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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Elevate Your Cruise Experience

Should your next cruise experience deliver the luxury and intimacy of a small, elegant ship; or, the non-stop activities and amenities of a modern mega-ship? We have good news: There’s a way to enjoy both types of experiences on the same cruise. Popular “ship within a ship” programs deliver all the dining and entertainment choices of a big ship, with the option to retreat to a more private, opulent enclave whenever you like. 

 Some Norwegian Cruise Line ships feature The Haven, one of the first ship-within-a-ship concepts at sea. The Haven is a collection of suites that come with access to special onboard areas that vary by ship, but usually include a private pool deck, lounge, restaurant, and library. Guests of The Haven enjoy unlimited beverages, a specialty dining package, shore excursion credits, concierge services and some complimentary WiFi access. A third and a fourth guest can also share your suite at no extra charge.  


The amenities of MSC Cruises’ Yacht Club are available to passengers who book specific accommodations – ranging from inside cabins to suites – on designated sailings. The Yacht Club provides extras like luxury bedding and 24-hour butler service, plus access to a private pool deck, a lounge with panoramic views, and an upscale restaurant. Yacht Club guests receive unlimited beverage service and a complimentary session in the onboard spa’s thermal suite. If your cruise calls on MSC’s private island in The Bahamas, you’ll have access to exclusive areas of the island, too. 


Some Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships offer the Royal Suite program, which has three levels of extra amenities. These can include access to exclusive dining spots, service from butlers called Royal Genies, complimentary WiFi, priority boarding and tender access, and complimentary beverages. If you want extra perks without booking a suite, many Royal Caribbean itineraries offer another option: The Key, an extra-fee program that provides a VIP experience. The Key gives you priority boarding, special access hours for onboard attractions, preferential seating at shows, and other advantages. 


Guests who book certain suites on some of the Celebrity ships have access to The Retreat, which the cruise line compares to a high-end resort. It includes a private gourmet restaurant called Luminae at the Retreat, an exclusive pool deck, and lounge, concierge services, a Personal Retreat Host, complimentary beverages, and WiFi. A bottle of sparkling wine will be waiting in your suite, too. 


For more information on these and other ways to elevate your cruise experience, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor. 


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