Home-Schoolers Cruise In The FallIt is no secret that thousands more families than ever before are home-schooling their children.Homes-schooling offers great flexibility with schedules and therefore I contend that home-schoolers should cruise in the fall.If your children are home-schooled, do not spend more money than you need to in order to cruise during the summer. Simply wait until most children are back in school and then take your family's inclusive cruise vacation.Why do I recommend this? It is quite simple:1. There are fewer people and children cruising in the fall;2. The prices on fall cruises are much better than on summer sailings; and,3. You have a better chance of getting on the cruise ship and with the cruise line you desire.Use your flexibility in scheduling as your biggest advantage and plan your next family getaway. Who knows? You may make your home-schooler cruise in the fall an annual family vacation.Happy sailing!Petes Travel CenterPetesTravel.com
Cruise Lines' Private Bahamian Island Resorts
Did you know that the top Caribbean cruise lines own private Bahamian island resorts? Well, if you did not, now you do.
Cruise lines such as Carnival, Disney Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International have multiple cruise itineraries to the Bahamas year-round. The fact is the islands of the Bahamas are very close to south Florida, have great weather all year, and are a major magnet for vacationers.
Consequently, it makes sense to have pieces of prime property where certain specialties can be offered to cruise passengers.
Cruise lines' private Bahamian island resorts are used largely as beach stops. Each island has nicely carved out beach spots, as well as a ton of other activities for cruise passengers.
Expect to find adult-only fun areas, as well as those for the entire family. You will also have a chance at many water equipment and sports such as parasailing and jet-skiing.
Finally, the private Bahamian island resorts are set up to provide you with an enjoyable Caribbean-style lunch - a hearty bite, while you enjoy the Caribbean Sea. You will also find vendors on the islands.
So, what are the Caribbean Cruise lines' private Bahamian islands? Carnival shares ownership of the Half Moon Cay with Holland America. Disney owns Castaway Cay. Norwegian owns Great Stirrup Cay. Princess Cruises owns Princess Cays. Royal Caribbean owns CocoCay (Coco Cay).
Expect a ton load of fun, if you book a cruise that includes one of these island resorts.
Note: Above photo was taken on Princess Cays by yours truly.
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Galveston Inclusive Cruises
For those people who live the populous state of Texas or other states nearby, you are blessed with a very active cruise port in Galveston, Texas. You will be happy to know that you can find year-round cruises from this port in southern Texas to several locations.
The two major cruise lines which offer Galveston inclusive cruises are Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International. These cruise lines sail to popular ports in Mexico, as well as the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Ports of call visited from Galveston include Costa Maya, Progreso and Cozumel, all in Mexico. Other ports of call are Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Falmouth, Jamaica; Key West, Florida; Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas; Roatan, Honduras and Belize City, Belize. These are all super places to visit.
What itineraries are available from Galveston? You can expect to find 4-day, 5-day and 7-day cruises offered by Carnival. You can also find 6-day and 7-day cruises offered by Royal Caribbean.
If you live near the south Texas area, your first choice for finding a family cruise vacation should be one of several Galveston inclusive cruises.
All-Inclusive Caribbean Cruises from Florida
If you are looking for a Caribbean cruise from Florida, you are in lots of luck.
Florida is the state for the origin of most Caribbean cruises. Unlike any other state in the Union, there are more all-inclusive Caribbean cruises from Florida all year-round, with all of the top cruise lines, and several cruise ports.
Florida offers five ports with cruises to the Caribbean: Jacksonville, Port Canaveral (near Orlando), Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale), Miami and Tampa Cruise Port. From these five cruise ports, you can find long and short cruises – 3-days, 6-days, 14-days and longer.
Inclusive cruises from Florida will get you to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean. You will also find many sailings to the Bahamas. (There are also sailings to the Panama Canal and South America.)
Wondering which cruise lines sail from Florida? All the big names do – Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.
While all the big names in cruising sail from Florida, all of them do not sail from all the ports. Currently, I believe that Carnival is the only cruise line sailing from all five Florida cruise ports.
How do you get to the ports? You can choose to travel by train, bus, car – if not coming from far – or fly. The cruise ports that are closest to their cities’ respective airports are Port Everglades and Miami. Port Canaveral is the farthest from the main airport in Orlando, but you can fly into the Melbourne International Airport.
All the cruise ports have parking space, the most expensive of which will be at the Port of Miami.
Are you ready to enjoy an all-inclusive Caribbean cruise from Florida? There is nothing to stop you.
Go have fun!
Cost Of A 3-Day Cruise
If you have considered taking a cruise but have thought that the cost is too high, your best bet is to take a 3-day cruise.
Here is why I recommend a 3-day cruise for first-time cruisers:
1. The price is usually great; and,
2. You get an opportunity to test the waters – a manner of speaking – to see if cruising is for you. Cruising is not for everyone, and a 3-day cruise gets you away from land long enough, but not too long.
So, what's the cost of a 3-day cruise? The cost of your cruise will depend on a few things: when you cruise, which cruise line you sail with, and which ship.
If you book a 3-day cruise with Disney Cruise Line, you will pay a lot more than with Carnival Cruise Lines. Depending on when you go, a 3-day Carnival cruise can cost you less than $300 per person. If you have more than two people in the cabin, you will even pay less.
As usual, the best time to sail in during the fall or winter months. You will always find 3-day cruises for less than $400 per person, if you sail during fall and winter, except near or around holidays. You may even get very lucky and find a deal for $200 per person. Contact a Travel Agent and have him/her get you the best deal.
Note too that the bigger the cruise ship, the more the cruise package will cost. Aim for smaller ships to begin your cruising adventure.
Go have fun!
Princess Cruises Honors Military Personnel
If you are in some way related to the military in United States or Canada, Princess Cruises appreciates your service and honors you onboard their beautiful cruise ships.
How does Princess Cruises honor the military?
They offer onboard credit worth up to $250 to active, veteran and retired military personnel on any cruise year-round. Wow!
The amount of credit that one receives depends on the length of the cruise. For example, for 6-day or shorter cruises, the credit is $50 per person. On 7-13 day cruise the credit is $100 per person, and $250 per person on longer cruises.
How can the onboard credit be spent?
The credit may be used on things such as specialty dining, shopping and shore excursions. It cannot be used in the casino or for gratuities.
How do military personnel get this onboard credit?
You must apply for the credit at least 14 days before your ship’s departure. Get with your Travel Agent who will tell you what you need to present as proof of service.
It is commendable that Princess Cruises honors military personnel in this way. If you know someone who deserves this honor, pass along the information and let them go enjoy it.
Go have fun!