All inclusive pricing, wonderful on-board dining and entertainment, and the opportunity to visit multiple ports are well-known reasons to choose a cruise vacation: and, the toughest part may be deciding where to sail.
Travel Leaders recently asked its front-line agents to share the cruise destinations they are booking most often for 2014:
1. Alaska. From May through September, most major cruise lines have at least one ship cruising past the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Alaska. You’ll want to take advantage of opportunities presented by shore excursions to walk on a glacier, follow a historic Gold Rush trail (by train, not on foot), or get closer to whales and other impressive sea life.
2. (Tie) Western Caribbean and Eastern Caribbean.
The Western Caribbean offers sun, sand and surf, as well as remnants of ancient Mayan civilization in Central America. This cruise region includes Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and islands and ports along the Caribbean coasts of Mexico, Belize and Honduras. Home ports for these cruises stretch from Florida to Texas, helping to minimize home-to-port travel.
3. Eastern Caribbean. The Eastern Caribbean has a wonderful variety of islands – the British and American Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and St. Martin/St. Maarten, as well as the Turks & Caicos and The Bahamas (although those two groups are technically north of the Caribbean). Home ports, once limited to Florida, now stretch as far north as New York.
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4. European Rivers. Cruises of the Rhine, Danube, Seine and other historic rivers are a wonderful way to see interior towns and scenic countryside. River cruise ships are built small and low, but are typically quite luxurious. Some newer ships even have the type of amenities featured on ocean-going ships, such as outdoor pools, multiple dining spots and balcony staterooms.
5. Mediterranean. For those who find it difficult to select a specific vacation destination around the Mediterranean Sea, a cruise is the way to go. How else could you travel from Spain to France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey with such ease and comfort? Some longer itineraries also include islands like Majorca or Malta, or a port call in North Africa.
For more information on the terrific variety of cruises available to these destinations (you can choose a small or large ship, a contemporary or luxury cruise line, a short or long itinerary), talk with your travel professional.
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