Luxury and pampering are the hallmarks of a cruise vacation, but did you know todays modern ships also offer some of the best vacation values for every age, interest, and budget? Thats why millions of travelers are flocking to these "floating resorts" every year, proving that the journey is indeed the reward.
Need convincing? Here are 10 reasons to choose a cruise for your next big vacation. And when youre ready to sail, check out our CRUISES EZ DEALS to see our best offers available.
Crammed seats, stale peanuts, lost baggage, no wait, thats flying.
On a cruise, getting there is more than half the fun. Enjoy the convenience of unpacking your bags just once and relaxing in comfort while your floating hotel takes you to fabulous ports of call. And, with 23 points of departure in the U.S., you're probably not far from the nearest sailing.
Enjoy fine food 24 hours a day.
Theres a reason cruisers always come back talking about the food: Its amazing! World-class chefs prepare delicacies from around the globe, with service that matches the finest restaurants in New York and Paris. And, of course, 24-hour room service is always available, as is the 24 hour gym!
Get wined and dined, not nickeled and dimed.
Cruise vacations include room accommodations, all-inclusive meals, entertainment, health and recreational facilities, and dozens of activities, all for one price. Stretch your dollars with a luxury vacation for any budget. After all, it's a lot more relaxing watching that beautiful sunset when you're not watching your wallet.
Prepare to be pampered.
Indulge yourself with luxurious amenities like a hot stone massage or aromatherapy at the onboard spa, or enjoy some sunning on a secluded beach on a private island. Or, just sit back with a cold drink and a trashy novel. Leave the sailing to somebody else. And the cooking. And the cleaning. And the other stresses of your 9-to-5 life.
Romance your loved one.
Whether you're falling in love or rekindling a lifelong affair, nothing says romance like an exotic cruise. Stroll hand-in-hand along a sun-soaked beach, enjoy an intimate dinner for two in your personal suite, or dance the night away beneath a brilliant starlit sky. New love or old love, you'll be swept away on a romantic ocean cruise.
Exciting excursions and activities - you can completely blow off.
Sightseeing, sports, casinos, dancing, theater - these are just some of the dozens of shipboard activities and shore excursions available to you. Snorkel the coral reefs, hike through a rain forest, or just veg out by the pool with a trashy novel. You can cruise at your own speed.
Fussy toddler or fussier teen? You can still have the perfect family vacation.
Most cruise lines offer shipboard programs specially designed for children of all ages, so families need only enjoy as much togetherness as they want. Kid-friendly menus make mealtime a breeze, while standard children's fare and treats are always available from room service, snack bars, and onboard ice-cream parlors. (Royal Caribbean even features Ben and Jerry's!)
Enjoy carefree shipboard life amid the antics of Isaac, Gopher, and Doc.
Starring in your own Love Boat vacation doesn't mean you have to follow a script. Choose fine dining or a casual meal. Parasailing or a day by the pool. Disco dancing or a moonlit stroll. Your cruise can be as exciting or relaxing as you choose or both. Just pick your pleasure, and let the expert staff handle the details.
You can always drink the water.
Cruising is one of the safest and most comfortable ways to see the world. Enjoy all the amenities of an ultra-modern, floating resort hotel while visiting exotic locales. Lifeboat drills, personal safes, onboard doctors, and carefully planned excursions assure your health, safety, comfort, and peace of mind.
The only stressful part of cruising is choosing.
With more than 150 ships sailing to 1,800-plus destinations around the world, you may have trouble picking just one. From family fun to romantic getaways to eco-adventures, there's a cruise for everyone, so start planning your dream vacation today.