The Top WHY’S to Book a Cruise

Is Cruising For YOU?

Cruising is for everyone. The old-world charm and grandeur of ocean liners lead many to have a skewed view of what a modern cruise will be. Cruising the vast ocean in high style when ladies wore their finest still exists, but as soon as you step foot onto a cruise ship these days, the choice is yours. Whether you go high style and formal and relive the bygone era that my Grand Parents lived or you toss the gowns and baubles overboard for the duration of your vacation. Cruise lines offer passengers everything. If you’re not feeling the main dining room, check out the buffets and room service for a casual evening at your own pace.

Here I tell you the Top “WHY’S”;

Why a Cruise is the best choice of travel.

Unpack once. We classify this under “Luxury”. You might not realize it until you experience it but there is nothing more appreciated when travelling from place to place to only have to unpack one time! Ahhh, “Luxury”, even for the un-spoiled.

  • Lose the hassle of living out of your tiny 24×15 case and hailing taxi transportation as you effort to go from place to place- city to city or plane hop island to Caribbean Island. Sounds tiring, doesn’t it? It is tiring and you often wonder why you need a vacation from your vacation. Cruising allows you a wonderful nightlife on board as your cruise ship takes you to your next port of call. The simplicity of cruising allows the passenger to visit multiple places without the hassles or arranging transportation to and from each place you visit.
  •  Cruising is a wonderful value for your dollar. Both the budget-minded and luxury traveler have ample choices of stateroom. Inside staterooms suit some, where suites and staterooms with balconies suit others. Cruise lines are even getting savvy to the SOLO Traveler and single accommodations are emerging. Included in your Cruise Fare- deliciously prepared Food, Top notch Entertainment you might not be able to afford at home, and transportation to each island. Alcohol, soda packages, Internet, professional pictures, specialty restaurants and excursions are an additional cost if you have interest there. Then, of course there are Luxury Cruise Lines that offer all-inclusive which typically will include your Lattes, alcohol and even sparkling water.
  • Ports of Call, Yeah! Where can you go to sleep in one country and wake up in another? ‘Nuff said! Imagine yourself trekking around and visiting ancient ruins like El Morro one day and the next waking up to a NEW port of call to go snorkeling while visiting the perfect white sand beach and top reef’s! It just can’t be done at a land based resort or all inclusive. Cruising…..there is a mystique about it, AI’s cannot compete.
  • Downtime. You create your holiday away on a Cruise. Do as much or as little as you want. Bingo, no bingo. Learn how to napkin fold, or not. There is usually a  fun Scavenger hunt, is this for you? Or, as CruiseDivaNJ likes to do, find the perfect lounge chair for your day at Sea and R E L A X, before that SPA appointment.
  • Kids Clubs & activities– and don’t forget the kids! Not only are there kids clubs, but that Rock Wall is not just for the adults.

How many more WHY’S do you need to book your Cruise holiday?

Cruising & Travelling With Little Ones

Travelling with little ones? 

When do you travel abroad with babies and toddlers?  Is seeing London and seeing France, going to Castles in Ireland and ruins in Greece memorable for little ones? Is packing and unpacking (diapers come to mind, as well as stuff to occupy baby/toddler) on your journey tiresome?

I have two feelings; the first is that any time spent showing your little ones knew things is awesome, but when do children have a genuine understanding and appreciation for history, culture, architecture and travelling the world? When does it make sense, for you?

I also have the belief that true desire to travel to these places should be from within, from things learned and books read and with heightening excitement, so it will be a learning experience and be enjoyed and remembered.  A time only you as a parent will know, a time when your child can help “plan” the journey with you and be an integral part- when they can read some things about your destination, understand them and show excitement.  Can they appreciate Mondsee, Austria where the cloister church was used for the site of the wedding in The Sound of Music? [at the very least, can they watch a movie like the Sound of Music and “relate” to it on your journey?] Maybe for your child it is 6 or 8 years old, maybe for others it is much older.
We didn’t travel to far off exotic places when my children were young but we took this time in their young lives to take trips that would appeal more to what their age was at the time.  A weekend at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania seemed apropos at a year and two years old. Being from the northeast, longer trips included places like Montauk and the Hamptons, Virginia/Washington, DC, Upstate NY,  the Pennsylvania Dutch area, Disney World and Florida beaches, and Myrtle Beach just to name a few.  By the time my children were in their teens they had also been to at least 15 Caribbean islands, Bermuda a few times and Puerto Rico. Needless to say they love to Cruise and love learning about the culture on the different islands- through the people on the islands.

When older children are asked about their family vacations from when they were under 5 years old they recall and reply from pictures and stories they have seen and heard through their developing years. When asked specifics about a particular holiday away they can reply with events that impacted them; like they remembered “being sick” or they remember the “big airplane” or the lady who gave them a “sweet treat”.

Cruising is a wonderful Holiday away for every age.  A huge Ship will never be just a memory from stories and pictures. The kids clubs on board most cruise lines offer activities to delight every age.  Excursions tailored and can be age appropriate.  Ask us for the deets on a specific cruiseline kids club and we’ll get the info back atcha’! For you it might be DISNEY Cruise Line, or maybe Royal Caribbean Oasis/Allure with 28,000 square feet dedicated to children and teens (ages 6 months to 11) and a Teen club up to 17. Whatever your needs, Windsor Crown Travel will find you a cruise to fit all your expectations!

A Cruise Holiday will be the greatest holiday away memory for your entire family!

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Travel Tips for Cruise Packing

If you are flying and have weight restrictions, here are some tips to make your journey a little less stressful.

If you are travelling with your spouse, pack in each others suitcase.  You most likely need 2 suit cases, but if one suit case is lost then you both still have clothing to wear.  In this event, either self-service laundry or very reasonable laundry services are available on all ships.  I find rolling your clothing eliminates wrinkles in most fabrics, but not all. Wrap those garments in dry cleaner plastic, and then roll. Lastly, you can pack a travel size of wrinkle releaser.

I am an admitted over-packer.  Truthfully, no one but you will notice if you wear 2 bathing suits all cruise, or a different one each day.  If you’re aiming to pack light, 2 swim suits for a 7 day cruise is sufficient.  When I must fly, I pack my shoes in my carry on as they are the heaviest items to pack in your checked luggage.  Yes, I need to pack a different pair of shoes for each evening outfit.  Pack your small items around the perimeter of the suit case. Make sure you pack anything sharp (scissor, knitting needles, nail clipper- you get the picture) in your luggage and not your carry on.

On sea days on Caribbean itineraries, if you enjoy the Pool Deck, you will be in a bathing suit or shorts and tee shirts, sandals/ flip flops, a cover-up.  On Port Days, if you sightsee, the most important item is a good pair of walking shoes (hats, sun glasses, water, sun screen).  Evenings for men mean long pants and collared shirts and dressy casual/casual for the ladies.  Typically Formal or Cruise Elegant evenings on board mean a suit or tuxedo for the man and cocktail dresses, gowns or fancy outfits for women.  Nice slacks and a button down and tie will work for some men for formal night, but the description truly describes casual.

Carry ons should contain all medical needs and documentation (passports). Some like to tak advantage of the open pools on deck and pack a swim suit. My family is way too busy the first day to be bothered, but it is a great tradition for many.

Do NOT forget to pack sun screen protection, a hat or sun visor, and a remedy “just in case”! I also suggest packing other remedies like for Sea Sickness, also- “just in case”. We have found natural ginger pills to work the best, but there are many available; sea bands work on pressure points and bonnie can be purchased in any major drug store. Don’t wait to find out the cruise ship medical is already out of sea sickness remedy.  Stomach remedies are smart to pack as well. And, DO NOT forget a good pair of sun glasses, for you and your children.

Lastly, If you take your Smart Phone, download a flashlight first, it could come in handy in the middle of the night.   No need to pack that extra weight of a flashlight anymore!

With 1,000s of items you can pack and different methods, consider this a snippet of information today!