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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, December 9, 2013

Cruising Towards Spring Break

Spring break has evolved from a mid-term break for college students to a generation-spanning vacation phenomenon. College students still revel in the opportunity to party on the beaches of Florida, Texas, Mexico and the Caribbean, but Spring Break is now for all ages: who doesn’t need a “sun and fun” break after a long winter?

And, there’s no better way to enjoy a truly relaxing break than to take a cruise. Spring break cruises offer nonstop fun and terrific value, rolling accommodations, dining and entertainment into one affordable price.

But, the real key to a relaxed spring break cruise is to plan and book early. These popular cruises begin to fill even before the snow starts to fly: if you have a specific ship or dream destination in mind, make your arrangements now. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a spring break cruise:

If you have children under age 12, ask your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert about cruise lines and ships that have organized programs for kids. Many cruise lines have developed fantastic programs, staffed by trained crew members who engage kids in fun activities and onboard adventures.

If you’re sailing with teenagers, ask about ships that have spaces dedicated to teens – a lounge or a club, perhaps even a pool. Teens often have a better cruise experience when they can hang out with peers, rather than parents. Many cruise ships now have teen-only spaces furnished with comfortable seating, game consoles, board games, music players, DJ equipment and soft drink fountains.

If you’re embarking with college-age children, know your cruise line’s policies on alcohol consumption and gambling. Most ships departing from U.S. ports require passengers to be 21 or older to be served or to consume alcohol. Some ships that depart from Europe set the age at 18. As for gambling in an onboard casino, most cruise lines allow gaming at age 18, though some require guests to be 21 and will not pay a jackpot to anyone younger.

Note that most cruise lines require passengers to be at least 21 to travel without a chaperone, so if you’re a college student, you may need to invite someone a bit older to join you on your Spring Break cruise.

To make all of your spring break cruise plans, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.