One of the most relaxing, as well as luxurious form of travel is a cruise travel, seeing many tourist destinations via a cruise ship, where you enjoy the luxury and comfort of a five star hotel accommodation in a ship that is equipped with several restaurants, bars, casinos, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, spa, gym, shops, theater, cinema, and first class accommodations, and pampered by well trained and friendly cruise staff.
The Caribbean islands and the Mediterranean are so far the most popular cruise destinations, however, due to the growing interest on cruise travel, the destinations have expanded to Northern Europe, Alaska, Middle East, and Asia, such that in any one of these package itineraries, a cruise traveler gets to visit a different place everyday, without bringing his/her luggage as the cruise ship serves as his/her hotel for the entire cruise tour.
Aside from visiting a different place each day, based on a packaged itinerary, a cruise traveler has a variety of activities to choose on board the cruise ship and these are from sports, gym, culinary delights, crafts workshop, spa massage to top entertainment. One must be fully aware that your cruise fare does not cover all the activity expenses on board, therefore, there are limits to what is free and what you have to pay extra charges for, such as: for food, the cost is included in the cruise fare, except if you eat at specialty restaurants where you have to pay extra for the meal; drinks, such as coffee, tea, juices are free, but alcohol, wine, and bottled water will have to be paid; entertainment shows are basically free, except if some shows feature top celebrities; gym is free, except for yoga, Pilates, and hiring a personal trainer; board games are free, except casinos; steam and sauna are free, but spa treatments and massages are not; room service is free, except during unholy hours, like midnight or dawn.
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Before taking on the cruise tour, your cruise travel agent will orient you on the following documents – passport, visa, and proof of vaccinations. Any US citizen cruise traveler is required the following travel documents: if by land, sea, or air – a US passport; if traveling by land or sea – either a US passport or a US Passport Card, especially when the cruise travel routes are between the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean, and that cruise lines require that both passport or passport card is valid for at least 6 months following the completion of the travel itinerary. It is a traveler’s responsibility to process his/her visa requirements when traveling to countries that require visa entry and not the responsibility of the cruise line’s, however, US citizens are required visas to countries, such as Turkey, Russia, and Brazil, although some countries allow cruise ships to acquire “blanket visas” for their passengers.Learning The “Secrets” of Resources