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Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Cruise.

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<ul><li>1.CRUISE GUIDEYOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT CRUISE </li></ul><p>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 &amp; 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 fun. Most cruises even provide babysitters. Meanwhile, adults can kick back and relax, have an intimate dinner at a fine restaurant, or seek their own adventures. Later, families can get together and share all their experiences! Samples of activities on cruises for kids ages 3-12 include: Watching magic shows and theater productions Drinking Shirley Temples at mocktail parties Taking a behind-the-scenes look at the ship Participating in pool Olympics Partaking in a simulated archaeological dig Learning how to make pizza Examples of teenagers activities include: Singing karaoke and dancing at teen clubs Relaxing in teen hot tubs Taking Tae-Bo classes Surfing the Internet and emailing Playing video games Producing, directing and performing plays Adventure Get on your feet and explore the world over! If youre looking for a fast-paced vacation with invigorating adventure and thrills, a cruise is for you! Cruising awakens the adventurous spirit. Todays cruises are giving people unique chances to: Take a Jeep safari tour through the vast savannahs of Cozumel Chase butterflies amidst the lush tropical foliage of Martinique Navigate Corsicas mountainous terrain Prowl the lush islands of Polynesia Scale the Rock of Gibraltar, the worlds most famous stone Swim face-to-face with stingrays on a snorkeling excursion in Georgetown View the molten lava flows of Kilauea, Hawaii And if youre cruising in balmy weather, you can engage in activities like: Para-sailing Scuba diving Sea-floor hiking Cliff diving Sailing Heli-skiing Surfing Water skiing Snorkeling There are also a wide variety of onboard adventure activities. On Princess cruises, you can get your scuba diving certification, and on Royal Caribbeans Voyager of the Seas, you can go rock climbing! After a day full of exploration and adventure, kick off your shoes and relax. But take a deep breath, because the excitement continues the very next day! 11. 10 Sports If you crave sport and fitness, theres no better place to be than aboard a cruise ship! The worlds biggest playgrounds await you when you cruise. Depending upon your vessel, these facilities may be available: Virtual driving ranges Miniature golf courses Shuffleboards Basketball courts Running tracks Pools Water volleyball nets Bowling alley And once you get onshore, the action heats up! If youre cruising to balmy destinations, a variety of water sports, such as scuba diving and parasailing, beckon you. If youre looking to get fit or stay in shape, many cruise ships have fitness centers complete with: Treadmills Stairmasters Resistance machines Free weights Fitness rooms Aerobic equipment Royal Caribbeans Voyager of the Seas even has a rock climbing wall, a skating rink and an inline skating path. If youre a sport-minded person, cruising is for you! 12. CRUISE GUIDE | 11 Around the Clock Entertainment Pursue non-stop adventure and entertainment throughout the day and into the night. Hit the ground running and dont miss out on a single event! Those who are worried they might become bored on a cruise will be quite surprised to discover that they dont have enough time to do all they want. From the moment you set foot aboard the ship upon embarkation, youll be presented with an endless array of activities, such as: Bon voyage celebrations Games and contests Lectures and presentations Poolside socials Formal dinners Cocktail parties Vegas-style shows and productions Fitness and wellness classes Dances Seminars at sea Sports like basketball and tennis Casinos Shopping Concerts Stop and take a deep breath because the excitement continues during your exhilarating shore excursions. The action stops only when you do! 13. 12 Inside Cabin: Are located in the interior hallways, so have no windows or portholes. These are the least expensive of the cabins and cater towards the family budget. Outside Cabin: These are often the same size as an inside cabin, but are equipped with a porthole or window. If you specifically want a view, make sure to check that there wont be a lifeboat or any other equipment hindering your window. Cabin selection When booking your cruise, choosing which type of cabin you want is a tricky decision. These tips should help you to make the right choice. It can be quite daunting when it comes to booking your cabin, there are so many terms and categories that you need to understand in order to make the right booking for your needs. Some ships can have as many 20 different cabin categories and the pricing will vary depending on size, amenities and location. So make sure you look at all of your options before booking because staying in the wrong cabin can change your whole cruise experience. Some terms that you will need to know: Bow is situated at the front of the ship. Balconies will be more susceptible to wind Stern is the rear of the ship. You will be out of the wind, but there may be some engine noise. Mid-ship are cabins that are in or near the middle of the ship. These can be more expensive because they are reputed a...</p>