|Cruising on a ship gives the traveller the opportunity to experience many different countries and cultures in a short space of time and from a different perspective. Ships normally call at several different ports at a relaxing pace, yet allowing the traveller to see four or five cities in two weeks for instance. There is always a new destination to explore every morning on foot or as part of an add-on tour. The ship acts as a hotel and so packing and unpacking your clothes when moving onto the next destination is really not an issue. Cabin upgrades are always available for those who require a larger room, bed or even a luxury suite. |
Cruise ships are always arranged by a series of decks stacked on top of one another. Services included aboard a typical cruise ship include bars, shops, nightclubs, and health clubs. Many top decks of cruise ships also house a swimming pool with sun loungers and a large deck area that can be used for various outdoor gaming activities. All cruise ships have at least one fine restaurant. Many cruise ship restaurants are open round the clock although some a la carte restaurants require advance table reservations.
When night falls onboard a cruise ship there are usually a range of entertainment facilities from quiet bars to nightclubs to casinos to cabarets. Professional cabarets might feature professional comedians or bands. Some cruise operators boast that you will never experience the same entertainment twice within a 14 night cruise. Although during the day it is fine to wear casual attire, at night it is a different affair as everybody dresses to impress and men are required to wear a shirt and trousers and on gala occasions, a dinner jacket as well.
Cruise routes offer a range of itineraries for different types of travellers needs. Mediterranean cruises usually take in ports like Barcelona, Lisbon, Ajaccio, Palma, Naples and Valetta. Many cruise companies now operate popular routes throughout Scandinavian and Baltic Europe, calling at ports like Copenhagen, Oslo, Gothenburg, Gdynia, Tallinn, Stockholm and Helsinki. Many of these cruises also offer visa-free excursions to the Russian port of St Petersburg, offering the traveller a hassle-free glimpse at the former Soviet Union. Some cruise routes have now opened up along the Adriatic coast of Croatia. Caribbean cruising is expensive but a really good way to experience a slice of paradise and island hop. Popular cruise routes take in destinations like Barbados, the Azores and Trinidad.