In some wonderful ways, many cruise vacations are the same: they take nearly an all-inclusive approach to pricing, they appeal to all ages (depending on the cruise line), they accommodate groups of many sizes, and they offer a mix of relaxation, activity and adventure. Still, each cruise passenger is unique, and there are lots of ways to personalize the cruise experience.
Personalization begins with your choice of ship and itinerary. Are you looking for simple elegance or family-oriented fun? Would you like an onboard cultural education program, or do you yearn to relax on warm, sandy beaches? All of these options – and more – are available, and your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can help you select your ideal ship and itinerary.
After you select a cruise, consider the shore excursions. This is an area where you can truly personalize your cruise. Depending on your destination, you could take a helicopter ride up a mountain and ski down, snorkel along a coral reef, or learn to prepare local specialties and pair them with the right wines, to name just a few possibilities. If you want to do something really special, talk with your personal cruise expert: it may be possible to work with the cruise line to organize a fully customized excursion.
When it comes to dining, cruise lines have made great strides in catering to individual tastes. Many ships offer multiple specialty restaurants (some designed by famous chefs) that serve a variety of cuisines. In a single cruise, you could enjoy the tastes of Tuscany, Japanese hibachi, classic French cooking, American steakhouse fare and more.
You can also personalize your vacation by adding a pre- or post-cruise stay in your ship’s homeport. Your personal cruise expert can make your land-based arrangements, too, and can help you pick a great hotel.
Just like cruise ships, hotels are adding features that help guests personalize their stay: for example, “pillow menus” let guests select their preferred level of firmness or fluffiness. Some hotels are using social media to gather helpful information about their guests and provide information to them: for example, if the hotel staff knows your dining preferences, they can send you a list of suggested restaurants.
Personalizing your travel experiences is easy when you work with a knowledgeable travel professional. Talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, about your preferences, and she will do everything possible to assure a wonderful experience tailored to your tastes.
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