Sunday, October 15, 2017

Splurge On Your Next Cruise

Cruising is the ultimate vacation experience! And with cruise lines becoming more “all-inclusive” they are also an incredible value. But what if you’re looking to make your next cruise vacation extra special? Here are my top three splurges that will take your next cruise vacation from marvelous to magnificent!

Splurge…on a Suite
For a special occasion (think honeymoon, 40th birthday, or 25th wedding anniversary) or if you just want a more luxurious cruise experience, consider booking a suite. Many suites will give you a lot of extra space with separate living and sleeping areas, large and lavish bathrooms as well as sprawling balconies. In addition to designer styled rooms, the top suites at sea almost always come with concierge service, priority embarkation and disembarkation, exclusive restaurants and lounges and other perks. I recently stayed in the Owner’s Suite on the Norwegian Epic and let me say that it was a cruise I will never forget!  Everyone should experience accommodations and service like that at least once!

Splurge … on Select Shore Excursions
Make your cruise vacation a unique experience! Go home with amazing memories! Select one shore excursion that will be an experience of a lifetime, even if the one you’re eyeing is the price of several other tours combined. In Alaska, maybe that would be a glacier flightseeing tour. Or hire a guide that will take you swimming alongside Caribbean Reef Sharks in the Bahamas. How about immersing yourself in the essence of Japanese culture on a private tour through Tokyo.  Every itinerary has that “certain something” that will take your cruise vacation over the top! Just book it and you’ll never regret it!

Splurge …for Dinner at the Chef’s Table
Treat your taste buds to the event of a lifetime with a Chef’s Table experience! What is the chef’s table? It’s a small group of guests seated at an exclusive table enjoying a sumptuous multicourse dinner including wine pairings. Each course hosted by the Master Executive Chef who will usually describe the ingredients and techniques used to produce course. Of course these are foods not found in the dining room or even the specialty restaurants.  Depending on the ship, the meal may take place in an intimate, non-dining venue, such as the ship’s library or inside the galley itself. It is such a lovely way to spend an evening and a must do if you consider yourself a “foodie!”

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