It took several years in the travel business before I could convince my wife to go on a cruise with me, but finally, after the introduction of the “transderm patch”, she relented, and we took our first cruise out of New York to Bermuda for 7 days. That was back in 1985, and we have never looked back after discovering our favorite type of vacation.
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Three of the last four weeks we have been visiting with our listeners and readers about cruising. It's a great vacation subject....one of my favorite items to sell in our multi-varied catalog of vacation options. One of the reasons I enjoy selling it is because I vicariously travel with them on their vacations, especially planning some of the details. Another reason is that very rarely, over the 40+ years, I haven't had a dissatisfied cruise customer. That's a real plus in our business!!!
The kind of weather we have had for the past several days makes one want to consider getting away......hopefully to some better environment. Guess what....we have had a good many calls in recent days about arrangements for a “good getaway”, somewhere where it is a little warmer!!
Probably our most ready answer to that question is somewhere along the Mayan Riviera, south of Cancun. There are some all-inclusive resorts that specialize in family activities, then there are other properties that are for adults only.
The best feature about a trip down there is that it is only a 2 hour 15 minute flight from DFW. You can leave in the morning, and in early afternoon, you are already at the property, unpacked, had a lunch that was included on the price, and are lounging on the beach getting a tan, or under an umbrella with a new John Grisham book in your hand.
Over the holidays I read an interesting column by financial guru, Scott Burns, often published in the Abilene Reporter News and Dallas Morning News. He was writing about the value of a cruise vacation, having experienced a couple with his children and grandchildren.
He said that for decades he had thought he and his wife preferred the independent, all-inclusive resort properties in Mexico and the Caribbean, and that being cooped up with a bunch of strangers on a ship did not hold any appeal. . .all that until he tried cruising!! Kids love the experience of personal freedom, the special places for kids, pools, miniature golf, outdoor movies, and the seemingly unlimited supply of pizza, ice cream, hamburgers, and soft drinks. Plus there were many venues for adults to chill out.