Cruising Facts

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  • Clothing Requirements


Mediterranean cruising

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Every day, more and more people are discovering the all-inclusive pleasures of cruise vacations. More singles, families, couples, honeymooners, second honeymooners and groups of friends are sailing away on the vacation of their lives. Last year alone over five million people enjoyed a cruise vacation. When you add it all up, it's easy to see why. The price of your ticket includes all of your meals and in-between snacks on-board; your stateroom, activities, parties and entertainment; plus, an exciting voyage to some of the most provocative and culturally-enriching places in the world.

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You'll find that a cruise ship is a floating resort, with all the things a fine resort has to offer and more! You'll meet new friends who share the same tastes and interests as you.

The hassles of an ordinary vacation are completely eliminated. A cruise is one convenient package. You don't have to worry about making dinner or nightclub reservations, running to make flight connections, or packing and unpacking.

You can lie back and be completely pampered. Or, go non-stop. Dine like never before. Enjoy one great show after another. Let your cares float away!

It's no wonder that more people are taking cruise vacations than ever before. And once they get a taste of cruising, they come back for more, again and again.

The beauty of cruising is that you get to encounter several ports of call and see more than one culture and place.
Cruise ships have many activities on board and there are several activities that take place on land, such as golf, that are also available to cruisers.
Climate and Weather
This varies depending on the time of year and itinerary of the cruise.
Other Important Information

CLIA: The Official trade organization of the cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) also works in partnership with nearly 20,000 affiliated travel agencies throughout North America to ensure the highest caliber of cruise sales expertise and service for cruise vacationers.

Liquor Policy: Consult your cruise line's brochure for individual policies. In general, you must be 21 to served on board. It is also prohibited to bring alcoholic beverages on board the ship for consumption. Some cruise lines will allow you to bring a bottle of wine or champagne on board for a special occasion, however, they may charge a corkage fee if is to be consumed in the dining room.

Destination Wedding Information
Several ships offer wedding services on board. Each cruise line is different so once you decide you want a cruise wedding, talk to us to figure out the best alternatives.
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