Article by chickie maxwell
People usually think of a vacation as an opportunity to get away from it all. Typical vacation options often include visiting popular tourist attractions, going camping or staying in a resort, traveling around the country or to a foreign destination, or choosing a seasonal location, such as an oceanfront cottage or a ski resort.
How about something different, such as planning a cruise vacation? A cruise probably offers one of the best ways to truly get away! Many cruise lines offer attractive vacation packages to appealing destinations. The beauty of a cruise is you have all the amenities in one central place. Your cruise package is often all-inclusive and an itinerary offers you the opportunity to choose from among many intriguing planned activities and excursions. A frequent perception about cruises is the leisurely pace and relaxation offered. In fact, you can decide exactly how active you want to be – or not!
Cruise Lines: Basic Information
About a dozen major cruise lines offer you a variety of destinations and ports of call, as well as a range of features and prices.? The primary goal of each cruise line is to provide passengers with the vacation of a lifetime, that fits their preferences. You may choose from such established cruise lines as Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa, Cunard, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC?Cruises, Norwegian Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Silversea. Each cruise line has its own signature appearance, agenda, and amenities that contribute to its reputation for excellence.
Even though each specific cruise line has its trademark characteristics and amenities, most cruise lines have certain standard features from which to choose: ? Public rooms: Bars and lounges; internet center; library. ? Spas & wellness: Beauty salon; full service spa, sauna or steam room; health and nutrition, and/or fitness evaluation/s; exercise instruction such as Pilates and yoga. ? Entertainment: card room and/or game room; casino or nightclub; movies; video games or arcade. ? Activities and sports: fitness center or gym; jogging track; outdoor pool; rock climbing; sports court; water sports. ? Additional amenities/services: business services center; concierge desk; dry cleaning and laundry, or self-service laundry; duty-free boutiques and shops; infirmary/medical center; safe deposit boxes. ? Accessibility for physical and/or special needs: auditory and visual assistance; wheelchair accommodations and accessibility; pool lift; oxygen.
Some cruise lines cater to families with children and teens, by offering age-appropriate activities and amenities.
Most cruise lines have dress codes for participation in specific activities, so prospective passengers should be sure to peruse their itineraries to ensure they bring the appropriate wardrobe.
Cruise Lines: Destinations
Certain destinations are popular and included by multiple cruises. You may desire a tropical destination in Bermuda or the Caribbean, or the glacial waters around Alaska or Antarctica, or a safari adventure to Africa. Chances are you will be able to choose the best cruise package to fit your needs.
These are six of the most popular among about two dozen common destinations and ports of calls offered by various cruise lines, given here in alphabetical order:
? Alaska ? Bahamas ? Caribbean ? Europe ? Hawaii ? Mexico
Other destinations vary from Africa, Australia, and Bermuda, to the Mediterranean and the South Pacific.
Cruise Lines: Budget Classes
Cruises can vary from two days/nights, to a week or more. Prices can also range from under $ 200 per person, into thousands of dollars, depending on the rooms, cruise packages, and cruise lines selected. The price typically includes your basic accommodations, meals, use of facilities,? and onboard activities and entertainment. It is important to determine what is covered, and what is not, when you book your cruise.
Some cruise lines charge additional fees for port taxes, gratuities, and certain supplementary services, while others are truly all-inclusive. In these cases, you may only need to bring extra cash for spending money and shore excursions!
Budget class cruises, as the name implies, offer the basics in no frills cruise packages. These cruises typically attract single individuals, young couples, and families who must watch their budgets while enjoying affordable vacations. Some characteristics of budget class cruises include the following:
? Older, smaller cruise ships. ? Average level of service, attention, food, and activities. ? Fewer, and less exotic, destination choices. ? Shorter cruises, smaller cabins, and less overall space onboard.?You know you want to – make plans now to contact various cruise lines to gather information about cruise packages. Regardless of your age or stage of life, make your next vacation a cruise to the destination of your dreams.
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