Did you grow up in the late 70’s or 80’s watching The Love Boat? As kids we would gather around the TV on Saturday nights to see an exciting cruise drama unfold. Isaac Washington, the bartender, Julie McCoy, the cruise director or Captain Merrill Stubbing are among the favorite characters who introduced us to what is now a phenomenon, “The Cruise Industry”. Princess Cruise line recently kicked off a celebration for their 50th anniversary that included these fun cast members. The Cruise industry is far and above the “Love Boat”. Todays cruising offers something for all budgets to choose from. You can have a basic 4 day get away or an all inclusive luxury experience through this viable travel option.
Cruising is one of the best ways for travelers to take in the sights and sounds of multiple destinations. Learn about a new culture, go on an adventure, and indulge in pampering or romance, cruising offers it all. A few things we like about cruising; meeting new friends, being pampered, no car rentals needed and – “unpack once”. No other vacation option affords you the opportunity to visit and experience multiple destinations and cultures without changing hotels.
The most popular destination for first time cruisers according to Princess Cruise lines is the Caribbean. Harnessing near 35% of all cruise business, this destination offers a sunny escape from winters gray days. More seasoned cruisers are gravitating toward the Mediterranean. If its mountains and glaciers you seek try cruising to Alaska and visiting the famous Denali National Park. The possibilities are endless for seeing the world by way of cruising.
Every day is a new adventure – should you stay on the ship or go ashore? The onboard amenities are better than an all-inclusive resort. Get a massage, go dancing, take in a show, lecture or relax on your balcony watching the world go by. Wine and dine in the lap of luxury while you sail between ports of call. If you prefer casual dining you can have your meals delivered to your cabin or take in a buffet. Hey ! – how about making reservations and going to the Crown Grill for steak and seafood? There are so many options for your relaxation or entertainment. The on shore excursion can be custom designed or follow a guided tour that visits specific points of interest.
Do you want to venture further into the interior of a region? River cruising might be the option for you. It has become very popular recently, with more ships being built every year. These ships are designed to navigate waterways where the water level and docking conditions vary throughout the year. The vessels are smaller than their ocean going “sisters”, but the cabins are larger, and offer amenities found at fine resorts – modern private bathroom with shower, hotel style beds, Egyptian cotton linens, large closet, minibar, and individual climate control. Many cabins have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto French balconies.
Complimentary regional wines are included with the four course sit-down dinner each evening. Entrée choices include meat, seafood or vegetarian. Breakfasts and lunches are buffets, offering many choices. Early riser coffee is available at 6am, and afternoon tea is served in the afternoon.Rivers have always been used as a means of getting people or goods from one place to another, and cities sprang up where rivers and roads connected. Today, “city center” is usually just a few steps from where the ship docks, making it convenient and easy to see the sights of the area, for shopping, and to chat with the local folks. Many shore excursions are included (rather than optional), and motor-coaches are waiting where the sight-seeing is further away.
Have you ever taken a cruise? What was your experience like… did you feel nickel and dimed for everything? Cruising offers packages large and small. Would you prefer to pay everything up front, or do you like to pick and choose as you go along? With hundreds of destinations, and options to choose from you shouldn’t navigate these waters alone. Let the professionals at Journey Travel help you sort through the benefits and extras cruising has to offer.
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