How to Plan a European Cruise

How to Plan a European Cruise

Deciding how to plan a European cruise is no easy task. There are so many different cruise lines, potential destinations, price ranges, and voyage lengths that trying to narrow down all these criteria to match your dream vacation can be a daunting task indeed. This article will help you focus on the key decisions you need to make to ensure you get the European cruise package that is specifically tailored to your ideal vacation.

Before you do anything you need to decide what time of year you are going to travel. If your work schedule or other commitments limit your time window then that can have a huge impact on choosing a destination. Once you’ve decided when you are going you can start to research which European cruises are best enjoyed during that part of the year.

After you’ve figured out when you are going the next most important consideration is your budget. Cruising in Europe can be incredibly expensive. Yes, there are some discount European cruise lines operating, but there are some compromises if you choose this option. By knowing how much you can spend you can narrow down your options even further. If money is no option, then lucky you! I wish I could say the same.

Decide what amenities and activities you want available to you on your cruise. Though the spectacular sights and ports of call will obviously be the highlight of your European cruise you will still be spending a great deal of time aboard the ship. Make sure the ship offers enough entertainment options to keep you occupied during your voyage.

Check out what shore excursions will be offered with your cruise. Often the best part of a cruise vacation are the adventures you have when you get off the ship and start exploring. If you are the adventurous type then you will want to make sure you have a plethora of shore excursions to choose from that suit your personal interests.

Finally, figure out what ports of call you want to see on your European cruise. Europe has so many historic, magnificent cities to choose from that it is hard to go wrong, whatever itinerary you choose. However, if you’ve always wanted to see Spain, Turkey, Greece, or Malta then you’ll want to choose a cruise that allows you to visit as many of these destinations as possible.

For more information on planning a European cruise please visit our European Cruise Guide website.

Stretching Your Cruise Budget

Stretching Your Cruise Budget

Cruising is always a wonderful vacation, however, if you are trying to stick to a budget, it important that you avoid common hidden cruise “extras.” Be aware of the following ways a cruise will end up costing you more.

Alcoholic Beverages

If you enjoy having a glass of wine or a cocktail with your meals, this can be very costly. However, you can always take advantage of the bartenders drink-of-the-day, usually offered at a lower price than most cocktails. Before you sail, it’s a good idea to check your cruiseline’s policy on bringing your own alcohol on board ship.

The Spa

Luxury cruiselines all have very upscale spa facilities. If you would like to pamper yourself while on board, look for the daily specials that your ship’s spa offers. Keep in mind the technicians are very skilled at convincing you that you need to purchase expensive spa products. If you are prepared for this, you can politely decline when these products are offered.

Ship Photos

On every cruise, a highlight is walking around to the different locations on the ship to have your picture taken. It is very tempting to buy all of these photos, but try to limit yourself to one or two. Bring enough film for your camera as well, purchasing photo supplies onboard can be expensive!

Souvenirs

All luxurious cruise ships have malls for your shopping pleasure. Of course, with luxury and convenience comes the pricetags that go along with it! Try to avoid impulse shopping. Your destinations will always have a wide variety of shops where you can pick up some mementos from your trip.

Excursions

Shore excursions are a very important part of cruising as they allow you to engage in activities you enjoy and get the most out of your cruise destinations. The cruise concierge desk will offer you a variety of options for fun activities, and they will suggest that you sign up before you get there. I am a definite believer in thinking ahead, but a little education and planning will lead you to a better experience and won’t cost as much, especially if you take advantage of a good discount tour planner.

These are just a few helpful tips to look out for when you set sail so you can get the most out of your cruising experience!

Jennifer Watton has been involved in the travel industry for over 21 years. As a personal “travel concierge,” Jennifer lends her expertise in creating perfectly tailored luxurious yet affordable vacation packages.

Working on Cruise Ships

Working on Cruise Ships

There are many different types of people who find themselves craving a bit of adventure, yet don’t have the funds to just go off into the wild blue yonder. Some go backpacking – working along the way picking fruit or doing bar jobs. Others choose to set sail on the many different cruise ship operators around the world. The major difference I guess would be that you are being paid to travel around the globe instead of going from place to place earning enough money to move on to the next destination.

The impression that most people have of working on a cruise ship is that for the length of the contract (which is usually around 6 – 8 months) they live a life full of adventure, fun and allot of alcohol and sex. For the most part I can tell you that it is true. Life on a cruise ship is full of those things on a daily basis.

Being part of a cruise ship crew is an adventure where you sleep, eat and breathe the life of being on the seas. The advantages of being part of the crew is for the most part, you get free travel and get to go to some of the most exotic locations in the world and get paid for it, copious amounts of alcohol are consumed and is very cheap (as little as 1 dollar a drink), and you are travelling with allot of like minded individuals who more or less want the same thing fun and great times. Not to mention that there is a hell of allot of room swapping and sleep overís with crew and passengers alike.

Another advantage of working on a cruise ship is that you are paid in cash and depending on what you are doing on the ship as part of your job you can return home at the end of a contract with quite a fair bit of money in your pocket. People who have been doing it for a number of years quite often have bought and paid off houses outright and if you choose to make a career out of it which quite a number of people do, well most cruise directors are often quite wealthy and live the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

It must be said that life on the seas is not for everyone and there are cases where people have signed on for a contract and have found themselves wanting to catch the next plane home. However, those that do stick it out and are more relaxed have the time of their lives. Not only do you get an adventure, but also you make friends with people all over the world and come home with enough memories to write a book. The other thing to remember is that life on a cruise ship can often be intense including the fun. Cruise ships often work 7 days a week and so you can find yourself having time off rather than whole days off, yet most find their work on a cruise ship a totally enjoyable experience that it is not that much of an issue.

Another important thing to remember when looking at which cruise company to work for is that different cruise companies allow their workers different privileges or freedom when working on their ships. For instance Disney as they are mostly a Christian Family values type company can be quite restrictive when allowing their crew to do certain things on the ship. For instance I believe that you must be a non-smoker to be employed by Disney and the consumption of alcohol by crewmembers might be very restrictive. As far as Iím aware, the cruise ship that allows the most freedom and privileges as well as the best pay rates for crewmembers are Princess Cruises.

If you are considering working on cruise ships for an adventure or simply for the money. It is not a decision that one should just jump into. You must consider that there are things such as an initial expense to get on the cruise ship that might include a full medical, training in sea safety as well as travelling expenses to meet up with the cruise ship, all of which thereafter is generally paid for by the company. You must be committed to the lifestyle for the next 6-8 months and you will be separated from current friends and family only being able to communicate via email and letters or phone calls when in port. (Although most cruise ship companies offer very cheap deals for family members to visit). If you do decide to take on the challenge and embrace the culture then you will surely come away with an experience of a lifetime.

Author: Bretski Tyley runs “Tylers World” which is an online video blog channel. For updated news and rants go to Tylers World

3 Day Cruise Packages

3 Day Cruise Packages

Three day cruise packages can be a great introduction to sailing on the open seas. Many people are curious about a cruise vacation, but they may hesitate because a 7 or 14 day plan might seem out of their price range at the moment. Others may question whether or not they would enjoy a long cruise, but these economical, 3 day plans are the perfect length and price for everyone.

Have you wondered what cruising involves and were just unsure about the time involved? This is a common concern for many prospective passengers. Maybe you only have a few days of vacation, or you only have a long weekend that you can use for a quick getaway trip. Some people are just looking for something to break the monotony of long weeks of work. Whatever your reason, 3 day cruise packages are certainly a perfect solution.

Even though you only have a few days to be out on the ocean there is no lack of excitement. The activities on board will provide you with many diversions and opportunities to experience the adventure and fast paced lifestyle onboard large ocean liners. You might just find that cruising is something that you want to repeat again and again.

For people that enjoy shopping there are shops onboard for your enjoyment when you are not at docked at a port of call. Bingo, night clubs, parties, entertainment and other activities will keep you busy throughout the day and evening if you sign up for one of the 3 day cruise packages. There are always events that are scheduled for passengers of every age. You might have an onboard auction, or a cooking class to attend and most classes will be giving away door prizes to lucky guests.

If you want to rest and relax you can sunbathe at one of the pools or hot tubs or just enjoy the view from a reclining deck chair. You can even read or watch your favorite television shows in your cabin. If you have a private balcony you can enjoy a little solitude at any hour of the day or night. You will be provided with a daily schedule of the ship’s activities for every cruise, including those 3 day cruise packages, but you only choose those that you want to be involved in each day.

Outstanding food is included, and you will have regular meals served in the restaurants daily. These are buffet affairs. The large windows surrounding all of the restaurants provide panoramic ocean views that are sure to impress you as you dine. A wait staff is always on duty to assist you, and they will even bring your meals to your cabin if you prefer. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day and if you have special dietary requests the cooks and chefs can accommodate you easily.

The cost of these short getaways is very inexpensive, even if you are planning on taking the family. You can also check for last minute specials on which can save you 50-75% of the original cost. This means that you can often arrange one of these exciting 3 day cruise packages for less than $ 200.

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How to Pick the Perfect Cruise

How to Pick the Perfect Cruise

In the process of searching for the ultimate adventure in cruising, there are many choices that need to be made during the planning stage. Here are some items you’ll want to consider to insure a fabulous experience and to create lifelong memories.

1. Size of Ship: There are small, medium and large ships that can accommodate from 900 to 1300 and 2500 passengers respectively. Of course, there are the very small vessels that carry only 100 passengers but you will pay for it (i.e. River Cruising).

2. Style of Ship: Ships tend to lean either to the more formal or to the very causal. You will want to decide if you are more interested in wearing flip-flops to dinner or prefer to dress up a bit during the whole duration of the cruise.

3. Length of Cruise: How many days you want to be out at sea is definitely a component you will want to consider. There are cruises as short as 3 days, or as long as 30 days or more (sea sickness can sometimes be a consideration).

4. Destination/Ports: There are cruises that go to just about anywhere in the world. Whether you’re looking for a historic cruise in Europe, or a Caribbean cruise that offers snorkeling and beach parties, chances are there is one just for you.

5. Kids or No Kids: Cruise Lines offer specific sailings that are geared towards families, with lots of activities for the kids and plenty of fun for adults. If you are searching for a more quiet cruise or one that has been designed for couples, those are available as well.

6. Amenities on Board: Different ships offer different amenities. Almost all ships have the same basic amenities such as public activities like bingo and shuffleboard, kid’s activities, swimming pools and meals. Additional amenities can vary in what is offered, what is free or what has additional fees. They can include fitness or dance classes, internet cafes, Vegas-style shows, casinos and specialty dining.

7. Size/Style of Cabin: There are suites, inside, outside and balcony cabins to choose from. You can feel the movement of the water more from certain cabins so if that is something you need to consider, talk with your travel agent to get the best cabin that suits your needs and desires.

Cruising can be a lifestyle or one heck of a vacation. Either way you look at it, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from making this travel journey one of your best. Happy Cruising!

Trisha has been working with the Travel Team for over 10 years. She has traveled extensively across the world and has been booking travel to Australia for 8 years.

Sail East on a Mediterranean Cruise

Sail East on a Mediterranean Cruise

The Mediterranean is the perfect cruise destination for those looking to take in many different cultures in one holiday – particularly in the eastern part of the region.

Taking an eastern Mediterranean cruise will bring you to the point where east and west start to collide as you sail from Italy to ports in Croatia, Greece, the Greek islands, Turkey, Malta and Egypt, offering a unique insight into this intriguing part of the world.

Venice is the most common departure point for eastern Mediterranean cruises, although cruise lines also set off from cities such as Rome, Savona and Bari.

Dubrovnik in Croatia is a popular destination and for good reason – its 13th century Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage site and enjoys the best of the Croatian weather thanks to its southern location. The city is also well-known for its arts and culture-filled summer events and museums.

Cruises stopping in Greece will likely tie up in Athens, Olympia or Piraeus, each of which offer their fair share of ancient monuments and other sights to take in. For example, Athens is famous for the Acropolis, while Olympia is the original home of the Olympic Games and Piraeus has no fewer than three distinct harbors.

Some of the main cruise stops in the Greek islands include Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes, Santorini, Patmos, Samos and Delos and are worth checking if only for their vistas of golden beaches and clear blue seas.

Turkey is the country that is perhaps best known for its mish-mash of eastern and western cultures and offers a wealth of spectacular architecture coupled with exotic food and lively nightlife. Common cruise stops here include capital city Istanbul, the seaside resort of Bodrum and Kusadasi.

If your eastern Mediterranean cruise stops in Malta, you will find much to explore. The island is known for its historical attractions dating back more than 7,000 years, as well as its watersports, spas and beaches.

Alexandria in Egypt is another common stop on cruises around the eastern Mediterranean and is another must-see destinations thanks to its awe-inspiring views over the delta plain and its ancient monuments and structures.

Virgin Holidays Cruises is the place to book Mediterranean cruises, through a range of operators including Princess Cruises. Virgin Holidays Cruises is here to bring the UK a fresh and exciting perspective to cruising. It’s about tailor making cruises to suit everyone. Whether you’ve cruised before and fancy yourself as a bit of a pro, or if you’re new to cruises and need a little advice, Virgin Holidays Cruises’ Cruise Specialists can help you to find the perfect cruise holiday.

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Planning a Northern European Cruise

Planning a Northern European Cruise

When you first begin planning your Northern European Cruise you may well be confused with the wide variety of options available. Northern Europe has a wide selection of different countries to visit and ensuring you take in the sights you want can become a major excerise in planning.

Our handy introduction to the various countries available should serve as an introduction allowing you to plan your cruise with confidence.

France

Northern France borders the English channel and has many small towns and villages dotted along the coast of Normandy. A cruise in this area may well take in the Channel Islands including Jersey and Guernsey which although British have a vastly different climate to mainland Britain. The capital of France is Paris which is located a couple of hours south of the coast so a visit will require a little organisation.

Britain

On the opposite side of the English Channel you may well begin your cruise at the large port of Southampton. The Isle of Wight is a potential venue for a stop over as are the Channel Islands. The capital of Britain is London which is approximately one hour north of the south coast.

Denmark and the Netherlands

If you plan to stop in the Netherlands you can find a wealth of culture in the city of Amsterdam or the lowlands of Belgium. Amsterdam is the capital of Holland and is an easy stopover point for your cruise as it’s a port city. Denmark is located at the entrance to the Baltic Sea and is classed as a Scandanavian country. The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen which has a rich culture.

Norway

A cruise around Norway can take in the delights of the Norweigien Ffjords and takes you northwards into the artic waters of the northern hemisphere. Pack your heavy clothes for the weather turns much colder but it can be worth it for a view of the Northern Lights.

Sweden

Sweden is the next country you’ll find come across in the Baltic Sea. The capital of Sweden is Stockholm and it has strong ties with its proximity to Denmark. Sweden has strong Scandanaivian links and is full of the history of the Vikings.

Finland

Moving further into the Baltic Sea you reach the country of Finland and its capital Helsinki which is located on the southern coast. Being a port city Helsinki is an ideal stop for your cruise and is filled with a wealth of Scandanavian culture and history.

Germany

A cruise along the northern coast of Germany takes in delightful cities such as Bremerhaven and Rostock. You’ll no doubt look to travel inland slightly to Hamburg which spans the River Elbe and if you have the time arrange a trip further inland to Berlin, one of Europe’s most historic and vibrant cities.

Poland

Stop off in Poland in the Baltic Sea at the city of Gdansk and take in a thriving culture of this former eastern european state.

Russia

Coming towards the end of the Baltic Sea you reach the western coast of Russia and a visit to the beautiful city of St Petersburg. Steeped in history and culture St Petersburg has strong links to the Tsars who once ruled Russia and made the city their capital. There’s a vast wealth of museums and history to explore in St Petersburg including the old palace that ensure a visit is well worth your time.

Find out more information on Northern European Cruises as well as a wealth of additional information on other European Cruises at our website.

Chicago Line Cruise Options

Chicago Line Cruise Options

If you are intending to find a Chicago line cruise for a group of fifty or more, your options are various, such as taking a historical tour, an architecture tour, or a sightseeing cruise. Chicago, a vibrant city, has a beautiful waterfront. There are many reasons people select a Chicago line cruise. Maybe they want to have fun, romantic interludes, or they even book cruises for important events like weddings. You can take a sightseeing tour just for the sake of it or you can integrate a tour of the Chicago shoreline into another event as well such as an employee party, a wedding, family reunion, or other event.

 

Architectural Shoreline Cruise

Chicago has a lot of sights to see and a great perspective to see them from includes taking a shoreline boat tour. Chicago landmarks along the water have a rich history and a tour can help you learn more about this city.

 

Chicago, home town to the skyscraper, and home to more bridges than you can shake a stick at, is a place any architectural buff should visit at least once in their lifetime and the view from the water is breathtaking. Even if history and architecture isn’t your thing, you’ll enjoy one of these cruises more than you’d expect!

 

Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Chicago has a vibrant history with and learning about it as you cruise the shoreline in a luxury yacht could make history anything but boring for anyone. Learn about the buildings and their purposes as well as the stories that surround the city from a view that you won’t soon forget.

 

A sightseeing cruise can be a few hours or can last the day with food and drinks aboard the cruise that continues into the evening. Some special events can be planned around tours and integrated with special occasions such as weddings or anniversary celebrations and if you pick the right summer day for your cruise you could even watch fireworks from the water to top off the event.

 

There are a lot of cruise lines offering their services but they’re not all created equally.

 

How do you choose the Chicago line cruise that is right for your group? Look for a cruise ship that offers adequate space based on your number of guests. When you have a group, for instance, you’ll want to ensure you have plenty of extra room. If you have a group of fifty, for example, you might want a ship with more than a capacity for 50 so you’re assured of plenty of leg room.

 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
Several citizens are interested into captivating up journey tour in speed position. Trip holiday are designed for gratification, entertainment and exploring the invisible environment and atmosphere. It is extremely significant to choose the suitable cruise lines for a calm and unforgettable journey. Royal Caribbean cruise lines are one along with the finest, which can be opted for a vacation tour exclusive of much worry. The journey in a Royal Caribbean cruise will guarantee a thrilling and fun filled holiday. This piece of writing evaluates the payback of taking a resolution in good turn of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

The development of quantity of community selecting cruise ships for spending holidays aboard is message valuable, specially the increase in the number of travelers opting for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. These cruise lines propose all types of amnesty and satisfaction conveniences for a family holiday their vacation. All cruises propose typical amnesties such as on panel intake amenities, saloons, and fun filled actions for family, ballet halls and day care centers. Royal Caribbean cruise lines are as well not exceptions for these amenities. In fact they propose much more comfy amenities.

Several reviews concerning the self-governing of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean ship, was sufficiently obtainable the sky-scraping values of the amenities in the ship. The provisions things serve up in the ship are very yummy and vigorous. They are prepared in very germ-free environment. Particular things are prepared for the well-regarded travelers as per the demand. Various varieties of appetizing pizza, escargot and chief spar are all made obtainable aboard of the ship. Several sea fish stuff are equipped delightfully and served warm for the passionate travelers.

The large cabins, show halls and dance floors are the specialty of the Royal Caribbean cruises. Here are a lot of betting options, casinos and entertaining packed actions suitable for any age. Actions together with Broadway shows, art sales and funny societies are all additional compensation internal to the cruise line. If you be fond of to create a try in daring sports, you have the provision for rock climbing and water exercises in the pools in the ship. If you want immediately splurge occasion you have the opportunity for consideration and entertainment by sitting idle. You can unite with the environment and sea, looking further than acme and enjoying the life span isolation in the peaceful atmosphere. There are lots of sports activities one can try out. These consist of jingle pone, basketball and baseball.

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Kerala’s Fantasy Houseboat Cruise

Kerala’s Fantasy Houseboat Cruise

In India, Kerala is a famous for beaty and picturesque tours and travel destination. It is endowed with superb beauty of nature, picturesque backwaters, pristine palm fringed beaches, ayurvedic spa and resorts, exotic resorts and great tourists attractions. Fondly known as the God’s Own Country this beautiful state of India is one of the favored tourism destinations by the international tourists in a large. Every year tourist from all the nook and corner of the world visit this state to explore its unmatched beauty of nature and to enjoy the splendor of its houseboat cruise over the picturesque backwaters.

Kerala is well known for its picturesque backwaters which are the backbone of Kerala tourism. Its beauty, splendor and magnificence it unmatched and its beauty can hardly be described with words. Most of the tourists coming to Kerala for vacation love to enjoy their vacation spending time staying in the houseboat and cruising over the picturesque backwater destinations. It is the ideal destination of the honeymoon couples, holidayers, vacationers, travelers and nature lovers. Come to Kerala and enjoy the splendor of the backwater that is found no where else in the world.

Kerala houseboat cruise is best enjoyed in a luxurious houseboat that offers you the luxurious lifestyle at the same time view the gallery of nature from the deck. Kumarakom, Alleppey and Kovalam are internationally renowned backwater destinations that offer tourists the memorable and delightful cruising experience. Along the shore of the backwater there are many luxurious houseboats that are always ready to take you for a houseboat cruise that offer tourist top enjoy the beauty of Kerala coir villages and the refreshing natural beauty.

Kumarakom located at the southern coast of the India enjoys a well balanced tropical climate. Nature has composed its magic to perfection especially its backwater beauty is worthy of admiration. Kumarakom houseboat cruise not only offers you the view of the refreshing natural beauty but at the same time traditional leisure that is surely steals your heart with the wonder and splendor. Holiday package on the houseboat at Kumarakom offers out of this world experience at Kumarakom.

Beside these there are several other backwater destinations in Kerala that too are worth for cruising and offer you memorable cruising experience. Kasargod, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Cochin, Kuttanad, Thiruvallam, Thiruvananthapuram, etc are some other picturesque backwater destinations of Kerala. Cochin is the internationally renowned and is famously known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Most of the backwater cruise in Kerala starts and ends here at Cochin. In these beautiful backwaters you will see many Backwater houseboat Kerala ready for the tourists to take them for the cruise into the world of wonderments that offers visitors and tourists with unique experience to cherish for lifetime.

Come to Kerala in India and enjoy the backwater cruise in the picturesque backwater destinations that offers the world of new experience to cherish. Visit this state once and it is sure you will love to come time and again to enjoy its splendor of backwater and refreshing natural beauty.

 

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