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Cruising: Fun & Affordable
by: Thomas Schoonover
Many people pass up going on a cruise for their vacation because of the myth
that it is expensive. However, cruising has become a fun and economical way to
vacation for young and old alike. It could be considered a downright bargain
compared to staying at a resort, hotel, or private villa.
Cruising is not bound to any particular age group either. There are fun
activities for all ages aboard a ship, catering to small children, their
parents, singles, middle-aged groups to elderly grandparents. However, a cruise
that is longer than a week or that has destination ports further north will
typically have an older crowd.
The first thing people think of when cruising is mentioned is of course food. A
person on a cruise is typically assigned a dining room, dinner time and specific
table companions to sit with for the duration of the cruise. There they are
treated to extraordinary culinary delights and fine wines. If it is a week long
cruise there will be probably be one or two formal nights where people dress in
suits and cocktail dresses.
There are more choices on where to dine than the dining room. Many ships have
smaller bistro-like restaurants, buffets many times during the day, snack bars,
in-cabin service and many now have 24- hour pizzerias on board. Included in the
price of the cruise are usually fruit juices, coffee, hot chocolate, water and
teas. A slight downfall for cruising is soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages are
at extra cost.
After eating all of the food that a cruise has to offer there are numerous
activities, physical and social to do. Most cruises have fully equipped gyms and
exercise classes. Many even have rock walls, rollerblade tracks, and jogging
runs. There are always people playing games of volleyball, basketball and on a
warmer cruise they can work off the calories by taking a swim.
There is more fun to be had aboard a cruise than just eating and exercising. As
previously mentioned there are usually many pools. Some pools even have water
slides. Days and nights can be spent gambling in casinos, drinking at the
numerous bars and lounges, attending one of the Las Vegas-like shows, shopping,
or sitting in the video and book libraries or reading rooms.
Pampering oneself can also be a part of the cruising experience. Most shipboard
spas rival spas on land. There are many options for obtaining facials, manicure,
pedicures, hair salon treatments and massages. Appointments go fast so they must
be booked early. Usually free are the steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs.
Unless it is a cruise to nowhere, the ship will be stopping at exciting ports of
call. If the ship is docked cruisers can just walk off the gangway. ff the ship
is too large, motorized launches, called tenders, are used as ferries to get
cruisers ashore. Each ship has organized excursions at each port of call that
are available for sign up for before landing at the destination. They range in
price from cheap to expensive depending on the type of activity desired. They
can be a day at the beach to horseback riding, jeep excursions, shopping trips
to nighttime clubbing. If a cruiser is not interested in hanging out with a
group from the ship they can always opt to explore the port of call on their
As shown in this article, cruising is a great way to enjoy a vacation. Along
with its affordability, it is extremely exciting with many fun activities
available to enjoy.
About The Author
Thomas Schoonover is a leading travel industry analyst and trip planner. He is
well known in the industry for his worldwide hotel reviews. You may go to
http://www.tripfox.com to see his hotel reviews as well as additional travel
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