Helpful tips for airport rides to your cruise ship
If you are looking to get away from it all but the thought of planning activities and tracking down which restaurants to go to in order to keep everyone in your group happy doesn’t sound very relaxing to you, a cruise is just what the doctor ordered. Each day travelers from around the world are discovering many exciting new places by taking cruise vacations and the best part is with a multitude of dining options, endless activities, and all of your stops already planned out for you complete with a list of shore excursions for you to book, you won’t have to lift a finger. There is a cruise for everyone, from honeymooners seeking cruises with a romantic setting to Disney-themed cruise vacations for families. So what can you do to find the best cruise vacation and how you can get the most out of your cruise trip around the world? There are a few things to consider when planning to take a cruise such as the different activities the cruise line provides for adults or children, a variety of restaurants and what type of shows and other entertainment are being performed during your vacation. Don’t worry, though it may sound daunting most cruise lines will be happy to walk you through it to make sure you wind up taking a trip that is as relaxing and stress-free as possible.
When taking a cruise of Alaska some of the must-see sights to take in include the Arctic tundra and, if you’re lucky, one of nature’s most amazing shows, the northern lights. Sights like these as well as Denali National Park and the glacial rivers of Talkeetna can sometimes be more easily spotted with a cruise, which are offered by several cruise providers such as Royal Celebrity Tours, Princess Cruise and Holland America Cruise. Be sure to look into this option so that you can make sure to maximize your experience as much as possible.
South Florida Cruises
South Florida’s tropical setting is often one of the first things to come to mind as a starting point when you first think of taking a cruise. When you arrive at any of the cruise ports on the southeast coastline of Florida you will find yourself in a city filled with beaches and an active nightlife. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Key West all have some of the best luxury hotels and resorts you can find anywhere. This makes them great places to board your cruise ship and start your cruise adventure. What’s good about cruise excursions in these cities is that the weather is warmer than some other cruise ports across the United States so they truly set the scene to begin your tropical adventure. There are a variety of cruise ships that have ports of call in the area, such as the Majesty of the Seas which sets sail in Miami and heads out towards CocoCay and then eventually to Nassau, or the Disney Wonder which is a family favorite and embarks from Miami and visits nearby destinations such as Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.
While you are visiting the various cities around the Caribbean Islands you can find a wide assortment of things you can do with family and friends such as local shopping, beaches and various water sports and activities. Some islands that provide visitors a variety of fun include Stingray City in Grand Cayman and Grand Turk, which features the Gibbs Cay Stingray and Snorkel Adventure. If you are headed toward Bávaro in Punta Cana you will discover it has a variety of beach resorts, which are located near a local shopping for tourists at Palma Real Shopping Village as well as Plaza Bávaro.
Popular hotels throughout the Caribbean
First time on a cruise vacation?
There are many things a first time passenger on a cruise may not be prepared for. One of the most useful things to know is the name for the right and left sides of the ship. The Starboard is the right side of the cruise ship, which is normally where you’ll find the odd numbered cabins. If you are on the left side of the cruise ship then you are on the Port side. On this side of the ship the cabin numbers will normally be even. Occasionally the side the ship docks on can be either port or starboard due to the ship having to tie up on the other side, which depends on the port you are arriving at.
Travelers who are going to be taking a cruise for the first time may want to choose a cruise that is going to a popular destination that isn’t too far off the beaten path while you get your sea-legs, whereas more seasoned cruisers who take cruises often may want to discover new places when they travel so you’ll want to look for cruises that visit exotic places that you can cross off of your bucket list. Once you choose where you want to go you’ll want to spend some time checking out the different options for shore-excursions you can take and decide whether you want to arrange them before you leave so that you won’t have to think about it once you are on the ship or wait until you are on the ship to weigh out your options before you decide.
If there is an activity you have your heart set on you may want to book in advance but if your are more flexible you might want to wait so that you can see what the weather will be like before you choose. Once you decide on the type of cruise you want to take and the destinations you’d like to explore you should decide whether you want it to be a vacation where you spend a lot of time in the sun and water or a trip focused on lots of dining and tours of scenic destinations so that you can plan accordingly. After that, all there is for you to do is sit back, relax, and have fun and enjoy yourself.
|Lifeboats on a cruise ship|
On a rare occasion an emergency may happen on a ship. In this case there are inflatable lifeboats available for passengers to escape on if need be. It is a good idea to make sure that you know the location of these lifeboats once you board the ship. Each lifeboat can accommodate about 370 passengers. Though these boats are rarely used the ship accounts for every person on board so there is no need to ever be concerned that there will not be enough room on board should an actual emergency ever arise.
|Top deck and sundecks on a cruise ship|
One of the best features of a cruise ship is the sundeck or top deck. You can relax in a rented cabana by the swimming pools (which can be salt water pools or ones for small children), amazing waterslides and a poolside bar where you can get food and drinks. It is not uncommon to find a variety of games you can play such as shuffleboard, table tennis and popular board games like chess and backgammon.
|Cruise ship cabin rooms|
Your cabin on a ship is often also referred to as the stateroom. If you choose an inside room you should expect a smaller room that has no viewing window. An outside room is very similar to the inside room except it is slightly larger with a round window for you to view the ocean. If you decide on a balcony room it will usually have a veranda, which allows you go outside your room but is not connected to any decks that are available to the public. Then finally there is the suite. This room is much larger than the rest with a lot more amenities and usually has the bedroom and living room separate.
|Starboard and port side of a cruise ship|
The port side of a cruise ship will be sometimes be facing the actual port but this can vary depending on the port you arrive at and can change between cruises. The bow is the term used for the front of the ship, the back is referred to as the stern, the left side of the ship is called the port and the right side is called the starboard.
Types of cruises to travel on
Before you get ready to leave for your cruise getaway there are some things to consider, especially if this is your first cruise. There are many types of cruises such as all-inclusive cruises, island-hopping cruises, or last minute cruises, singles cruises, and of course a favorite for vacationers from all walks of life, themed cruises. While different options can vary quite a bit in both style and cost, the easiest way to decide is to start with thinking about whom you are traveling with. For instance, you’ll choose a different type of cruise for corporate retreats than you would for one you are taking alone or a honeymoon cruise or one you would take with your family and children so make sure that are mindful of your group’s needs so that you can choose a cruise that is appropriate for you that will maximize the fun factor for everyone involved.