Cruising

What makes a great cruise ?
The definition of a great cruise is as different as the number of Cruise lines. Is it Food? Is it Service? Is it Comfort? More importantly are you comparing apples to apples or are you really comparing to grapes?

My first cruise was on a Carnival ship and I was pleased with my choice. It was to Alaska so maybe it’s not totally a fair comparison. Besides the spectacular scenery, there are very good comedians and stage productions as well as a Casino and a few stores. Activities are also planned daily at no charge like trivia games and competitions. Many people’s  reaction to Carnival is; outdated with garish décor. Honestly that was fine with me I loved it since it reminded me of the Love Boat. That is especially funny to most since Princess ( owned by Carnival Corp) actually was the real Love Boat. Many of the Carnival ships are being dry docked and overhauled as well as new ships such the Vista being built. You will not find a more dedicated staff, especially at that price-point.
That is the real elephant in the room, MONEY. Either you want to spend it or you don’t. Princess and Cunard while we are on the subject offers a classier experience. There are more amenities in the stateroom and you will be pampered more. There are fewer children, partly because of the cost and partly due to more programs offered on Carnival geared for young children not offered on Princess and Cunard. There are several restaurants that are an added cost to dine in or you can have a special meal served on your balcony also an additional fee.
Still not satisfied would you prefer staterooms that were double the size of the average with beautiful sliding glass doors or heated floors in the bathroom and real tile. Drinks often included at Dinner and at least one excursion at no additional cost. Don’t worry although older children are not prevented from sailing the lack of entertainment usually keeps them away. These luxury liners do not have Comedy Clubs and Floor Shows but instead feature large libraries and guest Lecturer.
If this is more your taste Visit my website or one of my specialty links for Avalon , Ama Waterways, or Viking all very luxurious cruise lines for those that want a more refined experience and to be pampered.

STILL A BARGAIN
No matter how you look at it, there is no other way to truly enjoy a vacation. What more could you ask for, you arrive at the Port and hand off you luggage unpacking only once. You know where your room is every night and don’t have to cook or make the bed. ( I know some of you have a maid )
It is also more comforting in some areas to know you are there with a group even though you may not see a lot of the people from your ship once your off on an excursion. It’s nice to know someone is there waiting for you, you’re not totally alone in an unfamiliar territory.
I love to hear the naysayers…. I could never cruise, I would go stir crazy being stuck on a ship for days.
How many of you that have said those words truly understand the size of a cruise ship? Yes there are many but mostly big, bigger and WOW. The next time you go to your local mall (the one with INDOOR stores) look around , could you spend a few days there maybe eating free food or hanging around a pool or three(yes 3 at least) with a drink and lounge chair. Now if you can see from one end to the other of that mall mentally stack another Mall on top and now you’re getting close to experiencing the size of a cruise ship.

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Posted on February 16, 2016, in Cruising and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Cruising.

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