Ways to save on a Mediterranean cruise

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A cruise is a great way to explore a destination for the first time. There are several reasons for this. The first is that you will have your lodging covered wherever you go. The cruise staff is going to take care of all the logistics for you. Most of your food and beverages should be covered on a cruise, so that is something you will not have to worry about as well.. Okay, these are some advantages to cruising new places. The Mediterranean is a popular place to cruise because there is so much to see in this region. So today let’s look at some ways you can save on your next Mediterranean cruise.

  • First, remember that all cruiselines are not created equal. There are some very inexpensive cruises to be had out there as well as some that are not so inexpensive. But I should point out that the less expensive cruises are going to be much more likely to charge you for all the little things. The higher end cruises are going to give you more for your money in most cases.
  • How flexible are you when it comes to taking your cruise? You are going to get much better rates when you go in the off season. Going between October and May, with the possible exception of the holiday season, is going to save you a lot of money on your trip.
  • Getting the nicer, bigger cabins will also cost you more. And how much time do you think you’ll be in your room anyway? Most of the time, you’ll be in your room to sleep and dress and that’s pretty much it.
  • There are always deals you can get on cruises. Take your time. Do your research. Better yet, let me help you do your research.

I would love to help you book a cruise. Please let me know if you are interested.

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Luxury cruiselines

Whenwe talk about luxury when comes to cruises, we’re talking about some of the most all inclusive vacations on the market. Today let’s look at some of the luxury lines that are out there and what they offer.

  • We are going to look at Crystal Cruises first. not One thing I noticed right away is that they do have a children’s program. A lot of luxury cruises actually discourage children coming aboard their ships. Another thing you will find about luxury cruises is that their ships are much smaller than other ships. And one good thing about these smaller ships is that you are going to get a lot more personal service. And even though Crystal has some of the larger ships in the higher end cruise industry, they still offer high personal service.
  • And then there is Regent Seven Seas. They are known for having one of the most all inclusive programs out there. I’ve never heard of this, but they even include pre and post cruise packages. They are also going to have specialty restaurants for your enjoyment. A lot of these ships are going to have a country club feel to them. Most of these ships are going to take less than a thousand guests.
  • Seaborne has some of the newest ships among the luxury cruise lines. This article I’m reading says that they are “relatively all inclusive”, I’m not 100% sure what that means. But they do have exquisite dining and excellent service. If you want to experience life with the people the places you are going to visit, this is the cruise line you’ll want to use. You’re also going to find some great pools and spas on these ships.
  • And lastly we are going to look at SilverSea. This is the line you want to book with if your ultimate goal is to relax. They do not have any kind of children’s program. They offer few onboard activities. However, you will have butler service in any suite you book.

I would love to know any questions you might have about any of this.

More reasons to cruise

I am going to try to get this done, so I can just relax later on. Let’s get back to the discussion about reason you might want to cruise.

  • If you’ve been reading this blog long, you probably know that there are a lot of different kinds of cruises. There are cruises that mostly appeal to families who want a fun in the sun vacation. Other cruises are perfect for those who love history. There are cruises or those who want to explore art or cooking..
  • Cruises are great places to meet people. It is pretty common for you to be seated with a pretty large group at dinner, so you’ll be getting to know that group pretty well. Looking to meet people in other countries? Cruises are great for that. Looking for a life partner? Cruises can make that happen as well.
  • Cruises are great ways to explore countries you might not want to visit on your own. The cruise companies are going to plan all the details. You’ll be in large groups. And if there is going to be real trouble somewhere, you are going to change directions and go somewhere else..

I would love to know your thoughts about any of this, or any questions about this.

More discussion of cruiselines

Okay,Saturday we started discussing cruiselines, and things you might ant to know about each. On Saturday I gave you descriptions of the three biggest family cruiselines, where you can get cruise pretty inexpensively. But what if you’re looking for some more a little nicer, a little more all inclusive. Below may be some options for you.

  • Luxury cruises are going to be more inclusive anyway, that is just the way things work in the cruise industry. Regent Seven Sea is one of the most inclusive that you are going to find. There want will be no extra charge when you go to their specialty restaurants. All your drinks will be free of charge, whether you’re at the restaurants, in your rooms or elsewhere on the ship. Regent’s ships are big enough to offer a nice variety of restaurants and entertainment, but small enough that you aren’t completely lost on board.
  • Silverseas would make an awesome romantic cruise, or an occasion to get several couples of good friends together. It is rare to see a child on board one of these ships. And again, you are going to find that there are not many hidden charges on board. Their smaller ships make it easier to connect with your fellow guest, and you’ll also be able to visit smaller ports.
  • Holland America offers a lot to the single cruiser. They will have their own parties and gatherings. The ships have a lot of rooms for singles as well. They also have a program that will pair you up with a roommate if you would like. Want to be part of a group that meets up for dinner each evening? They can do that as well.

Some things that are different about Europe

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Let’s see. When I tell someone I’m a travel agent, the top three places I’m asked about are Disney, the Caribbean [usually a cruise], or Europe. There’s something so romantic about going to Europe. And we Americans tend of Europe and its people being pretty much like we are. But there are some pretty ssignificant differences. Let’s look at some of those today.

  • The first one may be pretty obvious, but Europe has different money than we do. There are nineteen countries who are using the Euro system, and nine who are using currencies of their own. They use different colors on their bills, so you will want to take sometime to familiarize yourself with the currency of thePlace you’ve entered.
  • Some places over there want you to pay when you use their facilities, more commonly known here as bathrooms. I have to say that I never ran into this while over there, but I guess I was mostly at a hotel or in a home.. They use the money for the bathroom’s upkeep, and the charge also helps keep people out who just want to sit around there.
  • When you order a soft drink at a restaurant or any similar place you are going to get one small bottle and that’s it. You will not receive any free refills here. They don’t understand what that is.
  • Europeans are a more relaxed people. Servers are likely not as prompt as they are here. Meals are times to relax and enjoy the people around you. Now I will say that the little cafe our group went to each evening was pretty prompt, but I think we told them we had places to be after the dinners.

 

I loved my trip if you couldn’t tell. Let me know your thoughts.

Planning the perfect girls’ trip #2

Let’s get back to discussing how to plan a great girls’ trip. I have several things I’d like to look into more today, but feel like I need to do the normal things first and just see how the rest of the day goes. Let’s pick up where we left off.

  • Some friends don’t need much except to have a place to gather and some nice food to enjoy themselves. Other groups will want to go to some of the more exotic locations. If your group is trying to start their annual trips together, it might be wise to have a gathering and discuss what everyone is thinking as far as overall budget. Is it going to be easier to gather in each other homes, or do people want to mark places off of their bucket lists? One of you might want  to play hostess more often than the others to cut down on her costs. You can find solutions that work best for your group.
  • If one person is planning the whole thing, this lady will want to give some clues. You might want to get creative with the e-mails you send your group. Some people will go a step farther and send cute little packages to give hints. Groups who are going go somewhere exotic will usually meet at one member’s house, and then they do the reveal at the airport.
  • This is a girls’ trip, so you are going want to have comfortable places where ere you can sit and gab. You might want to have one more than one place like this in case your group wants to split up for whatever reason.
  • But as much as girls like to just sit and talk, you will want to have a few activities planned. Especially if you are going somewhere you’ve never been, you’ll want to get out and enjoy some of the sights. The planner should have a pretty good idea of the things your group likes to do.

Have you done anything like this? I would love to hear about it.

Take a foodie cruise

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I didn’t accompwlish everything I would have liked yesterday. But I’m getting a much earlier start and am glad.

Cruises are known for having a ton of food. But sometimes the food is not of the highest quality. Then again, you try cooking three or more meals a day for thousands of people. Even when the cruise is advertised as a foodie cruise, every meal will not be of the top quality.

Windstar is a luxury cruise brand, and I know they are going to take a lot fewer guests than your average cruise ship. Windstar has teamed up with a group of world class chefs to bring you an extraordinary cruise.

There will be a cooking demonstration that every guest will be free to attend. The chefs will be preparing your evening meal in one of the main dining rooms each night. With only around three hundred guests, you are going to be able to get to know the chefs, asking them whatever questions you would like.

Let’s look at some other things that are Windstar advantages.

  • With the small number of guest, you will get a higher level of pampering from the crew. They are there to serve you.
  • You are going to have lovely meals whenever you sit down to dine. That’s not just the quality of the food. You will also enjoy the peacefulness of the place.
  • You will have nice accommodations instead of feeling like you are stuffed into a sardine can. This is going to feel like you are in a luxury hotel.
  • And finally, the smaller ships are going to get you into the smaller ports. And that will enable to tour the places the larger ships would never be able to get you to.

Please let me know what thoughts or questions you might have.

 

Plan your winter vacation

It is good for families to have traditions. And one tradition families have is to go skiing each year as a family. And in this post, I’m not necessarily going to to be talking about parents and their children. I am going to be talking about grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins too.

We are going to be specifically talked about Club Med and their properties. And when it comes to large family groups, usually you are going to have some people that are not going to want to ski. With Club Med, that will be no problem. There will be plenty of other things they can do . All the properties are going to have spas, but that is going to be just the beginning.

See, Club Med has properties across the globe. Those who are Not interested in skiing will have the chance to meet and mingle with those in other parts of the world. Some people will enjoy the beautiful creation by just walking around. There will also be a wide variety of sports you can take part into in.

It is never too early to start planning and booking your trips. When you book early, you are more likely to get exactly what you are looking for. Please let me know if you are interested in boing a trip through me.

Advantages of Uniworld

I’m kind of looking for something quick to do. Uniworld is a river cruise company. Let’s look t some of what they have to offer.

  • One nice thing is that they are going to have a nice selection of movies available in your room. You will be able to choose between modern and classic movies. And many of the selections will tie into your itinerary.
  • And you know how you’re usually searching for outlets to make sure everything you need is charged? Each room on these ships will have plenty of outlets. You won’t need to figure out a schedule for everyone.
  • Your soap, shampoo and things like that will be provided. The standard that is put in the bathroom is body wash. Do you want a bar instead? You need oask.
  • You are going to get complimentary candy bars and fruit.

Let me know if you are interested in one of these cruises. I’d love to help you book.

Some dream trips

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I think the things going on in this nation, and this world, have gotten a lot of people on edge. And as Christians, we may not know the future, but We know who holds the future. But sometimes it’s really nice to gather with people you love and laugh and elax together. I’m going to get together with my sisters this weekend, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m not sure how much I am going to be online on Saturday. We’ll just see how this that goes.

Anyway, today we are going to take a look at some trips you might want to take if you win the lottery r receive a big inheritance or something like that… And for me, if you book one of these trips through me, I’ll feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.

  • There is a place in Fiji called Laucala Island. This place rents villas for one hundred fifty thousand a night. Some of these villas will come with your own private beach. Others will be in places where you can see mountains and ocean. each will have it’s own infinity pool. There will be a spa you can indulge in, horseback riding, golf. And at this price, I’d hope that this place is all-inclusive, although I don’t see anything about food.
  • Regent Seven Seas has a world cruise available. And with this cruise, most everything is included, even your airfare. Your shore trips will be included as well. You will get priority it comes to restaurant reservations. They’ll take care of your clothing. It sounds like you will be visiting a lot of places on at less three different continents. And this will cost you around four hundred thousand..
  • For around one hundred thirty five thousand you will be able to enjoy a private jet tour. You will be on this trip for around twenty-four days. Again you will get to tour several different parts of this world.

I would love to know your thoughts about any of this. Please let me know.