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Wind Star cruise ship with sails cruising the Greek Isles and Turkish ports.

   

Turkish belly dancer performing in the Wind Star lounge.

Wind Star cruise ship with sails cruising the Greek Isles and Turkish ports.

   

Turkish belly dancer performing in the Wind Star lounge.

Cruise destinations

We book cruises worldwide, and we use the best cruise lines and tour operators to book all kinds of travel. You can cruise to almost anywhere in the world oceans, seas, and major rivers. Due to the size of the Caribbean Sea there are usually separate itineraries for the Western, Eastern, and Southern Caribbean. Likewise, there is a choice of itineraries for the waters in and around Europe, Asia, and Africa. You can visit ports in Central and South America. You can also cruise around the tip of South America. It is possible to see the Hawaiian Islands by cruise ship. During the summer months cruises to Alaska are popular. There are cruises to the South Pacific. For a different experience you can cruise in the great rivers like the Mississippi and the Amazon. It is also possible to see many parts of Europe from river cruise ships traveling the waterways. There are numerous cruise possibilities. Contact us to book your travel. We book travel worldwide. Check out our Special Promotions.

Front view of the river cruise ship Avalon tranquility.

   

Observing scenery on the Sky Deck of the river cruise ship Avalon Tapestry.

Front view of the river cruise ship Avalon tranquility.

   

Observing scenery on the Sky Deck of the river cruise ship Avalon Tapestry.

Choosing the right cruise

Many destinations are served by a number of cruise companies offering you choices based on your budget and expectations. The cruise experience can vary from budget to upscale. Cruises ships vary in size from the small ships with fewer than 100 passengers, to ships with 800 or so passengers, to the larger ships with more than 4,000 passengers. Cruise durations of three, four, and seven nights are popular. There are also many cruises of ten days or more. On any cruise there are a variety of shore excursions giving you the opportunity to sample different things in each port. A wonderful thing about a cruise is that your room moves with you. So you do not have to pack and unpack as you cruise from place to place.

Mother seal with pubs on iceberg seen from small cruise ship in the Alaska Inside Passage.

   

Humpback whales blowing water seen from small cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Mother seal with pubs on iceberg seen from small cruise ship in the Alaska Inside Passage.

   

Humpback whales blowing water seen from small cruise ship in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

Cruise versus land vacation

Is it better to go on a cruise or instead do a land vacation? The answer to that depends upon want you want to experience. If your main interest is the cruise experience and not the destinations than clearly you want to take a cruise. Some destinations like the Inside Passage of Alaska can only be seen by doing a cruise. Cruises are often a good choice for visiting some of the Caribbean islands or the Greek Isles. When the islands are small you can often see the main highlights of an island in a day tour from the ship while it is docked in port. However, if your main interest is to experience an island you need to stay on the island and do a land tour. For a country like Italy you can sample some of its ports from a cruise ship. But the only way to really experience a country like Italy is to do a land vacation and go throughout the country.

Commodore cruise ship cruising at sea.

   

Holland America's ship the MS Veendam at port in Fort de France, Martinique.

Commodore cruise ship cruising at sea.

   

Holland America's ship the MS Veendam at port in Fort de France, Martinique.

Small ship versus large ship

The cruise experience of a small ship can be quite different from that of a large ship. Large ships not only have a lot of people they have a lot more activities to offer. A large ship can have a variety of restaurants to choose from, Las Vegas type entertainment, a pool, games, and sporting things to do on the decks. However, small ships offer entertainment. They also can go where the large ships cannot go, and that can be a great advantage. For many people the big advantage of a small ship is a lot fewer people. Small ships also tend to be more upscale. We prefer and recommend small ship cruising.

Cruise ship.

   

Las Vegas type entertainment in the lounge of the Commodore cruise ship.

Elred Rock Lighthouse seen from small cruise ship in the Inside Passage of Alaska.

   

Las Vegas type entertainment in the lounge of the Commodore cruise ship.

River cruises

River cruises are a great example of small ship cruising. They are especially popular in the rivers like the Danube, Main, Moselle, Rhine, Rhone,and Seine in Europe. A lot of the early cities in Europe were built on rivers because the rivers were used for transportation and to move goods. Many of these cities have medieval sections that are great places to visit. On the Rhine River you see many castles up in the hills. Unlike ocean cruises there is beautiful scenery on both sides of the river at all times. You stop along the way each day for a shore excursion. A river cruise can be compared with a motor coach tour, except you are on a small ship so your hotel room moves with you. Some cruises offer wine of the region at dinner each night. Lectures and entertainment are provided, as well as free time in ports. In the rest of the world river cruises are found in China on the Yangtze River and in Asia on the Mekong River. In Egypt you can cruise the Nile River. South America offers both the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon River. In the USA you can cruise the mighty Mississippi River. There are other cruise offerings in the USA including the Columbia River in the northwest and the Inside Passage in Alaska. River cruises are a favorite of ours, and we plan to take many more.

Chef at breakfast on the river cruise ship Avalon Tapestry.

   

Dining room on the river cruise ship Avalon Tranquility.

Chef at breakfast on the river cruise ship Avalon Tapestry.

   

Dining room on the river cruise ship Avalon Tranquility.

Cruise ships and motion sickness

Due to improved ship building techniques stabilizers are added to ships to lessen the amount of ship motion due to ocean waves. This makes it less likely that someone will get seasick. Those concerned about motion sickness are advised to choose a cabin near the center of motion of the ship as opposed to near either the stern or the bow. If you are really concerned go with one of the larger ships for ocean cruising. Medicine to control motion sickness is available from medical doctors and druggists. However, under normal conditions most people on modern cruise ships do not have a problem with motion sickness. You can avoid large water waves by cruising is such waters as the Inside Passage in Alaska or a river cruise in places like Europe or China.

Castle on the Rhine River seen from the river cruise ship Avalon Tranquility.

   

Shore excursion in Meltenberg, Germany while on the cruise ship Avalon Tranquility.

Castle on the Rhine River seen from the river cruise ship Avalon Tranquility.

   

Shore excursion in Meltenberg, Germany while on the cruise ship Avalon Tranquility.

When to book a cruise

When should you book a cruise? You should book early to save money. Six months or a year in advance is not too early. If you wait until a month before the cruise the staterooms will either be more expensive or most likely sold out. That can be really disappointing. Another good question is: How should you book airline tickets to the cruise ship? You can book flights independently from the cruise line. But a word of warning if you do: If due to reasons like bad weather or mechanical problems you arrive at the dock too late and find that the ship is already gone, then it is your responsibility to catch up with the cruise. If the cruise line booked your airline tickets then they may assume responsibility for getting you to the ship. That is a comfortable feeling. Also, be sure to consider cancellation insurance so that you can get your money back if you or a close family member gets sick and you are unable to make the cruise. The insurance covers this and other things which you can learn about from your friendly travel consultant.

Cruising is great fun. That is why so many cruisers are repeat cruisers. Are you ready for a cruise?

The morning mist in Bernkastel, Germany during a river cruise.

   

Beautiful village scene on the Rhine River seen from the river cruise ship Avalon Tranquility.

The morning mist in Bernkastel, Germany during a river cruise.

   

Beautiful village scene on the Rhine River seen from the river cruise ship Avalon Tranquility.

Cruise reviews

Here are reviews of some cruises that we have taken.

Small ship cruises

We did a small ship cruise in the Inside Passage of Alaska. We also did a small ship cruise in the Turkish Ports and the Greek Isles. We have river cruises from Budapest to Prague, Prague to Paris, the South of France from Monaco/Nice to Paris, and the Yangtze River in China.

Large ship cruises

Of the large cruise ships that we have taken we have a review of the Southern Caribbean Cruise.

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