, The Active Times

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