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Advantages of Cruising - Cruise Tip 95

Essential Cruise Tips

Release Date: 02/11/2016

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Essential Cruise Tips

What are the best vacation options for cruisers while we can't cruise, or even don't want to cruise for a while. I look at the 6 very best alternatives to cruising that draw on the best parts of cruising, what makes a cruise vacation and avoids some of the things that cruise passengers prefer to avoid on their cruising vacation. These are all things that I have done and feel are a great alternative to a cruise vacation right now.

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Have you booked, or are thinking of booking, cruises for next year or beyond? You need to proceed carefully if you are. I recommend 3 big questions you need to ask yourself, your travel agent or the cruise line before you book, and if you have ask these before it is too late to make some mistakes you will regret.

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Cruise Line Excursions Only As Cruises Resume. A Price Too High ? (Podcast) show art Cruise Line Excursions Only As Cruises Resume. A Price Too High ? (Podcast)

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As cruises hare restarted, cruise passengers are only allowed to leave the ship in port on cruise line excursions. The lines argue this is to protect passengers from being infected in port, and for people in ports also protected. This has caused a lot of debate by cruise passengers who feel cruise line excursions are too limiting, they prefer to self-explore or use independent excursion providers and they worry it will significantly increase the cost of cruising. I

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The shape of cruising out of the United States in the coming months of 2020 has become clearer through a series of announcements and revelations by the cruise lines, including the world’s largest cruise line (Carnival) finally going public on what cruise passengers can expect on their ships when they start sailing. I explore and pick the announcements and what it means for cruise passengers hoping to cruise out of USA ports in 2020.

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Why Are Past Cruisers Reluctant To Return To Cruising ? (Podcast) show art Why Are Past Cruisers Reluctant To Return To Cruising ? (Podcast)

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Why are many cruisers, including cruise lovers are regulars, saying they will not cruise on the channel and on various cruise sites and in cruising chat rooms? I explore the reasons that cruisers have been saying about why they do not want to cruise as cruising opens. What are the issues, barriers or things happening that are holding people who have been cruising before from wanting to return to cruising anytime soon as they open.

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The cruise lines in the USA have announced their plans and protocols on resumption of cruising out of ports in the United States. These have been submitted to the CDC in the USA, who have the final sail on when cruises can resume in USA waters. I discuss the 6 biggest changes to cruising that affect cruisers the mist, including the type of cruises that will return, their views on testing, use of masks, excursions and other key changes. I also discuss 2 big issues not yet addressed.

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Cruise Lines Going Bust Or Out Of Business: What You Need To Know. I look at what cruise lines have already gone bust, cruise lines or groups that may go bankrupt and those that have the greatest chance of surviving the cruise shutdown. This is especially key as it increasingly looks likely that cruises will not resume on any scale (if at all) in 2020 for most cruise lines and in many cruising regions, including the USA.

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I discuss the 5 reasons that the cruise you've got booked that is due to run after no-sail bans is lifted most likely will still be cancelled. Your cruise may well be cancelled even once cruise lines are given the all okay to sail. Many cruisers are assuming that once the cruise shutdown ends that the booked cruises after that date will operate. I explore why that cruise you've got booked may not run even after no-sail ends, as many cruisers in Europe have already discovered where cruising has resumed

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Testing Cruise Passengers Before Cruising (Podcast) show art Testing Cruise Passengers Before Cruising (Podcast)

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Will Testing Cruise Passengers Before Cruising be the key to the resumption of cruise vacations around the world. I explore the three approaches taken so far and how most have had issues to date, what we have learnt and what the major cruise lines are saying (and doing) on the role of testing cruise passengers to help open cruising up again.

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I explore the on board cruise ship changes already put in place due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cruise ship changes that are already in place with cruise ships sailing around the world, in Europe, French Polynesia, Iceland and parts of Asia, and also those announced as in place by the mainstream cruise lines ready for when they are allowed to start cruising again. These are changes on board cruise ships that we will have to get used to.

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The Advantages of Cruising

There are many advantages that cruising has over land-based vacations. The following are some of the key ones:

Inclusive fares. A cruise fare will include your accommodation, cruising from port to port, meals, and entertainment. Some premium lines also include drinks, gratuities and excursions.

You are likely to spend a fair amount on board on items like gratuities, drinks, excursions, gambling and Internet access. However, these are at your discretion.

Packing. You only have to pack before and at the end of the cruise and not every time you visit a new destinations you would have to do on land.

Travel time is part of your vacation. You are able to relax and enjoy the facilities of the ship as you sail between destinations. You do not loose time commuting to airports and sitting on planes or in your vehicle moving between places you are visiting.

Simplified immigration. If you are visiting multiple countries you do not have to line up and pass through immigration at each one. Once you have checked in and the line has your details and passport they handle the authorities in most cases, except when disembarking. You will just have to use your cruise card to swipe off and back onto the ship.

Visiting places difficult to see by land or get to by plane. There are some parts of the world that are best, easiest or can only be seen on a ship. This includes hard to access places like Alaska and the Norwegian Fjords or passing through the Panama and Suez Canals. There are also places like the Galapagos Islands, Arctic, Antarctica and some of the Polynesian islands in the Pacific Ocean that are hard or impossible to reach by commercial plane.

Overview of a region. Cruises can provide a good overview of the highlights and attractions of a region like the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Asia by visiting up to seven different destinations in a week. It gives you a chance to get a feel for where you would like to go back and spend more time in. This would be hard to achieve on a land-based vacation as you would not have the time to get to and see as many places.

Wide variety to appeal to each member of your travel party. Ships and cruises have many options and choices available, including different cabin types and grades, activities, dining venues, entertainment and excursions. This means that different members of your travel party can enjoy very different experiences within the same shared trip. You do not have to make as many compromises and everyone has time to pursue their individual interests and passions but come together for meals and other joint activities.

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