Ill get bored and claustrophobic
Theres more to sailing than playing
shuffleboard. Todays mega-liners are
like a city at sea; theres something
going on almost 24 hours each day. In fact,
it could take you days just to finish your tour of the ship! Activities range from exercise classes at the spa
to poolside sports competitions, from basketball and golf practice to dance classes. You can go to the movies, enrich your mind at a
lecture, try you hand at Bingo or brush up on
you bridge game. Or perhaps just strike up a
conversation with the person lounging next to you on deck as you sip a cool island
specialty drink. Of course, you can just
relax in the sun and read a book - its all up to you!
For those who really worry about feeling
claustrophobic onboard, the best choice is a ship that stops in a different port every
day, as each port offers an entirely new range of activities. You can take a guided tour or take off on your
own. You can head for the water and swim,
snorkel, scuba dive, windsurf, water-ski, river raft, fish or sail. Perhaps golf, tennis or horseback riding at a
local resort is more your style. Or you can
venture into town, mingle with the locals, visit the local museums and other cultural
highlights, and even hunt down some shopping bargains.
Many cruise lines sponsor theme cruises
evolving around different interests and featuring celebrities that compliment that theme. Youll find sports cruises showcasing
baseball or basketball players, film festivals at sea accompanied by actors and directors
of major feature films, and even health and fitness cruises where youll learn new
exercises and eating habits.
After the sun goes down, youll find
Broadway-style productions in the theater, disco and ballroom dancing or quiet piano music
in the lounges (most ships have several lounges, each featuring a different style of
entertainment), or fast and furious action in the casino.
There is also passenger-participation entertainment, like a passenger talent
show or a masquerade parade. And when youre
partied out, you can always retreat outside to enjoy a romantic moonlight stroll on
Ive already seen the Caribbean -
why take a cruise
While the Eastern or Western Caribbean are
popular cruise destinations, ships itineraries today are far more diverse. You can cruise the Mississippi River on a
riverboat, tale a barge through the English or French countryside, explore the inside
passage of Alaska, admire the fjords of Norway or cruise the exotic Hawaiian Islands or
the Seychelles. Where theres water,
chances are theres a cruise ship nearby!
Cruising is only for old people
Cruising is for everyone. In fact, according to the Cruise Line
International Association (CLIA), 32% of all cruise passengers are families with children. On board, youll discover people of all ages,
origins and persuasions, eager to make new friends and explore all a cruise vacation has
to offer. There are youngsters participating
in the elaborate childrens programs run by most lines (giving their parents a chance
to relax as well), teenagers, young adults, business persons (attending meetings held on
board) and retirees.
Youll fins singles enjoying events
sponsored especially for them, honeymooners taking in the romantic ambiance of a vacation
at sea, and even wheelchair travelers who can take advantage of shipboard life, thanks to
new and accessible cruise ship design.
so to speak. All you do
is eat - Ill gain 10 pounds!
While its true that you can enjoy
delicious multi-course gourmet meals around the clock onboard, and that you can sample
much as you want of all the delicacies, you dont have to. Most ships also offer healthy, low-calorie and
low-fat selections for those watching their weight. And
several major vessels offer incredible spa facilities and treatments, including day-long
exercise programs and state-of-the-art aerobic and weight equipment for those who dont
want to interrupt their normal fitness routine or who want to become ship-shape before
they return home.
Ill get seasick
Most popular cruise itineraries navigate the calmest of waters. Sophisticated weather reporting systems allow the
crew to bypass storms and rough seas. Plus,
effective preventive medicines (like the motion
sickness patch and motion sickness pills, which can be prescribed by your local doctor or
dispensed onboard the ship) ensure that cruise passengers can avoid queasiness at
It will cost too much
Actually, cruises can prove more cost-effective
than other types of vacations. Aside from
items of a personal nature (laundry, phone calls, spa treatments, gambling, drinks and
shore excursions), all of the daytime and nighttime activities are included in your basic
cruise cost. No need to ever pull out your
wallet to pay for restaurant meals, sports activities or nightlife. And, because of he variety of cruises available,
theres something to suit everyones budget.
Free or reduced airfare from you home city to the ships port of
departure is often included. Taking a
shorter cruise or selecting a smaller or inside (no porthole) cabin can reduce prices even
further. So can booking in advance and
taking advantage of early bird booking specials. And the
casual nature of cruising today means
theres no need to run out and buy special clothes, even on the most formal of
evenings, men can usually get away with a dark suit and ladies with a cocktail dress.