Cruising is a wonderful and relaxed way to see several countries while enjoying the sun. Today, cruise trips are extremely popular due to their low cost and luxury travel experience.However, like all travelling, there are a few things you need to be aware of before you start to plan your cruise ship vacation.Here are some cruise tips to help guide you on your journey.1.All inclusive cruises are not availableMost all cruise lines do not offer an all inclusive cruise package. Alcohols, soft drinks and even water all needs to be paid for when on cruise ships. The only things included are the cruise itself, your cabin and generally at least 1-2 meals a day.2.Shop around and consult different cruise travel agentsCruise travel agents are like travel agents, but are experts in cruising. Be prepared to tell the cruise agent exactly what you are looking for. You could visit 5 different agencies and receive 5 different quotes for the same cruise. In addition, look for deals in off weeks. A fare may be $2000 one week and $800 the following week.3.Be aware of added chargesIf you are planning to cruise alone and don't want to share your cabin, you can anticipate a single's supplement charge of 10% to 100% of a per person's rate (depending on cruise line). In addition, a lot of cruises require you to pay extra for any cruise shore excursions, or any special activities that are offered on board. Be prepared to spend an additional 30% of the cost to take part in any of these activities.4.Knowing when the best time to cruise isCruising is usually a little cheaper during the spring or fall. Weather can be uncertain, especially in the fall given many Caribbean destinations could have hurricane seasons during this time. This is something to watch out for. The dry season for Caribbean cruises is during the summer where as the rainy season is during the winter. Other cruise lines have short cruising seasons, such as Alaska cruises which normally run from May to September.5.Have fun!One of the most important tips that I can give to you on your "cruise ship vacation" is to have a great time. Relax! After all it's your vacation and you deserve to make the most out of it. There are many things for you to do, fancy dinners and dressing up, meeting new friends, visiting exotic locations, being on deck in the sun, doing cruise "shore excursion" s, and much more! It's important to have fun, so when you come back you feel better about yourself and that you got the most out of your time and money.Remember, cruising is an absolutely exceptional way to spend your vacation. They are very relaxing and a very enjoyable way to spend some time away. However, like all vacations, you need to know what is required before purchasing your dream cruise ship vacation. Keep this in mind and I have no doubt your cruise trip will be a complete success!
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There are many different types of vacations and holidays a couple, family or individual travelling alone can take. All may be equally enjoyable as long as they take into account the preferences of the traveler. Destinations around the world may offer beach front accommodations or city skyscrapers with a view, but a holiday in Spain is one place that you can get both, and not even have to leave the region.City or Sea?Spain is filled with old cities rich in art, culture, entertainment and filled with great food. The beauty of this destination however is that you can be in such an exciting and interesting city and just a few minutes later be relaxing at the beach or taking in a round of golf.When you travel to the Costa Blanca region on Spains east coast you are within dipping distance of the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The Alicante Airport is central to this region and a short driving distance to all the quaint cities along this coast. The climate is perfect just about any time of year, although it can get quite hot in the city in the summer. Other than that, you can expect sunshine and moderate temperatures just right for swimming and comfortable for sightseeing.The Big City LifeMuseums and culture abound in any of Spains cities, but the large metropolitan capital of Madrid is a world centre for finance and commerce. Madrid is the kind of city where you can take care of business and then spend the holidays in Spain without feeling like you got stuck on some business trip when youd rather be sightseeing.In Barcelona you can experience the second largest of Spains cities and a city that is the capital of the autonomous Catalonia community. It lies on the north east tip of Spain along the Mediterranean Sea and at the mouth of both the Llobregat and Besos rivers. Just above is the Pyrenees mountain range about 100 miles to the north.Barcelona was host of the 1888 Worlds Fair (called Universal Exposition at the time) and welcomed the 1992 Summer Olympics.What to Do During Holidays in SpainSpain is well known for its festivals and fiestas. You can party hard and relax equally as hard. Any time of year you can visit the Merida Theatre, but the festival is every summer. It is then that the Greco-Latin authors show off their works on the stage in a classic Roman-style theatre.Other events in Spain include:Flemenco in Andalusia where this traditional dance is performed like never before.The Battle of Wine. Held in Haro this fiesta dates back to a village scuffle over who owned some of the local crags. The re-enactment begins with a Mass and concludes with a calm but odd pouring of wine over the opposing sides.Fiestas de San Fermin. This takes place in the city of Pamplona and is better known as the running of the bulls. Here thousands of people run with bulls, trying to outrun them without being trampled. It all begins on the 6th of July at noon at the town hall. It is the next day where the actual run takes place as the doors to the Santo Domingo corral open and the bulls begin their relentless chase of people running in front of them. The craziness goes on for the next week from July 7-14th with a run repeated each day. The total run takes no more than 3 short minutes and covers only 825 metres. It is followed by other parades and festivities meant to honour the Patron Saint of Pamplona.
When most people think of vacations, especially traveling abroad, the first thing that comes to mind is their inability to afford a vacation. While it certainly makes sense to save up as much money as you can before jetting off, there are a few ways that you can lessen your expenses and enjoy your vacation without breaking your budget.Saving on accommodationWhile the thought of staying in top-class accommodation can be appealing, the reality is that youll probably be doing little more than sleeping and showering there. It makes sense then to spend a little less on accommodation so you have more to spend on other things.Group toursGroup tours are often equated with young people who end up spending more time in the local pubs than anywhere else. Dont underestimate them, though group tours (and there are many that dont require you to be young and single!) have a number of advantages.-Meeting new people-All-inclusive costs many tours include meals and hotel transfers, which is convenient as well as possibly saving money.-Seeing attractions you otherwise wouldnt. Most group tours are geared towards fitting in as many sight-seeing opportunities as possible - which you may not have had time to see if you had to find your own way around, or may not have even known about!Make use of public transportAs well as allowing you to become familiar with your surroundings and get your bearings, making use of public transport (even if its just in and around the city centre) to go short distances is much cheaper than hiring a car or catching cabs.Use travel guidesAny good bookshop will stock travel guides for many of the main countries and cities of the world. These often include details of free or cheap attractions, inexpensive accommodation and where to dine on a budget.Dont underestimate discount tourist attractionsWhen it comes to tourist attractions, cheap (or even free!) doesnt have to equal boring. Options such as exploring botanical gardens, markets and landmarks can be a relaxing way to spend your down time.While there are many ways that you can trim your budget, the above tips are a good place to start. If you are sensible and open-minded, it really is possible to enjoy a decent overseas holiday without throwing your budget out the window.
The name of Carnival Cruises is synonymous with cruise vacations, and Carnival Cruise Lines is now the largest single cruise operator in the business, with its acquisitions of Costa, Cunard, Princess, P&O, Seabourn, the Holland America Line, and five additional cruise operators on North America, Australia, and Europe.In the thirty five years of its existence since the 1972 inaugural sailing of the TSS Mardi Gras, which unfortunately ran aground on a sandbar in the port of Miami, Carnival Cruise Lines have currently grown to operate a fleet of cruise ships large enough to qualify as a private navy, and may Carnival cruises may cover much of the Earths oceans as the worlds great navies do.Carnival Cruise Lines have gone to great lengths to brand their ships as The Fun Ships, and originally made their name by offering short, inexpensive cruises on vessels with dcor and entertainment reminiscent of Las Vegas. The most recognizable features of carnival cruise ships are their red-white-and-blue funnels built to resemble the tails of whales, and Fun Ship Freddy, a fantasy figure whose head resembles the Carnival ship funnel.Carnival DestinationsCarnival Cruises aboard the carnival ship line are most often scheduled for the Caribbean, but as of 2007 Carnival cruises aboard the Carnival Freedom to both Turkey and Greece, and aboard the Carnival Spirit to Alaska and Hawaii are now available. In the Southern Caribbean, Carnival Destiny leaves from the Ports of San Juan, Aruba, and Barbados, and the Carnival Fantasy class ships are reserved for the prototypical three to five day Carnival cruises from Miami to ports in Mexico, the Bahamas, and nearby Caribbean destinations.Carnival Entertainments And EateriesRegardless of their itineraries, Carnival cruises are famous for the amazing variety of onboard diversions they offer their passengers. Every ship has at least two swimming pools, complete with waterslides, and on the Destiny-class ships one of the pools will have a retractable roof so swimming is always available no matter where the Carnival cruises are headed. The ships casinos are a major attraction on Carnival cruises, and in their glitz and neon they compare well to those of Las Vegas resorts. But the forte of Carnival cruises might well be in the cruise lines approach to feeding its guests.Carnival is adopting a schedule of four dinner seatings, instead of the traditional two, in some of its ships main dining rooms, and it is also beginning to include restaurants which specialize in a particular type of cuisine along with its regular restaurants. Meals at these specialty restaurants will be at no additional cost. Some lucky guests on Carnival cruises will even have a patisserie where they can indulge to their hearts content!If Carnival cruises sound like the perfect vacations to you, just be sure to research the amenities of each ship before you book a cabin, because they will vary widely depending on the class of Carnival ship you book!If you have the time, and you have the financial resources, youll never find any more enjoyable way to spend them than by booking yourself a six-star luxury cruise!