The first time we actually started seriously thinking about taking a cruise was in Norway last week. We had never taken cruise ships before and hadn’t really considered it an option, until we thought of what an amazing experience it would be to cruise down the whole Fjords in Norway, all the way from top to bottom – or to be honest, any way really, as long as we could experience the Fjords.
Cruise Ships A Worthwhile Way To Travel
After having spent countless of hours on trains through Europe, we thought it would be nice with some change – and the best way to experience Norway seems to be on the water.
We left Oslo with a promise – to return one day soon and take a cruise down the fjords.
As it happens, a few days later, we hopped on our first cruise ship ever, not through the Fjords, but from Stockholm to Helsinki (with the InterRail Global Passes you get a pretty hefty discount).
The ship criss crossed between the islands on the huge Sweden archipelago, and after so many train rides it was really fun to see the nature sweeping past in a different way (you’ll be amazed of how many Swedish people live on tiny rural islands 4 hours away from mainland! I don’t know how they do it…)
Although we only went for one night, it made us curious to try out a real cruise lasting for a week or more.
Unless you’re working on cruise ships, taking a cruise is far from the typical backpacker style of travel, but who cares?
Travel is travel, and I would like to try every angle of it – you never know what something really is like until you’ve tried it.
So we’re thinking of testing it out, either in the beautiful Norway with its many harbor points, woolen jumpers and beautiful nature, or somewhere south where it’s nice and warm and you drink over-sweetened cocktails all day long, perhaps one of those many Mediterranean cruises.
I’ve always liked the idea of doing some island hopping in Greece, so maybe cruising between the islands would be an idea.
But then we have the typical problem that I always have at one point: Where do I want to go?
Sometimes you wish there weren’t so many options to choose from, things would be so much easier then.
Opening your mind to something new is always overwhelming, it’s like a jungle of cruise options out there.
How do we avoid the Hawaiian shirts, line dancing and karaoke cruises? Can they be avoided? What kind of cruises do younger people take?
What would a cultural cruise be like? … Choices, choices, choices …Romantic cruise???
What Can You Do On a Cruise?
Cruise holidays may have once been the choice of the older generations and travelers with a passion for bingo and ballroom dancing, but today there is a cruise holiday to suit every kind of adventurer and explorer.
Cruising has experienced something of a makeover in recent decades and modern cruise ships are more like floating resorts than the antiquated vessels of the past.”
Here is just a taste of what you can experience when you book a cruise holiday.
If you are looking for activities to cool off, then don’t forget your ice skates! Voyager of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean, offers ice skating to guests and produces professional ice skating shows for entertainment.
The ship also features a plethora of eateries plus a wide choice of super-stylish bars.”
Don’t take our word for it though, check out the rave reviews of this vessel, written by fellow travelers to help you pick the perfect cruise for you.
Visit a Botanical Garden
If you want to surround yourself in luxury, a Celebrity Cruise is a great option.
Since its launch in 2001, the Infinity ship has given the industry a few ‘cruising firsts’ – namely the beautiful botanical gardens.
You can escape the sea breeze at the Celebrity Infinity conservatory, which is filled with a myriad of flowers, trees, gardens and fountains to enjoy both day and night.
Watch a Broadway show
After a hard day glacier trekking in Alaska or snorkeling in the islands, you can relax watching your favorite Broadway musical.
Creative ship designers at Royal Caribbean, for example, cater to all tastes with their built-in theater productions.
Here you can experience Hairspray, Chicago, or Saturday Night Fever on-board your cruise liner.”
Other Cruise Lines also produce first class shows and entertainment, as well, ranging from the Blue Man Group to Cirque.
With so many liners raising the standards of cruise holidays beyond all previous experiences, the industry is enjoying a fresh influx of younger singles, couples and families.
Top 5 Cruises Around The World
Have you dreamt of seeing the world without having to unpack? Maybe you’re expecting a nice rebate from filing your taxes or thinking about a nice summer vacation for the kids.
Cruises are a great way to travel without having to become a nomad. With careful planning, it is possible for you to cruise away and circumnavigate the world.
Cruising is a cost effective way to see magnificent vistas and experience the rich cultural life at the many ports of call whilst having the highest level of service and amenities available at your convenience.
Cunard Queen Mary 2
This highly rated liner needs no introduction and with its reputation for grandeur and elegance you will enjoy a truly remarkable world cruise. Discover the unique charm of Asia by visiting Bangkok and Saigon, then spend time in beguiling Hong Kong.
Next stop is Shanghai before heading down under to the rugged coastlines of Australia and New Zealand. Take in the spectacular scenery of Africa and the Mediterranean and gaze in awe at the natural beauty of the Americas.
Cruising across four breathtaking continents will leave you with lasting memories of your amazing world cruise journey.
Take a journey of exceptional discovery with all-inclusive value. Complimentary fine wines, premium spirits and gratuities for staff are all part of the Crystal package.
The 74 day cruise is broken up into four exhilarating segments. Visit Europe, Africa, the South Pacific, the USA and everywhere in between on this exceptional and luxurious cruise.
Regent Seven Seas
Take advantage of your free airfares when connecting with your grand voyage. As part of your six star luxury cruise you will enjoy complimentary shore excursions, complimentary beverages plus much more.
Cruise to exotic destinations and be spellbound by the aromas, sights and scenery of all there is to explore.
P & O
Embark on your odyssey aboard one ofluxury liners. The Azura, Arcadia or Aurora all has in-depth itineraries that will take you on an exotic journey of up to 110 days. Your cruise will call into 32 ports within 20 different countries.
You will enjoy the classic cruise traditions such as the Captain’s cocktail party and afternoon tea plus exceptional personalised service from dedicated staff.
Your fascinating itinerary will take you to stunning cities and intriguing places, whilst enjoying a level of comfort that is only available on a luxury world cruise. Explore the globe across five continents and visit many exotic ports of call. You will also visit lesser known ports and view the spectacular scenery of nature at its best.
A world cruise is a commitment to spending endless days at sea, relaxing and enjoying on board activities and then joining in the wide range of on shore excursions. What items are a must for Traveling?
Because of the length of time you are spending on board, you can enjoy things at a slower pace. Guests on long cruises can take comfort in the fact that they are in a safe environment. There is no need to rush around as you would do if you were on a shorter cruise.
This type of cruising is for everyone, not just the retired. In fact, many world cruise passengers are made up of families, retired, semi-retired and those who are still working. Some people work and then take their long service leave so they can live their dream of ‘a world cruise’.