Every day, more and more people are discovering the all-inclusive pleasures of a cruise vacation. More singles, families, couples, honeymooners, second honeymooners and groups of friends are sailing away on the vacations of their lives. When you add it all up, it's easy to see why a cruise is "The Ultimate All Inclusive"
Cruising is the best vacation value!
Wherever you want to go! Cruises visit over 1,800 ports worldwide and practically every destination accessible by water. And each individual itinerary will make stops in different ports of call all over the world. In addition, cruise itineraries are designed to provide a cultural assortment of the flavors of life, that each region has to offer, for you to sample.
All ports of call have a mixture of the things that you want to do on vacation. Some ports are best for sightseeing, while others may be best for fun-in-the sun activites or new found adventure. Some destinations focus on history and culture, and others offer the best of the natural beauty and msytique of the country. The cruise lines are experts at itinerary planning so you don't have to be. So no matter what you're looking for, you'll discover that and much more on your cruise vacation of a lifetime.
Note: Excerpts from CLIA Information.
The Caribbean is the number one cruising region in the world and it's open year-round. Other places in the world will only be available when the weather is favorable. Cruises to Alaska operate during the summer, when the tempertures are temperate and waters navigational. Winter months are a great time to visit Antarctica because it's summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Everything you've heard about cruise ship dining is true. At each meal, you'll find a varied selection of entrees (appetizers, salads, soups, vegetables, and desserts, too), and each day the selection will be different. If you've ever wanted to experiment with a cuisine or try a dish, you can feel free to order more than one entree or appetizer (or dessert!).
But, just because your cruise ship offers plenty of delicious food, doesn't mean you'll come home out of shape. You can choose low-cal, spa, vegetarian or fitness menu selections that are just as tempting as the regular menu. Best of all, the one thing you'll never see on a cruise ship menu is a price. Because your meals are included!
So what makes the food so good on cruise ships? It's really quite simple: everything is prepared on board from scratch. The galley crew under the command of world reknown chef's, work all night mixing, baking, slicing, dicing and prepping their delicacies. And they work all day, too, to deliver their guests the finest quality and the widest variety of cuisine choices available anywhere.
Dining is one area in which the cruise industry has made big changes over the past few years. Dining schedules, reservations for the main dining rooms are a thing of the past. Almost every cruise line has found a way to let you eat where you want, when you want and with whom you want, including 24/7 room service.
Ships with alternative dining have anywhere from four to 10 different restaurants! Just about any type of food you like is offered: French, Italian, Cajun, Asian, fusion, tapas, sushi, deli, pizza, vegetarian, steaks and chops. Family-friendly cruise lines even have separate kids menus to appeal to the picky eaters.
When the stars come out, a cruise ship really turns on. There's dancing, live entertainment, nightclubs and lounges, feature films, and parties with all your new friends. Most ships also have casinos. What's more, there are many special events like the Captain's Cocktail Party, Passenger Talent Night, Broadway-style shopws and Las Vegas-type revues.
Las Vegas or Broadway-style. Both offer a montage of your favorite show tunes but one usually has more flash. These shows can be quite spectacular with troops of dancers, acrobats, special effects and elaborate costumes and set designs. Many ships offer live performances by popular broadway and niteclub entertainers as well. You'll pinch yourself, remembering your onboard a ship.
Comedy acts are quite popular and are usually suitable for adults only. Newer ships also have sports bars and offer live games via satellite.
On a cruise vacation, the entertainment is on the house. There's no cover, minimum, or charge for an admission ticket. The shows are live, films first-rate and all included in your cruise fare. The dining rooms and cocktail lounges usually have a live pianist or string quartet. The bars and theme lounges offer raggae and calypso by the pool, pop and soft rock for dancing, jazz for coolin', golden oldies and the nightclubs will always have a HOT! DJ with plenty of techno dance mixes loaded into the machine for cutting a rug.
Many people are concerned about being bored on a cruise. The seemingly endless array of activities may be more a case of "So Many Choices, So Little Time".
Here's another area in which the cruise lines have responded to their guests changing lifestyles with a whole new menu of interesting and educational activities designed to enrich your life and your onboard cruise experience.
Enjoy your time at sea with art classes, dance lessons, computer learning, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, art auctions, yoga or Pilates, bridge lessons or casino gaming lessons and tournaments. For some stamina builders, there are golf simulators and putting courses, basketball, state-of-the-art workout facilities and personal trainers. And just about everyone has heard about the ships with rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks and in-line skating tracks. Starting in May of 2006 Royal Caribbean will be offering on the new "Freedom of the Seas" an onboard surf park (Yes' we said surfing), H20 Zone, adults-only solarium, dedicated sports pool and more! Wow! Shuffel board anyone?
Regular favorates like ping-pong, video game rooms, chess, backgammon, cards, board games, movies, books, the ever-present internet cafe and most ships have world reknown spas and salons with dozens of different types of facials, massages, manicures and pedicures with the emphasis on pamper.
Everyone has their own expectations and the facilities and onboard programs differ from one cruise line to the next. Don't be afraid to ask specific questions. Cruises 24/7 know the ships well and our Cruise Travel Pro's can always find the answers for you.
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