Sunday, May 30, 2010

For many, Cruising is the way to see the World

Perhaps not everybody is cut out to cruise, but a lot of us are. I have a twin brother John, who likes to do stuff like hike through the Himalayas in the snow, and truck through the jungles of Brazil. Well he can have his adventures, but when I am on vacation I like to find a chocolate on my pillow when I hit the sack after a hard night at the casino.

Cruising is not really expensive. For the nightly price of a good hotel room you not only get a place to sleep, but you get 24 hour a day free room service, all kinds of food available all the time, fantastic meals in formal dinning rooms or just hit the buffet. Free shows, free movies, entertainment of all sorts, a casino, swimming pools, hot tubs, putting greens, tennis, ping pong.
All free.

There really is something for everyone. There are contests at the pools, bingo for those so
inclined, art auctions, dancing lessons, and demonstrations of ice carving and even juggling bartenders. Don’t worry about missing those important emails, because all the ships have internet cafes now. The last cruise I was on, I had wireless internet in my room.

For the ladies there is always an elegant spa and all kinds of beauty treatments available. My wife really enjoys getting a foot massage after a long shore excursion…in preparation for the evenings dancing. You can even do your shopping on board, since there are a number of stores on the ship selling everything from clothing to jewelry. And be sure to bring some formal gowns for the formal nights on the ship. Formal nights are your chance to wear all that new jewelry and those new shoes with your new gown.

There are different kinds of cruises and quite a few cruise lines to choose from. Some cruise lines
are known for having superior service, some for lower costs, and some for catering to kids. There are destination cruises where the main thing is seeing the sights at the ports of call. Then there are party cruises that tend to be populated by younger couples and the destinations are less important than the activities and partying. There are also specialty cruises that cater to gay couples and singles etc.

The destinations and shore excursions can be a very important part of the cruise experience. You can find cruises that take you darned near everywhere you could ever want to go. I’ve seen everything from the pyramids of Egypt to the Great Wall of China by going on cruises. And my wife and I have ridden ATV’s through the jungle, swam with dolphins, and went tubing in underground caves…all on just one cruise!

So if you want to visit Harrods department store in London, walk on the Great Wall of China, see the ancient Greek ruins at Ephesus, or visit Red Square in Moscow, and you want to do it in style, choose a cruise. No unpacking and repacking, no strange food unless you really want it, and great service 24 hours a day. It’s about as close to a worry free vacation as you can get.

For those of us who want to be pampered and spoiled and see the world at the same time you just can’t beat a cruise ship vacation.

About the Author William Lund is an inventor and webmaster with over a dozen patents and a number of websites. His business website dealing with making money with your website is: Website Marketing and SEO Mr. Lund is an avid cruiser as well and has website devoted to his cruise vacation experiences. Cruises R Fun

Tips for Traveling Abroad

Traveling overseas can be a fun and exciting experience. However, it can also put you at risk for scams and other attacks. It is important that travelers be aware of their surroundings and that they follow basic guidelines for protecting themselves.

For instance, travelers should never hand their wallet to anyone. In some countries, con men will appear in police uniform and ask for your wallet in order to check for drug money. Travelers should always beware when someone asks for their ID or for cash, even if they appear to have a legitimate badge. It never hurts to double check in order to avoid a scam.
Photographers can also be tricksters in disguise. Many photographers will take pictures of tourists without their request and then ask for money in order to sell you the picture. If the photographer disappears to a nearby studio with your cash, however, there is a good chance that he or she will never come back. Do not fall for this scam.

Pickpockets are also common. Tourists who are visiting crowded areas (especially popular destinations) should be aware of anyone who brushes by them. Many pickpockets work in teams, with one person meant to distract you while the other takes your money. Always be aware of who is around you and of where you have placed your wallet and cash. Women should hold their purses close to their body in order to avoid someone grabbing their bag and running away with it.
Another typical trap for tourists involves cab rides. Many taxi drivers will overcharge unsuspecting travelers. A good way to avoid this trap is by asking about the fare before the journey begins. You should also keep an eye on the meter, and don't be afraid to ask questions about the price.These tips can help you have a safe travel experience. 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New Onboard Cruise Activities

With ships beefing up their activities and amenities, even veteran cruisers will find new kinds of entertainment. From wine tours to political debates, here’s the lowdown.

Cruises continue to step up their culinary offerings with updated restaurants and food-themed seminars. In May, Food & Wine magazine is pairing with tour operator Food & Wine Trails (800/367-5348; for a 14-day Barcelona-to-London voyage on Oceania Cruises’ Regatta. On the menu: exclusive wine tastings and chef-led shore excursions in Spain and France.

Cruise West (888/851-8133; is giving its new menus a Pacific Northwest twist, serving up wild salmon with an apple-cider reduction, paired with a Washington State Riesling.

The 8,000-bottle cellars on Azamara Club Cruises’ ships Journey and Quest (877/999-9553; now include vintages from boutique wineries, many not available in the United States.

Looking for high-action, low-impact excursions? Gap Adventures (800/708-7761; has teamed up with the Discovery Channel for a series of environmental expeditions: the six-day Galápagos cruise deploys Zodiacs and dinghies to explore lava caves and wildlife-filled mangroves.

On an ascent up an active volcano in Santorini, Greece—a new eco-excursion from Costa Cruises (877/882-6782;—hikers get 360-degree views from the summit’s crater.

Quark Expeditions (866/961-2961;, meanwhile, has travelers pitching tents in Spitsbergen, Norway, home to 3,000 polar bears, in its Arctic shore option.

With enhancements industry-wide, spas at sea are making waves. Oceania (800/531-5658; recently joined forces with the Canyon Ranch Spa Club to offer signature treatments in state-of-the-art facilities that include a Thermal Suite with a steam room and thalassotherapy pool.

The Odyssey and Sojourn ships from Seabourn (800/929-9391; feature 750-square-foot spa villas with oversize tubs, wraparound terraces, and customized treatments.

Come April, Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf (800/258-7245; will also have a set of spa suites—with organic bath products and bed linens, as well as credits at the ship’s WindSpa.

With family travel bigger than ever, cruise lines have been developing creative ways to keep everyone happy. Ride a jet boat to Mount McKinley, tour a gold mine, and hike to the historic Savage River Camp on a 12-night Alaska cruise tour from Princess Cruises (800/774-6237;

Uniworld (800/733-7820; has expanded its family programs on the Paris & Normandy and Castles Along the Rhine itineraries, now with more kid-focused options such as hot-air balloon rides over Paris and visits to the Cologne Chocolate Factory.

Disney Cruise Line’s (888/325-2500; 12-night Baltic itineraries offer exclusive family-friendly port excursions, including a “Royal Ball” in St. Petersburg’s Catherine Palace.

Seminars and theme cruises are offering innovative forms of onboard enrichment. Science buffs can hop on the Science & Technology cruise from Crystal Cruises (888/722-0021; for lectures on military, space, and medical trends and workshops on the latest personal handheld devices.

Debate U.K.-U.S. politics, history, and culture with academics, politicians, and journalists on transatlantic crossings aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary (800/728-6273;