In the past, many considered cruises and exotic locations beyond their means. Today, thanks to healthy competition and increasing interest, vacation cruises within reach now more than ever. They are often available for less than the cost of a comparable hotel stay. As a result, the industry has seen passenger growth skyrocket in the last two decades.
Consider the cruise ship to be your floating hotel. It provides a "base of operations" for traveling to a number of destinations without having to repack your suitcase between stops. At these ports of call, you have the opportunity to go ashore and participate in planned tours or, in most cases, to explore on your own.
While cruise ships first originated as simply a means of transportation, it is safe to say that they are now a destination in themselves! Increasingly, people are boarding cruises more for what's on board than where the ship drops anchor. Cruise lines often provide extravagant meals, spectacular entertainment and numerous amenities to create a vacation-like atmosphere during your time aboard. Passengers can go for a swim or get a massage. For more excitement, they can choose a ship with concerts, dances or a casino. The sky's the limit when it comes to fun activities on board.
So many cruise options are available today that everyone can find the perfect fit. The savvy cruiser will take into account what aspects of a cruise they consider most important, and choose accordingly.
With so many options and opportunities for a fantastic vacation, there has never been a better time for a cruise!