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  Cruising: The Best Value in Vacation Travel!  


by Santo Parisi

When you consider the inclusive nature of the cruise industry pricing, cruising remains the best value in vacationing today. If you were to plan an individual or family trip and include a hotel stay, daily meals, entertainment and activities, you will pay separately for everything included in the basic cost of a cruise vacation.

As the cruise industry expands, the choices of destinations and itineraries are endless.  You can cruise to the most popular destinations like Hawaii, the Caribbean, Alaska or Europe and even enhance your trip by adding pre or post cruise hotel stays or land tours to create the dream vacation of a lifetime.

How about cruising the great rivers of Europe with one of the fastest growing segment of the cruise industry, River Cruises. Travel the enchanting Danube, the legendary Rhine, vineyard-rich Mosel or the meandering Main Rivers. Newly added itineraries include Venice and the Po River for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Italy. The food alone is worth this trip! River Cruise expansion now includes the rivers of Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa for an unforgettable vacation experience. Every stop along the way includes excursions and tours included with your river cruise price.

The uniqueness of cruise travel allows you to customize your vacations with literally something for everyone.  Choose a large ship which may accommodate up to 5,000 passengers or a more intimate smaller vessel with as few as 150 guests, or any size in between, each with its own unique cruise experience. Your choice of stateroom accommodations may be an interior cabin, an outside ocean view, an outside or inside balcony cabin or a deluxe balcony suite, it’s your choice.  If you’re the active type, you can rock climb, ride a surf simulator or zip line, play miniature golf or ice skate just to name a few examples. Or, you can opt for more cultural activities like art auctions, culinary classes or wine tasting.  Even watch movies under stars or just relax by the pool.

Luxury cruising is back big time with new ships, new destinations and enhanced onboard ammenities. Luxury cruising offers the highest level of service, dining and accomodations available at sea.  Luxury cruise lines also offer all-inclusive packages where your cruise, air fare, shore excursions, drinks, gratuities and hotel stay are all included in one price for an even greater value. 

Most of the major cruise lines now offer flexible, anytime dining options on their cruises in the main dining rooms included with your cruise price.  Instead of dining at a specific fixed time, you can choose your own time. This is especially convenient if you have activities or shore excursions planned for the day and don’t want to be rushed to meet your fixed dining time. Also, the ships offer dining options in specialty restaurants such as Italian, French or Asian at a reasonable cost or included on selected cruises.

Entertainment on board is also limitless.  You can see your favorite Broadway musical revues, Cirque-style shows or visit some of the many other venues, nightclubs, bars and discos. As each cruise ship has its unique character, the entertainment choices are many and it’s included. You can also shop in a variety of fine boutiques or try your luck in the ship’s casino all on board.

As you can see, cruising really does have something for everyone and we’ve just scratched the surfaced in this article. When you add it all up, it truly is the best value in vacation travel!


Santo Parisi is a CruiseOne franchise owner, you can reach him at 866-619-0126 or email

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