There are many different ways to explore the world from the convenience of a ship. No packing and unpacking are needed and you can still travel to multiple destinations. From river cruises to 112-passenger yachts, to barges and mega cruise liners, there is something out there for everyone!
For those looking for a more intimate cruise abroad, a personal favorite is Sea Dream. These are two 112-passenger yachts with 95 staff members on each. The service level and gourmet food is incredible and includes all of your alcoholic beverages. The back of the ship lowers to create a water sports marina where traveling guests will find complimentary jet skis, sail boats, kayaks and easy access for swimming. For exploring on land, guests can use complimentary mountain bikes. Another attractive thing about a Sea Dream cruise is the small and unusual ports that are inaccessible to large cruise ships. Travelers are given ample time to explore the ports.
For travelers on a tight budget, it is hard to beat the value of a mega cruise liner. There are many cruise lines and itineraries all over the world from which to choose. While the actual cruise fare is quite low on these premium cruise lines, there can be extra charges for specialty restaurants and some beverages. These expenses should be taken into account when comparing different options.
The two largest cruise ships, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure, hold 6,200 people and the ships themselves are wonderful attractions. They have features such as an ice skating rink, a rock-climbing wall and a royal loft with 2,000 square feet of living space.
Small luxury cruise lines such as Silversea, Regent and Seabourn often bundle airfare and cruise fares, making that experience more affordable than otherwise. Like SeaDream Yachts, they include all alcoholic beverages and gratuities. Some also offer butler services or free shore excursions.
For many travelers, seasickness is a concern that can be addressed by choosing a river ship. Trips in Europe, Russia and Asia are offered. Wine and beer is included with dinner and so are shore excursions, making it a great value.
One very unique way to experience river cruises is to travel with two local Arizona winemakers! Sam Pillsbury and Eric from Page Springs Winery are traveling the Rhone in France and will give wine lectures and escort behind the scene tours of various wineries there.
Whatever is your idea of a dream vacation, you can find it on a cruise! FBN
Monika Leuenberger loves to assist people in discovering new travel adventures. Call her today to book the best cruise for your budget and preferred itineraries. Locations like the Mediterranean, the Baltic Sea, British Isles, South Pacific, Asia and Africa could be part of your next vacation. 928-556-0853, www.avenuesoftheworld.com