Many of the cruise lines as well as travel agents throughout the United States are “crowing” about cruise sales so far this year. Some say it is the best ever this early into “Wave Season”. Wave season has been traditionally between early January to the end of March. That's when the cruise lines really hammer out inviting promotions, like Royal Caribbean's 60% off the second person in the room, and some have even promoted third and fourth children in the room as free or deeply discounted.
The Luxury Travel Advisor magazine recently published a flyer with reasons why cruising is the “ultimate memory making adventure”. I have referred to some of these reasons over the years, but they bear repeating.
One of the reasons our family loves cruising is the variety of activities that appeal to all ages. Parents can enjoy the spa or dancing at the music venues while the children can enjoy the water parks with all kinds of slides, buckets, and pools or the variety of activities presented by the children and youth clubs. Then there's bingo, cooking classes, miniature golf, art auctions, sport activities like basketball, tennis, shuffleboard, table tennis, rock-climbing walls, laser tag, and dart throwing just to name a few.
With all the other activities available, families can be separated all day, doing the thing they want to do, but at night, everyone can get together for dinner. We have a practice with our family that everyone has to come to the table with their hands empty. No phone, no I-Pad, no tablet or any other thing electronic. We just get to eat and enjoy each others company and conversation. And besides the family “togetherness”, the food is always outstanding.
One of the big draws for families is the entertainment package that is available on these ships...it is all high-quality. There are great presentations in the theater like Broadway plays, comedians, name entertainers, magicians, you-name-it!! Then in the clubs after the show there will be a 3-piece band for your listening and dancing pleasure, a piano bar with a singalong entertainer, a juke-box disc jockey 'til the wee hours. Royal Caribbean's large ships even have an ice rink on board and Olympian skaters present a show on ice that is truly spectacular. Then they also have an Aqua Theater at the rear of their large ships where divers and gymnast do unbelievable stunts .
Cruising opportunities are available, virtually all over the world. ….and there are at least 14 cruise ports in the United States. Probably the most popular ones are those that take passengers to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. One has the opportunity to delve into local cultures, view tropical scenery, go snorkeling, hiking or zip lining, off-road vehicle, local markets, deep-sea fishing, golfing at one of the Caribbean or Mexican resorts, just to name a few. Then there's Alaska!!
The “Last Frontier” is one of the most popular cruise destination during May to September. The stops at Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, and Skagway are so memorable, and then being able to experience Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Sawyer Glacier, and Tracy Arm Fjord is like the icing on a German Chocolate Cake!!
The experienced agents at The Travel Factory can guide you through the planning, in fact, Russell Berry has taken groups to Alaska for the past 24 years and would love to visit with you about this fantastic adventure, so give us a call at 698-1421 or drop by our office at 4150 Southwest Drive. It would be our pleasure to help you manufacture the vacation of your dreams!!!