Whether you’re a first time cruiser or a seasoned veteran, you have to be impressed by the diversity of cruises available. For the rookie cruise traveller, you’ll want to choose a cruise based on what’s important to you. Some cruise lines are famous for their family friendly atmospheres. Others are known for the high calibre of culinary experiences they offer, while some are regarded as the best for entertainment and nightlife. And remember that not all cruise ships are large. These days, there are small and medium sized ships too, and even river cruises where barges travel canals and rivers. And the new breed of cruise ships is more relaxed, with informal dining available. Budget or luxury, cruise ships and their itineraries are quite varied so that you can find one that suits your needs.
No matter what type of cruise you choose, you’ll love the convenience of cruising. Unpack your suitcase just once and settle into your stateroom without having to re-pack again and again. The ship becomes a second home and from there, you can explore cities and ports. Onboard you can book and choose from a large variety of shore excursions, or explore on your own.
If you ask a veteran cruise fan, they will have a favourite itinerary. Routes that travel the islands of the Caribbean are very popular, along with Mediterranean cruises. Up and coming cruises include those that explore the South Pacific (think Fiji and Tahiti), plus ones that follow the Alaskan coastline, alongside mountains, pine forests and a bevy of wildlife.
Whether you’re about to take your first cruise or your fifty-first, Travel Counsellors can help you navigate your way through the range of cruise options available.
Monday 24th May 2010
Travel Counsellor: Sherry Meagle
There is something very special about arriving at a cruise terminal and seeing your ship! No matter how many 5 star hotels you may have been lucky enough to stay in; there is something about the sheer size and brightness of a cruise ship which gets the excitement building!
So when our transfer car dropped us at the cruise terminal in Barcelona on the 24th May 2010 and we saw Adventure of the Seas, we were like children at Christmas time we were so excited!
The sun was shining and everyone was smiling! What a start to a fantastic cruise around the French and Italian Rivera’s.
We were lucky enough to have a stateroom with balcony and every morning we had our breakfast delivered so that we could sit on the balcony and enjoy the start of each day in a very relaxed, spoilt fashion.
The facilities on board Adventure are fantastic and we took advantage of them all - a game of shuffle board before lunch, a round of mini golf to help digest the lunch, a spa treatment in the afternoon... view full story
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