If you talk to friends who’ve gone on a cruise, almost every single one of them will go on and on about how wonderful it was, and how they intend to go again as often as possible. Cruising definitely seems to be addictive, and it’s gaining in popularity every year, but there are still aspects of the experience that aren’t suited to everyone. If you are one of these people who aren’t sure you are going to love it, below are some tips for choosing a cruise that should serve as a good ... [read more]
They aren’t ideal for just anybody, but if your schedule and tastes match up with one of the famous “repositioning cruises” you can get the bargain of a lifetime and experience something that most people only dream of.What is a repositioning cruise?
As the name implies, these are cruises where the ship is making its transition from a route in one part of the world to a route in another. A few of the most common cruise routes (like Los Angeles to Baja California) have the same ships doing them every week of ... [read more]
Before you begin shopping for a specific cruise, you’ll want to know what your options are. The first cruise offer you see might seem very tempting, but there are hundreds of different cruises from which to choose, and plenty of ways to save money along the way, so you should consider the big picture before you commit.How long would you like to go for?
The most popular cruises are:
3 or 4 nights – Most of these go from Southern California to Baja California and back, or from the Miami area to the Bahamas and ... [read more]
Royal Caribbean is one of the major cruise companies, with an impressive list of destinations served and a ship in its fleet that is the largest passenger vessel on earth. Despite the company’s name, the list of places you can go with a Royal Caribbean cruise goes far beyond the Caribbean – including Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Panama Canal and South America. And if you think that is impressive, consider that the company also has private resorts in Haiti (yes, Haiti) and the Bahamas which are exclusively used by guests on its ships. The bottom ... [read more]
Date:February 20th, 2009
Tags: Royal Caribbean
If you are single and looking for new and interesting ways to meet other singles, there is only so much you can do within a 25-mile radius of your house. After awhile, you are going to start running into the same people over and over again – and while they may be nice, it is nice to cast a wider net now and then. That is one of the many reasons why singles cruises are so popular.
There are several companies which organize singles cruises, but taking a singles cruise does not mean the entire ship is taken over by singles ... [read more]
Date:February 20th, 2009
One of the more famous cruise lines in the United States has to be Princess Cruises – if for no other reason than an entire generation of people who grew up watching “The Love Boat” think that is what cruises are supposed to be. And why not? Especially now, when Princess Cruises sail to so many destinations around the world and provide so many of the amenities we have come to expect when taking a cruise.
In addition to the usual destinations served by most cruise lines, Princess Cruises also includes more exciting and exotic cruise destinations, too. You can get ... [read more]
Date:February 20th, 2009
Tags: Princess Cruises
Despite the name, Norwegian Cruise Lines is not, in fact, based in Norway. The cruise company is based in Florida, although it was founded in the 1960s by Norwegians – so perhaps that makes the whole thing okay. Norwegian Cruise Lines advertises its “freestyle cruising,” meaning there are not the usual set times or assigned seating for meals and also that formal wear is not a requirement, as a major benefit of its cruises. This can be a real perk if other cruises you have taken have seemed too restrictive – you are on vacation, after all.
The Norwegian Cruise Lines ... [read more]
Date:February 20th, 2009
Tags: Norwegian Cruise Lines
Many people take trips to Mexico but only see one town – they stick to the one beach resort they know, and never venture further than their favorite beach chair. But if you want to explore more cities in Mexico without sacrificing the relaxing luxury of that favorite beach chair, however, check into the many Mexico cruises which are available.
Cruises make it easy to cover lots of ground without the daily hassle of packing and unpacking, or moving from one hotel to another. Perhaps the biggest perk of Mexico cruises is that your hotel moves with you. Of course, the ... [read more]
It does not have to be the middle of winter when you start thinking about basking in the glow of the Hawaiian sun – vacations to the island state are popular almost any time of year. Of course, when you are tired of waiting for your fingers to thaw before you can type the first email of the morning, or when you start to forget what trees look like when they have leaves on them – that is when Hawaii cruises really sound their best.
Since everyone else is thinking about Hawaii cruises right about the same time that you are, ... [read more]
You might be looking at this page and thinking, “Galveston cruises? Who wants to take a cruise to Galveston?” No, we are not talking about cruise trips that explore the hidden treasures of Galveston Island – we are talking about the many cruises which depart from Galveston Island to points more exotic, including both the Western and Eastern Caribbean as well as the Mexican coast. And when you are looking for alternatives to the two coastal extremes of Florida and California (the departure points for most Caribbean and Mexican cruises), Galveston is a great option.
The cruise lines which operate regularly ... [read more]
Taking a Mediterranean cruise sounds blissful – relaxing in luxurious on-board splendor as your moving hotel takes you from one amazing European city to another. Yes, that is certainly an excellent way to spend a vacation. But just the word “Mediterranean” sounds overly expensive and out of reach for most of us, right? Well, the good news is that Mediterranean cruises actually make a trip to Europe more affordable than you might think.
First of all, cruises are often a really economical way to travel, because with all-inclusive cruise deals you are paying for your accommodation and most of your meals ... [read more]
Even the most experienced traveler can get frustrated when every trip means they have to check in and out of several hotels and do the unpack-pack routine multiple times during one vacation. It is not only annoying, it takes valuable time out of the trip when you could otherwise be shopping, sight-seeing, or just plain relaxing. This is only one reason why taking a cruise is such a welcome alternative. But contrary to popular opinion, you do not need to plan months in advance to enjoy a great cruise vacation – not with the many deals on last minute cruises.
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Date:February 20th, 2009
Holland America Line is one of the subsidiaries of the massive Carnival Cruise company, but it also has its own identity as a provider of premium cruise vacations. Holland America cruises has 13 ships in its fleet and if you take a trip with this company you are one of almost 700,000 people to do so each year – so they must be doing something right!
While Holland America cruises might sound like they have a European focus, the company itself is actually headquartered in Seattle. It was, however, founded in Amsterdam (hence the name). Europe is among the destinations served ... [read more]
Coming up with a vacation the entire family can enjoy and that does not cost a fortune can be a real challenge. And even if your family loves taking a simple trip to the nearest beach or mountain for camping, you want a little variety now and then, right? Something a little more interesting and far away than you could drive to in an hour would be a nice change of pace, but is that going to be too expensive? Not if you check out the various family cruises available these days.
It used to be that the word “cruise” conjured ... [read more]
Countless people visit Europe every year, marching from one historic monument to another – and in between each city they grumble and complain about packing, unpacking and packing again to move from hotel to hotel. Well, you can see the same sights as everyone else and only unpack your bags once when your hotel follows you from port to port. In other words, European cruises give you the same access to Europe’s main attractions without the hassle of all that packing and unpacking.
Additionally, European cruises can be a really cost-effective way to travel, since almost all of your basic expenses ... [read more]
While those of us without children may not immediately be drawn to Disney Cruises, the cruise company offers a great deal to parents who do not want to leave the munchkins at home with the grandparents but who also want to have a vacation adults can enjoy, too. These family-friendly cruise vacations include activities and entertainment designed for all different age groups, from toddlers right on up, so Mom and Dad can leave the little ones in the capable hands of the daycare staff while they take advantage of a little shore excursion or quiet dinner for two!
Of course, the ... [read more]
Maybe you have seen the TV commercials for Celebrity Cruise Lines, where people who have just taken a Celebrity cruise walk around in a daze afterwards lamenting having to return to real life where they are not treated like royalty. If that does not make you want to get the royal treatment on a Celebrity Cruise yourself, we do not know what does. Celebrity Cruise Lines has created a niche for itself as a provider of premium cruise vacations, and they have done an excellent job of it.
Along with the cruise destinations most other cruise companies serve – Alaska, the ... [read more]
Carnival Cruise Lines is certainly one of the major cruise line companies, offering regular tours of everywhere from Alaska to Europe to Hawaii to the Caribbean to Panama – they even have a cruise of Canada and New England. One of the company’s claims to fame is its focus on making cruises more affordable, and their many already-affordable cruises are made even more reasonable if you are able to take advantage of some of these Carnival Cruise Lines deals.
Even a cruise company like Carnival, with its inexpensive alternatives to the luxury cruise tours, will offer special discounts and perks now ... [read more]
Taking a cruise is a great way to save money on vacation, largely because almost everything is included – so you are not stuck paying for all kinds of little things you were not expecting. That does not mean, however, that you should pay a fortune for your cruise. Let us help you find a deal for your next Caribbean cruise.
While taking a Caribbean cruise is a really popular vacation choice, there are sometimes discounts or special deals offered for limited times, and we want to help you take advantage of those. Just like with a hotel room or an ... [read more]
Bermuda cruises sound like great vacation ideas almost any time of the year, but it is particularly in the dead of winter when sailing to warmer climates sounds most appealing. You know those days – when you have shoveled snow for hours and you still cannot see your whole driveway, or when you begin to wonder if you might be developing Seasonal Affective Disorder because it has been so long since you last saw the sun. Yes, Bermuda cruises might be looking really good right about then.
Cruises are great vacation options, especially because the all-inclusive nature of a cruise means ... [read more]
Taking a cruise is a great way to keep your travel budget in check – by paying for your accommodation and most of your meals up front, in a package all-inclusive cruise deal, you are in a better position to know just how much you have left over to spend on fun extras. Which is why Bahamas cruises are so popular – with most of your travel expenses already accounted for, you can set aside everything else for shopping in the ports of call and some of the extras available on board the ship.
Bahamas cruises are definitely popular, and cruises ... [read more]
While most people hear the word “cruise” and immediately think of tropical climates, beach excursions and no real emphasis on foreign cultures, there is another option. With Asia cruises, you get to experience exotic cultures in a really comfortable way. For one thing, your hotel comes with you from port to port – so you only unpack and repack once. For another, when you are traveling with a group like you do on a cruise you can choose to travel with the comfort of a group or explore on your own. You can have the best of both worlds.
Some Asia ... [read more]
Although the word “cruise” usually evokes images of beach excursions in every port of call, lying on deck in a bikini, and the most strenuous activity being working (hard) on your tan, Alaska cruises are some of the most popular cruise vacations out there. The stunning Alaska Inside Passage is best seen from the water, and Alaska cruises make taking in one of the most beautiful scenes in the United States easy and affordable.
Cruises in general are really economical ways to travel, especially if you are the kind of person who budgets out a certain amount for your vacation and ... [read more]