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How do you like to spend your vacation? Do you like to travel to different countries and visit different cities, or spend time in a comfortable hotel on the seashore (and sandy beach)? You can combine these two completely different types of vacation.

Go on a cruise vacation

How do you like to spend your vacation? Do you like to travel to different countries and visit different cities, or spend time in a comfortable hotel on the seashore (and sandy beach)? You can combine these two completely different types of vacation.

Cruises are a great choice for those who are going to spend vacation not boring and with maximum pleasure. Modern cruise ships provide the highest level of comfort to their passengers. The ships have everything that tourists need: comfortable cabins, restaurants, nightclubs, swimming pools, decks for sunbathing and stage for artists performances and entertainment shows.

Cruise liners usually follow a circular route. Most often, the ship is in motion at night and makes a stop during the day. The ships stops takes place in the ports of the most interesting for tourists cities. You can visit the sights, go sightseeing or spend the day by walking in the city. A cruise liner runs the entire route in one or two weeks, but there are also longer trips, including round-the-world trips.

Cruise liner itinerary usually includes visits to the most interesting cities and natural attractions of a region. This could be the Mediterranean Sea, the Caribbean Sea, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, Oceania. There are also trips to the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Traveling on a passenger ship was the only way to get to many places in the world before the development of aviation. Now you can get to remote cities more conveniently, faster and cheaper by plane. Passenger ships have become largely a place for recreation and entertainment.


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The largest cruise companies in the world

It so happened that many cruise companies were bought or joined by larger companies. This led to the creation of large holdings and corporations that manage a large number of cruise lines and ships. The world's largest cruise lines include: Carnival Corporation & PLC, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), MSC Cruises.

Carnival Corporation & PLC is one of the world's largest cruise travel companies. The company has more than 10 subsidiary cruise companies under its management, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, Costa Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia .
Costa Cruises (Costa Crociere S.p.A) is one of the cruise companies of Carnival Corporation & plc. The company's headquarters is located in Genoa, Italy. It is the largest cruise ship operator in Europe and one of the most popular cruise companies among Europeans.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is officially registered in Liberia and has headquartered in Miami, USA. This is the second largest cruise company in the world. It includes several subsidiaries, including Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.
The cruise ship Symphony of the Seas, owned by Royal Caribbean, is the largest passenger ship in the world as of January 2019.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) is the third largest cruise operator in the world. The holding manages three subsidiary cruise companies: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. As of January 2018, the Norwegian Cruise Line operated 16 cruise liners.
Norwegian Cruise Line is one of the largest cruise companies in the world.
Oceania Cruises is a premium cruise line that operates six premium cruise liners.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) specializes in ships with a small passenger capacity.

MSC Cruises is the fourth largest cruise company in the world. The headquarters of the company is in Geneva.

Caribbean cruises

The Caribbean region attracts tourists who love the sun and beach holidays. This is a wonderful region for those who love sunny weather, warm sea, sandy beaches and other pleasures. Sea cruises in the Caribbean region are especially popular with residents of the northern states of the United States and Canada. Residents of Europe, Asia and Australia also often buy cruises. Cruise ships usually visit the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and, sometimes, Mexico and Cuba on their route.

The best time to vacation on the Caribbean is from December to May.
Cruise ships may depart from the ports of Miami (Florida), Fort Lauderdale, New York or the Dominican Republic.

See some examples of popular cruise routes.

  • 4 night western Caribbean cruise (departing From Miami):
    Miami, Fl - Key West, Fl - Cozumel, Mexico - day at sea - Miami, Fl.
  • 5 night eastern caribbean cruise (departing from Miami):
    Miami, Fl - day at sea - Amber Cove, Dominican Republic - Grand Turk - day at sea - Miami, Fl.
  • 6 night eastern caribbean cruise (departing from Fort Lauderdale):
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Fl - Nassau, Bahamas - day at sea - Amber Cove, Dominican Republic - Grand Turk - day at sea - Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Fl.
  • 7 night BAHAMAS cruise (departing from newark):
    Cape Liberty (New Jersey) - day at sea - Orlando (port Canaveral) - Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas – Nassau, Bahamas - day at sea - day at sea - Cape Liberty (New Jersey).

Useful link How are you going to get to the cruise terminal? Book a taxi right now online: Miami port, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Liberty cruise port.

Tip: Start preparing for your vacation in advance. Explore the cruise line routes and prices offered, choose the ones you might like more. You can buy a cruise at a discounted price sometimes if will start to look for deals in advance.

Mediterranean Cruises

Cruises on the Mediterranean Sea are very popular among residents of European countries, as well as tourists from America, Australia and Asia. This can be a wonderful vacation for families with children and couples. Several major cruise companies offer Mediterranean cruises, for example: Costa, MSC, Royal Caribbean. The best time to travel around the Mediterranean is from May to October.

The most popular ports on the Mediterranean: Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Cagliari (Sardinia), Civitavecchia (Rome), Savona, Bari, Venice (Italy), Marseille (France), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Corfu (Greece), Piraeus / Athens (Greece).

Barcelona port
In the photo: a view of the Port of Barcelona from the hill.

The cruise liner route includes visits to only a few cities (from the list above). Choose the route that is most interesting to you.

There are many historical monuments, architectural landmarks and works of art in the cities of the Mediterranean region. Inquisitive tourists will find a lot of interesting things for themselves there. Be sure to try the local food (and wine) in different countries. It is unlikely that there is another region on Earth, with such a diversity of cultures and with such a rich history.

Plan your vacation in the Mediterranean in advance: book a cruise, book a hotel, buy tickets (plane, train and bus).

Boutique cruises and yacht rental

Not everyone loves to travel with a large group of tourists. If you do not want to spend your vacation in a special way, on a real yacht in the company of your friends, family or travelers like you, then it is possible.
You do not need to buy your yacht to spend a short vacation at sea. You can buy a ticket (rent a cabin) on a small yacht, or even rent a whole yacht.

What is a boutique cruise? This is a trip on small and medium vessels (no more than 30 people on a small ship and up to 200 people on average). This is proximity to the sea, enjoying nature, an opportunity to practice diving. You can completely retire in nature, if you rent the boat entirely. (Unfortunately, this type of vacation is quite expensive and not accessible to everyone. It is often chosen by famous people to travel alone.)

Useful link You can rent a yacht (buy a boutique cruise) using the service Hopachact.com. ⛵. You have access to offers in the most popular regions and countries - Italy, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, the Caribbean Sea.

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