A cruise travel is a travel to tourist destinations on board a cruise ship, where you enjoy the luxury and comfort of a five star hotel accommodation in a ship that is equipped with several restaurants, bars, casinos, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, spa, gym, shops, theater, cinema, and first class accommodations, and pampered by well trained and friendly cruise staff.
It used to be the Caribbean islands and the Mediterranean as the most popular cruise destinations and still are, but with increase of cruise travelers in many parts of the world, destinations have expanded to Northern Europe, Alaska, Middle East, and Asia, such that in any one of these package itineraries, a cruise traveler gets to visit a different place everyday, without bringing his/her luggage as the cruise ship serves as his/her hotel for the entire cruise tour.
Aside from visiting a different place each day, based on a packaged itinerary, a cruise traveler has a variety of activities to choose on board the cruise ship and these are from sports, gym, culinary delights, crafts workshop, spa massage to top entertainment. One must be fully aware that your cruise fare does not cover all the activity expenses on board, therefore, there are limits to what is free and what you have to pay extra charges for, such as: for food, the cost is included in the cruise fare, except if you eat at specialty restaurants where you have to pay extra for the meal; drinks, such as coffee, tea, juices are free, but alcohol, wine, and bottled water will have to be paid; entertainment shows are basically free, except if some shows feature top celebrities; gym is free, except for yoga, Pilates, and hiring a personal trainer; board games are free, except casinos; steam and sauna are free, but spa treatments and massages are not; room service is free, except during unholy hours, like midnight or dawn.
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Your cruise travel agent will orient you on what to bring as documents, before taking on the cruise tour, for purposes of requirements that will be asked from each tourist traveling from one destination to another and these are – passport, visa, and proof of vaccinations. For US citizens, passports are a travel document requirement, whether, land, sea, or air, when traveling from one country to another, however, a US Passport Card, when traveling by land or sea, may be used when the travel routes are between the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean, such that most cruise lines require that both passport or passport card is valid for at least 6 months following the completion of the travel itinerary. Visa requirements are a traveler’s responsibility and not of the cruise line’s, but in terms of where travel visas are required, for US citizens, they are required visas to countries, such as Turkey, Russia, and Brazil, although some countries allow cruise ships to acquire “blanket visas” for their passengers.Getting Down To Basics with Cruises