Facts About Cruising
and more people are discovering the fun and value of cruising,
but many more still have not heard the good news. Now more
than ever, a luxury cruise is easily affordable and accessible
to everyone. Donít believe it? Then read on for our list
of seven important facts about cruising.
Cruising is a good value
Some people never consider taking a cruise because they think it
is too expensive, but this is simply not the case. When you compare
the cost of a cruise with the cost of comparable travel, accommodations,
food and activities, you will quickly see that cruising offers great
value for your vacation dollar.
2. Cruising is never boring
If you think you might be bored while on a cruise, think
again. There are so many options and activities that you will never
be able to participate in them all. And donít worry about being
in the close quarters of a ship; there really is plenty of space
to move about so youíre not likely to feel confined or claustrophobic.
When it comes to nightlife, a cruise ship offers many options. Common
choices include Broadway-style entertainment, dance bars, quiet
piano lounges, casinos, movie theaters and arcade game rooms. There
truly is something on board to suit every entertainment taste.
3. A cruise ship is not divided into different
classes of service
Long gone are the days of first, second and third class passengers,
or the wealthy receiving better treatment than others on a cruise.
While there are differences in the sizes and locations of staterooms,
this is no different from a hotel that offers different types of
rooms at different price levels.
Regardless of the size or cost of your stateroom, you have full
access to the shipís facilities and amenities, and the shipís crew
will do everything in their power to make your experience exceptional.
In return, it is accepted practice to tip those people, such as
stewards and waiters, who have served you personally throughout
the cruise. Check with the cruise line for information about suggested
4. Most cruise passengers do not get seasick
The motion of a cruise ship at sea is generally mild, so most people
do not experience seasickness. If you are prone to motion sickness
on other forms of transportation (cars, trains, airplanes, etc.),
though, take the same precautions on a cruise as you do for other
types of travel. There are several over the counter motion sickness
medications, or your doctor may prescribe something stronger if
needed. And if you do get onboard and find yourself feel nauseous,
donít worry Ė the shipís medical staff will happily provide you
with medication to help.
A cruise ship is a great family environment
Nearly every cruise line offers special programs and accommodations
to families, and some even specialize in entire cruises designed
completely around the needs and wants of a family. On these
family-focused cruise lines, you will find special supervised
areas of the ship where your children can go to do age-appropriate
activities while you enjoy adult time.
Each port is a new adventure Every port you
visit is different, and each one will have excursions, activities
and places to discover. Just as on board the ship, you will
not be able to do everything there is to do at each port.
can choose a paid tour excursion or you can explore on your own.
Many cruise lines have cooperative arrangements with hotels and
resorts in the ports they visit so that cruise passengers can use
hotel facilities like swimming pools, fitness rooms, spas and other
7. You donít have to buy a special wardrobe
There is no need to buy fancy clothing or a tuxedo to go on a cruise,
although some cruises do require formal dress in specific on board
restaurants. Your general packing list does not need to be much
different from any other vacation; simply include clothing that
is appropriate for the climate and expected weather conditions.
And donít worry about items like hair dryers, shavers, and other
personal appliances Ė they all work just fine on board a luxury
THE AUTHOR: Bruce Pickett ACC is an award winning travel
& cruise consultant, self taught, experienced, & motivated
to help people find cruising value. He has authored articles on
cruising to make it easy for people to create cruise holidays, quickly
& without stress. Learn 5 essential facts to cruise value and
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