Myth 3: “I’ll have to dress up for meals.”
Love Boat reruns notwithstanding, the days of mandatory ball gowns at dinner are over. Some cruises do feature the occasional “formal night” in their main dining rooms, but if you’d rather not get gussied up, simply head to one of the ship’s more casual eateries instead.
Myth 4: “A cruise isn’t cultured.”
You may travel with the same people onboard the ship, but cruises offer the opportunity to wake up in a new country every day. Many cruise lines offer cultural excursion experiences, such as shopping with a chef at local markets or even enjoying a meal in the home of a local family. River cruising offers an even more immersive experience as you sail through the heart of a country—or countries.