Taking a cruise has long been one of the favorite means of the intrepid traveller to see the world in style… We’ve out together some suggestions for most romantic cruise, cruises with kids and if you can picture it – taking a cruise on a budget!
Most romantic cruise – The French Polynesian Islands:
Taking your honeymoon aboard a cruise liner is a favorite for newlyweds – and the island chain of French Polynesia offers an incredible range of attractions. Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Moorea are just some of the islands which you’ll cruise along, with snorkeling, amazing beaches, and delicious French-inspired cuisine at every stop.
Princess Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises and Windstar all offer cruise packages to these popular islands.
Cruising with Kids – Disney Cruises
If you have little ones between the ages of 4 and 11, a Disney Cruise is a family holiday that mom and dad can relax on while the kids are entertained by the people who do it best – Disney themselves!
From the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique where the young ones are transformed into princesses, monsters, pirates and ogres to Pirates of the Caribbean themed deck parties, a replica of the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars fame where the kids can learn lightsaber techniques from a Jedi Master, Toy Story adventures and a Monsters Inc. Academy, meeting the Avengers or simply enjoying the water features – every little one’s desires are catered for! In the meantime mom and dad can relax by the adult’s pool and get a truly well-deserved break!
Cruises on a budget?
No such thing as a cheap cruise? Not necessarily! It takes a little bit of daring and flexibility on your part, but it can be done.
When it comes to finding an affordable cruise, you need to throw the standard advice of ‘book as early as you can’ out the window, or at least porthole I suppose. On a cruise, much of the money made is through the meals, drinks and entertainment opportunities on offer. Without people on the ship, the cruise doesn’t make money. This means that the closer the time draws to departure, the lower the rates go. This is a great opportunity for the flexible traveller to get a really astonishing deal – if you can maintain the discipline not to blow all your money on fancy cocktails instead! Internet rates on a cruise or also notoriously pricey, so abandon the casino games and Facebook while you’re on board and take in the view from on deck for a while instead! Take advantage of the lower food prices in the buffet and dining areas and avoid the expensive restaurants. Couple this technique with booking out of school holiday season and an affordable cruise can definitely be accomplished!
The wonderful thing about any cruise is the freedom to decide how much or how little to do with your time. If you want to spend a week dozing in the sun by the pool – no problem! Up for some entertainment and fine dining? A bit of glitz and glam? Done! Just want to snuggle with your beloved in a cozy cabin? Well why not? Leave your worries on the shore and let the sea carry you off on a cruise!