The Bucket List: Ocean Cruis­ing

♦ This ar­ti­cle is part of a se­ries of col­umns on travel.

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - By Mike Hunter [email protected]­plan­ners.com

There are a lot of rea­sons why peo­ple should pack their bags and jump aboard a ship, but here are at least seven good rea­sons why your next va­ca­tion should be a cruise.

1. Its prac­ti­cally all-in­clu­sive! Your up­front cruise fare in­cludes:

a. De­li­cious meals – break­fast, lunch, din­ner, and snacks. Most cruise lines even in­clude room ser­vice at no additional cost.

b. Fab­u­lous en­ter­tain­ment – Broad­way-style pro­duc­tion shows, com­edy acts, live bands, and more.

c. Ac­com­mo­da­tions – in all sizes and styles and usu­ally cleaned and re­stocked twice a day.

2. You can tai­lor your ex­pe­ri­ence based on your bud­get.

a. Ac­com­mo­da­tions (any­where from in­side state­rooms to bal­conies to spa­cious suites), length, des­ti­na­tions, cui­sine, ex­cur­sions, size of ship, pri­vate but­lers, etc.

port to port with­out hav­ing to carry your suit­case and un­pack each night. The best part is you can tour all day, have fun on board and wake up the next day in a new and ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tion across the globe. Dur­ing many 7 day sail­ings in the Caribbean guests will likely be able to ex­pe­ri­ence at least four ports of call whereas a land based re­sort only of­fers the same des­ti­na­tion each day.

4. Fun for the whole fam­ily. From tots to teens to grand­par­ents, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Chil­dren can have fun in the kids’ clubs while mom and dad go on a date. With large groups, peo­ple can choose to do dif­fer­ent shore ex­cur­sions dur­ing the day and then all meet back up on board for din­ner.

5. Or fun for just the adults. While some ships spe­cial­ize in fam­ily fun with wa­ter slides and amaz­ing chil­dren’s pro­grams, oth­ers cater to just adults with a more so­phis­ti­cated and up­scale am­biance, let­ting you take a break from the kids (and…… ev­ery­one else’s kids too).

6. Re­lax…or go crazy! Pam­per yourself at the spa, shop the duty-free shops or attend one of the fun and in­ter­est­ing classes on­board. If you’re the ac­tive type, work­out at the gym alone or dur­ing one of the work­out classes.

Sip cool drinks by the pool, sing karaoke or just read a book on your bal­cony. The new­est and largest ships of­fer ex­treme ac­tiv­i­ties such as surf and sky div­ing sim­u­la­tors, go kart rac­ing, bowl­ing, ice skat­ing, and rock climb­ing, to name a few.

The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less! 7. Car­ni­val Cruise Line’s “Great Va­ca­tion Guar­an­tee”. To help guests over­come the “but what if I don’t like the cruise ex­pe­ri­ence” con­cern; Car­ni­val of­fers a 110 per­cent re­fund deal. If of a 3 to14 day cruise that it is not for you, just no­tify Guest Ser­vices and they will get to work get­ting you a of call and re­fund 110 per­cent of your cruise fare, with no has­sles and no ques­tions.

On top of that; if you or any­body in your party that ex­er­cised the guar­an­tee de­cides to give Car­ni­val an­other try within 12 months they’ll give each of you a $100 on­board credit when you book an­other Car­ni­val cruise.

Ready to book your cruise va­ca­tion or want to learn more about what cruise is best for you? Con­tact your lo­cal Cruise Plan­ner Va­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist at 678-901-0993.

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