Cruise Guide: Top ten reasons to book your cruise today

Cruising is all about choices without worry. You can choose to relax by the pool, partake in the poolside games, pull up a seat next to the buffet or just do nothing. It’s all up to you. Photo by Matt Roseboom
Cruising is all about choices without worry. You can choose to relax by the pool, partake in the poolside games, pull up a seat next to the buffet or just do nothing. It’s all up to you. Photo by Matt Roseboom

By Matt Roseboom

cruiseguideheadersmallAnytime is a great time to take a cruise, but with the economy the way it is, now’s an especially great time to start planning your next cruise. The deals are unheard of. You’ll find bargains ranging from free excursions to bringing kids for free, to just great prices.
If great deals aren’t enough to convince you, here are the top ten reasons to book a cruise.

Outstanding Value
The typical cruise price includes accommodations in a wide variety of staterooms and suites, meals throughout the day, shipboard entertainment, use of the ship’s recreational facilities, travel from destination to destination.
This means that vacationers can enjoy significant savings and have the security of knowing up front, before the trip, the approximate total they will spend.

A Cruise for Every Budget
There are cruise vacations available in every length, from a few days to three months or more. In addition, most cruises are priced according to a broad choice of accommodations — from inside stateroom to luxurious duplex suites.

Special Savings
There have never been as many special offers from the cruise lines as there are now. In addition, many lines have reduced deposits and relaxed cancellation policies.

Save on Airfare
With more than 30 cruise ports of embarkation in North America, millions of vacationers can bypass the cost of airfare by driving to their cruise ship.

Quality Family Time
The typical shipboard experience, with its wide variety of facilities, activities and entertainment, as well as a broad choice in dining styles and venues, means that guests of all ages will find much to be delighted by.

Choice
There are large cruise ships and small; new and old; ships with sails, and luxury yachts. There are voyages close to home and journeys around the world.
Some ships offer water parks, luxury spas, ice skating rinks, and chances to learn everything from cooking to photography.

Convenience
Cruise passengers pack and unpack only once. There are no worries about flights to catch, hotel reservations to make, travel plans to arrange or concerns about foreign languages, currencies or customs formalities.

Everyone is Welcome
With the variety of cruise ships and onboard experiences, there is no reason for anyone to feel out of place on a cruise. There are cruise experiences for those who want to stay casual; others for those who enjoy getting dressed up.

Ease of Planning
Although there are many choices to make, you only need to make those choices once. Some people pick their cruise by which ship they’d like to be on, some by destination, and some by the port. But no matter your preference, once you’ve booked and packed, you can relax. But once you’re onboard, you’re all set to relax and have fun.

You Deserve It
According to health experts, when times are stressful a vacation is not only needed but it is healthy. Even a few days away from the pressures of work, home, and the current economy provide an opportunity to refresh your energy and spirit.

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