If you haven’t tried a cruise vacation yet and you’ve talked to those who have, they’ll likely mention some or all of the same reasons I have for preferring a cruise over other types of vacations.
It’s a great vacation value! Regardless of your budget, all cruise lines pamper their guests with first-class service around the clock. The cruise fares include nearly everything you’ll need for a great trip: all your meals onboard, select non-alcoholic beverages, accommodations, daytime and evening entertainment and transportation between travel destinations on your cruise. I generally see fares on most contemporary cruise line brands for under $100 per person/per night! Some promotions offer a ‘kids sail free’ or at discounted rates when sharing a stateroom with two adults. If luxury is what you’re looking for, you’ll find luxury brands offer more inclusive options including alcohol and soft drinks, gratuities, shore excursions and at times they’ll also bundle flights in their package price. Overall, recent surveys indicate that cruising has a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other type of vacation experience. Now, that’s a great vacation value!
It’s an easy, convenient and comfortable way to visit multiple destinations! Once onboard your ship, unpack and relax. Your floating resort takes you from island to island, country to country or city to city while you enjoy the comfort, security and ambience of your ship. Cruise ships are like floating cities and everything you could possibly want is available onboard. The ships of today are equipped with Wi-Fi, cell service and satellite TV so you can stay in touch with the real world during your cruise (if you want or need to). Onboard shops have a selection of toiletries in case you forgot to pack something and medical centers can provide medical services if needed. Some ships even have laundry facilities you can use. All-in-all, the simplicity and hassle-free travel that cruising offers is what keeps me coming back!
Cruising is for everyone! With more than 150 distinctive ships, 1800 ports of call and a variety of places to see and do, there’s a perfect cruise for everyone. Cruise line brands offer a variety of experiences through a variety of onboard activities and programs for families, children, couples, seniors and singles alike. Families enjoy cruising with fully staffed Children’s programs offering exciting and entertaining experiences for the kids, while parents are able to have some well-deserved time alone. There’s also a wide variety of activities for adults including sightseeing, cultural lectures, educational tours led by naturalists and historians. Or choose from a variety of sports activities, relaxing at the pool, spa services, dancing, musical revues, gaming or, how about a quiet evening enjoying a movie under the stars. Cruising allows you to meet people from around the world and, if you’d like – it also provides a wonderful opportunity for you to make new friends. What more could you ask for?!!
Cruise vacations are easy to plan! Pick your ship, itinerary and cabin, and you’re on your way. Work with your travel agent to coordinate flights and a pre or post-cruise overnight in your seaport city or choose a departure port within driving distance. Friends and family groups or organization groups also find cruises an easy option to plan and book. Work with a travel agent to book enough cabins so your group can get extra value perks. In some cases group leaders can even sail free when they meet the minimum # of staterooms required in their group. As much fun as cruising is, it’s even more fun when you cruise with other people you know.
So, what are you waiting for – start planning your cruise vacation today!