Saturday, August 24, 2019

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17 Reasons Why Travel Is Good For You!

1. Traveling Is Easier Than You Think

2. Travel Opens Your Eyes

3. Traveling Helps You Learn Who You Are

4. Travel Creates Meaningful Relationships

5. Traveling Develops Skills You Didn’t Know You Had

6. Travel Helps You Learn New Languages

7. Travel Means Adventure

8. Traveling Gives You Perspective

9. Travel Helps You Move Forward

10. Travel Is Education

11. Travel Challenges You

12. Travel Shakes Things Up

13. Traveling Proves That Dreams Do Come True

14. Travel Gives You Cool Stories

15. Travel Is Literally Food For Thought

16. Travel Gives You A Sense Of Accomplishment

17. Traveling Just Because You Can

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10 Reasons To Upgrade To Luxury

1. Pre- and Post-Cruise Pampering

Every traveler wants convenient ground transportation from the airport to port and back. Unlike mass-market lines that generally offer bus transportation, high-end lines feature a range of options, from shared vans and buses to taxis and private luxury cars or SUVs.
Luxury lines also tend to have robust pre- and post-cruise land packages so you can make the most of your vacation experience. (Cost is additional to your cruise fare.) Silversea in particular offers fantastic options with its "Silver Shore Land Adventures," which take you to places like Australia's Outback, Southern Africa's game reserves, Peru's Machu Picchu and India's Taj, among other destinations.
And some lines, like Regent, even offer a free pre-cruise stay in a luxury hotel in the embarkation city for passengers booked in a Concierge Suite or higher.
Regent Suite

2. Luxury Accommodations

Here's something to love about luxury ships: Most offer all-suite accommodations with ocean views (no inside cabins!), and a majority of staterooms have a balcony. Easy access to the outdoors is especially important when you're sailing Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Chile, Norway, French Polynesia or anywhere where you just can't get enough of the spectacular views. (Psst! Look in the dresser drawer in your cabin and you'll probably find a pair of binoculars to use throughout your voyage. It's just a tiny example of how high-end lines try to exceed your expectations.)
All luxury ships offer staterooms and suites that tend to be quite spacious and feature niceties like a dressing table with magnifying mirror; a full tub and shower in a bathroom that's generally decked out in granite or marble; black-out curtains; and high-end toiletries from purveyors such as Bulgari, L'Occitane, Ferragamo and Molton Brown.

3. Attentive Service

Luxe lines such as Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn and Silversea take pride in their crew. In fact, these lines have rigorous training programs for their crew members, much as butlers and stewardesses do in their respective industries. Each crew member is trained on the fine art of intuition, so he or she can often discern a passenger's desire before being asked. That might mean drawing a bath prior to your return on a busy port day, or cleaning your dress shoes on the morning of formal night. Need those sunglasses cleaned or your luggage polished? These tasks are proactively tended to -- no need to ask. In addition, you can bet that luxury cruise staff members will do whatever they can to make your voyage special and personal. On SeaDream yachts, for example, cabin stewards, bartenders and waiters seem to magically know your name from the moment you set foot onboard.

4. Included Gratuities

Despite the high level of personalized service you'll encounter, you are not required to tip on luxury lines such as Azamara, Crystal, Paul Gauguin, Regent, SeaDream, Seabourn and Silversea. Gratuities have already been built into the fare. Of course, if someone goes above and beyond, feel free to offer something extra by making a donation to the crew fund at Reception.

5. Free Beverages

On most of the luxury lines (think Azamara, Crystal, Regent, Paul Gauguin, SeaDream, Seabourn and Silversea), there is no charge for alcoholic beverages, premium coffee beverages or soft drinks -- at the bar, in the restaurants and lounges, or even in your stateroom, where your mini-bar will be stocked with a bottle of wine or Champagne, beer and soft drinks. It's true that if you have expensive tastes (for example, the only thing you can drink is Chateau Mouton Rothschild or Opus One), you'll pay extra -- maybe a lot extra. But most people don't have that problem.
Luxury cruise lines also cater to caffeine junkies. These lines provide premium coffee, cappuccino and espresso for free -- in the restaurants and in dedicated cafes like Seabourn Square, the coffee bar on all Seabourn ships. Many suites aboard luxury ships are equipped with coffee makers. For example, Silversea outfits Silver Suites and higher with Illy espresso machines, and Regent puts them in Concierge Suites and higher.

Food at Silk Road on Crystal Symphony

6. Fine Dining

Many renowned chefs have teamed with luxury lines to develop memorable dining experiences. Most recently, chef Thomas Keller -- who has multiple Michelin-starred restaurants in the United States -- partnered with Seabourn to offer The Grill by Thomas Keller on all of its ships. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has a longstanding relationship with Crystal Cruises and created the Japanese-centric Silk Road, which is a popular favorite aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony. Silversea's Le Champagne is a member of the luxury hotel-and-restaurant global fellowship Relais & Chateaux, while Parisian chef Jean-Pierre Vigato developed signature cuisine for Paul Gauguin Cruises. Oceania Cruises also has a famous French chef, Jacques Pepin, at the helm as its executive culinary director and the mind behind several of its restaurants, including Jacques (aboard Oceania's newest ships, Marina and Riviera) and Jacques Bistro aboard Sirena.
Beyond famous chefs, you'll find incredibly accommodating maitre d's who are happy to fulfill your special requests. Just give the chef a bit of a heads-up, and he or she can create a magical meal to your specifications -- be it a feast of king crab legs, Indian biryani, Indonesian nasi goreng or just your favorite flavor of homemade ice cream.

7. Less-Traveled Itineraries

Smaller ships, including those in the luxury category, are able to visit places their bigger counterparts can't or don't. In Alaska, that means spots including Petersburg, Haines and Misty Fjords. In the Western Mediterranean, expect more exclusive ports such as Portofino and Capri. In Southeast Asia, look for exotic stops like Indonesia's Komodo Island. Another trick: When luxury ships visit very popular ports, such as Greece's Santorini, they usually plan it for a day and time when the village isn't overrun with tourists from the mega-ships.
In a growing trend, luxury lines also tend to overnight in popular ports so travelers can get a real sense of the place and enjoy both daytime and nighttime shore excursions.

Windstar passengers snorkeling in Bora Bora

8. Free Shore Excursions and Exclusive Events

Everyone appreciates a freebie, and some luxury cruise lines -- such as Regent Seven Seas and Viking Ocean Cruises -- offer free shore tours in every port. Likewise, the yacht Crystal Esprit also packages a shore excursion in each port into its cruise fares. (Crystal's traditional cruise ships do not include shore excursions in their fares.)
Even when luxury cruise lines don't offer complimentary tours, they still place an emphasis on developing special shore events for passengers. In addition to regular paid excursions, lines including Azamara and Seabourn host complimentary outings. Azamara takes passengers on an "AzAmazing Evening" once per cruise. Experiences range from a visit to the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia, to a polo match and reception in St. Tropez, France, and a festive gala at the Titanic Belfast museum in Northern Ireland. Seabourn also offers one free event on certain itineraries; its most famous complimentary excursion is a lovely evening of classical music at the Odeon theater at Ephesus in Turkey. If you're sailing with Windstar Cruises, you'll find free private beach parties or cultural events on select sailings.
And the perks don't stop with shore-sponsored tours. Lines such as Silversea and Azamara offer free transportation from its ships to most town centers so you can explore independently.

9. Incredible Shore Experiences

Sailing aboard a luxury ship often gives you access to experiences that aren't available to the general public. Lines work had to forge connections with tour providers on land that can really "wow" passengers. Crystal Cruises, for example, programs shore tours called Crystal Boutique Adventures and Crystal Overland Adventures. The tours aren't cheap, but you'll be able to say you've flown at twice the speed of sound in a MiG fighter jet over Moscow or spied a mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
Oceania Cruises' Culinary Discovery Tours are limited to 18 people and are all about discovering the cuisine of a region in an intimate way. The ship's master chef accompanies these tours, which could include a visit to a local market, winery, cooking school or restaurant.
Well-dressed passengers in Seabourn's Veranda restaurant

10. Getting to Know People

On big ships, especially those with freestyle dining and alternative restaurants, you often meet people once  and never see them again. On a smaller ship, you tend to be thrown together more easily and more often. It's easy to meet people when you join a trivia team or small-group shore tour, or gather for complimentary drinks around the bar or coffee cafe. Many cruisers make friendships that last long after the journey.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

27 Great Ways To Enjoy A Sea Day On A Cruise

1. Sea Days By The Pool
If You Need To Relax And Are On Warm Weather Holiday, The Obvious Thing To Do Is To Hang By The Pool. Most Cruise Ships Have At Least 2 And Sometimes 3 Or 4 Pools. So Check Which Ones Fits Your Mood.  If You Need To Relax Or Are On Warm We’ve Been Known To Hit At Least 2 Pools A Day, Starting With A Quiet Morning At The Adult Only Pool, Followed By Some Music And Drinks At  The Main Pool. However This Is Your Cruise, So Check Out Your Favorite Spots To Be. Don’t Forget Your Towel Clips To Keep Your Towel From Blowing With The Sea Breeze – The Flamingos Are My Favorite!

2. Pool Games
If You Enjoy Some Fun And Games, Join Or Watch The Pool Volleyball Games And Other Antics. Belly Flop, Sexy Legs Contest And More, Is What You Can Find By The Main Pool On Some Cruise Ships. Other Games May Be Hosted By The Cruise Activities Staff By The Pool, And If You Love Some Fun In The Sun, You’ll Want To Check That Out.

3. Work Out On A Sea Day
Join A Fitness Class Or Work Out At The Gym. I Really Use My Cruise Planner For This. The Fitness Center Will Often Have Some Awesome Fitness Classes, Which Require You To Sign Up In Advance. So, I Head To The Gym And Put My Name Down For The Classes I Really Want To Attend. I Actually Like To Pick One Activity That I May Not Have Tried Before, As It’s A Great Chance To Try Out Something New, Without The Commitment. Some Examples Are Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, Stretching, Yoga, Spinning And More. To Note: Some Are Included While Others Have An Additional Fee.

4. Walk It Like I Talk It
Is There Anything Better Than Walking Or Jogging On The Cruise Ship’s Outdoor Track And Taking In That Sea View? Grab A Friend And Walk A Few Miles While You Chat! Truly, There’s Nothing That Clears The Head More Than Breathing In That Sea Air And Walking Off The Cruise Food!

5. Learn Something New On A Sea Day
Spending All Day Outdoors Might Be A Little Much, But Not To Worry, There Are Many Things To Do On A Sea Day That Are Indoors. You Can Take In A Lecture. Sometimes There Are Special Guests On Board Such As Authors Or Speakers Who Are Experts In Their Field. If You Enjoy The Arts, You May Want To Learn Origami Or Take Some Watercolor Painting Classes. Check Out The Sea Day Offerings In Your Daily Cruise Planner.

6. Sea Day Activities For The Adventurous
If You’re On Cruise Ship With A Zip-Line, Ropes Course Or Surfing Pool, Go For It! Do All The Things You’ve Wanted To Do. You Can Sleep When When You Get Home, Right? All Joking Aside, If You’re Wanting A Very Active Cruise Vacation, Just Make Sure That Your Cruise Ship Has Some Of The These Exciting Options Onboard. Between Water-Slides, Ice Skating Rinks, Sky-Diving, Rock Climbing, Ropes Courses And More, There’s Literally No Way To Be Bored On This Type Of Cruise Ship! Cruise Tip: Remember That Not All Ships Have Each Activity, So Do Check Out Your Ship’s Features Before Booking Your Cruise.

7. Go To A Cruise Port Lecture
If You’re Cruising To A New Port Destination, Plan On Attending The Cruise Port Lecture Which Is Often Held In The Ship Theater Or A Lounge. This Can Be Especially Helpful To Find Out About The Area And Get Some Great Recommendations. You’ll Often Be Given Some Maps And Some Information About The Cruise Port, Which Makes It Easier To Know What To Expect And Decide On Any Excursions.

8. Art Auction Anyone?
Have You Ever Attended An Art Auction? However, You Don’t Need To Wait For Rain. Since We Found This A Few Cruises Ago, We Go On Sunny Days Too And Use It As An Excuse To Get Ot Of The Heat And Sun For A Bit. Even If You Don’t Plan To Buy, This Is A Great Way To Learn About The Artists That Are Featured And Their Style. It Goes On For About An Hour And Is Quite Interesting. Cruise Tip: Attend The Champagne Art Auction And Enjoy Some Free Sparkling Wine With Your Art Talk.

9. Take A Behind-The-Scenes Ship Tour
Cruise Galley Tours And Bridge Tours Are Great Ways To Learn About The Behind The Scenes Stuff That We Cruise Passengers Don’t Usually Get To See. Check The Daily Planner And Make Sure To Sign Up, As Space Is Limited.

10. Focus On On Your Wellness Or Self-Care
A Cruise May Just Be The Perfect Place To Treat Yourself. Some Cruise Ships Have Not Only The Spa, But Chiropractors And Acupuncturists. If You Are Needing Some You Time And Self-Care, Explore The Options On Your Cruise. Cruise Tip: Your Cruise Ship Will Often Have Promotions If You Sign Up On Embarkation Day. So, Do Check Out The Cruise Ship Spa On The First Day Of Your Cruise.

 11. Send The Kids To Camp
Are You Cruising With Kids? Encourage Them To Attend The Kids Club Where They Will Make Friends And Participate In Fun Activities. A Cruise Is A Perfect Place To Have A Balanced Family Vacation, Where There Can Be Kid Time, Adult Time, And Family Time All Within The Same Holiday. Cruise Tip: Make Sure To Visit The Ids Club Together And Sign The Kids Up On The First Day Of The Cruise. This Way They’ll Be More Comfortable And More Likely To Want To Attend Activities Later In The Cruise.

12. Traditional Sea Day Activities
These Are Oldies But Goodies May Not Compete With Zip-Lines And Surfing Pools, But They Can Be Fun Nonetheless. Check Out Mini-Golf, Shuffle-Board, Table Tennis And Giant Chess Games For Some Traditional Cruise Sea-Day Fun.

13. Bingo Anyone?
This Is A Classic Well-Loved And Well-Attended Sea Day Cruise Activity! I’ve Never Gone, But Wow, There Are Enthusiastic Bingo Players On-Board.They Seem To Have Great Prizes, Including Winning A Free Cruise. So, If You’re A Bingo Lover, Make Sure To Attend.

14. Join The Cruise Ship Choir, Flash Mob Dancing Or Karaoke Style Competitions
Are You Someone Who Likes To Work On Something Each Day Throughout The Cruise Week? Do You Have Some Talent? If So, Activities Such Flash-Mob Dancing, Choirs And Singing Competitions Can Be Great Fun. You’ll Meet Up And Practice Throughout Your Cruise, Then Put On A Performance Later On In The Cruise.

15. Join Game-Shows And Knowledge Trivia
Whether You’re A Trivia Aficionado Or Prefer An Xbox Challenge, There Are Several Different Types Of Games Going On Inside The Ship On A Sea Day. Just Check Your Cruise Planner For Specific Locations And Times.

16. Check Out The Sea Day Dining Options
On Sea Days, Many Cruise Ships Have More Dining Options Open, Including Some That Are A Little Bit “Special”. Even If You Want To Have Lunch In The Main Dining Room, Rather Than The Buffet. This In Itself Is An Experience! However, Cruises Often Have A Nice “Afternoon Tea” In The Main Dining Room, Or A Special Lunch In Another Venue. One Of Our Favorites Is The British Pub Lunch On Princess Cruises. Cruise Tip: Why Not Try A Specialty Restaurant For Lunch? It’s Often Less Expensive Than At Night, And Still Includes Their Signature Dishes. Our Sea Day Lunch At Royal Caribbean’s Giovanni’s A Few Years Ago Stands Out As One Of Our Favorites.

17. Shop Till You Drop
While On A Cruise, There Are Many Opportunities To Shop And Even Get A Great Deal. Cruise Ship Shopping Is Duty-Free, So While You Should Still Check Pricing Back Home, We’ve Found Truly Amazing Deals On Watches, Jewelry  And Perfumes. In Addition To The On Board Shops, You’ll Often See Pop-Up Sales Of 10$ Items, Beachwear, Costume Jewelry And More. Cruise Tip: Take A Chance And Fill Out A Raffle Ticket And You Just May Win Something At The Cruise Shops. My Mother Won A Pair Of Stunning Crown Of Light Diamond Earrings When We Did A Large Family Cruise For Their 50th Anniversary.

18. Enjoy The Drink Of The Day
Cruises Often Have A Promotional Drink Of The Day, Which Is On “Special” At The Pool Bar. If You Enjoy Some Frozen Cocktails Or Drinks By The Pool, Check Out The Bar Offerings. Sometimes, Cruise Ships Will Even Have Buy One Get One (Bogo) Specials At Certain Times Of The Day, So Watch Your Cruise Planner For The Details.

19. Dance The Day Away
I Happen To Be A Fan Of Cruise Ship Line Dancing (Although I’m Not Very Good). While Not Every Cruise I’ve Been On Has This, When They Do, I Am Out There! Other Opportunities To Dance Include Participating In Dance Lessons In One Of The Clubs Or Atrium. Whether It’s Ballroom, Salsa Or Hip Hop, Your Cruise Ship Will Likely Have Something Fun To Learn And Try.

20. Take Insta-Worthy Photos
How Many Amazing Photos Can You Take On A Cruise Ship? Grab Your Camera Or Iphone And Strike A Pose! Scout That Cruise Ship For The Best Spots. Why Not Take Some Family Photos, Romantic Photos, Or A Gorgeous Photo Of Yourself And Update Your Profile Pic?
I Love A Good Inspirational Travel Quote. “We Take Photographs As A Return Ticket To A Moment Otherwise Gone” Said Katie Thurmes. I’d Say She’s Right About That.

21. Create Your Own Cruise Ship Art Tour
Check Out The Cruise Ship’s Artwork And Themed Venues. Cruise Ships Have Really Interesting Paintings, Photography And Sculptures Displayed Around The Ship, Including On Passenger Decks, In Stairways And In Different Bars And Lounges. On A Sea Day, Why Not Get Some Steps In And Walk Around The Ship And Admire All The Incredible Works Of Art On Board.

 22. Book Another Cruise
If This Is Your First Cruise, You May Be Surprised To Hear This, But Booking Your Next Cruise On Board Is A Thing. Just Head Over To The Future Cruise Consultant Desk And Have A Chat About Your Next Cruise Possibilities. The Advantage Of Doing This, Is That Most Cruise Lines Will Give You A Fair Size On Board Credit, To Use On This Cruise Or The Next, Just For Booking On Board. If You Don’t Know What Cruise You’d Like To Do Next, You Can Often Put A Deposit On An Open Booking. If You Have A Travel Agent You Love Dealing With, Don’t Worry. Cruise Lines Want You To Book With Travel Agents, And Will Even Create The Booking On Board And Sent It Over To Your Travel Agent To Service Or Allow You To Transfer Your Booking Once Back Home. This Allows You To Shop Around And Still Get The Best Deal (Do Verify With The Cruise Line For Terms And Conditions).

23. Wine Tasting
During Your Cruise, You May Want To Enjoy A Wine-Tasting Event. For A Small Charge, You Can Have A Mini-Course In Wine-Tasting While You Sip And Savor. For Those That Prefer Scotch, Rum Or Other Types Of Alcohol, You May Find Those Tasting Workshops As Well.
We’ve Done A Couple Of Wine-Tasting Events On Past Cruises, And Enjoyed Them.

24. Casino Time
The Casino Is Pretty Popular On Sea Days, With Those That Would Rather Stay Out Of The Sun, Having Some Fun In There. Whether You’re A Serious Player, Or Like To Have Fun At The Slots, The Casino Is The Place To Be.

25. Watch A Matinee
If You’re A Big Cruise Ship, Often They’ll Have Different Show Times To Accommodate All Their Guests. You Can Check Your Cruise Planner, (Or Even Your Pre-Booking Online Planner In Some Cases) And See A Main Show During The Day.

26. Catch A Movie
My Father In Law Loves A Good Movie, So This Is Right Up His Alley. Cruise Ships Will Often Play Movies During The Day, Both At An Outdoor Movie Screen If They Have One, As Well As Inside In A Lounge Or Theater. We Were Recently On A Cruise For The Christmas Holidays, And They Had Several Classic Movies Playing All Week.

27. Enjoy The Simple Things In Life
I Was Recently On A Facebook Group Where A Question Was Asked About Everyone’s Favorite Sea Day Activities. So Many Responses Were Actually The Simple Things In Life. Reading A Book, Playing A Board Game With Friends, Having A Cocktail, Making New Friends, Taking A Nap In The Sun, Hanging Out In The Hot Tub. It’s A Great Reminder That You’re On A Cruise To Relax, Have Fun, Recharge And Reconnect With Yourself And Those You Love. No Matter What You Choose To Do, Make It A Great Sea Day!

Sea Days Can Be Some Of The Best Cruise Days, And With So Much To Do On Board, And There’s Surely No Reason To Be Bored. Whether You Like To Be Active, Or Find Something Quieter To Do, There’s Always Something To Enjoy On A Sea Day!

If You’re New To Cruising, I Hope This Guide To Cruise Sea Days Was Helpful. If You’ve Gone On A Cruise And Enjoy Sea Days, Let Me Know What You Like The Very Best Things To Do In The Comments Below.

Happy Cruising!

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Written By Life Well Cruised - Ilana Schattauer
Publised On May 23, 2019 
Article Credit To Ilana Schattauer