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15 Reasons You Should Never Take A Cruise

02/25/2016 03:24 pm ET | Updated Feb 26, 2016

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People flock to cruises because they are excited to take a vacation where they have the opportunity to visit more than one destination. But one of the things they forget about is the limited time they are allotted at each destination. Wouldn't you rather just stay at a hotel and enjoy your place of interest without feeling rushed?

  • Crime
    It’s a scary thought, leaving home and taking a boat out into the middle of the ocean. But now you have to worry about crime too. According to MarketWatch, “a Holland America crew member allegedly tried to throw a passenger overboard.” So, not only do you have to worry about the other passengers, stealing from you or harassing you, now you have to worry about the crew members too. Photo Credit: Flickr / Alan Cleaver Click Here to See Reasons You Should Never Take a Cruise
  • Getting Stuck
    The truth is you can get stuck on a cruise ship. Anything can happen, from losing electricity to the air conditioning turning off. Try being stuck at sea sweating your butt off and not being able to see where you are walking. This actually happened… According to Men’s Journal, in 2013 the Carnival Triumph cruise ship lost their “electricity, engines and air conditioning for a few days.” Talk about a disasterPhoto Credit: Flickr / Jorge Brazil / CC BY 4.0
  • Bed Bugs
    Bed bugs have become a serious problem on cruise ships. They like to live next to where people sleep; and prefer to hide in crevices around the room and inside furniture. One of the most common ways to contract bed bugs is through another person; therefore, making it very common to get bed bugs on a cruise ship. Tip: Don’t unpack your suitcases on the floor of your cabin, never store your luggage under your bed and make sure you sanitize your luggage after your trip. Photo Credit: Flickr / Gilles San Martin / CC BY-SA 4.0 Click Here to See Flickr / Gilles San Martin / CC BY-SA 4.0
  • Food Poisoning
    According to CNN, in 2014 “a 10-day Royal Caribbean cruise ship will return two days early after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness.” Food poisoning can happen anywhere, and especially on a cruise ship where there is a large variety of food at your disposal. Food poisoning can cause vomiting, dizziness, stomach pain, muscle weakness and abdominal cramps. Photo Credit: Pixabay
  • Expensive Excursions
    Okay, so you paid for your cruise, luckily your accommodations and meals are included because the off-boat excursions are very pricy. For example, it is $204.99 a person to swim with the dolphins on the Carnival cruise to Freeport, Bahamas and the Atlantic half day reef fishing trip is $125.75 for adults and $85.75 on the Royal Caribbean cruise to Kings Wharf, Bermuda. Click Here to See Reasons You Should Never Take a Cruise Photo Credit: Pixabay

High winds, a rocking ship and rain are some of the many weather conditions you need to watch out for. Be careful when traveling to the Caribbean. There is a high chance you will get stuck in the middle of a hurricane. Oh, and don't even think about your off-shore excursions. Bad weather usually means cancelled adventure trips and more time on the boat.

Cruise ships are cashless - you better hope your credit cards are paid up, because ships don't accept cash anywhere on board! If they are paid up, you have to be careful and keep track of your spending. Before you know it, you will have racked up more money on your credit card than you could have ever imagined.

If all of that isn't enough to stop you from taking a cruise, I have 15 more reasons that will convince you!

- Nicole DosSantos, The Active Times

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