Explore multiple locations with the added perk of only having to unpack once! Cruising is a convenient way to visit multiple destinations without the hassle of moving to different hotels, passing through various airports and figuring out what to do when you get there. Plus, you have the options for destination oriented meals, often sourced locally at some truly spectacular restaurants, both on the ship and in your ports. Keep in mind that ships vary in their guest capacity so if a mega cruise ship isn’t your style, investigate a smaller ship that can get into more intimate ports.
Besides healthy eating options, many cruises have spas and relaxing activities like sitting poolside with your favorite beverage. Many cruises sail to beautiful beaches and give you hours of relaxation just listening to the waves and breathing in the salty ocean air. Cruises are also easy to plan which initially reduces your stress in the pre-planning phase. Contact your local advisor to help you pick your itinerary, suggest the best ship and get the best cabin for your budget.
By paying one flat fee for your cruise, you can get an estimate of the basic cruise cost up front. This will include guaranteed food, services and accommodations along with great entertainment. Transfers to and from the ship along with many shore excursions can also be added to your pricing before the cruise as well. Some cruise lines even include many shore excursions and complimentary airfare so keep an eye out for those deals. Another great value is that on some ships, children can often sail for free or at a reduced price which helps drive down your overall cost when traveling with your entire family!
Fun Experiences for Everyone
Whether you are on board or on shore, cruises are full of experiences for all age ranges. Depending on your ship, there can be a nursery for infants which allow new parents to have that much needed dinner date. There may also be complimentary youth programs to entertain those a bit older. From pools and spas to shopping and shows, cruise ships have you covered in all you could want to do. Did you know there is an immersive Virtual Reality pavilion with simulator rides on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Encore? Even with everyone doing what they like, quality bonding time is around every corner.
Cruising is one of the safest forms of travel. From ship security to onboard medical staff, cruises have your safety as one of their most important priorities. Many staff members will also remember you by face or name, remembering your beverage preferences and seating arrangements. Some cabin categories also assign a room steward or personal butler to look after you throughout your journey for that additional level of service. We also recommend getting travel insurance as well to make sure you are covered while on your vacation. Nobody likes getting sick or injured but it does happen on occasion. Make sure your bases are covered so you don’t have to worry while having your amazing cruise experience.
Many cruise lines let you combine their cruise with a pre or post land adventure as well. Take the extra time to explore off the beaten track adventures like heading into the Yukon after your Alaska Cruise or explore lesser known Italian towns in the Roman countryside. Tack on that city stay in Tokyo or just relax for a few days on a beautiful beach in Thailand. Your vacation experience doesn’t just have to end because your cruise has! Love your ship and want to stay? Many cruises offer back to back options where you can stay on the ship and sail their next route as well.
Your options are endless so give Direct Travel a call and let us know how we can assist you in planning your next cruise vacation!