First Cruise

My significant other told me a year or so ago that he would like to take a cruise once in his lifetime. Neither of us had ever been on one and were unsure for how long, or to where we should go the first time. Since he was financing the trip, I let him make…

My significant other told me a year or so ago that he would like to take a cruise once in his lifetime. Neither of us had ever been on one and were unsure for how long, or to where we should go the first time. Since he was financing the trip, I let him make the decisions; other than whether I thought I would like anything longer than a few days to see whenever I'd like it. We decided on a Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas, 3 night, 4 day, Western Caribbean cruise leaving from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with stops at Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.

Getting ready for boarding and actual boarding were quite an experience in themselves, mostly involving waiting in line, and showing our passports and identification. Once we got on board, it was a four hour wait for our luggage to arrive at our stateroom. We had a reasonably nice stateroom, although the tiny shower and bathroom took some getting used to, as were the excessive prices for a bottle of water or a can of soda. Once we had checked into our room, we were invited to partake of the Windjammer Cafe's wide selection of buffet-style foods of every type. This cafe was one of the highlights of the trip, the food selection varied throughout the day from breakfast to supper, with something always available to who the appetite.

On board the ship were various forms of entertainment including music, shopping, spas, live lounge shows, casino, colorful drinks, and pools for either swimming or sunbathing, to name a few. Much of what was offered was not to our taste; although we enjoyed the Windjammer, the live music and dance / singing shows at the Orpheum Theater, the more formal sit down dinners in the evening, and the site seeing on the ship.

We were happy that we decided to take this one cruise, just to see what it would be like, but I seriously doubt we will ever take another. It was an exciting experience, but a rather expensive one for something we were not altogether thrilled with. We took advantage of the over-abundance of good food, a drink or two, listened to some good music, and saw some beautiful sites, but I think it was a once in a lifetime experience for both of us.

Get Out There And Have A Blast On Your First Cruise!

I know from experience that going on a cruise for the first time can be a little nerve racking. There are so many questions running through your mind. Where should we go? What cruise line should we take? Is there anything for the kids to do on a cruise? What should we pack? What documentation…

I know from experience that going on a cruise for the first time can be a little nerve racking. There are so many questions running through your mind. Where should we go? What cruise line should we take? Is there anything for the kids to do on a cruise? What should we pack? What documentation do we need? Well, relax. I will help you answer those questions and more.

First, where should you go. Well, as first time cruisers I recommend you take a short 3 to 5 day cruise from a nearby port. This will give you the opportunity to see if you will enjoy the experience with out keeping you on a ship for a long period of time. Think about it, if you do not enjoy yourself, would you really want to be stuck there for 7 plus nights? Probably not. I would be surprised though if you do not enjoy yourself. Look for cruises leaving a nearby port (if possible) that go to interesting destinations that you may want to see. This leads to the next question of, What cruise line should we take?

Deciding which cruise line to take can be as simple as finding out which ones leave that near port, or as difficult as deciding which one has the amenities you are interested in. Cruise lines range from the contemporary to the luxurious. Which one you choose depends on how much you want to spend on your stateroom. One thing to remember about cruising is that when you pay for your stateroom, you are also paying for your food and entertainment for that period of time. Your beverages are not included in that price so remember to keep that in mind. My first cruise was on the Carnival Paradise and it was a blast! If you are worried about getting sea sick, and yes, people sometimes do, you should get a room with a window. Avoid the interior staterooms because it helps to have a window to look out. Also, try to get a stateroom on a higher deck. They get a little more expensive the higher you go but you do not feel the ships movement as much up there.

Taking the kids? Great! Cruising is an excellent way to give kids the opportunity to see other parts of the world they might not otherwise get to see. Most cruise lines understand that kids go on cruises too and they have kids camps for them to go to when parents want some time to themselves. Carnival for example, has Camp Carnival. This camp is structured so that kids are separated by ages. Each age group has activities geared for them to keep them entertained. For the teenagers they have a dance club just for them. The only adults allowed are the camp counselors. At night for a fee, they will watch your children in a slumber party theme, so you can have an evening on your own.

As for documents, you will need a passport, a photo ID, and a credit card for your sail and sign card. The sail and sign card is your room key and also serves as your credit card while on the ship. All purchases of drinks, photos, and duty free shop purchases will be charged to this. At the end of the cruise you will receive a statement of all charges before it is charged to your credit card.

The most important thing to bring is your positive attitude and a big smile. Get out there and have fun! The world is waiting for you. And you do not even have to drive! Check out my blog for more tips and to see some photos from great destinations!

Cruising – The Ultimate Travel Experience

Today, I'm going to cover some of the reasons why I feel that cruising is the ultimate form of vacation. As of about 8 years ago, my wife and I have all but forgotten about any form of travel or vacation other than cruising. Do not 'get me wrong, it's not that we do not…

Today, I'm going to cover some of the reasons why I feel that cruising is the ultimate form of vacation.

As of about 8 years ago, my wife and I have all but forgotten about any form of travel or vacation other than cruising. Do not 'get me wrong, it's not that we do not enjoy other vacation styles, it's just the pros of cruise vacations far out weigh the cons of cruising.

We still love a good trip to Walt Disney World coupled with other Orlando hot spots such as Wet and Wild, Universal Studios, Ripley's Believe it Or Not, and Sea World to name a few but nothing quite compares to the thought of being able to wake up in a new port of call each morning and spending each evening enjoying the warm, tropical breeze on the deck of a fabulous floating paradise otherwise know as a modern cruise ship.

I suppose the ULTIMATE vacation in my eyes at least, would be one where I cruise the seas at night and then wound up at some of my favorite land vacation spots each morning. Let's face, that is just not going to happen without someone knows of a way to sail from say Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to Las Vegas Nevada to the shores of Caribbean islands like Belize and so on.

Back to reality, I've heard some people shy away from cruising as they fear getting seasick. I get a little nauseous riding the escalator at Sears and I've never had a problem with seasickness in 8 years of cruising. There have been some rough seas and tenders (the small boat that takes you from the ship to port) where I thought I might toss my cookies, but so far so good.

Cruises are expensive. I have to disagree there too I'm afraid! Sure, you CAN spend a small fortune on some of the high end cruises, but with some careful planning, you can cruise very reasonably.

If you can avoid traveling during peak times such spring Break, Christmas etc. your airfare and cruise fares will drop considerably not to mention the fact that the ship may be a lot less crowded during peak times.

People sometimes mention that they do not want to be “trapped” on a cruise ship or that they'll have nothing to do. First of all, having “nothing” to do can be a very beautiful thing. How many times have you come home from vacation more exhausted than when you left? It's happened to me and it's not a very good feeling. To lie out in the warm air and sunshine on a cruise ship, sipping a cool beverage spending quality time with your mate is a VERY good way to do nothing.

As far as being trapped on a cruise ship, I'm not sure I understand that statement. I mean, sure you can not just walk off and go do something else as the ship cruises along, but cruise ships of today have shopping malls, restaurants, swimming pools, spas, state-of-the-art gyms, ICE RINKS, rock climbing walls, wave pools for surfing, live entertainment, games, Vegas style shows, art auctions … the list is growing all the time as cruise lines battle each other to get your business.

Plan Your Cruise Vacation And Save Time And Money

Once you decide that you'd like to cruise, there are a number of other things to consider to enhance your cruise as well as make it go smoothly. Naturally you need to sort out things like when and where you want to cruise as well as with which cruiseline, which ship and what things you…

Once you decide that you'd like to cruise, there are a number of other things to consider to enhance your cruise as well as make it go smoothly.

Naturally you need to sort out things like when and where you want to cruise as well as with which cruiseline, which ship and what things you want to do off the ship. Do you want to cruise to Alaska and watch whales or stay warm and cruise the Caribbean? Would you rather sail on a massive ocean liner or does a smaller, more elegant vessel interest you? Are you ready to leave tomorrow or would you rather wait and search out the deals? When the ship docks in the various ports of call, will you remain on the ship, head out shopping or go on a fun filled, exciting shore excursion?

There are a few ways you can collect this information and doing the leg work up front will save you time, money and aggravation down the road I promise you that. Saving the legwork and getting right down to the good stuff is what most people are after. I have written three books on cruising and have compiled all of the slick tricks that I've learned into the books for you to have all the info you need together in one spot. Follow the link in my resource box and have a look.

You should also search out, join and familiarize yourself with the Cruise message boards. On these boards, members will post their reviews of everything from flights to ships to shore excursions and more in great detail. Do take these reviews with a grain of salt though. Some of the people seem like they could not have fun anywhere!

This is an excellent way to find out about the various shore excursions. Members will report back on what tours they did, what operators they liked or disliked, any problems they had and more.
In many cases, someone on a forum will start a post called a “roll call”. This is a gathering place for passengers of a specific sailing date for a specific ship and I highly recommend you search them out. If you can not find a roll call for your cruise … create one! How do you say? It's very easy …

Let's say you are cruising on the Carnival Legend from February 17th to February 24th. You would simply search for or create a post called “Carnival Legend – Feb. 17th to Feb. 24th” People will find it, trust me! Once a few of your cruemates find your post, you will be able to swap plans and stories, maybe learn a tips or two and maybe even make some friends. My wife and I always make a point to meet up somewhere on the ship with our roll call friends and we've kept friends with some of them to this day.

Let's not forget your friendly local travel agent. Sure you can research and book your flights and cruises all by yourself online, but if you find it overwhelming, do not be afraid to let the professionals take care of you. Sometimes paying a few extra dollars is worth it to know that someone else has taken care of the details. My guides and the forum participation will still insure that you are able to make informed decisions.

Before you go

I'm generally not a paranoid person, but would like to share a few security tips that could help keep things secure while you're on your vacation. Before you leave for your cruise, it might be a good idea to call the post office and have them stop delivery of your mail. If you have not arranged for someone to come and get your mail while they feed your pets, you might want to look into that. A large pile of mail sticking out of your mailbox is tolling sign for thieves to come and rip you off.

Your home phone should either have the ringer turned off or have you answering machine set to pick up on two rings. This could reduce the risk of someone figuring out that you're not home.
If you happen to live in a snowy part of the world, your driveway might get snowy while you're gone and if you have not got any tire tracks in your driveway, this could have all the indication thieves need to know it's safe to enter your home.

Rather than rely on mail stoppages, answering machines and light timers, I prefer to keep things looking natural while away. I always have a friend come over to get the mail and feed the cat as a minimum. If they are a really good friend, they're shovel the driveway and walk, but people do not like to do their own shoveling let alone yours, so why not have it done? One way is to pay the neighbor kid a flat rate to keep it shoveled while you're gone. Letting his / her parents know when you'll be leaving and returning as well as what you've asked to have done is probably not a bad idea.

If you know someone with a plow or have a local plow service, you can ask them to come scrape your driveway after each snow. I guess if you're really cheap, you could just have the friend drive on your driveway when they come to get the mail.

At any rate, chances are that someone is not lying in the bushes waiting for you to go on vacation so you'll have to gauge the risk and do what gives you a piece of mind.

Next time I'll cover packing and preparing for your cruise. If you want to cut to the chase and get right into the info, stop by http://www.cruisevacationparadise.com and pick up one or all of my cruise ship tips books. They contain a vast amount of information that will allow you to select and prepare for the cruise vacation of a life time!

Until next time, be well and happy cruising!

First Time Cruise – Caribbean Cruises Considered

There are significant choices for Caribbean Cruises and some of the mega ships are truly incredible, entire cities afloat, with everything you could ever want or think of. 5-Star service, recreation, gyms, pools, massage, games, sunbathing, top restaurants, and well you name it. Plus, just take a look at some of the wonderful destinations on…

There are significant choices for Caribbean Cruises and some of the mega ships are truly incredible, entire cities afloat, with everything you could ever want or think of. 5-Star service, recreation, gyms, pools, massage, games, sunbathing, top restaurants, and well you name it. Plus, just take a look at some of the wonderful destinations on some of the cruise choices, it's enough to make your head spin. Sometimes it is so strenuous to go through all the choices that by the time you are done, well, you'll need a cruise.

The Caribbean is considered one of the best places to take a cruise and the islanders love the tourist trade which thrives on shoppers and travelers. Worried about getting sea-sick? Do not because these ships are so awful that you feel like you are in a huge building, after all it is literally a city afloat. The most awesome thing about these cruises is the costs are so low, in fact, it is almost cheaper to go on a perpetual cruise than to live anywhere, especially if you shop for the best deals, that include the most features.

If you are going on your first excursion and get-away and you are not sure where to go, I would like to recommend that you try a Caribbean Cruise from one of the larger cruise lines and pick one with the best cruise reviews online from former cruise customers, then consider how much you can budget for your first time cruise, sign-up, show up and enjoy the spectacular beauty known only to the Caribbean!

Planning Your First Cruise

Planning your first holiday especially on a cruise liner is always a challenge. You could get together with your family and friends and discuss your travel and vacation plans so as to get a better idea of ​​what needs to be done. The best way is to book with a travel agent who will not…

Planning your first holiday especially on a cruise liner is always a challenge. You could get together with your family and friends and discuss your travel and vacation plans so as to get a better idea of ​​what needs to be done. The best way is to book with a travel agent who will not only advise you on which cruise liner and destination you should be going to but also plan your entire itinerary including air travel to the port of embarkation. But before you proceed, let's first answer some questions that are bound to pop up while planning your cruise.

What kind of cruise is suitable for your age group?

Typically, there are different kinds of cruises suitable for different age groups. You will find a cruise designed for all individuals, from the toddler to the teen to the retired. All you need to decide in who is going and then select the cruise best suited for you. There are fun-filled holiday cruises for the family, singles, newly-weds and even for the slightly older and matured.

What kind of budget are you on?

Typically, the minimum cost of per person per day is about $ 100 on an average cruise liner. Many ships charge extra for certain items and of course air-fare is not included in this. You can decrease the cost somewhat by sharing the cabin with another person, booking way in advance, like almost six months prior, or taking a risk and booking late, less than two months prior to departure.

How many days can you spend on your cruise?

If you have less than a week, then the options would be closer to home and restricted to Mexico, Bahamas or simply a weekend cruise to a port in the ocean and back. A complete week gives you more time and options range from the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, Alaska and even the South Pacific, depending on of course your current residential location. Anything longer than that would be suitable for any kind of cruise vacation across the globe.

When would you be most likely to travel?

Obviously, cruise tickets are cheaper in leaner times like spring or fall and most expensive during the summer holidays. Winter is also considered high season when traveling to warmer locations like the Caribbean. Some locations like Alaska, Scandinavia and the Baltic have a shorter cruising season and will be open only between May and September. While Antarctic cruises are on between November and February, Mediterranean cruises can be taken all year round.

Where would you like to go?

With the earth being covered with 75% ocean, cruise ships today can reach any of the continents and traverse all across the globe. From the Americas to Austral-Asia, Africa to Antarctica, Bahamas to Bermuda, Europe to Canada, there are plenty of cruise destinations to choose from. Even land locked locations such as Central Europe, Russia, or the Yangtze River in China can be reached on a river cruise. Always a challenge to decide your destination, it is important to keep all other factors like type of cruise, budget, length of vacation among others in mind.

What are your interests?

Although cruises provide all kinds of on board activities, your destination should be based on your interest. While European tours offer a good dose of culture for the history buffs, tropical destinations like the Caribbean and the South Pacific are for the beach lovers. Whether it is glacier watching in Alaska, deep sea diving in Australia or experiencing the fjords in Norway, you have to decide what you like to do best before you choose your cruise destination. Many cruises also offer a list of off-shore activities before you book, so make sure that you are well researched on that as well.

What kind of accommodation would you prefer?

Cabin selection typically depends on what your budget is. Sea view cabins are obviously more expensive than the lower deck ones. Also, if you are traveling to scenic places like Alaska or Scandinavia it would be better to have a view. Deck plans are available in hard copy, so make your decision after doing your homework and planning your budget.

What are your dress styles and eating habits?

In a move away from only formal wear, most cruise ships today are more relaxed and have only one or two nights of dress-up nights. The rest of the time, it is usually casual or country club style dressing. Typically there are two seating arrangements for dinner, one starting at 6:30 pm and the other starting at 9:00 pm. While early seating allows you plenty of time for late shows, it may rush your off shore excursions. Late seating on the other hand gives you time to relax but may hamper your late evening activities. Also, table seating is usually for four to eight persons and very rarely for two. If you do want a dinner for the twosome, you will have to make a prior request.

How do you get to the cruise ship?

Flying there or driving down if its close by are two of the most preferred options. Sometimes the cruise lines offer you a fly-cruise package, which is easier, but may be a trifle expensive than independent booking. These include transfers between the ship and the airport, which can again add up to the cost.

What are the documents needed?

Cruise vouchers and travel itineraries should typically reach you 2-3 weeks prior to your departure. Travel insurance is not mandatory but strongly advised as a carry along document in case of any mishaps. Passports are needed for all international destinations.

My First Cruise

WOW! That is how i felt when i stepped foot onto the most beautiful ship i have ever seen. I just returned home to philadelphia from my first cruise experience and i feel like my life has been changed forever. This was not just a regular cruise. This was a millionaire mentoring success cruise. Big…

WOW! That is how i felt when i stepped foot onto the most beautiful ship i have ever seen. I just returned home to philadelphia from my first cruise experience and i feel like my life has been changed forever.

This was not just a regular cruise. This was a millionaire mentoring success cruise. Big difference.

I started out by flying to Miami Florida to meet up with about 50 of my business associates. We spent the night in a beautiful hotel on the Miami river. The next morning we had an outstanding training session with my person mentor. Dwayne Golden. This gentleman is one of the most dynamic trainers in all of the world. I believe everyone should have someone like Dwayne in their life.

Then we were off to the port where our beautiful ship awaited us. Her name was The Majesty of The Seas.
I have seen cruise ships from the outside and they all look huge but until you step foot on one you have no idea.

As soon as you step on to the ship you are overwhelmed with beauty. Glass elevators, brass handrails, and mirror everywhere. I felt like i was in one of Donald Trumps casinos. Then i proceeded to my private stateroom where i was blessed with an ocean view. It was amazing. So after i got settled in it was time for dinner.

I could go on for hours about the amazing dining experiences that i was blessed with but i do not want to make anyone jealous. I was surrounded by an amazing group of like minded entrepreneurs and lets just say that we were treated like royalty. I am not sure which was better, the food or the service. They were both outstanding. Every meal was better than the last. With out a doubt the best culinary experiences of my life and i have been to many five star restaurants but none of them compared to this.

Our first destination was Nassau Bahamas. When woke up and looked out the window i saw paradise. After i got shaved and dressed i had the privilege of spending a few hours with a skillaire. His name is Myron Golden and this man is nothing short of a genius. If you would like your life to go from tragic to magic in a short period of time you will want to get familiar with the systems that he has created.

After lunch it was time to get a taste of paradise. As soon as i got off the ship in the Bahamas i looked into the Caribbean sea and immediately saw some of the most colorful fish in the world. As i strolled around the streets of Nassau shopping for souvenirs all i could think of was how great my life has become since i begin my journey of personal development. It is amazing the kind of life you can live when you actually make a decision to change the quality of your life.

That night we had full schedule of entertainment as we cruised to our next destination. We experienced a hilarious hour of karaoke. Then the laughs continued with a comedy show in the next room over. Then it time to dance. Fortunately for me some of the people i was with were from Colombia because until that night i had no idea how to salsa dance. I had a so much fun i went back the next night and learned a few more moves.

When we woke up the next morning we were in Coco Cay. This is a private island in the Bahamas that is owned by the cruise line. We were anchored out in the middle of the sea and we had to take a shuttle boat to get on to the island. Once we arrived on the island we went snorkeling and then we relaxed on the beach. As i was sitting in a hammock watching the waves come in i was looking out at the ship as it sat anchored still a few hundred yards away. It looked so small. So i had my friend take a picture of me standing along the edge of the rocks with my hand out and it looks like the ship is in my hand. It is a really cool picture. I would love to send you a copy of it.

That evening we saw something nobody could describe. There was a full moon with a very bright ring around it. It looked like a halo. If you know what that is about please let me know. As we danced the night away on the top deck over looking the swimming pool there was a man creating an ice sculpture that turned out to be an Indian head. It was really cool looking. After the music finally stopped we went to the all night pizza buffet. About 20 of us sat there eating pizza and telling stories. We had some good laughs as we learned some new things about each other.

The next morning we woke up in the Florida Keys. From our view on the ship it looked amazing. To our left there was an island with nothing but beautiful houses on it. And on our right was the city of Key West.

Before we went out to tour the beautiful city we we blessed to have another amazing trainer / celebrity who was willing to spend some time with us. Her name is Artemis Limpert. She is one of the most most powerful women in free enterprise but she is also in the new movie Pass It On which is like a sequel to the movie The Secret. If you have not seen these movies yet you will want to do so immediately. They will change your life.

After getting some amazing wisdom from Mrs. Limpert were off the ship and onto the streets of Key West. This is amazing historical town with a ton of things to see. I did some touring around but it was very hot and sunny so me and my friends from Chicago decided to go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico for the rest of the day.

That night back on our beautiful ship with my body covered with sunburn i just relaxed and enjoyed the peace and quiet that i knew would be over in the morning.

As i woke up on our final morning in Miami Florida all i could be cruising out to sea. Which will not be long. Our team will be celebrating our next success cruise in April. You should set a goal for yourself to be on it with us. It will be a life changing experience.

Do not just live life, Create a lifestyle.

Congratulations on your future success,

Gay and Lesbian – Going on Your First Cruise?

There is a lot to think about when taking your first cruise: where to go and what to do; which cruise line to go with; what time of year to travel; your destination; and last but not least, how much you want to spend on your cruise. When you are gay or lesbian I think…

There is a lot to think about when taking your first cruise: where to go and what to do; which cruise line to go with; what time of year to travel; your destination; and last but not least, how much you want to spend on your cruise. When you are gay or lesbian I think you are given more options. There are the usual cruises, yes, but these days cruise lines are getting a lot more creative with their themes in an effort to compete in the market.

I think the first and most important decision to be made concerns the type of cruise that you're looking for. Do you want to book a normal “straight” cruise or would you rather go to a more familiar place with other gay and lesbian travelers? This decision would probably depend on who will be traveling in your party. Is it family and friends? Just family? If so, your family may prefer the former, depending on their own comfort level. If your family is more open-minded, or you plan to travel with friends of a similar background, then the latter may prove to be the more interesting option.

The next thing you'll want to consider is how you will make your travel arrangements. Would you like to book the cruise on your own, or would you prefer to book the cruise through a travel agent? Keep in mind that a travel agent may have access to better rates- particularly group rates and tour deals. So, with that said- how “private” would you like your cruise to be? If this is your first cruise, then you may want to go on a tour; This would provide a great opportunity to learn about the cruise atmosphere and explore various outlets for entertainment.

Speaking of atmosphere- what kind of cruise environment are you looking for? Many people travel to get away from their everyday habitat. Do you live in icy cold weather? A Hawaiian cruise may be a welcome retreat! If you live in a hot area, then sometimes an Alaskan cruise- complete with scenic views of icy glaciers- would be something new and exciting.

Finally, how many days do you want to be on vacation? Cruises can last anywhere from a few days to over two weeks. Depending on what type of getaway you need- a short vacation to escape from the drudgery of work or a long vacation to explore new sights and create last memories- you may have to shop around for the cruise that will best match your needs. Your length of travel will also depend on how comfortable you are being away from home. Some people tend to get homesick and would not want to spend so much time away from home; on the other hand, if you are frequently out, you may want to stay out longer.

There are always a lot of factors to think about when traveling, so make sure you do your research because fun is the only option when vacationing! πŸ˜‰

A Hawaii Cruise – Perfect for the First Time Hawaii Vacationer!

If you've never been to Hawaii and are thinking about taking your next vacation there, a cruise may be just the ticket to your vacationing paradise. In fact, even if you've already been to the Islands, you might still find that cruising is the way to go. There are many reasons why cruising is the…

If you've never been to Hawaii and are thinking about taking your next vacation there, a cruise may be just the ticket to your vacationing paradise. In fact, even if you've already been to the Islands, you might still find that cruising is the way to go.

There are many reasons why cruising is the choice for many vacationers, and should be your first choice, especially if this is your first trip to Hawaii and you just do not know which island to go to.

One of the main benefits to a Hawaii cruise is that you are able to visit just about every one of the main islands. One of the problems many Hawaii vacationers have is that they can not decide on which island to visit. If you think about it, once you decide you want to go to Hawaii, the next logical step in your vacation planning is to figure out which island you want to spend your time on. The great thing about a cruise is that you do not have to decide. You get a little taste of each of the islands! And, if it's your first time in Hawaii, this allows you to check out each island so that next time you decide to go to Hawaii, you can spend your entire vacation on your favorite island.

Another great benefit of a cruise is that they are all-inclusive. About the only thing that the package does not include is alcohol and off-ship excursions. There is food constantly being offered all day long, and if you're on the ship, it's free! And, every night, you'll get a very nice dinner. That is one thing about cruises that everyone raves about – the dinners. Every ship is different, but one thing that is common is that the dinners are exceptionally good. We're talking steak, lobster, shrimp, pasta, and more. And, it's usually a 5 course meal – appetizer, soup, salad, main course, and dessert.

Beside food, all-inclusive also includes entertainment, nightly shows, games, and more.

Booking excursions easily right from the ship is another reason why cruises are a nice way to go. The ship will have an excursion desk where you can go to book all your off-ship excursions. Of course, the excursions are an extra cost, but to have one place to go to book excursions is worth the time and effort you will save … especially on your first vacation to Hawaii. You do not want to waste time looking around on land for things to do … you want to just do them!

So, as you can see, there are many great reasons why you bought to take a Hawaii cruise, especially if you're a first timer. If you've never been to Hawaii, this is the way to go. You are able to visit multiple islands, cruises are all-inclusive, and they make booking excursions very convenient. There's a good chance that you'll want to take another Hawaiian cruise once it's over … or you might find the one island that you loved and want to go back to again.

No matter what you decide, you'll be very happy you decided to take a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands!

What Should I Wear On A Cruise – Advice For The Whole Family

What To Wear This is a different common question that is on first time cruisers minds – “What should I bring to wear?” The largest concern here is for the evening meal times and especially the formal nights or those nights where you are expected to where your Sunday best. Now for the women that…

What To Wear

This is a different common question that is on first time cruisers minds – “What should I bring to wear?” The largest concern here is for the evening meal times and especially the formal nights or those nights where you are expected to where your Sunday best. Now for the women that is usually not such a concern as most women love to dress up but when it comes to putting a tie around a guys neck while on vacation then the whining usually starts.

Formal Nights

Now let me start by saying that while when you are planning your vacation and the topic of dressing up for supper pops up a common reaction is “Hey I'm on vacation, not at work, so I do not want to get dressed up” . Well coming from a guy who does not wear a shirt and tie very often I must say that I do not mind getting dressed up for a couple of nights because it makes me feel a little special. I find that after a great day of hanging out in the sun wearing shorts and tees all day it actually feels good to head to your stateroom, get shaved up and throw on a nice outfit to wear to supper – it's a great way to end your day. It's like having a night on the town where you wear your fancy duds, go out for a great meal, and then head off to the theater for some great entertainment. Aboard the ship these nights are very exciting for men and women alike and even the children like it as most do not get this chance when at home. Also these times are a great chance to get a family picture taken as there are always photographers scattered through the ship who will take your photo and you do not have to pay for it unless you like it.

All of the ships I have been on have had two formal nights where you are expected to dress up a little more than usual. Women usually wear your typical long evening dress but you do not have to run out and buy the latest Christian Dior outfit to fit in as you will see a wide variety of dresses and styles including many off the shelf $ 30.00 dresses. For the men a dark suit with tie is perfectly acceptable but you will see some men wearing tuxedos which can usually be rented aboard the ship (that would have to be arranged before you set sail – do not go looking for a tux one hour before dinner). So guys if you want to go all out and really impress the women here's your chance.

Regular Evenings

For the nights that are not classified as formal you are not required to dress up but there is still some code that the ship would like you to adhere to for the evening meal. Shorts, tees, and jeans are not acceptable in the dining rooms for supper. This does not apply during the day as you can head to the same dining rooms for breakfast or dinner and the only restriction is that everyone must wear footwear and the men must wear a shirt and women must wear a coverup over their bathing suits. Now there is no need to be concerned about forgetting these rules as they are always posted just outside the door of any dining room that these rules apply to and if you forget then one of the dining room staff will very politely take you away and explain the rules.

Daily Wear

During the days pretty much anything goes (as long as you are wearing something – and of course there are cruises available for those who might like to bend those rules). Treat being on deck in the daytime the same as heading to the beach, swim suits are the norm here. Make sure you bring sandals to wear on deck because in 30 degree weather the deck can get very hot to walk on barefoot. Please note that if you want to go to the dining room and even go to a buffet during the day you still have to wear a shirt and / or a coverup – hey it's only common courtousy.

FreeStyle Cruising

The last ship we vacationed on was the Norwegian Sun and Norwegian has a concept that they call FreeStyle Cruising which is designed to provide an option for those of us who do not want to get all gussied up. FreeStyle Cruising also allows you to eat in any dining room whenever you like – you do not have a set time that you have to get ready for. So if you are having a great time up on deck there is not any need to stop at 5:00 pm and head to the cabin to get cleaned up for supper at 6:00. You can eat later if you like. Also they do not require you to dress up for formal nights but they still do have two formal nights where you can pull out the shirt and tie if you like and on those nights the majority of folks were wearing dresses, shirts and ties – even though it was optional.

When we all first booked this cruise this idea seemed very appealing but the funny thing was that we unanimously determined that we actually missed the dressing up part. As a matter of fact I would say the major of people aboard our ship dressed up anyway for evening meals even though it was not required. As I said before this part of the evening is special and a great way to end the day.