Amenities make cruising a perfect vacation


Winter is over, summer has not fully begun. This is a great time for a refreshing and relaxing cruise. It is why so many people who take a cruise return home raving!

Objections to taking a cruise range from a fear of claustrophobia to a fear of seasickness. The cruise industry has come a long way since its inception and has almost completely eradicated both issues – ships are now built with megastabilizers and contain the latest meteorological technology, giving them the ability to forecast significant storm locations and alter routes when necessary.

Cruise ships, in fact, have much to offer vacationers – water slides, rock climbing, putting greens, state-of-the-art fitness centers, spas, cultural lectures, musical extravaganzas, gambling, multiple restaurants, and the list goes on… .

A cruise is perfect for just about everyone. There are special cruises for singles, couples and families. Couples from honeymooners to senior citizens can find activities on board ships geared to their special interests, from bridge tournaments to lectures. Families love cruises because of all of the varied activities offered in each age group. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Azamara cruise lines make for a great family-oriented vacation that is fun for all ages.

Windjammer, meanwhile, is an ideal cruise line for singles and young-at-heart adventurers. For the empty nesters, the river cruises along the Rhine and Danube are very enjoyable getaways. For the more adventurous, there are river cruises on the Yangtze or Mekong Rivers.

One of my favorite river cruises is on the Russian Volga. Some of the more high-end, luxury cruise lines – such as Crystal, Seabourn, Oceania, Silversea and my favorite, Regent – are totally all-inclusive with alcohol, tips and in some instances shore excursions included in the cost. Once you board, the ship’s crew sees to your every need.

Cruises are available for all budgets and planning one is easy. Step one is to talk to an experienced travel agent and give her (or him) your wish list. The travel agent will take it from there.

Susan Hudson

Williamsburg Travel