Cruise Ship Vacation Ideas

Cruise Ship Vacation Ideas #1: Take a Nile River Cruise through 5,000 years of history and explore the landmark temples, tombs and ruins of ancient Egypt. Sonesta Cruise has 3 – 7 night Nile River cruise vacations on their luxury 5-star cruise ships traveling between Luxor to Aswan.

Some of the stops include the temple in Kom Ombo shared by the two gods Sobek and Haroeies, the West Bank - Valley of the Kings and Queens, Kitchener's Island and Agha Khan Mausoleum. Your guided excursions include Egyptologists to help you get a full sense of the culture and history of this mysterious land.


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#2: The Sea Cloud is a fully restored 1930s four-masted windjammer cruise yacht. This legendary ship is the pride of Sea Cloud Cruises. Onboard you can sail away to Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest, British Isles, Scaninavia, the Mediterranean or the Caribbean.

These are luxury cruises with 4-star gourmet meals, complimentary wine, luxurious staterooms, and live entertainment. While in port you can enjoy the local sights or take to the water with snorkel or water skis. This former private yacht is now the Queen of the Seas and ready to take you on your dream vacation cruise.


Cruise Ship Vacation Ideas #3: Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the concept of the "freestyle cruise".

The Norwegian Pearl Cruise Ship
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Do you like the idea of eating when you want to, not having to get dressed up for meals and not getting stuck with the same people every night for dinner? Would you like more stewards per guest and a simplified disembarking process? If so, then a freestyling cruise vacation with Norwegian Cruise Line might be for you.

Their ships include a state-of-the-art fitness center, basketball court, yoga instruction, world-class beauty salon & spa, pool & hot tub and top theater shows. There is plenty for the kids with arcades, clubs, pool and cinema all designed especially for kids.


Cruise Ship Queen Mary 2
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Cruise Ship Vacation Ideas #4: The Queen Mary 2 is a floating resort run by the Cunard Cruise Line. In fact this magnificent ship is the flagship of this prestigious cruise line. This magnificent and modern ocean liner embodies all the sophistication and luxury that has inspired cruise passengers since the days of "crossing the pond" during the Golden Age of Ocean Travel.

Experience their Cultural Enrichment Programme which is led by prestigious experts. Be pampered at their Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Enjoy extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres and lounges. Wonder at the world’s only Planetarium at sea. These are just a few small examples of the vast array of activities and entertainment on this word-class cruise ship.


Cruise Ship Vacation Ideas #5: Regent Seven Seas Cruises has a luxury cruise line vacation package for more spots on the globe than any other cruise line. From the Antarctic to Alaska, Australia to Scandinavia, around the world and in between - Regent Seven Seas Cruises has a cruise travel vacation for you. Their enrichment program allows you to augment your cruising experience with insights from expert guest hosts in your area of interest.

The Seven Seas Society program provides past guests with new experiences, new benefits and privileges. Regent’s wedding concierge can make all the arrangements for that perfect honeymoon cruise vacation.

There's a special Concierge a la Carte service. The staff will help you arrange a wide variety of amenities onshore to meet your specific desires. Maybe you want to drive a vintage automobile, or stay in a luxury villa or maybe you need a personal shopper. Whatever your needs, Concierge a la Carte is there to make it happen.


Cruise Ship Vacation Ideas #6: A freighter cruise vacation is the perfect vacation idea for many people. You may be wondering "What the heck is a freighter cruise vacation?" Well, first you need to picture a large ocean-going ship whose primary purpose is to transport freight from port to port around the world. This freight is typically carried in large boxes the size of a tractor trailer rig you see on the highway. But don’t let that turn you off. The point is that these ships go all over the world. So someone got the bright idea to set the ships up with passenger accommodations and provide the opportunity for people to cruise the world along with the cargo. Does anyone actually do this? You bet! Lots of people find this to be superior to the standard cruises offered by the mainstream cruise lines. But is it for you? The typical freighter passenger cruise is:
  • A free-spirited independent traveler.
  • Prefers to make their own decisions about how to spend time on a cruise.
  • Likes to do their own planning and organizing of shore visits.
  • Is flexible enough to handle the possibility of a last-minute schedule change.
  • Enjoys some privacy on their cruise.
  • Has a taste for a little adventure and something out of the ordinary.
  • If this fits you then you may be a perfect candidate for a cruise vacation on a freighter. Accommodations on a freighter cruise are excellent and are often comparable to a five-star cruise ship. With typically only about a dozen passengers aboard, you get close attention from the crew. One of the fun parts of the cruise is watching the loading and unloading of the cargo. The small Tahiti port has only a few cranes and the huge containers are wrestled into position by the crew. While the Singapore port has miles of docks with monster cranes to efficiently handle the masses of ships and cargo containers. It all makes for a fascinating part of the freighter adventure cruise . The cruising atmosphere on a freighter is informal and fellowship with your shipmates and crew is easy. On a conventional cruise you may dress for dinner each night, watch lavish shows and graze at endless buffets. With a cruise on a freighter you are more likely to dress in shorts and sandals and chat with the captain and crew over one of the ample and nourishing meals served three times a day. One of the best companies that offer freighter cruises is Maris Freighter & Specialty Cruises. They’ve got transatlantic cruises to Northern Europe or Central and South America. Transpacific cruises to Australia, the Far East and the South Pacific. They have 15-day and 18-day around-the-world cruises as well as a number of specialty voyages on mail, supply and vintage cruise ships.

    Cruise Ship Vacation Tips:

    Consider taking your cruise in April or May. Especially if you are going to tropical locations like Bermuda, Bahamas and the Caribbean. Why?
    • The weather is warm but not yet at it's hot peak for the summer.
    • Spring breaks are mostly over by the end of March so you won't have to deal with the throngs of young people at the beaches and clubs.
    • The cruise will be more affordable. Cruise prices are at a premium during peak summer travel. Cruising in April or May should save you a bunch of money.

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