Sail on to Cruise Savings
Glass observation bubble on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship
In honour of Plan a Cruise Month, we get down to the business of busting the top five cruising myths.
Did you know that October is National Plan a Cruise Month? Even if you’ve never been on a cruise before, now is the perfect time to start planning one says the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). “National Plan a Cruise Month puts cruise vacations in the spotlight helping travellers discover all the incredible experiences that a cruise vacation offers,” says CLIA’s acting CEO Cindy D’Aoust. “Today, there are more cruise vacation options than ever before ranging from ocean and river cruising to yachting and paddlewheeler cruises.
”With partners like AmaWaterways and Azamara Club Cruises, to Carnival Cruise Lines and Celebrity Cruises, to Uniworld River Cruises and Viking River Cruises – and many others in between– planning your next adventure on the open seas is as easy as popping into any CAA Travel Store to speak with our team of experienced Travel Professionals. As part of CAA, your Membership can help you save big on booking cruises of all kinds.
With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to bust some of the top myths consumers have about cruising:
Cruise Myths – BUSTED!
- They’re too long.
Though cruise itineraries come in many different lengths, shorter voyages are becoming increasingly more popular among younger travellers who are less-inclined to blow all of their vacation days on a single trip, so you can just as easily find a one-week sailing in the Caribbean, for example, as you can longer two- or three-week plus itineraries in more exotic locales.
- They’re one-size-fits-all.
Gone are the days when cruising meant you got what was given to you – and hundreds of others – at sea; these days it’s all about niche cruising. That means that whether you’re a foodie, an adrenaline junkie, a spa connoisseur or a music enthusiast, there’s a cruise out there that’s tailor-made to fit your expectation of what a good time is. All you have to do is find it… (hint: your CAA Travel Professional can help you with that!)
- They’re boring.
Sure; that is, if you find dangling hundreds of feet up in the air over the edge of a cruise ship in a glass pod, “boring.” Would you say that skydiving in a simulator was boring too, then? Because these are just a few of the many heart-thumping activities you can do aboard Royal Caribbean’s Quantum-class of cruise ships, which include the “Quantum of the Seas” and “Anthem of the Seas.” These ships, and many others like them, have all the bells and whistles that keep fun-seekers active and engaged.
- They’re expensive.
One of the best things about cruising is just how much bang you get for your buck. Not only do you get to visit several destinations in the same trip, but doing so won’t set you back much more than what you would have spent on a typical all-inclusive vacation. What’s more, during the shoulder travel seasons of fall and spring, cruise ships traditionally reposition themselves around the world, for example sailing from the Caribbean to Europe – which could potentially mean big cost savings for you, if you care to join them then.
- The food isn’t great.
It seems like everyone classifies themselves as a “foodie” these days, and cruise ships have got the message loud and clear: food is a big deal! Capitalizing on the gourmet trend, many ships have incorporated exotic ingredients and employed top celebrity chefs to up their chow game, but fresh produce and time-tested comfort foods are staples on virtually every cruise ship these days.
Watch this space for more exciting cruise news to come as Royal Caribbean’s “Anthem of the Seas” gets set to sail its first voyage out of New York this November. And be sure to stop in to your local CAA Travel Store and speak to our team of cruise professionals, on hand to offer you their travel expertise and recommendations, and for more cruise deals go to: http://www.caaneo.ca/travel/book-travel-now.