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Cruising 101

Where would you like to cruise?

Eastern Caribbean involves islands of Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, St. Kitts, Antigua, Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados & Dominica.  You can have short sailings of as little as 2 days or enjoy as many as 7 on many different ships.  On these types of cruises you will find more island shopping opportunities.

Western Caribbean involves islands of Honduras, Belizes, Mexico, Jamaica & Cayman Islands.  You can enjoy as little as 5 days to 7 or 8 days depending on your preference.  These cruises are wonderful if you love the water, history of the islands and active shore excursions.

Southern Caribbean involves islands of Curacao, Aruba, Netherlands.  Cruise for 7 or 14 days at your leisure.  Southern cruises can be more port intensive meaning you will have more stops sometimes daily.

Newly added is a Panama Canal cruise with Costa Rica and Caribbean for 10 days leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. You’ll visit the Cayman Islands, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. for 10 days.

European Cruises are another amazing destination, usually you will need to pick which ports you really want to see as you can’t do the entire region in one cruise.

Types of Ships

Larger cruise ships hold over 2,000 passengers and have over 100 daily activities on board.  There are more shore excursions to choose from on these ships making them appealing to lots of people.  The ships have great entertainment on board,  pools, spas, and many other activities to fill up your day.  Think of these ships as your hotel, entertainment and restaurant so you really don’t need to leave the ship if you don’t want to.  These large ships are also friendly for those with disabilities.

Luxury cruise ships hold between 200-2,000 passengers but may include packages with more amenities such as drinks and gratuities.  Keep in mind you will pay a higher upfront cost.

River cruising is becoming more and more popular as these small ships can fit into smaller ports.  These ships hold 100-200 passengers.  You will also have less variety of activities while on board, but you will be closer to many cities larger ships can’t visit.

Sailing ships hold between 148-310 passengers and sail with very unique itineraries.  These high end ships are more for adventuresome clients.  Sails are wide open on the open waters just like sailboats.

[photo-Princess Cruises]

Staterooms

Rooms will very in size on ships from approximately 190 sq ft. for a standard stateroom to over 1,000 sq ft for a top of the line suite.  Most people are a little concerned about the small size but unlike hotels you really don’t spend a lot of your time in your room.  There is so many on board activities to keep you busy.  The inside cabins do not have windows and might look into the ship, while outside cabins can have port holes or a balcony.