A cruise is a wonderful vacation choice and there are so many to choose from these days that it may be difficult to select just one. If you are planning a cruise holiday in the near future, there are many ways that you can begin planning your budget to ensure that you have the funds to pay for your cruise. Taking a cruise can be very enjoyable and contrary to popular opinion, they are no more expensive than traditional travel. In fact, a cruise can be a very affordable holiday, provided you know how to plan.
If you really want to save on your next cruise, consider rewards programs that give you points that you can use for your purchase. Cruise miles for instance, will allow you to gain points for every cruise that you take. In the future, you can use those points to pay for your cruise.
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.
Alaska has a very rugged environment and the best way to experience its best offerings is on a cruise. You can combine the roadways on this state and it will not even cover half the stretch of its coastlines. From the waters, you can have a different perspective of the landscapes, or you can watch bears trying to catch salmons, or simply be amazed with the glaciers.
The cruise lines cater to the different Alaska travel adventures of your liking. Here are some of the best of Alaska cruises you can find:
The River Nile is one of the great natural wonders of the world, and is also one of the best ways in which to explore the stunning landscape and rich culture of Egypt. Nile cruises are very popular, and there are a whole range of different boats and routes on offer from luxurious trips to the colorful city of Aswan and its famous High Dam through to the bustling metropolis of Cairo and the beautiful botanic wonders of the Kitchener Islands. There are so many things to see and do in Egypt you will be spoilt for choice, and whether you are interested in history, culture, art or nature you are sure to find a Nile cruise package to suit you.
Cruising has a universal appeal. From grandparents and parents to newlyweds and sulky teenagers, a cruise holiday with Virgin Holidays Cruises caters to a large and diverse demographic. This is why it has become the number one type of holiday in the world. A cruise ship is like a floating microcosm of society, and unless you are taking a safari or some other group tour, there is no other type of holiday like it. In the end, floating on the open water with 3000 people from around the globe is nothing like booking a safari excursion with a small group of twenty. If you are looking to meet new friends, spark a possible romance or even find a future spouse, then the cruise provides you with all sorts of possibilities. It is a far better place to meet people than Soho bars, online chat rooms and tedious office parties.
American Cruise Lines recently unveiled its new river cruise deal called Ultimate American Adventure which combines several trips together. Holidaymakers will have the opportunity to explore the Mississippi River, Snake River, and Columbia River.
The 120-passenger liner of the American Cruise Lines called Queen of the West will take travelers to the Pacific Northwest specifically to the Snake and Columbia River. The Queen of Mississippi which can carry 150 passengers is still under construction but will be ready to cruise along the Mississippi River by August next year.
The Queen of the West is also the only overnight paddlewheeler in the United while the Queen of Mississippi will be the first ship in the last two decades to be built specifically for cruising the Mississippi River.
Luxury cruise company Crystal Cruises recently announced that they will be having 25 themed voyages for 2012 collectively called Experiences of Discovery. There will be twelve different themes for about thirty percent of the voyages of the cruise liner for next year for their different global locales. The program called Ocean Views will be available for the Crystal Symphony ad Crystal Serenity due to the high demands for this stimulating voyage.
Here is the complete lit of voyages for next year for Crystal Cruises:
Ocean Views – Aside from the World Cruise, the company will also include the Trans-Atlantics segments for this voyage. During this journey, experts from different fields will lead a discussion about important events and issues affecting the world today;
Big Band and Ballroom Dance – the company will double the ballroom dancing voyages next year so holidaymakers can swing while crossing the Atlantic;