I must confess that I was rushing through everything forward. We had been gone most of the day, and I was just trying to get something posted. But anyway, let’s get back to our discussion about luxury cruises.
- Like I was saying earlier, you are going to find many fewer people. Instead of being on a ship with thousands of people, most of these ships will sail with fewer than five hundred guests. That makes for a much more peaceful time when you are on the ship’s deck. Sometimes soft music will playing. Sometimes there will be a deck party in the evenings. But one thing they will always be sure to have on deck is someone who will see to your every need.
- Luxury lines will leave you feeling spoiled. They will have robes and slippers for you, and all the toiletries that you will need. And yes, you will also get sunscreen. You just need to bring your clothes.
- And with so many fewer guests, you are going to get a much higher level of service you will find on the ships. You will have a lower crew to guest ratio. And so these servers will get to know your preferences.
I’ve had a different kind of day. Let’s see if I can do this.
Have you ever wondering what the advantages of taking a luxury cruise are. Let’s take a look.
- You may be thinking that there is absolutely no way that you can afford to take a luxury cruise. You could be quite surprised. Luxury cruises are going to include a whole lot more than your average cruise. You are going to get all your food and drink. You are likely going to get to go on your excursions at no extra cost. In essence you will pay one time and get everything that you need.
- Cruise ships can take six thousand people. That is like a small city. You are not going to have that on a luxury cruise though. I think fifteen hundred is huge on these ships.
I’ve read somewhere this past week that you need to take three vacations, and I’m hoping they mean take these three vacations each year, or at least every other year. But anyway, what they were saying is that you should take one vacation just for yourself, one vacation with your husband, and one vacation as a family. It is that first type of vacation that we are going to discuss today..
A lot of women who are traveling by themselves still want to be in a group of some kind. As women are growing more interested in traveling by themselves, companies are putting more of these type trips together.
- Are you looking to put some adventure into your life? Maybe your family just isn’t into that kind of thing. You might want to try Wild Women Expeditions. They have a wide variety of trips you can take pretty much anywhere in the world. Women ofall backgrounds are welcomed. I
- f you have always wanted to go to to the Middle East, you should look into Intrrepid Women’s Expeditions. Your guides will all be women on these tours. And you will be going to places like India, Nepal, and Turkey.
Are you thinking about taking a vacation with your children, but aren’t quite sure how your children will handle it? Read on for some tips.
- If you have never taken your children on a long car drive, you might want to do a few day trips before your actual vacation starts. Make it a funny outing, like going for a picnic at a park. Doing this kind of thing will help them get they used to longer drives.
- You do not need to bring every single thing you think you might need. They will have stores where you are going. As kids get older, let them pack for themselves. Letting them bring their own bag will make them feel more grown up.
- Staying in a city is usually a good idea. You will have access to a lot of different things to do, you will be close to restaurants, stores, parks, museums. This will help ensure that no one gets bored or too hungry.
- You will be wise to make identification cards for each of your children, and make sure they have the cards on them each time they leave your hotel. Put your name and telephone number on these cards.
For those who might be considering taking a cruise for the first time, keep on reading.
- A lot of people wonder if they will get bored if they were to go on a cruise. Cruises usually have something for every type of traveler. Is your ideal vacation to sit by the pool and devour several novels? You can certainly do that on cruise. Are you someone who likes to constantly be learning? What do you like to learn about? Or do you like to come by playing sports? Cruises are going to have all kinds of sports you can play.
- Now about tap water, should you drink it? Most ships do have some kind of filtering system. However, most people try to avoid drinking the water. With that being the case, a lot of ships do allow you to bring your own bottled water.
- You will want to check to see if your cruise allows you to bring your own water.
Let’s get back to our discussion answering some questions that people who have never been on a cruise might have.
- People have wondered if they will be able to keep up with their workout routines while they are on their ships. And the answer is yes. Cruises are like any other business out there, and they try to keep up with the latest trends. Ships are going to have fitness centers. Of course, you are going to get a lot of exercise just by walking around the ship.
- You may also wonder about your entertainment choices while you are on board. I have to say that from what I’ve heard, if you are looking for family friendly entertainment, you are going to want to go with Disney. I’ve heard that any other cruiselines have mostly bawdy entertainment. My guess is that Viking has some nice concerts, though I don’t know that for sure.
- Will you need a passport? If you are going to other countries, you certainly will. You may also need a visa. Hopefully you will get all that information right when you book your cruise.
- Most cruises are not going to limit you on how much you can bring. But I should warn you that rooms on board tend to be small. You will probably not going to want to bring a lot of stuff. You’ll likely only need half the clothes you’ll bring on your first cruise anyway.
Let’s get back to our discussion for first time cruisers. And if you have a question that is not being answered, please let me know, and I will get back to you.
- One question that a lot of people ask is, what do I need to wear on a cruise? In the olden days, you would definitely need to dress up. At the very least, you would need to dress for dinner. That is not the case anymore. On most ships these days, you are free to wear whatever you want whenever you feel like it. Some ships will have an optional formal night.
- People also often wonder whether or not they should buy a beverage package with their cruise. Sometimes this beverage package includes sodas as well as adult beverages. You will want to know what all that includes.. If you like wine or beer with dinner, you might want to buy a package. But a ship is not a place to get drunk. You are surrounded by water, think about it.
- Other people want to know if they will gain weight on a cruise. While it is true that there will be an abundance of food on the ship, no one is going you to eat. You will also have plenty of opportunities to exercise.
You’re always reading about cruises, on this blog and other places, but should you really go on one? Would you enjoy it? What is there to do? Read on to find out some cruise basics.
- You might think of cruises as vacations that are mostly for the retired rich. You would be surprised to know that the cruise industry has opened up to all kinds of people, including lots of families. A lot of cruises have different themes, and you will be able to choose according to your interests.
- You may be wondering how much cash you will need to bring on your cruise. And the answer to that is, hopefully not much. The hope is that once you pay for your cruise, you won’t need much more once you are on board. A good rule of thumb is, the higher grade of cruise you go on, the less they’ll want you to pay during your cruise. You will also usually have “on board credit”, and you will be able to purchase things you need with that.
- Okay, so what about tipping? They will make that easy for you. They will add a certain amount to your on board credit, and will give it to your servers once your cruise is over. If your service is poor and you want to give less, just let them know.. If you have exceptional service and want to tip more, let them know that as well.
We talk about how much there is to do on a cruise ship, and trust me, there is plenty to see and do. But sometimes you go on a cruise, not just to get away, but because you actually want to see the place you are going to. And when you go on a cruise, the main way you will see the places is to go on what they call shore excursions. But how do you tell which ones you want to go on? Read on to find out.
- You are going to get the information about the shore excursions about three months before you leave. You will usually review your options online. Each excursion will be rated for safety, length and cost. They will also let you know who each trip is for. Usually at least one of your crew will accompany you on the excursion.
- But this is only the shore excursions that are offered by the cruiseline itself. There are also independent excursion you can take. Often you will find that these like will be less expensive. They will have smaller groups if something goes wrong and they do not get you back to your ship on time, they will cover the necessary costs to get you returned to your ship.
- There are also private guides who will escort either you as an individual or a small group through the important sites of any given island. It is recommended that you book and these trips ahead of time to make sure that everything is legitimate.
I am getting a lot done today. And yes, that does include doing some writing. I am hoping that if I start talking about this on here, I will start doing better on this. We will see.
Okay, I have a confession to make, I love visiting familiar places. I guess a big part of that is my favorite reason to travel is to visit family or friends. Going to the places they live is like coming home. You know where you are going, and you also know the people you’re about to see. But there is also something fun about visiting places you’ve never been. Let’s look at some of those reasons today.
- The fun begins even before your trip starts. You can start planning what you will do and see. You can start dreaming about what the people will be like. You may even experiment with cooking their food.
- I know that you can always learn new things about your favorite destinations. But with a new place, everything you do will be new. There is something thrilling about that. A
- nd this will enable you to have all kinds of fun stories to tell family and friends. And having those stories to tell, or post on our social media accounts, is a big reasons a lot of us Americans travel.
- Exploring a new place is going to get you out of your comfort zone. You may not like that idea. But you are going to get to try a lot of new things. And we all need that push from time to time.