The Definitive Guide to Going on the Perfect Cruise - Part Two

by Jhona - Date: 2006-12-28 - Word Count: 593 Share This!

So we're still on a cruise, on our way to some enchanted land. It's a great weather today, and the air is warm, and so are everyone's smiles. Here's more of what you can expect in a ship cruise.

You won't go hungry while cruising. All meals are included from morning to night. Most cruises have 24-hour buffet areas where you can eat any time of day or night. Sit-down gourmet dinners include your choice of appetizers, salads, main course, and desserts.

One of the most popular meals is the ships' midnight buffet. You'll find pizza parties and finger foods. At most of the bars the children may be treated to ice cream parties. If children have a birthday while on cruise, parties can be arranged and, of course, all the children enjoy the party entertainment. And...if you are still hungry some ships offer 24-hour room service.

In addition to this, there is a Captain's Cocktail Party, where you have the opportunity to meet and talk to the Captain and his immediate crew. Another highlight of any cruise is being invited to the Captain's table for dinner. Sometimes this can be for especially invited VIP's. However, there are times when individual passengers are invited throughout the cruise.

Fitness Centres
If you think you're going to miss out on your everyday gym sessions while on a ship, then you'll be pleased to know that cruise ships offer 'state-of-the-art' fitness centres for the health-conscious traveller. Gyms include various fitness machines, stationary bikes, treadmills, stair steppers, weights and of course, classes; aerobics, Yoga, and Pilates classes.

Not all classes offered are free, but there are many others from which you can choose. Personal trainers are available and have to be hired on board, for a fee. Remember that all of the classes fill up very quickly so book in a soon as you get on board.

You might ask, '...what kind of entertainment can I expect...' The answer is, well, endless, but for starters, cruise ships include cabaret, that feature elaborate Vegas-style shows, singers, and comedians.

Additionally you will find cinemas that show current movies. There are numerous bar lounges with dance music (yes, complete with dance floor), karaoke bars to sing the night away, and piano bars. There are plentiful deck and pool parties and even dance parties arranged for young teens. In addition, don't forget the Casinos, which feature high-stakes poker tournaments, (of course your gambling money is not included), so make sure that you budget well for this type of distraction.

Most drinks are not included unless they are being served with breakfast, lunch, buffet, or dinner. These included drinks are usually limited to soft drinks, juice, coffee, and tea. Water is always available, though you may have to pay for 'bottled' water.

Additional Beverages
Alcoholic beverages are not included in your cruise rate. Furthermore, soft drinks, wine, cocktails, specialty coffees, and bottled water are not included. You may find that your cruise line may have options to buy 'packages' for unlimited wine, alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water. Take advantage of this if your beverage consumption is high.

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