THE WORLD OF CRUISING

 

Be a true explorer!

 

Traveling by water is one of the oldest ways to explore. Modern cruising has so much to offer, but it is definitely not-one-size-fits-all! Cruising makes it possible to see a region that might be difficult to explore in any other way.

 

Do you know about the different types of cruising? Just as there are large resorts with lots of activities, small boutique hotels with a focus on individual service, and lodges located in secluded natural areas, cruising is much the same! How do you choose? What are the questions to ask yourself as you consider the options?

 

What do you come home remembering after a trip? Is it the scenery and wildlife of a new destination? Is it the level of service you enjoyed during dining? Will you remember meeting new people, or spending time quietly soaking up the feel of the breezes, or the sounds and scents of a fascinating place that make you smile? We can match you with the cruise options that best serve your interests.

CONSIDER OUR SPECIALTIES: LUXURY OCEAN CRUISING AND RIVER CRUISING

 

RIVER CRUISING: HAVE YOU HEARD?

Luxury Ocean Cruising can be so much more than you’ve heard! If you have cruised on some of the more mainstream cruises and enjoyed the extra room of a suite, you are ready to move up to the best of the best! Luxury cruising includes so much that you will be pleasantly surprised at the great value!

 

Did you known that in luxury cruising, you travel with smaller numbers of guests, so that your service is highly personalized? Smaller ships have approval to stay in ports overnight, so you can enjoy nightlife or just enjoy the beautiful sunset at a local restaurant! Expedition-style ships explore truly exotic locations such as the coast of Indonesia, the Northwest Passage, and Antarctica.

 

When cruising with our luxury partners, there are many unique opportunities, such as enjoying visiting local markets with your chef, or boarding a kayak directly from the back of your ship to get out on the water. While you are onboard, you are able to enjoy the best of the amenities, such as your in-room linens, entertainment centers, full bathrooms, walk in closets, and having someone to call to quickly attend to anything you might need. You will enjoy the exclusive amenities when you move up to a luxury cruise!

When we started our travel planning business in 1996, at that time we knew about European River Cruising, but most of our US clients did not yet know anything about this style of travel. 

River cruising has finally become known to Americans and we are happy to explain how it works! During the 1990s, the Rhine-Main-Daube canal was finished.This canal made it possible to sail Europe’s rivers from the North Sea all the way to the Black Sea. This created so many great options for exploring central Europe! The Danube and Rhine are the two most popular rivers to explore from a cruise ship.

 

Cruising on our recommended river cruises is such a lovely experience, and so much is included! You will enjoy a luxury level experience while onboard, with beautifully prepared meals and highly refined service. As you stop each day in the towns along the river, you will enjoy the included shore excursions, with local expert guides. You are also free to just step off the ship into the small towns and walk those ancient cobblestone streets on your own!

We know the ships and the itineraries, so when you use our services, you will have an expert helping you craft a wonderful experience. Some of our river cruises have butlers, some have pools on the upper decks, and work-out areas and spas onboard. The river cruise lines are expanding options all the time based on feedback from guests, so staterooms are getting larger, amenities are increasing, and cuisine is becoming more attuned to special dietary needs of guests.

 

Cruising rivers eliminates concerns some travelers have who may experience sensitivity to motion when sailing on other types of ships. River cruising is not a good match for those with mobility problems, so we would have other recommendations for those travelers.

 

River cruises are a perfect setting for group travel such as wine clubs, culinary clubs, wellness groups, yoga groups, and history buffs. The combination of interesting activities and the relaxing atmosphere of the ship makes a river cruise the idea venue for a group of friends to reconnect by sharing a getaway.

 
 
 

Have you ever returned home from a vacation to proclaim that you needed a vacation to recover from your vacation?  Have you mentioned to those close to you that you must take a break to focus on your health?  Did your last doctor’s visit wake you up to the reality of all those missed workouts?

 

It is time to learn about wellness travel!

 

You may think wellness travel is a time spent with strict workout schedules and only eating kale, but that is not how it works.  You may be surprised by what a lovely experience it can be to regain your health!

 

Meaningful wellness getaways can change your life.  You will find that you are not alone in your health improvement goals, as friends may want to join you or you may make new friends during your trip. Others may join you in some of your activities, or just be available for brainstorming to compare their struggles and goals. You will be enriched with these types of experiences:

 

•   Practice daily yoga with personal trainers to help you start at your comfort level

•   Learn about the best nutritional options that fit you

•   Absorb ocean breezes, the smell of nearby vineyards and sunshine to connect you to nature

•   Take time to actually learn about how to lift weights in a way that really benefits your health

•   Enjoy very good sleep on high thread count sheets, aromatherapy touches to your room and refreshing treats delivered by room service to start your day

•   Receive medical evaluations to choose how to prioritize your health journey - some resorts have top notch testing facilities to get you on track

•   Enlist expert help with learning pilates or yoga techniques - much better than trying to figure out for yourself if you are holding poses correctly from watching a video at home

•   Break away from your usual ideas of fitness by exercising in the ocean, along the beach or while hiking up into mountains and enjoying amazing views

•   Enjoy learning a new sport without competitiveness, but just for the fun of it

•   Indulge in massage appointments to compliment guided stretching sessions

•   Learn how to heal injuries that may have stopped your fitness goals in the past

•   Practice relaxation techniques to improve sleep, handle stress and really rest

•   Experiment with cuisine focused on health - you may surprise yourself with healthful meals that you would never have considered before

•   Learn to cook to revamp your usual meals - continue the changes once you get home

•   Attend a workshop to practice incorporating prayer, worship and meditation into your workout

•   Detoxify your body with a week of good activity, food that is perfect for your goals, and spa treatments to lead your body into a relaxed state

•   Take time to be quiet, read a book, nap in a hammock, draw or paint

•   Arrange help with accountability for when you return home

•   Schedule a followup getaway for the next year

•   Come home feeling like you have actually done something very good for yourself so that you are ready to tackle life in your best state.

WELLNESS TRAVEL

Have you ever returned home from a vacation to proclaim that you needed a vacation to recover from your vacation?  Have you mentioned to those close to you that you must take a break to focus on your health? Did your last doctor’s visit wake you up to the reality of all those missed workouts?

 

It is time to learn about wellness travel!

 

You may think wellness travel is a time spent with strict workout schedules and only eating kale, but that is not how it works.  You may be surprised by what a lovely experience it can be to regain your health!

 

Meaningful wellness getaways can change your life.  You will find that you are not alone in your health improvement goals, as friends may want to join you or you may make new friends during your trip. Others may join you in some of your activities, or just be available for brainstorming to compare their struggles and goals. You will be enriched with these types of experiences:

 

  • Practice daily yoga with personal trainers to help you start at your comfort level

  • Learn about the best nutritional options that fit you

  • Absorb ocean breezes, the smell of nearby vineyards and sunshine to connect you to nature

  • Take time to actually learn about how to lift weights in a way that really benefits your health

  • Enjoy very good sleep on high thread count sheets, aromatherapy touches to your room and refreshing treats delivered by room service to start your day

  • Receive medical evaluations to choose how to prioritize your health journey - some resorts have top notch testing facilities to get you on track

  • Enlist expert help with learning pilates or yoga techniques - much better than trying to figure out for yourself if you are holding poses correctly from watching a video at home

  • Break away from your usual ideas of fitness by exercising in the ocean, along the beach or while hiking up into mountains and enjoying amazing views

  • Enjoy learning a new sport without competitiveness, but just for the fun of it

  • Indulge in massage appointments to compliment guided stretching sessions

  • Learn how to heal injuries that may have stopped your fitness goals in the past

  • Practice relaxation techniques to improve sleep, handle stress and really rest

  • Experiment with cuisine focused on health - you may surprise yourself with healthful meals that you would never have considered before

  • Learn to cook to revamp your usual meals - continue the changes once you get home

  • Attend a workshop to practice incorporating prayer, worship and meditation into your workout

  • Detoxify your body with a week of good activity, food that is perfect for your goals, and spa treatments to lead your body into a relaxed state

  • Take time to be quiet, read a book, nap in a hammock, draw or paint

  • Arrange help with accountability for when you return home

  • Schedule a followup getaway for the next year

  • Come home feeling like you have actually done something very good for yourself so that you are ready to tackle life in your best state

GUIDED TRAVEL OR INDEPENDENT TRAVEL?