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Happy New Year! Where has the time gone? Puppies seem to have taken over my life for a while there, but now things are a little quieter. Skyler and Tess are now living the good life, so I found a good travel joke about dogs and a picture of the two happy doggies to start things off. 

Joke of the Month

A man wrote a letter to a small hotel in a Midwest town he planned to visit on his vacation. He wrote: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well-groomed and very well behaved. Would you be willing to permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?” 

An immediate reply came from the hotel owner, who said, “I’ve been operating this hotel for many years. In all that time, I’ve never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I’ve never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly. And I’ve never had a dog run out on a hotel bill. Yes, indeed, your dog is welcome at my hotel. And, if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here, too.”

And Now About Cruising…

In light of the Costa Concordia disaster, I felt it would be good to have this newsletter focus on Cruising. This was a very tragic event and extraordinarily rare. Cruising is considered the safest form of commercial travel: Last year over 19 million passengers worldwide enjoyed traveling on cruises without incident! Oh the places you can go!

 I have personally been on several cruises, from large ships to sail ships and even Riverboat cruising (or should I say meandering).  I’ve been on ships that carry 4000 passengers and ships that carry 50-100 passengers.  What I love most about cruising is the places you can see during your travels and only unpacking once! I have sailed in Alaska, Fiji, Tahiti, and been to Italy, Croatia, Greece, Belize, Honduras, Mexico and many Caribbean Islands. It’s an absolutely amazing way to see cities, towns, beaches etc.  Cruises have different styles and can be laid back or a ‘dress to the hilt’ style cruise.  When we went on a Riverboat in the Netherlands beginning in Amsterdam, we were able to see several historical sites along the way and enjoy the slow pace of the river and the castles and villages that speckled the land along the rivers.

 

Styles of Cruising: There are so many styles of cruising:

Expedition cruises, Family, Gourmet, River, Singles, World, Group, Theme, Senior, Holiday, Gay, Luxury and others. Most people have no idea that there are so many styles of cruising.

Most people are looking for the best price or ‘deal’ on a cruise and don’t consider the ‘value’ of their pricing. For instance, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian, MSC, Costa and others will have some great pricing and wonderful cruises, but be aware that your sodas, alcohol, shore excursions , tipping etc. are additional charges. If you were to sail on Regent or Seabourn, you would have these items included and many times they offer free air too! This is where your travel agent comes in handy! I can help you to be aware of hidden or additional costs. You can also look at 10 hidden costs of cruising from the Cruise Critic!

 

Cruising Facts

  • 456 cruise ships sailing the world
  • Total cruise ship capacity is currently  over 425,000
  • 90 million passengers with safe trips over the last 20 years
  • Over 2000 Ports of Call
  • Most Popular Destination in the World: The Caribbean
  • Almost 90% of cruise tickets are sold through travel agents!
  • Over 75 cruise lines!

 

Ready. Set. GO!

Ready to go on a cruise? There are lots of specials right now! Royal Caribbean has some special rates for Colorado Residents you can ask me about. Or for even more specials check out The Travelhound Vacations Page. Simply click the link on the page, Select “Cruises” in the “Quick Search”, Fill in any other preferences, and see the many specials you could soon be enjoying!

Know someone else ready to go somewhere? The Referral Program is still going strong!

For more information on cruising, we suggest: Cruise CriticCruise Market Watch, andCruising.org

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