With a range of experiences so varied, is it a surprise cruising has such a broad following? The differentiations are important, because you will often encounter the individual who professes not to like “cruising.” Most often, this poor soul is indicating they don’t like a particular type of cruising; but the person who does not want to find themselves aboard a massive cruise ship in the Caribbean with 3,000 other passengers might actually be enthralled with a river cruise on the Danube or an expedition cruise off the coast of Patagonia.
As varied as the destinations and the types of cruises available, individual cruise lines also have very distinct personalities. Our job as a travel consultant is to assist you in finding the exact cruise experience for you and your traveling companions. For that reason, expect your travel consultant to ask a lot of questions about your desires, who you will be traveling with and what you most want out of your cruise vacation.
Cruising Can Be a Terrific Value
Cruises typically offer a great value for your travel dollar. The fares typically include not only the cruise berth but your food, entertainment and sometimes even beverages and shore excursions. On some cruises, children sail for free or at greatly discounted rates. Most cruise lines, even those featuring more active itineraries, spend a great deal of their energy on food and beverage service. Combined with all the other features of the onboard experience, cruising ranks high on the value scale.
Cruise Ships are Social, Yet Intimate and Romantic
Your fellow passengers and you are all “in the same boat” so to speak. One of the great pastimes of cruising is getting to know others traveling with you. On many cruises, the passenger manifest reads like a United Nations roster. People of all backgrounds, ethnic and national origins sail with you, dine with you, visit the sights of your ports and share in the experience. For all of the inter-mingling, however, even on the largest cruise ships it is easy to find a quiet corner to spend time with someone special or in small groups. Cruising is inherently romantic and the atmosphere intimate outside of the noise and pace of the most active on-ship venues.