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Bud­get-con­scious cou­ples and fam­i­lies with chil­dren (kids un­der 17 shar­ing a cabin with two adults sail free on all MSC sail­ings) and trav­el­ers who de­sire a tra­di­tional cruise ex­pe­ri­ence on a large re­sort-style ship with an Ital­ian flair will ap­pre­ci­ate MSC Cruises.

Vik­ing Ocean

Whether on river or ocean cruises, Vik­ing Cruises of­fers cruises that are des­ti­na­tion fo­cused and care­fully crafted with a mix of cos­mopoli­tan and smaller ports of in­ter­est. With three sis­ter ocean-go­ing ships, Vik­ing de­vel­oped its ocean cruises by lev­er­ag­ing ex­ten­sive feed­back and in­put from Vik­ing River Cruises® pas­sen­gers, and with ex­pe­ri­enced trav­el­ers in mind. Itin­er­ar­ies are de­signed for max­i­mum time in port, of­ten with late even­ings or overnights, so guests can ex­pe­ri­ence lo­cal nightlife or evening per­for­mances. Ports in­clude both cos­mopoli­tan cities and “col­lec­tor ports,” and ap­peal to those with an in­ter­est in his­tory, art and cul­ture. In ad­di­tion, Vik­ing In­clu­sive Cruis­ing pro­vides un­par­al­leled value—with ev­ery cruise fare in­clud­ing a ve­randa state­room, shore ex­cur­sions in each port of call, all on­board meals, and all port charges and gov­ern­ment taxes. Guests also en­joy many com­pli­men­tary ameni­ties as part of their fare, in­clud­ing: beer and wine with lunch and dinner ser­vice; Wi-Fi; self-ser­vice laun­dry and 24-hour room ser­vice—a value of more than $2,400 per cou­ple for an av­er­age cruise.

Nor­we­gian Cruise Line

Nor­we­gian Cruise Line rev­o­lu­tion­ized the in­dus­try in 2000 when it in­tro­duced "Freestyle Cruis­ing," which al­lowed pas­sen­gers greater freedom to dine when they like, with ex­tended res­tau­rant hours; where they like, with a num­ber of al­ter­na­tive venues; with whom they like, with open seat­ing; freedom to dress as they please, with a "re­sort ca­sual" dress code at night – and other re­lax­ations of the usual cruise ship pro­ce­dures. One of the most ap­peal­ing freestyle el­e­ments is Nor­we­gian's dis­em­barka­tion pro­ce­dure, which is far more re­laxed and pleas­ant than on many large ves­sels.

Royal Caribbean In­ter­na­tional

Royal Caribbean boasts a fleet of the world’s largest ships. Royal’s ships are re­sort cities at sea, of­fer­ing the best va­ri­ety of over the top ex­pe­ri­ences for the en­tire fam­ily. Whether you seek an adren­a­line rush or to­tal tran­quil­ity, their ships have it all. Try rock climb­ing, ice skat­ing, or surf­ing 200 feet above the waves. Melt away land-based stress with a spa mas­sage, build a scrap­book of mem­o­ries or sim­ply re­lax pool­side. Royal of­fers the ul­ti­mate in din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and am­biance, va­ri­ety and the flex­i­bil­ity to de­cide when and what you sa­vor. From ca­sual to so­phis­ti­cated, cup­cakes to canapes, sam­ple an ar­ray of op­tions – many of them in­cluded in the price of your cruise. From In­ter­net ser­vice to dry clean­ing to ac­ces­si­bil­ity fea­tures, Royal Caribbean ships are equipped with help­ful ameni­ties to en­hance your va­ca­tion –and it is all de­liv­ered with friendly ser­vice.

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