Are you taking a cruise anytime soon? If it’s your first or second time to do so, you’re most likely to encounter some strongly held “beliefs” which are actually misconceptions. Below are the ten most common ones and the facts behind these cruise myths.
Misconception #1: You can book anytime because it does not matter
Timing matters in booking flights and in booking cruises. Most of the time cruise lines give extremely tempting deals to people who book at the last minute. The savings can be as big as 30% to 50% off. However, you will have to be in touch with a really good travel agent because these same cruise lines won’t let their other passengers know they’ve dropped the rates. While they want their ship to fill up, they don’t want an angry mob of passengers demanding for their money back.
How about a cruise and a music festival rolled into one? This might actually come true before 2012 ends as organizers of the Coachella music festival is bringing the sounds aboard Celebrity Silhouette.
The cruise will be different when you have acts like Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Hot Chip, James Murphy, and Pulp on stage while you cut the waves to your destination. This is set to happen this December.
The cruise line is following the lead of Weezer that offered a similar performance for the passengers of the Carnival Destiny. R Kelly will also perform on the same ship heading to the Caribbean this year.
Celebrity will call its 1,000-foot cruise ship as the SS Coachella for this music festival cruise. The cruise will be able to accommodate about 3,000 music lovers. The company described the ship as perfect for the event with its theater and cabana-style alcoves.
The lone cruise ship of Swan Hellenic, the Minerva has been overhauled and will be returning to service. Passengers who will board the vessel can expect an upgraded lounge bar providing a great view, internet area, bathrooms, and a new promenade deck.
The cruise ship will restart its journey in Europe by spring this year bringing passengers to the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, and Canary Islands.
The future of Minerva was actually at risk a few years back when P&O which was the parent company of Swan Hellenic was acquired by Carnival Corporation. The new owner planned to redeploy the ship elsewhere and terminate the brand. But passengers loyal to the brand opposed the plans and organized petitions to save the Minerva.
Lord Sterling who once led the P&O listened to the calls and bought the brand from the new owner and with the help of some groups, was able to secure permit to use the beloved cruise ship for cultural tours.
Norwegian Gem, which belongs to Norwegian Cruise Lines, welcomes Nickelodeon on their Norwegian Gem which means guests can have some fun with SpongBob, Dora the Explorer, Patrick, and other favorite characters of the network.
The cruise line has designed activities featuring the Nickelodeon characters to further enhance the cruise experience of families traveling the oceans. The family cruise experience will feature shows and events that as started back in April 2010 for the Norwegian Jewel and July 2010 for the Norwegian Epic.
Families going on the cruise will be welcome at the Spinnaker Lounge where they will get their bag of goodies including props for the events and surprises that should bring smile to kids and adults alike. Participants are encouraged to wear their pyjamas. The Team Nickelodeon will perform song numbers to entertain the families while they are enjoying their breakfast. The kids who will be at the breakfast get complimentary photos with their Nickelodeon friends.
An opportunity to journey into the open waters is a great opportunity for singles or solo travelers. It will be a trip where you can mingle with other singles, enjoy activities on board, and make most of what you can do in port.
Going in a cruise can be pretty exciting but booking it as a solo traveler may be a daunting task for some. If you are cruising single, read on and we hope these tips can help you make most of you being single going on a cruise.
Most cruise lines demand for double occupancy but as a solo traveller, you may want to look for companies that specifically cater to cruising single.
The Norwegian Epic of the Norwegian Cruise Line is popular for their Epic Studios which are designed for the solo traveler. Right now they offer 128 cabins for single occupancy but promised that they will be offering more with their next ships.