Why Choose A Cruise For Your Next Holiday

Cruising is a holiday type that is fast becoming the more popular option for travelers. We have seen a major rise in the number of cruise ships in particular fleets as well as new companies that are reaching into new destinations. There are plenty to choose from some of which include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, P…

Cruising is a holiday type that is fast becoming the more popular option for travelers. We have seen a major rise in the number of cruise ships in particular fleets as well as new companies that are reaching into new destinations.

There are plenty to choose from some of which include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, P & O, Princess, Costa and so many more. Some cruisers will choose the same cruise line over and over again while others prefer to try out new ships and new companies.

But why is it becoming so popular? There are many benefits of cruising which I will outline in this article.

1. You only need to pack and unpack once. Most cruises will be visiting many ports so you get to travel to many locations without having to pack and unpack each time.

If you were to travel the traditional way ie flying to each of the destinations you would lose half a day each and every time you departed for the next destination. With a cruise that is not necessary.

2. All your food is catered for. This includes your main meals three times a day, plus snacks and other food services with most of the companies catering for you 24 hours a day.

3. Kids club. There is a reason so many families enjoy booking cruises and that is because of the fantastic kids club programs on board so that the adults can drop off the kids and get some time to relax themselves and the kids will have fun and be entertained themselves.

4. Entertainment is provided. There are plenty of music shows, comedy acts, dances, bingo and other games all provided so you will never be bored. There is always something going on around the ship and caters for a wide range of audiences.

There are generally comedians, hypnosis, magicians, dancers, singers, bands and other weird and wonderful acts that make your cruise fun.

5. It makes a good alternative for those who hate flying. Cruise ships are fairly steady and allow those who hate flying an opportunity to head overseas without conjuring up any fears or dislikes.

While not everyone loves the open ocean over 80% of people who do book a cruise will book another one at least once more in their lifetime.

Traveling by air, by road or by sea all have their own set of benefits and really comes down to what you would like to do and where you would like to see.

As far as value for money goes and the constant entertainment, food gauging and more on board it is fairly easy to see why so many people love to cruise as their preferred method of travel.

First Time Cruising With Carnival Spirit

The Carnival cruise line is an amazing fleet of luxury cruise trips that caters for all types of cruisers. Families, couples and groups of friends of all ages are made welcome on board their ships and the entertainment is catered for all. The Carnival fleet currently contains 22 ships that are found world-wide and most…

The Carnival cruise line is an amazing fleet of luxury cruise trips that caters for all types of cruisers. Families, couples and groups of friends of all ages are made welcome on board their ships and the entertainment is catered for all.

The Carnival fleet currently contains 22 ships that are found world-wide and most popular in the Caribbean. Some of the ship names include the legend, victory, glory, pride, destiny, dream and the paradise.

Carnival finally made its move into Australian waters offering short trips on the east coast of Australia but also to the beautiful South Pacific Islands.

Currently only the Carnival Spirit departs from Sydney Australia and this is the ship I was privileged enough to experience. The Carnival Legend will soon be coming to Australia shortly as well.

There are 10 levels on the Carnival Spirit which includes a number of restaurants, day spa, a gym, 2 main pools for all ages and an adults only area which includes a pool and Jacuzzi too.

The entire ship is decked out with magnificent artworkworks, structures and paintings particularly in the Grand Atrium which has a multi-level painting which is around 6 levels high.

What makes this the Carnival Spirit stand out and makes the appeal for both kids and the young at heart is its 50 foot water slide known as the Green Thunder. This is located on deck 10 and counts down from 3. The waterslide is so fast I could not even tell you if the platform dropped or rolled back or what.

The restaurants on board are all paid for within your cruise ticket price all except the steak house restaurant called Noveau. It cost $ 35 per person to eat here and it is well worth the price as you get 3 courses of the best quality meats. Make sure you walk in hungry these meals are massive.

The main restaurant is also 3 courses and table service and just about all the wait staff are extroverts, fun and a little bit crazy all in the name of fun. After dinner is mostly served there may be a song and / or dance by the wait staff which helps lift the mood for the evening fun times.

There are also plenty of bars found around the ship which includes a karaoke bar, pool bars, the casino, Shanghai bar, the grand atrium and the waiters walking around the decks coming directly to you for orders.

Lastly the entertainment on board is also worth checking out most of which are performed in the Pharaoh's Palace which is found on deck 2, 3 and 4. Here you will get to see magicians, hypnotists, dancers, big band concerts and more.

Directly below the palace is the Punch-liner Comedy Club where 4 to 5 comics perform most of which includes an adult's only show.

All in all the Carnival Spirit lived up to its reputation and makes the trip as comfortable and as entertaining as possible. I would definitely book with Carnival again and would highly recommend it for any first time cruisers.

Things To Know Before You Set Out On Your First Cruise

Until you experience a cruise, you will not really understand what a unique way of traveling and vacationing it is. If you are going on a cruise for the first time, it will be better if you read up a little on the subject and ask an experienced cruise traveler for advice on the preparations…

Until you experience a cruise, you will not really understand what a unique way of traveling and vacationing it is. If you are going on a cruise for the first time, it will be better if you read up a little on the subject and ask an experienced cruise traveler for advice on the preparations that you should make.

Here are some things that you should know to ensure that you get the most of your time onboard and have a memorable trip.

  • Book with a reputable cruise line: Booking your tour with a well-established cruise line that enjoys an excellent reputation ensures you a a hassle-free and enjoyable voyage. Check out a popular online local business directory to learn about the cruise lines that you can consider and do a little research to find the perfect cruise deal.
  • Know the daily itinerary: Read the next day's itinerary that will be provided to you daily. This will help you plan your day and make sure that you do not miss out on any onboard fun.
  • Do look around the ship: You can spend some part of the day wandering about the ship. But, be careful not to overdo it by exploring every nook and corner on a single day. Most of the cruise ships are very big and going around them is likely to tire you out.
  • Be friendly with the staff: Being friendly, chatty and appreciative of the crew will make sure that you receive personalized & courteous service and, of course, great conversation.
  • Remember to take your camera: The cruise will afford numerous exceptional photo opportunities. Make sure you have the camera handy to capture all such moments and do take it along when you go on-shore.
  • Be prepared for the formal dinner: While you will be taking mostly casual wear along, do pack in a few clothes to be worn to the captain's dinner. It is not an experience to be missed.
  • Take your hats, sunscreen, etc. along: Be prepared with all the accessories that you will need when you spend time in the coastal regions. A bad sunburn can really spoil your entire vacation.
  • Leave your work behind: Do not bring your work along if you want to enjoy your cruise experience fully.
  • Do not stay too long in your cabin: You will risk missing out on a lot of onboard fun and action if you spend too much time lazing about in your cabin.
  • Participate in the cruise activities: To get maximum fun out of your trip, you must be a part of the cruise-organized activities, whether as a participant or a spectator.

Armed with these important tips, you are sure to have a wonderful time cruising along the beautiful waters.

8 Important Things To Do Before Going on a Bahamas Cruise

Bahamas, a country with 700 islands and thousands of islets and wonderful caves, is among the most popular destinations for Atlantic cruises. This is because The Bahamas is truly a beautiful country that amazes both travelers and scientists alike, especially when it comes to exploring the famous “Blue Holes”. More than 4 million tourists enter…

Bahamas, a country with 700 islands and thousands of islets and wonderful caves, is among the most popular destinations for Atlantic cruises. This is because The Bahamas is truly a beautiful country that amazes both travelers and scientists alike, especially when it comes to exploring the famous “Blue Holes”.

More than 4 million tourists enter the Bahamas each year, mostly via cruise ships. It is really fun and enjoyable to visit the Commonwealth of the Bahamas aboard a luxury cruise ship as travels like this is typically accompanied by parties, celebrations and other tourist activities on board.

Like any type of international travel, going on a cruise to Bahamas will require travelers to prepare impeccably. Below are the eight important things one should do before booking a cruise to the Bahamas.

1. Obtain a passport. Upon entry onto the cruise vessel, passengers will be required to present their valid passport. Usually, cruise trips consist of visits to more than one country. Here, Bahamas also require a passport for entry. Passports can be obtained from your country of origin's governmental passport office. US citizens aged 16 and above will be required to present a valid passport or a passport card while those aged 15 years old and under will be required to present an original state issued birth certificate from the Us Department of Health and Vital Statistics if a passport is not available. Copies of the birth certificate (photocopy) are not accepted. It is advisable to prepare a passport and an original birth certificate for each traveler.

2. Obtain a visa. Visa is not required for US and Canadian citizens. However, if you're from outside the United States or Canada, you may need a multiple-entry US visa and if necessary, a Bahamian visa (better check with the Bahamian consist to make sure). Foreign students studying in the United States traveling with a US visa must also present a valid SEVIS to travel.

3. Prepare a valid ID. Aside from a passport and a visa, travelers may be required to present a valid government-issued identification card.

4. Prepare other documents as proof of citizenship. Naturalization papers may not be accepted by the cruise line. Lawful US resident aliens may be required to present their valid resident card. Students will also need to secure a completed I94 form as well as a valid signed paperwork from the school. All documents must be original copies.

5. Book your cruise trip. It is best to book your trip at least 3 months prior to your travel date to make sure you are still getting the best price for the tickets. Remember that the fares tend to increase in price as the travel date approaches and the number of available tickets decreases. You can opt to call your trusted travel agent to help you find the best deals for cruises or just go to a reputable online DIY (do-it-yourself) travel booking site. Majority of travelers use online travel booking sites because customers are given full control when it comes to building their own trip. There are hundreds of online travel sites in the worldwide web and most of them are owned by independent travel agents or individual affiliates of travel agencies. It is advisable to use the websites of travel agencies that already have a solid experience in the industry because these companies have contact centers with experienced and highly trained specialists ready to assist you should need help on things related to your travel. Reputable sites and travel agencies also choose their partner travel supplier carefully. You can be sure that you will not be referred to “shadowy” deal providers and suppliers.

6. Inform the cruise line if you need special assistance. Upon booking your cruise reservations, it is advised to specify any special assistance needed. DIY travel sites often have a designated field (often the “observations” field) in their booking forms for special assistance requests such as adapted armchairs, elevator and access ramps, adapted toilets in the communal areas, and wheelchair. Upon check-in, reconfirm with the cruise line if your request has been noted.

7. Get a travel insurance coverage. Travel insurance is a vital addition to any type of travel. About 70% of cruisers buy travel insurance for three main reasons: peace of mind, concern over losing the money invested in a trip, and protection against unexpected situations.

8. Pack your luggage. Check the Baggage requirements of the cruise line. Some cruise line may charge fees if you exceed the dimension or weight limit of the baggage. Make sure that you comply with any applicable regulations, laws and conditions of the cruise lines and the ports. Generally, weapons, firearms, hazardous items, flammable items, controlled substances and contraband prohibited by the local and national laws are not allowed.

The most affordable cruise packages to The Bahamas are the ones from Fort Lauderdale, because this port is very close to the country. You may opt to book a cruise only fare or a package deal that consist of a cruise and a hotel reservation in the Grand Bahama island.