A seamless stylish way to see the world
By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva
There is a special category of all-inclusive cruise lines providing dream ocean voyages all over the world. These brands include Crystal Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea, and Regent Seven Seas. Each line operates deluxe vessels with accommodations with balconies.
Other great choices are Oceania and Viking. You also have the option of opulent river cruises (see the selection here).
What makes cruising so special? For starters you only have to pack and unpack once. And, unless you live near the port, you only need to fly roundtrip.
Cruises attracts wide slices of population
According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, people from all walks of life and incomes are now hitting the high seas.
Millennials seeking luxury are leading the pack at a record pace. Also according to CLIA, a third (33 percent) of cruisers surveyed have a household income less than $80K, while 50 percent have a household income of at least $100K or more.
Where do you fit in? Have you taken a cruise? Are you considering it? Of course a Pavlus Travel Specialist is available to help set you up. There are so many choices of ships and itineraries from the South Pacific to Europe and beyond.
Cruises are exhilarating and so relaxing with fresh sea air, wind in your hair, and the ability to leave your woes behind in the wake.
Once on board everything is done for you. On luxury lines like Silversea there are butlers who cater to your every whim. Same goes for Crystal Cruises if you book a Penthouse Deck stateroom and Regent Seven Seas offer suite butlers. Skillful cabin attendants keep your room clean and tidy and room service waiters fetch food and drink on request.
Then there are fine dining venues with open seatings and flexible hours.
Hassle-free port visits
There’s no better way to visit islands and other ports without hassle. Luxury cruise lines even provide transportation to and from the ship in many ports. You just hop and go. Or you can buy an organized tour such a snorkel excursion, walking tours of towns, ziplining, fishing trips, golfing and more.
Food, fabulous food
Shipbord cuisine is exceptional especially on lines like Crystal Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania, Windstar, Windstar, Viking and others).
Speaking of food, since you can eat all you want don’t worry. Every ship has a fitness center, exercise classes, jogging track, pool and other options for staying in shape.
All the ships mentioned in this post offer non-stop activities from morning Yoga and walks to lectures, entertainment, bingo, trivia and other games. There are often late-run movies and fully-stocked libraries with books and videos.
On each of the ships you can indulge your senses in facials, massages, body wraps, mani/pedis, haircare, steam and saunas, herbal wraps and other therapies.
Staying plugged in
Yes ships are connected to the Internet and you get free WiFi anywhere on board even in your suite or stateroom.
Cruises are for everyone
Everybody can find happiness on a cruise. Couples will find them ultra-romantic. Families are able to reconnect and spend quality time together. Friends find time to catch up and solo travelers can enjoy some peaceful solitude or make new friends at the bar, pool or dining areas.
After more than 400 cruise experiences I can honestly say cruises are the best vacation option especially on all-inclusive luxury lines where you just about everything is covered. Yep, your tips, wines, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, WiFi and mre are taken care of. Spa treatments are extra as are purchases from the shops. But many lines offer onboard credits that even cover those. Ask your Pavlus advisor about this when booking.