Cruise Vacations - where fantasy and reality trade places...
Cruise Vacations can be a terrific, fun and memorable adventure if you are aware of certain things and know how to get the most out of the experience.
If you are a about to embark on your first at sea adventure, you are in for a treat!
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Have you heard the "myths" of Cruise Vacations?
Since the start of modern cruising in the 1960s there have been several myths concerning taking a cruise vacation. At one time some of these myths did have some basis in fact. But like modern automobiles , cruising today is nothing like the days of big fins and "your father's Oldsmobile."
Here are some of those myths and we hope that this website will demystify cruising for new comers and convince you that a cruise is the best vacation value on the planet.
Welcome to our website! We are here to share with you that the myths about cruise vacations are simply not true!!
Our experience comes from working for and with major cruise lines, travel agencies and in retail vacation travel! We hope you will use our site often when seeking answers to your cruise questions:
We know we can provide you with the answers - whether you are looking for GREAT destination ideas, a family reunion cruise, a romantic honeymoon, an exotic adventure cruise, a stunning Alaska cruise or just "what is there to eat on board" and where can I get the best pricing on cruises!
We've been to the destinations! We have countless personal stories and those from other "cruisers" around the world.
Our intention is to define the jargon used in the travel industry so you understand what travel agents and/or Internet agents are saying to you. We provide you with a solid understanding about:
Fantastic activities on board!
If you are worried that you will be bored and left with nothing to do, you could not be more mistaken! During the day most ships will offer a wide range of activities, covering an array of interests, especially on sea days. If you want physical activity, you can take part in pool games, play some basketball, volleyball, improve your golf swing, or take dance classes.
Indoors, you might prefer taking computer lessons,photography classes, enjoying shore talks and enrichment lectures, playing bridge or bingo, learning a new hobby, taking part in an art auction, watching a cooking demonstration or sipping wine at a wine-tasting. Daytime entertainment can vary from musical performances by the pool to afternoon shows (such as comedy improv on Norwegian Cruise Line, small acts in Princess' Piazza or an ice skating show on Royal Caribbean) and movies (in an indoor cinema or poolside). And of course on sea days, the casino will be open for deposits!
Most cruise ships have well equipped gyms and spas on board with personal trainers available to help guide you. Everything from Yoga classes to Zumba can be found on board. And all ships have access to internet should you feel the need to surf. Of course, you are free skip all the activities and just lounge by the pool or catch up with your reading while relaxing on your balcony. After all this is your vacation and we hope the information on our site will help you enjoy your cruise even more!
In short - you will have everything you need to have a no surprises, hassle free, memorable cruise vacation!
We give you all the essential information you need to find the right cruise for you AND negotiate the best cruise deals for your personal cruise vacation.
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Did You Know?.CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) 62 cruise line members represent more than 90 percent of global cruise capacity, with 482,000 berths on CLIA Member ships. With more than 22 million people cruising worldwide each year, the cruise industry will invest $25 billion to launch 55 new ships between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, the industry will introduce six new oceangoing cruise ships and 16 new river cruise ships.
Top 2014 Cruise Trends (CLIA)
Rebound in luxury cruising (luxury category ships, onboard upgrades) based on an improving economy and increased consumer confidence
Multigenerational and celebration travel increase for all passenger source markets with larger sized family as well as social/ affinity groups traveling together
Continued development and availability of technology to facilitate and lower the cost of onboard communications as well as to provide more efficient passenger servicing
Expectation of first-time passenger growth driven by the 95 million Millennial generation based on population size and positive experiences cruising with their parents
Cruise lines offering more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities for increased ease in booking and ship enjoyment
Cruises increasingly attracting consumers seeking active vacations with extreme excursions, longer stays in ports for sightseeing and high-energy onboard facilities
Seeing the world in comfort and ease, especially exotic locations, will continue to drive new itinerary creation and cruise ship deployment
Hot destinations for 2014 according to CLIA cruise line members include: Trans Pacific, World Cruises, U.S. Rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers