There s something for everyone in alaska

Alaska has been a cruise lovers' favourite for many years. Many cities and sites are inaccessible by road, and a cruise ship provides passengers with a view of many natural wonders that cannot be seen from land. Over 750,000 cruise passengers will sail Alaskan waters during the short 5 month cruise season, attracted by the prospects of seeing towering glaciers, charming small towns, and all manner of wildlife. The sheer ease of cruise travel is one reason for its popularity. You take in the scenery from your ship, disembarking to visit ports of call or to engage in sports activities. This compares to less than 40,000 who visit Antarctica during its short cruise season. Sixteen major cruise lines will send more than 40 diverse ships to Alaska, ranging in size from 12 passengers to over 2600! Ships sail roundtrip from Vancouver or Seattle to the southeast panhandle of Alaska.

Cruises usually include famous Glacier Bay National Park, home of 16 magnificent glaciers. More cruise ships than ever are sailing Alaskan waters. Alaska is one cruise destination that is very high on most cruise lovers' list. Alaska's cruise season generally runs from May through September, although some smaller ships start up in April. May and September are considered the shoulder seasons, when lower rates and more aggressive discounts are offered. Summer is the big vacation season in the northwest, and many non-cruisers also choose to head to this beautiful part of the world.

Cruisers go to Alaska to see the magnificent mountains, beautiful bays, and wonderful wildlife. Many cruisers realise that if you love nature, you might be able to appreciate it more on a small ship. There is a wonderful variety of small ships sailing to Alaska, and each has something special to offer cruise lovers. Small or alternative ships are best suited for people who prefer a casual, crowd-free experience that offers passengers a chance to get up close and personal with Alaska's natural surroundings and wildlife.

On the other hand, the megaships look and feel like floating resorts. Big on glitz, they offer loads of activities, attract many families and seniors, offer fancy casinos and fully equipped gyms, and provide a wide variety of meal and entertainment options. Over the last few years, the number of Alaska shore excursions and activities available for cruise passengers has doubled. Today, shore options are focusing more than ever on adventure and outdoors activities: Kayaking, bicycling, dog sledding, river rafting and sport fishing are possible in the scenic wilderness of this great state, alongside more traditional tours focusing on culture and history. Juneau, the capital of Alaska, has a great variety of things to see and do. A number of memorials are situated along the waterfront and boardwalk and the famous Red Dog Saloon is nearby; state and city museums and government buildings are a short walk, with shops all along the way. Mendenhall Glacier, a 20 minute drive from downtown, is the most accessible glacier to any town on the Inside Passage. Active adventures abound in Juneau. This is an excellent spot for whale watching, wildlife viewing, kayaking and river rafting. Some whale watching companies actually offer cash refund if you don't see a humpback or orca whale during your tour. Sitka, on Baranof Island, has one of the most picturesque settings of any Alaskan port. Sitka is the former Russian capital of Alaska, which combines native culture, Russian history and Alaskan wilderness. Famous for the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Skagway is known as the "Garden City of Alaska". Garden enthusiasts should visit Jewell Gardens, which includes a miniature town site and train within the gardens. The gold rush cemetery is a fascinating spot just a short walk from town. Every spring and summer, a spectacle blooms unlike anything else on Earth - Alaska cruising means thundering glaciers, temperate rainforests, rugged coastlines, majestic peaks, untamed wildlife, and so much more.

Keeping up with cruise news

Cruising from the States – While Miami and Fort Lauderdale are the main ports for Caribbean cruises, it is worth remembering that cruises also operate from New Orleans. Norwegian Cruise Line has two ships based in New Orleans that make cruises to Mexico and the Caribbean. To reach New Orleans, you need to fly via another US hub, but there are plenty of flights available with Delta, American Airlines and Continental. The cruise terminal in New Orleans is a great deal quieter than those in Florida, and the city makes an interesting stop at one end of your cruise. Another option is to look at cruises from Los Angeles, because flights in the winter are fairly cheap. Mexico is the main destination.

Winter shopping trips to Canada – Every autumn, we warn that New York is not the best place for Christmas-shopping bargains, partly because of the high price of hotel accommodation in the city. Toronto might not have quite the style of New York but, with the low level of the Canadian dollar, is actually much better value both for hotels and most purchases. The best deal we have seen is for flights and two nights in a four-star hotel for less than Ј300. One rather strange complaint we sometimes hear about New York is that it “isn’t cold enough”. The weather is actually very changeable, and even in December you can get away with shirtsleeves one day and be freezing the next.

For a more-authentic winter atmosphere we would suggest Montreal or, even better, Quebec. In Montreal the temperature hovers just over zero for most of the winter, and Quebec is colder. Both cities have a genuine French feel to them and are close to skiing areas. They could both be a good choice for a winter break that feels rather more genuinely wintry. Of course, when the sales come in January, there are bargains available in all the cities. Montreal is easily reached by both Air Canada and hotel prices are reasonable. Avoiding Miami as a gateway airport – We have been asked for suggestions about avoiding Miami Airport. If your destination is southern Florida, it is hard to escape Miami. Fort Lauderdale is an excellent airport and very popular with passengers but does not have regular flights from Europe.

It is easy to reach from other US airports, though, and has a good network of domestic flights to the Caribbean and some Latin American destinations. Quite apart from the hassle of using Miami, it is also a very expensive airport to fly to. It is around 4,400 miles from London, but Economy fares are completely out of line with prices to say, New York, which is 3,600 miles. When flights are being offered to New York for a little over Ј200, fares of Ј400 (from London) or more to Miami seem disproportionate. The problem is that New York (and other East Coast destinations) has high loads of expensive Business Class passengers, which allows airlines to offer much more competitive Economy fares. Miami is a very seasonal destination with a high demand for Economy tickets and much less demand for Business.

Airlines could fill several extra jumbos to Miami during the peak winter months but will not add extra flights just to sell bargain Economy tickets. Fares might be slightly lower to Orlando, but, if you are flying there, do be careful to see which airport you will be using, because only the main Orlando airport has a range of connecting flights; Sanford, which is used by many charter airlines, does not have connecting flights. The only other option is to fly to another US gateway and maybe buy a cheap ticket to Fort Lauderdale with one of the budget carriers, but this is likely to increase the overall price. Some US airlines try to sell seats to Miami via their East Coast hubs: we do not recommend this, but it might be worth looking to see if the carrier offers a similar fare to Fort Lauderdale, which might make the extra stop more acceptable.

Passengers who have to make one connecting flight anyway could consider flying to a US hub and then connecting to Fort Lauderdale rather than Miami. Passengers in the North of England now have direct flights to Miami this winter as American Airlines has started a service from Manchester. Suggested prices are from London and not Scotland.

Crown princess debuts june 14th with a host of firsts

by Roy Witman © 2006, All Rights Reserved From a shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, the Crown Princess has been taking shape over the last year. Though you would never know it from seeing construction photos, this massive body of steel beams will soon be sculpted into a luxury vessel boasting a list of firsts including innovative features, fresh amenities and new ports of call that will sail you off into the sunset of your choosing. Several distinctive differences are noted about Crown Princess. Upon her maiden voyage in June 2006, she will be the first in the Princess Cruise fleet to sail roundtrip Caribbean itineraries from New York (Red Hook, which is located in Brookland). Unique destinations await passengers including the Eastern Caribbean port of Bermuda. Equally fascinating are the added ports of Grand Turk and the Turks and Caicos Islands which have been virtually undiscovered until now. Along with the Grand Turks port comes 20 new shore excursions. As innovative as the port itself, adventures of all activity levels will be available to passengers from exhilarating Harley rides to relaxing super-sized pools. According to Princess Cruise Line, "Hop-On/Hop-Off Island Tours are first of their kind island tours that operate as a hop-on-hop-off tour which includes stops at a restored 1800s prison and a historic lighthouse." Also available: Harleys In Paradise, where passengers to St. Maarten can tour the scenery on Harley-Davidson motorcycles; zip line tours amid the canopy of St. Lucia's tropical rainforests; river tubing on Grenada's Balthazar River and more. If you think you've heard the name "Crown Princess" before, you are correct. Initially built in 1990 by controversial designer Renzo Piano, the original Crown Princess has been transferred to a sister cruise line where she serves under a different name. As for the new Crown Princess, she is totally redesigned with cruising in mind and features numerable amenities not found on other ships. Onboard the Crown Princess you'll find more firsts including Movies Under the Stars - an exclusive to Princess Cruise Line - where you can view blockbuster hit films outdoors on a gigantic, 300 square foot, LED screen. Passengers can make complimentary chaise lounge reservations for available features. Cocktail specials are available as well as free popcorn and other movie munchies. Atrium dining is also a specialty of Princess Cruises as well as Personal Choice Dining that allows you to choose seating at any restaurant at any time. From exciting nightclubs to digital golf simulators and a nine-hole putting course, from four pools to a sports court and jogging track, you'll find something for everyone, including one of the largest casinos afloat. Kids and teens even get their own special spaces with The Fun Zone, Off Limits Teen Center, a video arcade and the Chill Out splash pool. That's the perfect place for them to hang out while adults visit the Sanctuary - a quiet poolside area of the ship just for adults to relax and unwind. According to Princess officials, Crown Princess' summer season will include 12 departures from New York between May 12 and September 6 on the Eastern Caribbean. Ports include Bermuda, San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk. In fact, her inaugural season is expected to be such a success that a second season in New York has already been slated. Departing from New York in June 2006, the all-new Crown Princess offers a host of firsts designed to captivate passengers and provide exciting new adventures on and off the ship.

How to save money on your cruise booking

Cruise Lines generally finalize their ship itineraries from 12 to 18 months before sailing day and the earlier you book a better chance you have for the "early booking discounts". Another way to get a reasonable discount is a "last minute booking". The risk here is that your choices of itineraries will be limited as well as ship and cabin choices. Cruise lines often have a lot of cancellations just prior to the start of their penalty period. If significant enough, the cruise line will likely offer an unannounced fire sale for a day or two to try and fill the space.

If you request a specific date, don’t get upset when you hear the price. Check the price a week earlier or later and you may save several hundred dollars. Find a way to adjust your schedule. A good travel agent should be asking you for the necessary information to get the best deal from the cruise line. The lines are always running specials for particular groups and particular time frames. Discounts are often available for teachers, honeymooners, family reunions, seniors, frequent cruisers, groups and military personnel. Large discount agencies will often make a significant investment in booking Group Space on a particular cruise. This means they have a lower price locked in, while an individual booking may be higher by hundreds of dollars. You will Never Pay Brochure Price.

Cruise lines all issue gorgeous, glossy brochures with "sample" pricing but consider those prices to be about as accurate as those per-day hotel rates posted on the back of your room's door. Cruise lines have adapted to Homeland (Homeport) Cruising from ports in cities all along the U. S. coastline. This includes itineraries that sail to the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Mexican Riviera, Canada and New England, and Alaska. No need to tack on the cost of an airline ticket to more traditional send-off port cities, like Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and San Juan, when you can take a train, a bus or your car. Surf the Web Before you Book to gather information or you can act as your own travel agent, from selecting a cabin to booking a cruise. The internet is a great place to shop around and gather tips. Use your Frequent Flyer Miles to pay for your airfare when traveling a great distance to the ship. It is risky but if you arrive a day early, you probably won’t miss your ship’s sailing. There are Cruises available in all price ranges, from budget to luxury and all represent perhaps the best value for your vacation dollar. When traveling with a family, you might consider two regular cabins instead of a Suite for all family members. Last minute sailings are a thing of the past. Because of heightened security since Sept. 11, 2001, it is no longer possible to stand by on sailing day. Most lines now require at least 48 hours lead time for bookings, but these days, a week or two in advance of sailing is regarded as last-minute. Check the Web sites of cruise lines and cruise-line booking agencies, which often have space available for flexible travelers. The plus/minus: You may get a good price, but the most desirable cabins may be booked. Ask for a “Category Guarantee” booking. This means that you can purchase the specific cabin category on the ship but a stateroom will not be assigned immediately. You will find out the stateroom number at the pier or in advance. You will never receive a cabin in a category less than the category booked and there is a chance for an upgrade to a higher category which means a better cabin at no additional cost. At specific times during the year you will find great deals. The end of August through to Thanksgiving, when school is back in season will be less expensive. But it is also the time when there will be more children on board. The sailings just before Christmas, but not over the holidays and early January, right after the holidays are always a bargain. For Alaska, the early and late season months of May, early June, and September offers the biggest savings. If you travel during these “book end” periods it's often possible to pay half of what you'd pay for an equivalent cruise in July or August. All the cruise lines will be running EXTRA SPECIAL discounts during these periods. One-way REPOSITIONING CRUISES are excellent values, when ships move to new bases. These occur twice a year: In spring, ships relocate from Florida and the Caribbean to Europe and Alaska. In fall, they move in the reverse direction. Most voyages run 14 to 17 days. Keep in mind that there will be fewer ports of call and more sea days on repositioning cruises. Cruise agencies will often book blocks of cabins from the cruise lines called Group Bookings. An agent that has one of those blocks for your sailing date can give you a better rate than one that does not. This explains the public appearance of disparity in rates for the same cruise among Travel Agents. No matter how good of a price you have gotten on your cruise, ask to be put on the upgrade list. Give them a good reason, such as checking out the ship for a future family reunion. Cruise Auctions should be investigated. Do your homework. Of course eBay Cruise Auctions is the auction GIANT but you should consider skyauction. com also. Now that you know how to get the best price on your cruise, Set Sail! Copyright © 2006 Mary Hanna All Rights Reserved. This article may be distributed freely on your website and in your ezines, as long as this entire article, copyright notice, links and the resource box are unchanged.

Celebrate america s 230th birthday in high style with a wonderful new york cruise

Barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers … ice-cold beverages … fireworks … horseshoes … time with friends and family … beautiful weather … What can be better than celebrating our country's independence in the comfort of your own backyard? How about taking a luxurious cruise around New York Harbor, the Hudson River or other amazing areas in New York-while leaving all the preparation and work to someone else?

Whether you want to see the East River, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Chelsea Piers, South Street Seaport, Governor's Island or other famous landmarks, an all-inclusive tour is the way to go. Dance the day away with the best music from renowned DJs, enjoy food catered by New York's finest caterers, and kick back and sip drinks at an open bar. Do those storm clouds look threatening? No worries-enclosed boats protect against any unexpected weather conditions. You're already taking in all the sights of the Big Apple anyway, whether you're visiting Central Park, Times Square or any of the city's amazing museums-or even attending the Late Show with David Letterman. Why not check out the greatest views from the water in addition to the familiar spots on land?

Marco Polo Cruises has 15 years of experience in turning normal Fourth of July celebrations into memories that will last for years and years. We'll work with you to arrange when and where you want to depart, how many passengers you'll be inviting, how long your cruise lasts, who will cater your voyage and other matters. Join the prestigious list of corporations, groups and individuals who have taken advantage of the hours of fun offered by Marco Polo Cruises. Click around our site to learn more about our services or call us at 1-212-691-6693 if you have additional questions.

Taking the perfect bermuda cruise

Whether honeymoon or a get-together of families or friends, a Bermuda cruise is the perfect way to enjoy. No matter what your likes or dislikes are; from pink sand beaches and shopping alleys to colorful nightclubs, Bermuda will have something to offer for the traveler looking for something extraordinary. A Bermuda cruise is the best way to unearth the jewels of Bermuda, the total land area of which is about 22 square miles only. A variety of cruise options are offered – family, business, honeymoon or even for singles. There are two options for choosing a Bermuda cruise – you either board your cruise from the US itself or take a flight to Bermuda and then embark on your journey. It is important to know the ports of call in order to plan your tour. Normally cruises will stop at all the three ports of Bermuda. Hamilton, the capital, is the busiest amongst all the small towns of Bermuda and is a great place for shopping and is also known for its exciting nightlife. The almost four centuries old settlements in the port town of St. George’s, on Bermuda’s east coast, has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

The Royal Naval Dockyard, which has an extensive history of British naval exploits, also has forts and museums. The three ports will serve as your base for exploring the center, eastern coast and the western coast. Horseshoe Bay, South Shore Park and the Cristobal Colon ship wreckage are not to be missed. You can also choose from eco-tourism, golf and watersports or simply lay back and watch the waves break. Bermuda receives moderate rainfall throughout the year. Tourist influx in the islands is at its highest during the months of April to September and cruise services during the winter months are almost negligible.

Many cruises offer huge discounts during the low season. Departures for Bermuda cruises are available throughout the year; so choose a schedule that suits you. Before embarking on your cruise it is imperative to know what activities or charges are included in your cruise package. At all the ports passengers are charged an entry tax. Cruise packages often advertise reduced rates; but find out whether it includes port taxes, the expenses of land stay, city excursions or spa and gambling charges on board. Different price options are available – you can either book for a cruise that will also include your city expenses or you can book for the cruise only while do your own thing once you are on land.

Antarctic cruise an adventure vacation for everybody

If you really want to get away from it all, think about a cruise to Antarctica. Underneath the ice at the South Pole is a land mass that used to be much nearer the equator, where it was forested with a normal variety of animal life. AS the continent drifted south, at a rate of centimetres a century, the species living there evolved to cope with the changing climate. Those animals still live there. The continent, or at least the Southern Ocean surrounding it are teeming with wildlife. This is the only place on Earth where wild animals have not learnt to be afraid of humans, meaning that you can get really close to these animals in their natural habitat. This area may not be inhabited by many people but there is an enormous variety of wildlife, including various species of whales, seals and sea-lions. You will see Rockhopper penguins, Magellanic penguins, Adelie, Chinstrap, Gentoo and King penguins. For those interested in flying birds there are Albatross, Kelp Gulls and Terns.

Most people are interested in seeing Orca, killer whales, and this is certainly an impressive species, especially when seen in family groups. An Antarctic cruise will enable you to see the Antarctic coastline and visit some of the islands of the Southern Ocean. Many of these islands have only a very small human population, others are uninhabited (by people anyway.) The silence away from the ship is simply stunning. Visit the graves of some of the early Antarctic explorers such as Shackleton and venture amongst the islands and icebergs in a Rigid Inflatable Zodiac Boat (RIB). That's just the activities OFF the ship. Of course you have the normal exciting cruise ship lifestyle on board, with all luxuries available. No ordinary cruise this, though. You will have so much to tell people when you return home from your out of the ordinary holiday to the Earth's least known continent at the end of the world.

From chandris to celebrity

The Chandris Line was the precursor of Celebrity Cruises. One of the ships operated by Chandris was the beautiful Liner America previously owned by the United States Line and initially captained by Demitrios Challioris who had been in charge of a crude oil tanker in Southampton. Chandris bought the largest passenger liner ever in Greece called the Australis. The Australis had served extensively as a troop ship during the second world war so underwent a major refit and became a one-class configuration geared to carry 2300 passengers. The aft promenade decks were extended, a swimming poolwas added, and air conditioning was installed. She made 3 month voyages around the world from Bremerhaven, Rotterdam, Southampton, Casablanca, Las Palmas, Cape Town,(or through the Mediterranean via Gibraltar, Naples, Malta, Piraeus, Port Said and Aden), Freemantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Suva, Tahiti, Acapulco, Balboa, Cristobal, Port Everglades and return to Southampton.

Chandris Lines also had the Australian Government's prized immigrant contract bringing tens of thousands of new immigrants out to major ports in Australia The ships were always sold out so that there were 3 sittings for dinner and special sittings for kids. P&O, a rival cruise line, had ceased the line voyage business to Australia so that the Australis was now known as "the world's largest express liner" . In 1977 Australis tried a new itinerary from the South Pacific to points in South America to Portugal. Interest in Sea Travel at that time was low and Australis and became the sole remaining liner on the trade. New Immigrants now traveled by jet. In November of 1977 Australis was laid up. In 1978 she was sold to US investors. They mismanaged the ship and their company, Venture Cruises, was declared bankrupt. Guess who bought the ship in bankruptcy court? Chandris Lines. For $4 million less than the amount for which they sold her four months earlier! The ship was laid up and sold in 1992. Celebrity Cruises was created by Chandris Lines as a separate luxury cruise line, initially using Chandris's Galileo, which was renamed Meridian after she was rebuilt. She was joined by the new ships Horizon and Zenith in 1990 and 1992. In 1989 there was a need in the Cruise Industry for a luxury product at a decent price. Chandris wanted to establish a worldwide standard for cruising by The company was determined to set a new, worldwide standard for cruising. Exceptional Cuisine and all its facets became the mainstay of the Celebrity Cruise experience. Master Chefs serve as the line's revered culinary and wine consultants since its founding. In 1995 Celebrity introduced the so called Century Class Fleet with an Industry first: Luxurious Spa Experiences. In 1997, Celebrity Cruises merged with Royal Caribbean International, bringing together two extraordinary cruise brands within one corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Today Royal Caribbean uses 29 Cruise Liners. Cruising has become so popular that from 2000 to 2002 Royal Caribbean doubled its passenger capacity. Its newest ships use gas turbine engines reducing exhaust emissions by 95% and have become traveling art shows as well. They boast original paneling and artifacts from famous transatlantic luxury liners. In 2001, building on the strengths of both the Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises brands, Royal Celebrity Tours was started to offer truly unique vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe, combining outstanding cruises with exceptional pre - or post-cruise land tour packages now known as "cruisetours."

Innovative sports features make cruise ships a healthier place to be

by Roy Witman © 2006 Generally the phrase "cruise ship" brings about thoughts of pampering, exceptional food, indulgence and luxury. While these are still the case, no one can deny our culture as a whole is becoming more health-conscious by the day. The cruise industry recognizes this. In fact, several cruise lines are incorporating some pretty innovative sports features into the designs of their new ships due out later this year. Norwegian Cruise Line is looking forward to the launch of its latest vessel, Norwegian Pearl, in February 2007. Pearl will feature a fitness center (as most ships do). But most notably, Pearl will be the first ship to include a full-size, 10-pin bowling alley. Following the fitness trend herself, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas (which will debut in May 2006) throws some punches of her own - boxing punches, that is. Freedom will be the first ship to offer a full-size boxing ring. Freedom plans incorporate the inclusion of Royal Caribbean's popular FlowRider™ surfing simulator as well as a new group Pilates reformer studio. Fight Klub will offer Freedom guests a variety of boxing-related activities. Go one-on-one with an experienced instructor. Run the circuit with speed bags, jump ropes, heavy bags and more. Spar with body master bags or work out with your own on-site boxing coach. Looking for something a little less intense, but just as effective? Freedom will include the first-ever dedicated Pilates reformer group exercise program at sea. Personalized training is available for guests who can also partake of yoga classes while onboard. The newest cruise ships, such as Pearl and Freedom, also offer a variety of fitness classes including step, total body conditioning, stretching, core, circuit training, walking, jogging, running, strength training and more. To further your knowledge of good practices for a healthy lifestyle, seminars are also available on a wide range of topics. Not all fitness activities take place on the ships. Freedom will also add an innovative feature for runners and walkers. "Avid runners can follow mapped-out routes at select ports of call and enjoy a safe run at each destination without having to worry about getting lost on their way back to the ship or measuring the distance on their own." From ice skating to rock climbing to the always-popular treadmill jog, cruise ships are following the fitness craze. As you can plainly see, cruising is now more about living your best life in balance than sheer indulgence. While you're being pampered, getting a glowing tan and treating yourself to truly lavish cuisine, you can also be toning, shaping and firming so you look better than ever when you return.

Travel vacations

Nature is God’s beautiful gift to mankind. It has stored so many wonderful and unbelievable things that leave a common man mesmerized. Human beings cherish the Nature’s beauty in the form of mountain ranges, lakes, waterfalls and forests. Man has played its role in preserving and enhancing this beauty. Apart from that, various ancient civilizations have built remarkable structures, monuments and landmarks on which today’s civilization will be proud of. These places leave a lasting impression on the minds of people which they never forget in their whole lifetime. People in different countries always dream of witnessing scenic locations around the world. But, because of their professional and family commitments, they miss out on leisure times. Whenever the opportunity arises to visit outside, people want to utilize it in a reasonable manner by seeking travel information about that location. There are host of online services that help travelers across continents to receive vital tourist information so that travelers will have joyful experience in undertaking that journey.

The vacationsbesttraveldeals. com is guiding tourists by providing relevant information about important places in Europe, Asia and Africa. It also contains detailed guidelines regarding traveling on cruises to different locations which is very popular among globe trotters. Going on vacations to European countries is on the rise. Most of the European countries are economically well-advanced. Many big cities of this continent have modern infrastructure that contains skyscraper buildings, shopping malls, clubs, bars and restaurants. People here are very fashionable and have adopted luxurious life styles. But countries like Germany, Italy and Greece have also rich cultural history. Old Greek and Roman civilization had led to the establishments of numerous architectures that draw the interest of tourists even today.

Tourists get astonished to see this wonderful blend of ancient and modern eras. Germany was facing severe political and financial crises for a prolonged period of time. But, it got out of that problem to become one of the important holiday destinations of Europe. The urban life of Berlin and Munich and the picturesque villages of Black Forest prompt travelers to come to those places again and again. Winter sports holidaymakers find snow covered mountains of Austria and France enthralling enough to show off their skiing and snowboarding skills. Young travelers visit in large numbers to Spain and its neighboring country Portugal. Portugal was for too long under the shadow of its larger neighbor Spain. But, it is now slowly catching up with the rest of Europe in tourism. Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal is building its reputation as the gambling center of Europe.

Asia and Africa are two largest continents of the world. But most of the countries of those continents were either developing or under developed. So they had not enough funds to improve or maintain their vast natural sceneries and historical and cultural heritages. That scenario has changed now. Countries like Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa are marketing their tourist sites in an effective manner and able to woo international visitors. The top animal reserves of Africa are found nowhere else. So you have bag full of options to spend your vacations at some of the stunning locations of Asia, Africa and Europe.

Carnival cruise discount book

: Are you planning to go for a carnival cruise? Now you don’t have to worry about your pocket, it’s easy to become a member of a cruise line loyalty program, in fact, most cruise lines confer membership as soon as passengers complete their first cruise. Once you become a member of any cruise then you receive mailings urging you to book another cruise at a special discount. And carnival curise discount book on board, members also receive special treatment, perks can include gifts, upgrades, credits, dinner with the captain, cocktail parties, and free shore excursions. You will find many offer Carnival cruises at a discount-Everyday! Whether you want Carnival Caribbean Cruises, Carnival Mexican Riviera Cruises, Carnival Alaska Cruises or any other destination that Carnival Cruise Line goes to, you'll find the lowest discount rates here-Period with carnival cruise discount coupon book well others "say" they discount-We Do! To get carnival cruise discount book simply complete a quote form and email us your request-We guarantee you'll have your reply back within 24 hours. With carnival cruise discount coupon book everyone seemed to enjoy time spent around the ship's two saltwater pools. Why? Because that is what Great Cruise Specialists do! Before you get your carnival discount book make sure these carnival cruise line promotion are updated on a daily basis so you know you will always get fresh and current Carnival Cruise Line updates.

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Digital camera on cruise ship vacation

Today’s market is overwhelmed with tons of different models and new ones are being launched almost weekly. Top brands cover all aspects of digital photography as well as all types of users. First choose the right camera and decide how many mega pixels (MP) resolution you want. Basic rule of thumb says that 2MP will give you film-quality photos up to 6x9 inches, 3MP up to 8x10, 4MP up to 11X14 inches and 5MP up to 14x17 inches. Of course, more mega pixels means more expensive camera so this choice depends on funds you have for this purchase. Amount of mega pixels is not the only thing that determines quality of pictures, though it is the most significant. However there are many more features you need to consider when choosing a camera. Here are a few that are most important: Choose a camera that has optical viewfinder beside the LCD screen. LCD screen has one drawback that is almost unusable under sunlight, and of course, cruise vacation means a lot of sunshine scenes. That’s why you should definitely need to have option of using optical viewfinder. Image storage – this question depends on few sub-questions. How many pictures do you plan to make? How long your cruise is going to last? Do you have your computer (laptop) with you? Here you need to make a simple calculation before you go to cruise. First check how many pictures you can store on your present card. Then multiply that with how many pictures you are about planning to make during cruise and you can approximately know how much memory you need. Example: your camera store 60 pictures on one 128MB card. Then you decide: “On my 7-days cruise I will make about 100 photos”. So simply get another 128MB card, which makes 256MB total capacity, and it should be enough for about 120 photos. Tip: Always have more cards with smaller capacity rather than only one with big capacity. In this way if one card gets corrupted or damaged you will have your photos saved on the others. Whole different situation is if you carry your laptop with you on cruise. If that’s the case you can transfer your photos on it on daily basis. Also, on almost every ship there is a photo shop available so you can use their service (either for transferring photos on some media or having them printed out), but keep in mind that they will charge for it. Price of this service varies from company to company and if you plan to use it, you better check prices before. Batteries are also very delicate detail. Most of today’s modern cameras use rechargeable NiMH batteries. Murphy’s Law says that they will get dry out right at the moment you need them the most and there is no place near by where you can buy the new ones. This has been confirmed so many times that you should really follow general rule - always and absolutely always carry an extra pair of batteries with you (not to mention they should be charged night before). Take some time and read manual and find out about settings. Learn how to use outdoor mode for shutting beach scenes and at evening dark mode for formal night. If you fail to manage these functions you will end up with pictures of poor quality. Watch out for water - digital cameras are not waterproof, unless it is strictly specified. If you plan to have some photos during water sports activities it is good idea that instead of using your digital camera buy and use one cheap disposable waterproof camera that are usually available around. Preserving moments for lifetime memories has never been more affordable and easier. Top brand manufacturers offer variety of choices and options to help you make the most of your cruise experience.

New ship gives carnival the freedom to sail the greek isles

: © 2006, All Rights Reserved As Carnival's new ship "Freedom" prepares to launch in March 2007, she will bring with her a new era for Carnival. Previously missing Europe from its list of itineraries until the launch of "Liberty" in 2005, Carnival now sails the Mediterranean. With the addition of "Freedom," Carnival will venture on its first visit to the Greek Isles as well. Extensive tours whisk passengers away for 12-day cruises with seven ports each. Filled with history, art, architecture and scrumptious food, guests can elect a Greek Isles tour that makes a figure eight through the region. Ports include Naples, Italy; Rhodes, Greece; Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; Athens and Katakolon, Greece and Livorno, Italy. For those interested in the Mediterranean, a 12-day coastline tour is available, stopping in Naples and Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France and Livorno, Italy.

Decades Through the Ages Joe Farcus, Carnival’s ship architect, wanted to step back (and forward) in time, so he took his inspiration from various decades of the past and one decade yet to come. The public areas of "Freedom" each represent a particular era of time. The nine-story Millennium Atrium looks forward to the decade, starting with 2010, with lots of curves, cylindrical forms, stainless steel and glass. Here you'll find special entertainment, including string quartets, jazz musicians, pianists and more. Other impressive areas of the ship include the Victorian Show Lounge, named after British Queen Victoria. The ornate molding, marble and gold leaf give the distinct feeling that you're in an 1800s London theatre. The Sun King Supper Club adorns a fabulous theme accredited to Louis XIV and the glorious 18th century complete with massive chandelier and skylight dome. From Studio 70 Dance Club (with its disco theme) to Babylon Casino (taken from 1000 B. C.), passengers will find interesting twists at every turn.

You Choose When & How You Dine As with all Carnival ships, you choose when and how you dine. From the elegant sophistication of the main dining room featuring signature selections from Chef George Blanc to intimate reservations-only dining to midnight buffets and 24-hour pizza, you'll find fresh, delightful dishes every member of your family will love. Accommodations From economical interior cabins to elaborate verandah suites, accommodations onboard "Freedom" include TV, radio, telephone, wall safe, hair dryer and minibar/refrigerator. Sixty percent of "Freedom's" staterooms are ocean view, and of those, 60% have balconies giving you the best views on the ship. For those seeking more space and luxury, suites and demi-suites offer two to three times the square footage along with large balconies complete with patio furniture, spacious living rooms, vanity/dressing areas and whirlpool tubs. Kids Love It, Too! Because families need activities that appeal to everyone, "Freedom" offers extensive activities for kids and teens. From the indoor/outdoor pool with sliding sky dome and 250' waterslide to cookie decorating and teen-only dances, kids will find age-appropriate activities in five age groups. There's even a teen club with dance floor, coffee bar and video games.

Of course, our entire children's and youth staff is trained and attentive to be sure your children have a fabulous time in a safe, secure environment. The entire family can meet back up to watch movies, sporting events or concerts on the outdoor 12-foot high movie screen, the Seaside Theater. For those who want affordable cruising that still offers luxury and style, look for the launch of "Freedom" in March 2007.

Cruise ship etiquette

Cruise Ship Etiquette The thing to remember when you are on a cruise is that you are traveling with a lot of other people, and what you do can affect them. We never know how what we say, do, or wear can affect other people. Here are some tips so that the cruise is enjoyable for everyone. 1. Dress appropriately It’s important to know ahead of time what the dress will be for evenings, and for on the ship. If there is a dress code for meals, make sure that you adhere to it. If you dress inappropriately, you will be uncomfortable and so will the other diners. 2. Be courteous with lounge chairs Everyone wants to have a deck chair, but when people are constantly saving them for people who may or may not come to the pool it takes away from people who are wanting to use them. Don’t reserve any more deck chairs than necessary, so that everyone has a chance to have a lounge chair and it’s fair to everyone. This is one of the biggest problems on cruise ships. 3. Smoking Make certain that when you smoke you smoke in areas that are designated for smoking. There may be people that are allergic to smoke, and it’s not fair to compromise their health. A good rule of thumb is to think about the things that make you uncomfortable about other people, and make sure that what you are doing isn’t affecting someone else the same way. When people respect one another, everyone has a better time and enjoys their vacation.

Cruises for fun and excitement

If you have never been on a cruise before, you are in for the time of your life. There are cruises going anywhere and everywhere that there is water. Destinations are as exotic as the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe. No driving. No packing and repacking from place to place. All the food you care to eat. Gambling, dancing and all kinds of night life. And best of all, no phones! I am told it is a shopper’s paradise. I don’t know as I could care less about shopping, but don’t tell my wife and daughters.

There are “discounts” and items you wouldn’t find at home. Something for everyone. I go for the adventure. Snorkeling, sightseeing and visiting places that I have only dreamed about. It gives real images to my thoughts of how I dare to escape the rat race. You can plan for many months for such a vacation or you can go at the last minute. Real savings are found in the last minute deals. You should never, ever pay rack prices on a cruise. Those prices are only for the uninitiated.

Once on board, you will have access to 24 hour free food including international cuisine. There are three scheduled meals a day and many opportunities to eat in between. I would recommend everyone go to the scheduled dinner. It usually has a different theme for each night of the cruise.

The wait staff is superb, they perform a show (based on the theme) for you and you get to meet people from other parts of the world. Hint: Dress up at night and don’t go too casual. That is part of the experience. When you aren’t eating, there is lounging by the pool soaking up the sun and the suds.

There are movies, shows and activities for all ages. You can visit the spa, exercise, read a book at the library or do anything else you want. It is your free time after all! Every cruise ship has ports of call where they dock for a period of time. Once at port, you can go ashore and do whatever you like or you can go on any number of planned excursions the ship provides. You can even stay aboard and do nothing, but I suggest you get out and see the world if you have never seen that portion of God’s acre before. From crystal blue water and their reefs of fish, to historic places to mountains and icebergs, I have seen it all … You should too.

Cruise travel

Going on vacation with your loved ones can be an exciting and a fun experience for everyone. There are many possibilities when it comes to spending your vacation at sea. There is a cruise holiday that will suit everyone. You might ask yourself, “Where do I start?” Well, the first step is to figure out where you want to go. This might be the hardest step in planning your vacation but once you get past it, everything is a breeze. There are cruises that go all over the world. Your choices could take you to Alaska or Venice and everywhere in between. Some factors that might help you in your decision-making are the possible ports you may want to visit, or cities of departure you prefer.

You may want to depart from a city close to your home or a city you have always wanted to visit. This will limit your choices of ships embarking from those homeports. Once you have figured out where you want to go, your next step is to decide what cruise company and ship you prefer. Today’s cruise ships are some of the most innovative and advanced ships ever built. They offer many features that fit everyone’s tastes. Some of the features include rock-climbing walls, self-leveling pool tables, ice-skating rinks and many shops and restaurants.

These are just some of the many examples of what to expect from a cruise ship. There are many more amenities, as well as exciting activities that will make you forget to leave the ship even when you are at a port. When choosing a cruise company, there are certain factors you will need to deal with before booking a reservation. First, read consumer reports regarding a ship’s services.

Then you confirm that they will actually stop at places they say they will. Remember that a happy occasion can easily become a very frustrating one quickly. The only way to prevent this is to be prepared and to do your research.

Planning your disney cruise

You are about to take voyage aboard one of the most beautiful and celebrated Cruise Lines in the world, the Disney Cruise Line. Disney is known for their legendary service, stunning decor and wonderful activities suited for the whole family. That is why the Disney Cruise line is considered to be the best for families. As a result, many first time Cruisers are drawn to the Disney Line. Some first time Cruisers worry that they won’t fit in with the wealthy cruisers.

We’ll there is no need to worry, Disney is known for their casual family atmosphere. Disney has taken all the needs of the first timer in mind, so relax, and have fun! What is included in your Disney Cruise? Cruise fares, onboard accommodations, meals, entertainment, and activities are all included. There are a number of expenses that are not covered however. Airfare to your port of embarkation and debarkation is usually not covered. As well as, hotel stays before and after your Cruise. Gratuities, taxes, and trip insurance are extra as well. Don’t forget to plan for your shore excursions, alcohol, laundry, telephone calls, beauty and spa services and babysitting. They are all going to cost you more money, so be prepared. At one time, Cruising was reserved for the affluent. However, today Cruising has become much more affordable. Here are some of the ways to save money on a Disney Cruise: Book your Cruise early Booking up to 18 months in advance could save you anywhere from $30 to $890 per stateroom. Promotions and Discount Disney has offered off-season discounts in the past. (From February-May and September to December). These discounts have been up to 40%. To learn more about Disney promotions and discounts visit MouseSavers and TheMouseforless. Call a Travel Agent Travel Agents are good at finding the best deal. Some Travel agents are able to book blocks of staterooms in advance, locking in discounts for you for you to grab later on. Save with Onboard Booking When you book your next Cruise onboard your Cruise ship, you can receive special pricing. Florida Residents Florida residents may qualify for 50% off discounts on selected Cruises. Call the official Disney Cruise Line phone number or visit disneycruise. com. There are also special rates for special people Infants and kids under 12, AAA and Costco members, the Disney vacations club, annual Passholders, Canadian residents, Military personnel and repeat Cruisers all may receive special discounts. For more information, and to receive the free booklet and video/DVD, contact the Disney Cruise Line. Enjoy your Dream Disney Cruise!

Learn the insider secrets on how to get a cruise ship job travel the world and get paid for it

After three and a half years of cruising the world, mainly on the Queen Elizabeth 2, I ended up traveling to over fifty countries and six continents around the world. If you've ever wondered how to get a job on a cruise ship, then keep reading so I can share with you the secrets on how to do the exact same thing. Many people wonder what it's like working on a cruise ship and are even more curious how to get a job on one. You might be thinking it's like an insider's secret! In a way it is, but it won't be when you finish reading this article. My first job on a cruise ship came when a cruise employment agent contacted a friend of mine who was unavailable to work, so my friend told him to contact me and the rest is history. I've also got jobs for several friends who ended up traveling the world, but for the people who don't know me, it's okay because I'll show you how to do the same thing in a different way. Here is exactly how it works. For every department on a ship, there is someone who oversees that department. That person reports to someone on land in the corporate offices for the cruise ship company, whether it is Princess, Royal Caribbean or Carnival. Now here's the hooker. That person in corporate works with an agency or contractor that hires people by qualifying them before come aboard the cruise ship. This is what happens 70% of the time. 20% are hired through the companies that are on-board contractors. These can be the on-board shops, art auctioneers, photographers or other third party revenue vendors. The other 10% are people who contact the cruise ships directly for certain positions such as Sales Specialists, Printers, Disk Jockeys and people who have jobs that only involve one or a few people. When people are hired through an agency, there's a fee that's paid by either the cruise ship or the employer. Usually this fee is paid by the cruise ship. It's a way to hire a third party Human Resources to take care of all the logistics and coordinate with the corporate office and employers on-board. This only makes sense because there are many logistics of hiring, ticketing and travel guidelines. From there, the third party agent or administrative assistant from the corporate office will be just a phone call away for anything you need until you join. There are plenty of jobs to choose from with the amount of ships at sea nowadays. For instance, one cruiseline will have more "entertainment" jobs, as to where another ship may have more "hotel services" positions available for you to choose from. Obviously you'll be working, but you'll also be traveling. To get days off in ports and spend as much time ashore as possible, work out schedules with your fellow co-workers. You may be thinking that sounds like a daunting task, but trust me, it's no biggie and takes about thirty seconds before everyone is happy. If you work in certain departments, like the entertainment department, your department gets to make your own schedule. Other departments, like casinos and shops aren't allowed to work while in port (not a bad job to have)! If you can, try to get a job on a ship that has a big fleet or that has alot of destinations. When I was with Premiere Cruise Lines, I transferred cruise Lines three times in four months, so instead of going to just two countries, I went to ten. Another example is Princess Cruise Lines, which has several ships that all follow a similar protocal throughout. That way, crew can transfer from one ship to another with ease and confidence. You would be quite suprised to see how many resources and agencies can help you get a job on a cruise ship. You're probably thinking, "How would I get a job out of the thousands of people who apply?" Okay, here's the secret. Those thousands of people you're thinking about are thinking the same thing, so they don't even apply! You wouldn't believe the shortage of staff cruise ships companies always have. If there isn't a job immediately, one will open up within three months because that is how the contracts work out with multiple ships. There was NEVER a day when all the jobs were filled in ANY department. Department heads are ALWAYS asking the agencies if they have found anyone to fill the position. In many cases, positions don't even get filled! Many crew have to EXTEND their contracts because the agencies can't find the right people, because everyone is wondering, " There must be several people who would get the job before me," or they just simply don't know the people to contact. Many people ask me everyday how to get a job on a cruise ship, after all, I achieved my dreams by twenty-four and have seen several others do the same. What I always tell people is simple. Get a database and resource guide so you can contact these hiring agencies and corporate offices directly. From all the resource guides I've seen, nothing compares to the one I came across awhile ago, which was Neil Maxwell Key's resource site. He used to travel the world on cruise ships as well, but took it a step further to gather all the resources anybody could need to get a cruise ship job. If you're looking to do what only your friends and family dream of, then go get a cruise ship job. People are fascinated by the concept and will always be asking you what it's like traveling the world and getting paid for it.

Best price cruises a few simple steps to booking cruise travel deals online

: To find the best price cruises online and booking them with confidence, you need to understand a few things about how the cruising industry comes up with their lowest price, and follow a few simple steps that the travel professionals at your local agencies don’t want to you know! The fact remains that over 90% of cruise reservations are done through a travel agent, and you’re not only at the mercy of their service fees, but also to the prices they charge for a particular cruise and sailing. So why do so many individuals go through this booking avenue, when they know the deals are far better online, and they have access to a computer and the Internet? The answers simple! The cruise industry believes that customers new and seasoned may not truly understand the cruise ships industry language, or feel comfortable booking online!

They put their dependency on many travel professionals to interpret the cruising lingo that is the integral part of the cruise booking process. However, if you take the time to learn and understand the cruise lines language such as guaranteed staterooms, singles supplement, or run-of-the-ship, you should have no worries booking your next vacation cruise online, and start taking advantage of all the fantastic savings! Booking Cruise Travel Over The Internet Is Simple and Easier Than You Think! When you’re searching the Internet to find a cruise special, keep in mind that if you go direct to the main cruise lines site, such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or Princess, you may end up paying a higher cabin price than the online cruise discounters, even though they may be showing reduced cabin prices on their sites. In order to get the best discounts, you should source large vacation suppliers such as Travelocity, Expedia, or exclusive cruise booking sites like CruiseDirect. com, which specialize in selling cruises, and offer a unique booking engine that can quickly put together your cruise package in minutes. Why go through these online cruise specialists, and travel suppliers? Even though the cruise lines want to deal with you directly, they also need to keep a solid business relationship with their travel agencies that are currently booking a majority of cruises for them though their local offices and online vacation websites. With online travel suppliers and Internet cruise company’s, they deal with the cruise lines a little differently, and they either pre-purchase cabins at a very low discounted price, or they’re large enough to be directly linked to the cruiselines inventory database system. They are also capable of receiving live updated stateroom information daily, and in most cases hourly! With this powerful online system, they can take these updated cabin inventory deals, and pass them directly to the consumer, which offers you the consumer far deeper discounted savings!

What this means to you, is that once you understand what these suppliers are offering, you will have a better chance of reserving your favourite cruise in minutes and take advantage of the incredible discounts that could easily range from 20% - 60%, depending on the seasonality, type of itinerary, and actual cruise ship you book. Just make sure that before you make any reservations online, that if you have any doubts, or understanding what your booking, contact the customer service departments via their toll-free numbers, or the cruise lines email, and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have prior to booking your next cruise vacation.

Australian tall ship cruises

If you are looking for a unique and fun way to tour the coast of Australia, then a cruise upon a tall ship is the perfect adventure for you. Tall ships are large sailing vessels traditionally rigged with a number of masts and sails. Tall ships include clippers, barquentines and schooners. They conjure up images of times long past, of pirates, conquistadors and overseas explorers. In Australia there is an impressive fleet of such vessels and tours are widely available. For the sailing experience of a lifetime, don’t miss out on an Australian tall ship cruise. The best Australian cruises sail in the waters of Queensland, off the northeastern coast. The tropical waters of the Coral Sea are of a crystal blue and are dotted with small islands to explore. The snorkeling is superb, especially in the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Tall ship cruises are fully equipped to allow the visitors to snorkel and even scuba dive from some vessels.

While the ship is anchored near one of the innumerous islands, passengers can swim and dive off the deck. During the voyage, guests can sunbathe on deck and even help hoist the sails and steer the ship. A tall ship cruise promises to be an exciting experience for all those onboard! There are a variety of tours available, from one-day tours to six-day tours and tall ship cruises aim to cater to the guests. The tours usually include all meals as well as mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. The menus feature a gourmet mixture of local seafood and international cuisine. All meals are cooked onboard, and most ships are equipped with a bar and a good selection of Australian wines.

Special menus are also available for children. The sizes and occupancy of the cabins vary according to the ship. Double beds and family size rooms are usually available with bedding and linen provided. Guests will be pampered by the excellent service and cuisine aboard the tall ship cruises.

What better way to celebrate a special occasion than on a tall ship cruise? These cruises are a romantic way for newlyweds to spend their honeymoon. Imagine sailing on a majestic ship around the tropical islands. Honeymooners can stay in a double suite and enjoy all the magic and romance of the sea while receiving first-class service.

For birthdays, other occasions, or just for fun visitors can also arrange for a thematic cruise aboard a tall ship. Pirate cruises, which match perfectly with the look and feel of tall ships, are a load of fun. The whole crew enters into character providing entertainment and making sure the guests eat, drink and be merry! Some guests may even get to walk the plank! Other theme cruises are available upon prior request and need to be planned in advance. A tall ship cruise is guaranteed to provide the most fun one can have, whether it be a romantic honeymoon, or an adventurous pirate tour. Tall ship cruises in the beautiful Australian waters will spark the romanticism and imagination in all passengers. The charm of the tall ship can make one feel like they are living in another era, only with all the luxuries available today.

It is highly recommended for people of all ages, children, families, youngsters and couples. A tall ship cruise is the perfect way to explore the marvelous shores of Australia.

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