Working with CruiseCompete, LuxeGetaways takes an in-depth look at many of the most popular cruises for all
budgets this season.
The Cruise industry has certainly experienced a number of setbacks over the years, but it continues to persevere every season. The cruise lines are always thinking outside of the box to expand their offerings while developing travel
experiences for cruise-goers of all budgets, ages and desires.
As with any travel planning, be sure to familiarize yourself with the cruise lines and their individual ships and itineraries; but we recommend go a step further. Travelers should study the ports (arrival time, length of time at the port and accessibility from the ship to the port) and the actual ships (size of the ship, stateroom layouts, diversity of dining options and the age of the ship). For example, smaller ships are often ideal for arriving and disembarking quickly at ports, but depending on the location and time of the year, it could be a very rough ride getting there. In short, do your homework! Working with Heidi Allison-Shane and her team at CruiseCompete, we have put together a collection of popular cruise choices for those trying to make an educated decision on which ship is best fitted for their next getaway. Heidi has provided her own personal notes and experiences for many of these cruise options, which are available in the full story on our website – a priceless tool for planning your next cruise. After over 40 years of experiencing the industry from every angle, I can truly say that I love the cruise industry. My son William tells me that I was born for this business, and it is probably true. Life’s experiences are like sampling ice cream – sometimes you are in the mood for different flavors and, like a gourmet ice cream shop, the cruise lines offer you a taste of everything. Having been in the cruise industry since the mid 1980’s, I can honestly say that each and every cruise line truly cares about making every voyage on their line an experience to remember.
The cruise lines consistently work to raise the bar on everything they have to offer, down to the smallest detail. The ultra-luxury lines have your cabin stocked with your favorite liquors as you arrive, and small gifts to make you feel welcome. Personal butlers hasten to grant your every wish. Private tours of the off limit parts of the ship are quickly and courteously arranged. From cutting-edge technology onboard to the latest sporting adventures and equipment, and from the private islands and over the top experiences you may never have anywhere else to making the pre-boarding and departure process palatable; the opportunities with cruising are infinite.
With the amazing assortment of value-added features - specialty restaurants, incomparable wine lists, private nannies, comprehensive children’s programs, and once-in-a-lifetime shore excursions, the cruise lines are unfailingly looking for ways to create memories for a lifetime, and to send you home revitalized and rejuvenated. The ultra-luxury lines take this attitude to uncharted heights. You will of course pay more, however the adage of “you get what you pay for” correctly applies in this instance.
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...the opportunities with cruising
are infinite. For the complete story, visit luxegetaways.com/fall-2016-cruises As President of CruiseCompete, Heidi Allison-Shane also contributes to numerous travel publications; and is a member of Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). She created the CruiseTrends report for CruiseCompete, which is reproduced in a number of travel publications, such as Travel Agent Central, MediaPost, NEWS Marketing Daily, Cruise Industry News, Travel Mole, Black Meeting and Tourism, Cruise Industry Wire, Travel Weekly, Successful Meetings, ETurbo News and The Cruise Editor. With a diverse background, Heidi’s various assignments have included Princess Cruises, American Hawaii Cruises, Norwegian American Line and American Express Meetings & Incentives.