Cruises - The Ultimate Vacation...

Cruises? Why take a take them? Well, the answer is quite simple... Some vacations are just more fun than others!

Every single day, more and more people are discovering the all-inclusive pleasures of vacationing by ship.

More singles, families, couples, honeymooners, second honeymooners and groups of friends are sailing away on the vacation of their lives!

Last year alone, according to industry statistics, just under 11 million people enjoyed a vacation at sea.

You may be looking for a place the whole family can enjoy. Perhaps a romantic vacation or a place to meet people. At the same time you want great value for your money. Seem like an impossible task? Then maybe you haven’t considered cruising. With so many destinations and so much to do on today’s ships it is becoming a very popular alternative to more traditional vacations. Hold on a minute, you might be thinking, "cruises are not for me".

Not anymore. Dance clubs, sports facilities, live entertainment, movies, classes, casinos and supervised children’s activities are just a few examples of how cruise ships are catering to people of all walks of life.

One of the main benefits of cruising is it’s all inclusive nature. The cost includes all the meals, 24 hour room service, cabin and entertainment just to name a few. Once you’re on board you’ll be amazed at the variety of activities and land excursions to choose from – or you can choose to do nothing but lounge on the deck.

Get ready to be pampered in a safe and relaxing environment. The high quality and worry free environment will make it a true escape from the “real world”. And what other vacation hotel lets you go to sleep at night and wake up to a new country at your front door every morning?

Enjoy fine dining every night at your reserved table. Go ahead, taste several appetizers. Try more than one soup. If you can’t decide between two salads, have both. Every night indulge yourself with such international entrees as Beef Wellington and Duck a l’Orange.

And never say no to desserts that can include such masterpieces as Baked Alaska. Every meal is an event designed just for you. So satisfy your every craving, and then walk out of the dining room without ever paying a bill.

Oops, eat too much? Staying in shape is easy. Every floating resort has a spa facility featuring state of the art gym equipment and aerobics classes. And you’ll love jogging on deck in the fresh sea air. Then relax, have a massage, steam or sauna or just a dip in the swimming pool. If you think you’re always surrounded by other guests, think again. On your ship it’s easy to find a quiet corner to contemplate the sea, read a book from the library, hold that intimate conversation or just count your blessings.

Whether you’re a newlywed or celebrating your 50th anniversary, you’ll feel the special magic of being on a ship miles out to sea. Which isn’t to say singles won’t enjoy a sea going vacation. As a matter of fact they’ll have a blast.

Whether you love musicals, hard rock, country or big band you’ll find ships playing your song. In the showroom you’ll cheer the Vegas-style revues. Don’t plan on deep conversation in the high energy dance club; save your talks for the friends you’ll meet at the sing-along piano bar, or for each other as you stroll along the deck before turning in.

Nothing on earth compares to the value of a cruise vacation. One low price covers just about everything. All your meals are included. Almost every shipboard activity is included. Even the entertainment is included.

Compare that to most land vacations when you’re constantly faced with the added expenses and hassles of reservations, valet parking, buying theater tickets, looking for transportation and searching for things to do.

Oh.. and what land vacation can take you from one exotic destination to another while you dance and dine or dream the night away! On a cruise your ship is a floating resort and in the morning they bring a new island or country right to your front door!

But... Only take a cruise if your idea of the perfect holiday requires...

  • romantic destinations
  • hassle free relaxed atmosphere
  • outrageous personal pampering
  • unpacking your bags once
  • five star dining and gourmet cuisine
  • 24 hour complimentary room service
  • activities galore to keep you AND the kids happy
  • outstanding nightly entertainment
  • spas and fitness facilities
  • an opportunity to sample paradise islands and historical cities - in comfort
  • ease of having my family and friends join me
  • very, very affordable prices

Whoa - not so fast.....

I know you may be reluctant to vacation by ship!

Almost 90% of the traveling North American public has never been on a cruise vacation!

Five times as many people go annually to Disney World or Las Vegas than take a cruise vacation.

Why? Because of the myths of cruising outlined above BUT...

There’s more to sailing than playing shuffleboard...

A lack of understanding about sea going vacations keeps people from even investigating the idea as a holiday option!

You do need good advice and you do need to know EXACTLY what you are buying with no built in surprises...

  • ships are different

  • amenities are different

  • accommodation is different

  • food services are different across the many cruise lines available to you.

If you do your homework right, I guarantee your cruise will be the best vacation you have ever experienced!...

Your sea vacation offers:

VALUE - One price buys your cabin, dining, entertainment and more.

ROMANCE- Secluded beaches, ensuite dining on a balcony overlooking the ocean and spa services for two are just some of the romantic activities available.

CUISINE- Tantalize your taste buds with gourmet fare that showcases exotic ingredients, old standbys like pizza and ice cream or spa cuisine for a healthy alternative. Depending on your mood, dine in a traditional ballroom setting, a small bistro or a casual eatery. VARIETY - With over 300 distinctive ships, 1800 ports-of-call and an unbelievable array of places to see and things to do, there is a perfect vacation for you.

ACTIVITIES - Fill your days with sightseeing, sports, cultural lectures, educational tours led by naturalists and historians or simply lounge by the pool and relax. At night, enjoy dancing, musical revues, casinos or a quiet evening gazing at the stars.

You can download a sample copy of Royal Caribbean's Onboard Newsletter - an onboard newsletter from the Radiance of the Seas describing the wealth of activities available.

Once you're on board, nearly all expenses are pre-paid... talk about hassle-free!

NEW HORIZONS- Fall asleep in one destination and awake to a new horizon... and you only have to pack and unpack once!

FAMILY- Families love sea vacations. Children's programs, kid-friendly menus and tours of the ship will keep your children happy, while affording you some time alone.

PAMPERING- Regardless of your budget, all ships pamper their guests with first-class service around the clock.

SATISFACTION- It's a fact that cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other vacation experience.

Be Forever Spoiled...

You can have the vacation of a lifetime:

  • see the world

  • completely unwind

  • take a walk on the wild side

  • dance the night away

  • feast on fabulous cuisine

  • learn something new

  • make friends

  • bond with your family

  • steal quiet moments with your partner

Whatever your heart desires, is yours, when you choose to take a cruise vacation. Browse our site for all the information you need to prepare for your fabulous vacation.

Your ship is waiting...

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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