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!

If you have cruised before; you are likely among the 90% of past passengers who continue to take a cruise as their first choice for their well needed get-away.

And if you have not yet enjoyed a ship based holiday before, you have come to the right place! Cruise vacations are all about choices - your choices. We have cruises to compliment everyone from budget friendly cruises to luxury cruise tours. If you want to dress for meals and eat in the formal dining room, you can. Or, you can dress down and eat in the informal cafe that most cruise ships have.

In the evening, a choice of activities awaits you - a show, some gambling, or karaoke in the lounge.

When the ship arrives at different ports you can get off and explore or stay on the ship and lounge by the pool. If you are traveling in a group, there's something for everyone.

A cruise vacation is the best value in the world today. Cruise fares have essentially stayed the same over the last 15 years. Newer and more efficient ships have allowed the cruise industry to pass along great cruise deals along with greater value to their guests.

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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.

  • Cruising is too expensive!

  • I'll be bored - there is nothing to do!

  • Cruising is too regimented - I want my freedom!

  • I'll get seasick!

  • Cruising is only for old people

  • All you do is eat - I'll gain 10 pounds!

  • I can't afford a cruise!

On Our Tahiti Cruise Welcome to our website! We are here to share with you that the myths about cruise vacations are simply not true!!

My lovely wife and I have been in the Cruise Industry for over 30 years. Along the way we’ve collected lots of tips, ideas, and information we think will help you have a memorable cruise vacation.

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:

  • What's included in my cruise fare?

  • Do I have to pay tips and gratuities?

  • Why you should make sure to get cruise insurance!

  • What is a "cabin" and what difference does the category mean?

  • How can I be sure I am getting the best price?

  • Is there anything for my kid's to do?

  • How do I do a wedding on a cruise vacation?

  • What documents do I need for my cruise?

  • How do I choose a cruise vacation?

  • The importance of purchasing cruise insurance.
Or maybe you want to know what the difference is between a "beer and pretzel cruise" and a "champagne and caviar cruise" and how do I know what I am buying?

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 have personally cruised with: Mediterranean Cruise On Seabourn Cruise Line

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Cunard Line (including Queen Mary 2)
  • Princess Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises
  • Costa Cruise Line
  • Holland America
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises and more!

We've been to the destinations! We have countless personal stories and those from other "cruisers" around the world.

Our motivation to write this guide comes from the absolute passion we have for the cruise product itself and from our desire to help as many people as possible enjoy this wonderful vacation opportunity!

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:

  • ship layout
  • stateroom categories
  • factors affecting the price you pay
  • what to pack
  • ship dining choices
  • family cruising and kids programs
  • weather
  • ship reviews
  • best seasons to travel
  • where to cruise
  • shore excursions
  • documentation and passports
  • travel security

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.

If you've never cruised before - go ahead, give it a try! You'll be glad you did!

Bon Voyage!

Cruise Specialist


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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