CRUISING – FULL STEAM AHEAD AND GROWING
With literally thousands of ports of call in well over 150 countries worldwide, we can get to pretty much anywhere by boat. And the view is just as spectacular for cruise passengers coming into port as it is for land passengers watching ships come in, just like this great shot taken of a Celebrity Cruise coming into the beautiful port of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from the centrally located NOW Amber resort.
Did you know? All the cruise ships in the entire world filled at capacity all year long still only amount to less than ½ of the total number of visitors to Las Vegas. From luxury passenger yachts, to river cruises, to mega ships like the new Carnival Vista, new ships are added to the list of cruising options every year creating more passenger capacity per year by tens of thousands, pulling in $billion$ of dollars annually to the cruise industry.
‘Giving back’ has finally ‘taken to the high seas’ with Fathom Travel. And because of “overwhelmingly positive” feedback from Fathom guests and the cruise line’s Dominican partners, Carnival Corp leads the way with their 7 brands now offering social-impact excursions, including: AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Fathom, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises. Travel Pros Cynthia & John pictured here with the Fathom in Amber Cove, DR said, “We loved it!! It was our favorite vacation!!”
Travel Pro Lisa is DR bound leaving the Port of Miami, AKA, the ‘Cruise Capital of the World’, which receives almost 5 million passengers per year as home base for 5 leading cruise lines including Carnival (CCL), Norwegian (NCL), Royal (RCCL), Oceania and Regent (RSSC).
Contrary to popular belief, cruise vacations can be as quiet and relaxing as you want OR as busy as you want. Waking up in a different country every day sets the pace for wonder and exploration but when the day is done, you can always find a quiet corner for yourself, whether on deck or in the privacy of your own cabin’s balcony suite. Travel Pro Brian is enjoying a few peaceful days at sea of a 25-day Asian cruise on board the Grand-class Golden Princess.
Boutique River on the Danube with Uniworld, family fanfare with Disney, splendor and elegance with Seabourn, hidden harbours with Windstar, Fiji’s finest with Paul Gauguin, zipling or surfing with Royal Caribbean, whatever your speed or interest, cruising caters to EVERYONE! All aboard!!