04/19/2012 07:44 am ET Updated Jun 19, 2012

5 Common Myths About Cruise Travel

Cruises: you either love them, or you hate them. The lovers appreciate the luxurious amenities, round-the-clock pampering and experiencing multiple new (and often exotic) destinations without having to deal with a plane, train or automobile.

As for the haters, many who claim cruises aren't for them have probably never actually taken one, thinking cruises aren't their style or don't allow for a true experience of the local cultures in the various ports of call.

But ask any avid cruiser and they'll tell you that none of this is true. While you could easily spend all your time on board the ship, enjoying all the comforts of home (and way more), the only thing stopping you from having incredible, unforgettable experiences in port are your own misconceptions about cruise travel.

And so, here's the real story behind five common myths about cruise travel.

Five Common Myths About Cruise Travel