Travel Tip Tuesday: Cash Crunched? Try a Cruise…

October is National Cruise Vacation Month. I know I know – it’s a month on the calendar set by the cruise industry to entice you to book a cruise.

BUT  - there really are some good deals  coming on cruising.org tomorrow, Oct. 13! For example…save $1000 on an Oceania luxury cruise… and AMAWaterways is offering a “2 for 1″ savings of up to $2000 per stateroom.

AMA Waterways

If you think  you need more than good prices to get you to take a cruise, let me tell you these ships aren’t all about the midnight buffet anymore. There is a cruise for anyone – if you want to cruise down a European river with 100 other people, book it. Or take a soft adventure cruise in the Antarctica or down the Amazon, check it out.

Good for kids: I really want to take my kids through Alaska’s Inside Passage on a small ship with biologists on board to make learning about the environment fun..and take in the stunning scenery. Lindblad Expeditions is affiliated with Natl Geographic tours so there are trusted naturalists on board.

Here is one of the newest cruise ships that has gone “overboard” in it’s epic perks:

A 31,000 foot spa…

20 restaurants onboard…and even an ice bar, where everything is made of ice.

A huge pool with waterslides

60 villa suites with access to a private pool and nightclub

Blue Man Group and Second City performers are the entertainment.

The Norwegian Epic has the capacity for 4,100 passengers, so lots of people better be your thing.

On another note, there is even a cruise for COUGARS… not the feline type, but the ones who can take their younger boyfriends. That pretty much says it all about the variety these days – of cruises that is :)

I have been on two cruises, and here’s what works:

1) You don’ t have to make as many decisions. One phone call and you are booked – say good bye to booking hotel rooms in various destinations, and finding flights or car rentals to get from place to place.

2) Unpack once.

3) Many ships have a diverse group of restaurants on board so you don’ thave to sit in one big dining room anymore – although it is a good way to meet other shipmates.

4) Affordable – there is a cruise for every price point, and it is all inclusive – meals, activities, accommodations are all paid for.

5) Great for multi-generational travel or family reunions. It is hard to not find something for everyone.

TIPS:

Finding the cruise for you can be overwhelming. Go to cruising.org and type in what kind of amenities you want, and where you’d like to go and the different cruise lines that match your desires will pop up so it weeds out cruises that don’ t interest you. There you will also find CLIA certified travel agents who specialize in cruises.

Follow your favorite cruise line and airlines on social media, or sign up for their email alerts to be on top of all the potential deals.

Don’t miss the boat – tomorrow Oct 13 is World’s Largest Cruise Night when all the deals are offered on cruising.org

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