A cruise is a vacation ,an escape from stress and strain of life ashore,a floating hotel where you have to unpack only once. It offers you a chance to relax and unwind in comfortable surroundings with attentive service good food and a ship that changes the scenery for you.a cruise provides great value for money ,variety [in ship size,destinations facilities,entertainment,activities and shore
excursions] a chance of explore new places ,meet new people and above all provides ingredients for a wonderful vacation.
more than 350 ocean going cruise ship carrying from 50 to more than 6000 passengers visit almost 2000 destinations through the world and news ships are constantly. the popular standard length is seven days although can vary from 2 to 180 days. the average age of passengers gets younger each year . on a typical cruise you are likely to meet singles, couples, families with children of all ages [including single parents and grandparents, honeymooners ,group of friends and college buddies
River cruising :more than 1 million people a year take a river or inland waterway cruise ,making this one of the industry’s fastest growing sectors.Whether you may want to cruise down Nile along Amazon the Volga or Australia Murray there are more than 1000 rivers vessels to choose from.
some plus points:river cruises vessels enable you to enjoy the ever-changing scenery ,all at eye level ; you’ll wake up in a different place each day ,often in the very heart of the city;the ride is silky smooth,no seasickness;almost all cabins have outside views. What sort of person enjoys cruising aboard this vessels ?Anyone that survive well without formal dinner, casinos discos or lavish entertainment.
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Caribbean cruises:there are over 7000 island in the Caribbean sea although many are small or uninhabited.Caribbean cruises are usually destination intensive cramming between 4 to 8 ports in one weekdepending on whether you sail from Florida port or from a port already in Caribbean,such as Barbados or San Juan.This kind of island hopping leaves little time to explore the destination .
Easter: Leeward and Windward islands and might include Antigua ,Barbados Dominica, Martinique and Puerto Rico ,St Croix ,St Kitts ,St Maarten, St Lucia and St Thomas
western :Cayman island Mexico and Jamaica might call Calica ,Cozumel ,Grand Cayman,Grand Turk, Playa del Carmen ,Ocho Rios and Roatan
southern :Antigua Netherlands[Aruba,Bonaire,Curacao] Tortola and San Juan.
Alaska cruises:they especially popular because Alaska is a vast ,relatively unexplored region and they offer the best way to see the state’s magnificent shoreline and glaciers.there is a wide range of shore excursions ,including many float plane and helicopter tours ,some going to glaciers and salmon fisheries.Pre and post tours to national parks can be arranged and also rail journeys.There are 2 popular cruises routes; the inside passage route A 1600 km stretch of protected waterways carved by ice age glaciers.This usually visits glaciers such as those in glacier bay Hubbard glacier or Tracy arm.The glacier route usually includes the gulf of Alaska during one way cruise between Vancouver and anchorage. Typical ports of call might include Seward, Sitka and Valdez.Alaska isn’t always good weather cruising it can be wet and windy.
Canadian/New England cruises: these typically sails between New York or Boston and Montreal/or Quebec .the ideal time to sail is fall when the leaves dramatically changes the colors.
Middle east :these includes country in the arabian and red sea and south eastern mediterranean.Countries with historic interest are Bahrain ,Egypt, Iran,Jordan, Israel, Oman, Yemen.Abu dhabi and Dubai are fast becoming cruises bases.
Transcanal cruises: these take you through the Panama canal,that cover 51 miles [82 km] of locks ,gates and dams.Between caribbean and pacific the ship is lifted 85 ft[26 meters] in a continuous flight of 3 steps and it takes 8-9 hours
South America ; cruises around cape horn between Santiago or Valparaiso in Chile and Buenos Aires in Argentina are increasingly popular .The optimum season is November to March and most cruises last 14 days .Sailing southbound ports of call might include Puerto Mont ,the magnificent chilean fjords Punta Arenas and Ushuaia the world’s southernmost city and starting point for most cruises to the Antarctic peninsula.Coming up the continents east coast includes Puerto Madryn ,Montevideo .A number of cruises lines also operates seven days cruises from Rio de Janeiro
Australia, New Zealand and Asia : if you live in Europe or North America be aware that the flight to your port of embarkation will be long. It’s advisable to arrive at least 2 days before the cruise as time changes and jet lag can be severe. These are all fascinating destinations . The cruises last in general 14 days0