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Why Take A Cruise

Never been on a cruise before?  

Check out this section for First Time Cruisers.

1. Take a look at a typical day's activities:

    Morning  Afternoon  Evening

2. Get answers to your most Frequently asked questions

    or visit National Geographic's Choosing a Cruise guide.

3. Read : Inside Cruising: A Guide with facts and figure

    about the cruise industry.

4. Here's 22 Reasons To Take A Cruise

5. Check out the Special Interest Guides.

6. When is the best time to cruise?

7. Where's the best place to stay onboard ship?

8. Read the Cruise Guide - What To Know Before You Go!

9. What to Pack For A Cruise.

10.Preview: cruise line video presentations

So Much Fun. So Many Things To Do! 

Check out a typical day onboard. Look at these video's of activities on a Carnival Cruise. Other cruise lines have similar plans



Read on for more great reasons to take a cruise!

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You Haven't Lived Until

You've Cruised!

Every day, more and more people are discovering the all-inclusive pleasures of a cruise vacation. More singles, families, couples, honeymooners, second honeymooners and groups of friends are sailing away on the vacations of their lives. When you add it all up, it's easy to see why.


The price of your ticket includes all of your meals and in-between snacks as well as all your onboard daytime activities and fun, nighttime parties and entertainment. Plus, a relaxing voyage to some of the most exciting and exotic places in the world.

You'll find a cruise ship is a floating resort, with all the things a fine resort has to offer and more. You'll meet new friends, people like yourself who share the same tastes and interests. And, you can spend your days and nights being as lively or leisurely as you like.


The hassles of an ordinary vacation are completely eliminated in one convenient package. You don't have to worry about making dinner or nightclub reservations, running to make connections, packing and unpacking, or expensive charges at restaurants and nightclubs.

You can just lie back and be completely pampered. Or go non-stop. Dine like never before. Enjoy one great show after another. Let your cares float away.

It's no wonder that more people are taking cruise vacations than ever before. And it's no wonder that, once they get a taste of cruising, they come back for more. Again and again.

As a matter of fact, cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other vacation experience.

If you have never been on a cruise you owe it to yourself to learn more about this exciting vacation choice.

When is The Best Time To Cruise?
Alaska May-September
Bahamas All Year
Bermuda May-October
Canada/New England June-October
Caribbean All Year
Hawaii All Year
Mediterranean May-October
Mexico All Year
Panama Canal January-May, September-December
Baltics-Scandinavia May-September
Trans Atlantic May, June, July, August-October 
What's Afloat?

A typical day's activities from a Carnival Cruise Line ship. Most cruise ships have similar activities, others somewhat different. Call us to find out what's happening on your cruise shop.


Onboard Activities - Morning 




6:30 am

Coffee for early risers

Windows on the Sea & Poolside

7:00 - 8:00 am

Nautica Spa and Gymnasium opens

Sports Deck

7:45 am

Main seating for breakfast

Celebration and Jubilee Dining Rooms

8:00 - 10:00 am

Light breakfast served

Windows on the Sea & Poolside

8:00 am

Slot machines open

Club 21 Casino

8:00 am

Beginners’ step aerobics

Aerobics Studio

9:00 am

Late seating for breakfast

Celebration and Jubilee Dining Rooms

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Shuffleboard and volleyball equipment available

Information Desk

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Children’s morning activities


9:30 - 10:30 am

Library opens


10:00 am

Ping Pong tournament

Verandah Deck

10:00 am - LATE

Full casino open

Club 21 Casino

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Photo Gallery opens

Empress Deck


Coffee, tea and bouillon served

Windows on the Sea

11:00 am

Horse racing -- cheer your favorite horses as they race down the track!

Lido Deck

12:00 - 12:30 pm

Salad bar opens

Windows on the Sea

12:00 - 2:30 pm

Sun Lovers luncheon served

Windows on the Sea

Onboard Activities - Afternoon                                     Return to top




12:00 pm

Main lunch seating

Celebration and Jubilee Dining Rooms

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Children’s supervised Free Play


1:00 pm

Talent show registration

Shore Excursions Desk (Empress Deck)

1:00 pm

Ice carving demonstration

Lido Deck

1:00 pm

The Slot Tournament

Club 21 Casino

1:30 pm

Late lunch seating

Celebration and Jubilee Dining Rooms

1:30 pm

Pillow fighting and pool games

Lido Deck

2:00 pm

Dance class

Universe Lounge

2:00 pm

Children’s Talent Show


2:00 pm

Men’s “Hairy Chest” contest

Lido Deck

2:00 - 2:30 pm

Tour of the Bridge

Lido Deck

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Calypso music

Lido Deck

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Children’s afternoon activities


2:30 pm

Newlywed and Not So Newlywed game

Universe Lounge

3:00 pm

Cooking lesson and food carving demonstration

Electricity Dance Club

3:30 pm

Jackpot bingo

Universe Lounge

4:30 pm

Debarkation briefing -- baggage handling, customs procedures, tipping, etc., covered by Cruise Director

Universe Lounge

4:45 - 5:00 pm

Coffee, tea, ice cream and treats

Windows on the Sea and Poolside

Onboard Activities - Evening                                       Return to top




4:45 - 5:45 pm

Main seating “Fun Ship” party

Promenade Deck

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Children’s supervised Free Play


6:00 pm

Main seating for American Dinner

Celebration and Jubilee Dining Rooms

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Children’s Playroom closed for dinner


7:00 - 10:00 pm

Children’s evening activities


7:15 - 8:15 pm

Late seating for “Fun Ship” party

Promenade Deck

8:00 pm

(Main seating) Jackpot bingo

Universe Lounge

8:15 pm

Late seating for American Dinner

Celebration and Jubilee Dining Rooms

8:30 pm

Showtime for main seating

Universe Lounge

9:30 pm - 1:30 am

Party Music

Crystal Lounge

9:30 pm - 1:30 am

Rockin’ the Night Away

Promenade Deck

9:30 pm - 1:30 am

Visit the Spinning Piano Bar

Cleopatra’s Bar

9:45 pm - 1:30 am

Great music for listening and dancing

Cats Lounge

10:00 pm

Late seating “Monster Bingo”

Universe Lounge

10:00 pm

Dance Club opens

Electricity Dance Club

10:00 pm - 2:00 am

Children’s Pajama Party


10:30 pm

An Ol’ English Story

Universe Lounge

12:00 am

Midnight special show

Crystal Lounge

12:30 - 1:30 am

Midnight Pasta Buffet

Celebration Dining Room

1:30 - 2:30 am

Mini Buffet

Promenade Deck

Top 10 Reasons to take a Cruise

  1. Choose to cruise for VALUE. One price buys your cabin, dining, entertainment and more.
  2. Choose to cruise for ROMANCE. Secluded beaches, en suite dining on a balcony overlooking the ocean and spa services for two are just some of the romantic pursuits available.
  3. Choose to cruise for CUISINE. Tantalize your taste buds with gourmet fare that showcases exotic ingredients, old standbys like pizza and ice cream or spa cuisine for a healthy alternative. Depending on your mood, dine in a traditional ballroom setting, a small bistro or a casual eatery.
  4. Choose to cruise for VARIETY. With over 200 distinctive ships, 3000 ports-of-call and an unbelievable array of places to see and things to do, there is a perfect cruise for you. For even more choice, consider a pre- or post-land tour.
  5. Choose to cruise for ACTIVITIES. Fill your days with sightseeing, sports activities, cultural lectures, educational tours led by naturalists and historians or simply lounge by the pool and relax. At night, enjoy dance extravaganzas, musical revues, gaming or a quiet evening gazing at the stars.
  6. Choose to cruise for SIMPLICITY. Don't come back from your vacation needing a vacation. Planning a cruise is simple; your CLIA-affiliated travel agency can handle all of the details. Once you're on board, nearly all expenses are pre-paid... talk about hassle-free.
  7. Choose to cruise for NEW HORIZONS. Fall asleep in one destination and awake to a new horizon... and you only have to pack and unpack once!
  8. Choose to cruise for FAMILY. Families love cruising. Children's programs, kid-friendly menus and tours of the ship will keep your children happy, while affording you some time alone.
  9. Choose to cruise for PAMPERING. Regardless of your budget, all cruise lines pamper their guests with first-class service around the clock.
  10. Choose to cruise for SATISFACTION. It's a fact that cruises have a higher percentage of satisfied customers than any other vacation experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cruising affordable and a good vacation value?

Cruising is the best vacation value! There are cruise vacations to suit every budget. Your cruise fare includes your accommodations, on board activities and entertainment, most meals, plus transportation from port to port. You’ll know what your vacation will cost you before you go. (Typically, your only extra expenses will be drinks, specialty restaurants, optional shore excursions and personal services such as massages or hairstyling.)

How long are cruises?

As long or short as you want. CLIA's member lines offer itineraries from three days to three months.

Where can I go?

Wherever you want! Cruises visit over 500 ports worldwide and practically every destination accessible by water. You can embark on your cruise vacation from a wide variety of over 30 North American ports close to home or exciting and exotic locations around the globe.

How do I book a cruise?

Visit or call a CLIA member travel agency. These professionals will help you pick the cruise that fits your vacation schedule, tastes and budget. They can make all the arrangements to get you from your doorstep to your ship and back. Plus, many travel agencies have CLIA Certified Cruise Counsellors on staff. These cruise specialists have completed an extensive program of training, including sailing on and inspecting a number of cruise ships. You can feel confident that a recommendation from a CLIA Accredited, Master, Elite Cruise Counsellor or Luxury Cruise Specialist is based on personal knowledge and experience. To find a CLIA member travel agency and a Certified Cruise Counsellor use our Travel Agent Search.

Are all ships fairly similar?

Far from it. CLIA member lines’ ships range from intimate and yacht-like to vessels stretching longer than three football fields. You can sail with fewer than 100 fellow guests or with more than 5,000.

Enjoy atmospheres ranging from casual to formal, contemporary to classic. Enjoy the endless activities offered on a contemporary resort-style cruise, or immerse yourself in the culture of a destination on a special interest cruise.

Are there different types of cruises?

There are cruises designed to suit virtually every interest and personal preference.

The choices include: boutique, luxury cruises with globetrotting itineraries; large, contemporary ships with a fantastic array of recreational facilities; classic vessels evoking the time-honored traditions of cruising; specialinterest or exploration cruises specializing in unique destinations with an accent on cultural enrichment; river voyages into the heart of a destination.

There are cruise lines that feature soft adventure expeditions to such unique frontiers as Antarctica, the Amazon Rain Forest or the African Serengeti. Or, discover historical legacies closer to home with enlightening itineraries to New England, French Canada, Colonial America, and America’s Rivers.

For experienced travelers, destination-focused cruises specialize in culturally-rich ports of call with itineraries dedicated to illuminating such historic, world-class treasures as the antiquities of classical Greece, the Polynesian paradise of Hawaii, the fabled splendor of Norwegian fjords or the castles and museums of Europe’s rivers.

For many, the perfect vacation includes the non-stop fun and sun of a tropical resort-style cruise to the Caribbean, where you can sample a variety of island cultures and cuisines while relaxing your cares away. Plus, many cruise lines create special “themes” on board, with entertainment ranging from jazz festivals and classical music concerts to golf clinics and murder mysteries at sea!

Are there any special educational programs on-board?

To complement the spirit of discovery that travel evokes, many cruise lines feature an extensive program of on board enrichment programs hosted by distinguished guest experts. In addition to lectures highlighting the history and sights of the ports you will be visiting, there may also be special in-depth presentations ranging from Renaissance art to strategic financial planning to epicurean secrets of classic French cuisine.

What's an air/sea cruise?

A fly/cruise or an air/sea vacation package includes, along with your cruise fare, free or reduced-cost airfare to and from the ship’s port of embarkation. These convenient money-saving options are available from most major North American cities and include ground transfers between the airport and ship as well as baggage handling.

Do I need a passport?

CLIA recommends a passport on all cruises. While the U.S. Government may not require a Passport for Sea travel on certain “closed loop cruises” originating in the U.S. and for travel only within the Western Hemisphere, other specified documentation is required. For specific U.S. governmental Passport and Visa regula-tions visit:

Be sure to ask your travel agent what passport requirements apply to your cruise vacation. CLIA strongly recommends that all travelers apply for or renew their passports as soon as possible. Government regulations are continually being modified and it is best to be prepared. Besides, a passport grants you unlimited cruise vacation options around the world!

Are there different classes of service?

The vast majority of today’s cruise ships are “one-class.” Everyone can use all of the ship’s facilities. The price of your cabin is based primarily on its size and location. Regardless of the category you book, you’ll enjoy the same courteous service, menus, activities, and entertainment as everyone else on board.

Will I get bored? Feel confined?

Hardly! Being at sea gives you a feeling of total freedom that no land-based resort can offer. There’s plenty of room and it will probably take you two or three days just to discover everything that’s on board. Plus, you get the added adventure of exploring many exciting ports of call, often a new one every day of the trip!

Cruise ships are floating resorts with all the choices fine resorts have to offer. You can lie back in a lounge chair, breathe in the sea air, soak up the sun, read good books, or watch the ever-changing seascape. Smaller ships focus on the treasures and delights of myriad destinations.

If you’re more active, join in exercise or dance classes, or sports contests. Practice your tennis stroke or golf swing, or take in some fresh air on the jogging deck. Or you can swim, stretch out in the sauna or work out in the gym. You can also watch a feature film, attend an enrichment lecture by experts, or play backgammon and bridge. And that’s just when you’re on board!

What can I do in port?

So much that you’ll have a hard time choosing! You can explore on your own or take a guided tour (referred to as shore excursions). Search ancient ruins or hunt for shopping bargains. Ride a raft over river rapids or a horse across miles of hills and beaches. Climb a waterfall or pyramid. Follow the footsteps of history or the wake of a waterskiing boat. If there’s still time, play golf or tennis. Learn how to windsurf. Sun and swim at some of the world’s best beaches. Catch a record marlin. Sail, snorkel or Scuba dive. Take a cable car to the top of a mountain. Explore dark catacombs.

In short, cruising is the perfect way to sample a number of new destinations and try all the things you’ve ever dreamed of doing, while never having to pack and unpack!

Do I have to participate in the activities?

On a cruise, you do what you want, when you want. You can do everything or do absolutely nothing. It's your vacation!

Do cruise lines welcome families with kids?

More and more cruise vacations are booked by families with children. Twenty-five percent of cruisers sail with children and a majority of cruise lines provide plenty of supervised activities for kids, especially during school holidays. If your children enjoy swimming, sports, games, movies and the adventure of new places, they’ll love a family cruise. You’ll find that children adapt to shipboard life with ease, and you won’t have to wonder what they’re up to every minute. Trained youth counselors will help keep them safe, busy and entertained. Ships even offer different types of age-appropriate activities, suitable for toddlers to teens.

What's there to do at night?

When the stars come out, a cruise ship turns on. There’s dancing, live entertainment, nightclubs and lounges, feature films, and parties with all your new friends. Most ships also have casinos. What’s more, there are many special events like the Captain’s Cocktail Party, Passenger Talent Night, Broadway-style shows and Las Vegas-type revues.

Is there a charge for entertainment?

On a cruise vacation, the entertainment is on the house. There’s no cover, minimum or charge for an admission ticket. The shows are live, films first-rate and all included in your cruise fare.

Will there be people like me?

There's no such thing as a typical cruise passenger! All kinds of people take cruises now... all ages... from all walks of life... singles, couples and families. Just ask your CLIA-affiliated travel agency for advice on the best ship for you, based on your tastes and lifestyle.

What should I pack?

Pack like you would for any resort. Cruise vacations are casual by day, whether you're on the ship or ashore. In the evening, ships vary as to dress. As on shore, attire is dictated by occasion. At the Captain's Gala, for example, you'll probably want to wear something more formal, such as a dark suit, or cocktail dress; perhaps even a dinner jacket or gown.

Will I need a tuxedo?

Reflecting today’s lifestyle trends, many cruise lines now feature a more relaxed and casual approach to dress throughout the cruise – while on others, formal dinners or parties are part of the fun. But don’t buy a tuxedo just for the trip. Even on the most formal of ships, a dark suit and tie are fine for the dressiest occasions. Plus, many ships offer tuxedo rental services.

Can singles have fun on a cruise?

Cruising is ideal for people traveling alone because it’s so easy to meet other people. In fact, most ships have parties for singles early in the cruise, so you can get to know other guests right away. Some ships even offer gentlemen hosts to be dance partners, dinner companions or a fourth at cards.

Many ships also have single staterooms and others offer single rates for double staterooms. If you ask, many cruise lines will even find you a roommate so you can obtain the per person/double occupancy rate, saving you even more on a great vacation..

Can I use my hair dryer or shaver?

Most ships have 110-volt outlets in the staterooms but do check with your CLIA member travel agent to be sure. Most ships feature hair-dryers in your stateroom.

What about meal times?

Choices, choices and more choices. During the day, there are many different dining options – in the formal dining room, on deck, in a pizzeria and at an espresso bar, to name just a few. At night, most ships offer several venues. Some ships’ dining rooms can accommodate all guests at one time, called a “seating.” Many ships offer you a choice of several seating times, and others offer multiple restaurants for “anytime” dining. More traditional ships have two seatings in their formal dining rooms, which differ only by time: typically 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

To choose, just decide whether you prefer to dine early or late – then have your CLIA member travel agent request your preference when you book your cruise. Frequently, you can choose to enjoy dinner someplace other than the formal dining room, such as in an intimate restaurant that features Italian or Asian cuisine. More and more cruise lines are opening up their informal lido areas to evening dining, where the dress and dishes always are casual, and sometimes, you can even eat out under the stars. And a large number of ships offer romantic in-cabin dinners. The choice is yours!

Is cruise ship dining as good as I've been told?

Everything you've heard about cruise ship dining is true. At each meal, you'll find a varied selection of entrees (appetizers, salads, soups, vegetables, and desserts, too), and each day the selection will be different. If you've ever wanted to experiment with a cuisine or try a dish, you can feel free to order more than one entrée or appetizer (or dessert!). But, just because your cruise ship offers plenty of delicious food, doesn't mean you'll come home out of shape. You can choose low-cal, spa, vegetarian or fitness menu selections that are just as tempting as the regular menu. Best of all, the one thing you'll never see on a cruise ship menu is a price. Because your meals are included!

Can I get a special diet?

Most ships can accommodate salt-free, low-carbohydrate, low cholesterol, diabetic, or other diet preferences. This request should be made in advance, so be sure to advise your CLIA member travel agent when you book your cruise.

What about dining companions - can I sit with my spouse and friends only, or will I have tablemates?

Experienced cruisers say they prefer sitting at a table with several other diners; some lifelong friendships have been made this way. But the cruise lines are geared to accommodate each guest’s wishes, and it is possible to request a table for two or four. In the unlikely event that you do wish to change tablemates, speak with the maitre d’, who will make every effort to seat you with more compatible dining companions...discretely and politely.

Are there non-smoking areas?

Virtually all dining rooms are smoke free as are designated areas in other public rooms onboard the ship. Check with your CLIA member travel agency regarding the individual cruise line’s policies.

Can we celebrate a special occasion?

Absolutely! Most cruise lines will even treat you to a complimentary cake and a chorus of “Happy Whatever” to honor the occasion. Your birthday or anniversary can be more festive with champagne, flowers or canapes. You can even arrange for a special private party. All you have to do is advise your CLIA member travel agent in advance.

Is cruising right for honeymooners?

Without a doubt. Cruising offers an atmosphere that’s just right for romance...cozy dinners for two, strolling on deck at sunset, dancing the night away (even under the stars). Most lines provide special services – from Sunday or Monday departures to champagne and breakfast in bed.

Also, some ships offer special packages for performing a marriage ceremony or renewing marriage vows.

Can we stay in touch with the outside world?

Maybe too easily! Most staterooms are equipped with televisions and have satellite or cellular telephones. You can even use your own cell phone on some ships, where cellular service is available. Many cruise ships are now Wi- Fi enabled, so you can check your e-mail on your laptop in your stateroom or go to the on board computer café for Internet access. You can also call someone on shore through the ship’s radio officer while at sea. In addition, most ships have a daily newsletter with news, headlines, selected stock quotes and sports scores.

What about tipping?

Tipping is a matter of individual preference. A general rule of thumb is $3.50 - $5.00 per person per day for your cabin steward and dining room waiter and about half that for the dining room assistant. Other shipboard personnel can be tipped for special services or at your discretion. Some lines include an automatic gratuity in the price of your cruise and will advise you of that as well as the amount while other lines maintain a no tipping policy. Check with your CLIA member travel agency regarding the individual cruise line’s policies.

Are there medical services onboard?

While cruise ships are not comprehensive medical facilities, cruise lines understand that some people may have health needs during a cruise. Thus they are committed to providing first response and emergency care to guests until they can be transferred to a shoreside medical facility. Most cruise lines have 24-hour medical services and staff operating under guidelines developed in conjunction with the American College of Emergency Physicians (AECP). Cruise lines and travel agents encourage vacationers to obtain medical insurance, travel with adequate supplies of medical prescriptions and devices and to disclose pre-existing medical conditions before sailing.

Are there laundry services aboard ship?

Almost all cruise ships have laundry facilities and many provide dry-cleaning services. There is, however, an additional charge for professional laundry and dry-cleaning services. Many ships also have self-service launderettes.

Do cruise lines accept group bookings?

Most lines welcome groups – often at special rates, depending on how large the group. Policies vary from company to company and sometimes seasonally. Consult your CLIA member travel agent for details.

Are there meeting rooms onboard?

Nearly every full-size ship has public rooms or a conference center to offer as meeting space for private or corporate groups. Many feature dedicated meeting facilities. If you’d like to make meeting or incentive travel arrangements, ask your CLIA member travel agent to contact the cruise line’s group sales department to coordinate schedules and arrange for any special requirements. Your ship may also be able to offer audio-visual equipment, communications, meeting coordinators, secretarial and printing services and more.

Can I extend my cruise vacation?

Cruise lines feature special pre-or post-hotel packages that allow you to extend your vacation in either your port of embarkation or debarkation.

Is motion discomfort a problem?

Rarely. Popular cruise itineraries ply some of the calmest waters in the world. In addition, stabilizers on modern ships, availability of advance weather information, and development of effective preventative medications have, for the most part, eliminated the incidence of motion discomfort.

How can I stay healthy on board?

Follow your mom’s advice and wash your hands! Cruise ships work very closely with public health agencies such as the CDC to make sure they provide the healthiest shipboard environment for guests. The last thing you want is to be ill while you’re on vacation, so take the simple precaution of washing your hands often with soap and warm water thoroughly. Wash your hands after using the restroom, before eating and avoid touching your face.

It sounds too good to be true! Is it?

The one complaint we hear time and again is that cruises end far too soon! Beyond that, it's hard to find any negatives. All you have to do is relax and enjoy your vacation. Most importantly, every crew and staff member on board is dedicated to making your cruise the best vacation of your life (until you top it with your next cruise!)

Who should I see if I have questions that haven't been answered?

Ask your travel agent. If you don’t have one, use our Travel Agent Search to locate the CLIA member agency nearest you, designated with the CLIA Seal.

With thousands of agencies in the United States and Canada, there’s one close by! These travel professionals are knowledgeable about all the options available for your cruise experience. In fact, you’ll find that most have been on the cruises they recommend, so they can advise you from personal experience.

Many CLIA member agencies have Accredited, Master, Elite Cruise Counsellors, Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar and Luxury Cruise Specialists on staff. These individuals have successfully completed a variety of cruise training programs and have visited or sailed on many of the ships you may be interested in. To talk to one of these experts, ask for the travel agent who wears one of these pins.

Check out National Geographic's Choosing a Cruise guide or cruise security, how to pay for shipboard activities and other frequently asked questions.

22 Reasons To Take A Cruise

  • There are cruises available for any budget.

  • From 3 to 100 days, cruises fit your schedule.

  • At a hotel you check-in, on a cruise you check-out.

  • One thing you'll never see on the menu is the price.

  • Cruising allows quality time with your family.

  • Visit 4 countries in a week.

  • The awe-inspiring view from the deck of a cruise ship is included.

  • Sailing in the Tropic of Capricorn beats sitting on the freeway.

  • Get trim in state-of-the-art fitness centers.

  • No packing-unpacking-packing-unpacking-packing.

  • Travel to over 1,800 ports around the world.

  • The world is 2/3 water. Until you go on a cruise, you really haven't visited earth.

  • Rejuvenate mind, body and spirit in the shipboard spa.

  • For the health conscious, low calorie, low sodium and heart-healthy meals are available.

  • A resort just sits there, but a cruise will move you.

  • Listen to interesting lectures by world-renowned experts.

  • On some cruise ships, kids sail free, and they'll love you for it.

  • On a cruise ship, your luggage arrives in your room before you do.

  • You don't need to make dinner reservations.

  • Live entertainment. Casinos. Spas. All within a short stroll.

  • No cover charge, ever.

  • Experience other cultures.

  • Do everything, or nothing at all.

  • You haven't lived until you've cruised.

Where's The Best Place To Stay Onboard Ship?

To the rear? or AFT

Engine noise is loudest in the aft end of the ship, although the noise is muted most of the time.

To the front? or FORWARD

Thrusters and clanging anchor chains are most audible forward--towards the bow, although the noise is intermittent.

The worst place to be?

Is a cabin near the disco, or theater or the lounge where live performances carry on through the night.

Are you're prone to seasickness?

The most stable cabins in rough seas are in midship or lower down in the hull.




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ABOUT THE PRICES: All promotions/pricing and cabin space is subject to availability at the time of booking and the prices shown or quoted at this web site are for reference purposes only. These rates are for new, individual bookings only, lowest inside cabins unless otherwise specified. The actual price of your cruise may vary depending upon your departure date, choose of accommodations and available cabin inventory at the actual time of booking.  Prices quoted and availability are NOT GUARANTEED until confirmed by the cruise line AND a deposit or full payment if required is made. Discounted savings off cruise fare only. Port charges (NCF), taxes, airfare, air taxes, transfers and any other costs associated with your cruise are not discounted. Discount limited to select cruises including holiday sailings. Not every ship, not every sailing is discounted. Call us to find out about your cruise selection.  Travel Direct Corporation is not responsible for last minute changes of price or itinerary by cruise line, or any errors or omissions in the content of this web site. Some restrictions and cancellation penalties may apply.

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