Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Cruise.
- 1.CRUISE GUIDEYOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT CRUISE
2. CRUISE GUIDE | 1 WELCOME With an amazing 70 ocean-going cruise ship operators, carrying over 21 million passengers a year, there are plenty of options available so that you can choose a cruise to suit your needs. Cruiseguide has all the information you need to make a decision about choosing the right cruise for you. 3. 2 contents 1. ........................................................Welcome 2. .........................................................Contents 3. ....................................................Why Cruise? 4. ...................................Different Types of Cruising 12. ...............................................Cabin Selection 14. ..................................Top 7 Cruise Destinations 16. .....................................................Cruise Quiz 20. .................................................Cruising FAQs 4. CRUISE GUIDE | 3 WHY CRUISE? Ease of travel is a bonus of cruise holidays. Forget about transferring from planes to buses to boats to taxis, your fully stocked cruise vessel will take you everywhere in style. All-inclusive deals mean that your expenses are combined into one package, often at a great discount to separate pricing and paying. For those on a smaller budget, there is likely a cruise quite close to home that will still allow you to travel in luxury and pamper yourself for 1 week, 2 weeks or more. Some cruise packages also include air transport to faraway places, where you can begin your cruise. You can also find excellent family packages, complete with childcare and a wide variety of fun activities for young and old alike. Get more for your money and time.Though you can look forward to spending a significant amount of time relaxing and enjoying yourself on board your ship, each moment can still be packed with excitement or pleasure.Your ship will stop frequently, so you can also see multiple destinations on one journey. Whether you want to fill every second with holiday fun and entertainment, or never leave your deck chair, the choice is yours. Eat when youre hungry, sleep when youre tired, leave all your worries and responsibilities behind, get fully into the sailing spirit and let your cares float like the mighty waves you travel on. 5. 4 different types of cruising Activities vary depending on cruise line, ship and destination, however cruising offers something for everyone! Cruising is the most flexible way to holiday because it offers activities based on your interests, age, hobbies and passions. Singles Cruising Dine, drink and dance with other singles! Cruising is a social experience, and its nearly impossible not to meet new friends. If youre single, consider booking a singles cruise, which is a cruise specially designed for singles who want to mingle. There are many activities that are specially designed for singles, such as meet and greets, cocktail parties and formal nights or you can enjoy all of the planned onboard entertainment and shore excursions, choose to relax or pursue adventure when you want. Enjoy the comfort and entertainment of people like you, who are interested in socializing and touring the world. Then disembark with new friendships and lasting memories. 6. CRUISE GUIDE | 5 Romance for couples Fan the flames of passion while falling in love all over again. Whether a couple is travelling to Europe, the Bahamas or Hawaii, a cruise can be one of the most passionate experiences of a lifetime. A cruise combines the romanticism and pleasures of fine restaurants, engaging ports of call, lavish pampering, like his and hers massages, relaxing hot tubs and sun decks, starlit twilights, intimate piano bars and lounges, and awe-inspiring sunsets. activities for seniors Sail through your silver years in a more serene cruising environment. Senior travellers who dont want to be stuck with rowdy college kids or screaming children can take solace in the fact that several cruise lines take great satisfaction in offering a quiet, hassle-free atmosphere. Cruise lines catering to older cruisers give them the opportunity to appreciate a slower-paced cruise that places an emphasis on hospitality and leisure. These cruise lines include Cunard Line, Holland America Line and Swan Hellenic Cruises. Swan Hellenic even offers child free cruises. Activities aboard these ships include dancing at socials, embarking on shore excursions, playing cards, attending cocktail parties, interacting with hosts, taking fitness classes, reading books, relaxing in Getting married Thats right, tie the knot and say, I do aboard an elegant, luxurious cruise ship. You are always welcomed to purchase honeymoon, wedding and anniversary packages and let cruise coordinators make your wedding hassle-free. Get married on board or at an exclusive port of call and plan small ceremonies or bigger galas and be showered with a cake, flowers, champagne and chocolates. spas, and listening to lectures and presentations. Seniors with medical needs will appreciate the accessibility of the ship and the standard medical facilities that cater to their needs. Dining rooms even accommodate low-calorie, low-salt and low- cholesterol diets. 7. 6 Culture Expand your knowledge about other countries and cultures on your next cruise! Its no secret that a lot of people enjoy cruising because of the sun and surf. People who want more than a t-shirt and a tan, however, can now stimulate their minds. To enhance the cultural experience, cruisers can shop in village markets, learn about native customs, dine on multicultural cuisine, tour museums and attend festive performances. Todays enrichment cruises offer: Destination-intensive itineraries that include visits to eccentric locales. Natural history and eco-cruise itineraries that feature wildlife expeditions, rain forest hikes and mountain treks. World-class lecturers who specialize in a regions geography, history, culture and wildlife. Seminars, demonstrations and round-table discussions given by guest speakers. Pre and post-cruise tour packages that allow cruisers to immerse themselves in a foreign culture Special performances by native artists. Exclusive shore excursions that feature tours of prominent museums and trips to historic sites Knowledge of different cultures and histories Off-the-beaten-path destinations include visits to the: Volcanic islands of the Galapagos Rugged mountains and glaciers of Greenland Ice-sculptured tundra of Antarctica Chilean fjords of Patagonia Beaches of Rio de Janeiro Fishing villages, hamlets and fjords of Norway 8. CRUISE GUIDE | 7 Themes Pick a customized theme cruise that floats your boat! Cruisers now have greater opportunities to take unique cruises and enjoy the activities and interests they love. These special voyages let passengers explore art, music, food, nature, sports, technology, health, comedy, literature, cinema and more! Samples of themed cruises include: Carnival: Hop onboard Carnival Inspiration for the Elvis cruise, held in November each year. Enjoy the best Elvis tribute artists in the world, in-room Elvis movies, meet & greet sessions, an Elvis fashion show, Elvis Monopoly and trivia tournaments and many other Elvis-themed activities. Radisson Seven Seas Cruises: Discover the Art of French Cooking by attending workshops and demonstrations given by Le Cordon Bleu chefs. Orient Lines: Attend lectures and workshops given by experts from the Antiques Roadshow in preparation for onshore shopping excursions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Bombay. Seabourn Cruise Line: Partake in a celebration of heralded books and memorable music during the innovative Writers of the World: Lyrics and Literature cruise. Silversea Cruises: Take a Silver Links Golf Program cruise and perfect your swing at more than 30 golf courses throughout Australia, New Zealand, the Mediterranean, the British Isles and North America. Costa Cruises: Rub elbows with some of baseballs favorite players, Hall of Famers and sportscasters. You can also attend clinics and get autographs given by baseball greats. Crystal Cruises: Capture breathtaking landscape and wildlife images during adventurous photographic safaris in Africa. Disney: Disney cruise lines offers more than just a Disney character-themed cruising experience for children. While their ships are full of captivating entertainment, lavish food and drink, and world class amentities, Disney also has a number of private islands where your experience continues with you onshore. 9. 8 Accommodation for Special Events Conduct business as (un)usual at sea! More and more business meetings and conferences are now being conducted on cruise ships. Business executives host corporate meetings at sea because cruise ship accommodations are often less expensive than high-end resort stays, employees families are provided with a plenitude of activities, and business amenities such as rooms, AV equipment, fax machines, flip charts, easels, microphones and computers are readily available. Some cruise lines even provide secretaries, language translators and meeting coordinators. Hosting meetings on American flagships may even be tax deductible. Employees can get down to business during the day while their families relax amidst the cruise ships amenities. Other popular group cruises include class and family reunions, which give people the opportunities to catch up with each other while taking a dream vacation. Cruise lines can also accommodate birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties and other celebrations. You can even get married with the help of cruise wedding planners! 10. CRUISE GUIDE | 9 Family Fun Round up the troops and start packing for a cruise! A cruise is the ideal family-based vacation because it provides customized entertainment for both the parents and their kids. Children of all ages can participate in planned, supervised activities; giving parents the freedom to have their own