5 Reasons to Love Cruising
by Elaine Glusa from Virtuoso
For travellers who want to see the world without compromising on accommodations, today’s cruise ships offer the best of both worlds : transportation, adventure, and ever changing views, plus relaxation comfort via private balconies, fluffy bedding, butler service, gourmet restaurants and ethereal spas. There are more than 30 cruise lines in the Virtuoso portfolio with ships ranging from mega ocean liners to boutique ships, expedition vessels, riverboats and even yachts. No matter how you set sail, lets count the ways a cruise will float your boat.
Check in and instantly check out from scheduled responsibilities other than planning your next day in port. From Champagne sail-away toasts to walks along open-air promenades, on itineraries as varied as transatlantic crossings or island-hopping, breathe in and let the water views work their wonders.
Unpack Just Once
Enjoy the secret thrill of stowing your luggage out of sight for the duration of the trip. Embarkation – i.e. move in day – is the last time in 7, 14 or 90 days or more that you’ll be bothered with your bags. Cruising allows you to settle in without settling for one setting. From the tropics to the poles, oh the places you’ll go, all while dressing from a closet rather than a suitcase.
A Gangway to the World
By river or ocean, cruising lets you hit world highlights – and your bucket list – in each port of call. Float the idea of realising good global citizens by bringing the whole family (Tip : a cruise offers something for all ages, which also makes it an ideal multi-generational getaway with grandparents, children and everyone in between).
Wining and Dining
Enjoy foodie favourites in port or on board across the globe. Looking to learn some new cooking skills? Explore the art of miniature desserts or master the science of high-heat grilling in classes at the Culinary Arts Kitchen, a hands-on teaching facility and the very first cooking school from Regent Seven Seas Crises aboard its newest ship, Seven Seas Explorer
The Value Equation
Cruising’s bundled pricing means you avoid nickel-and-diming and it can result in some incredible extras, in addition to meals and entertainment. Some luxury lines include airfares and some include shore excursions, alcohol and gratuities.