Thinking of taking a cruise this spring, but undecided about where to go, and what kind of cruise to take?
“For the last little while people were cruising closer to home, taking more Pacific coastal cruises like Alaska or Mexico,” says Pety Carvalho of Expedia Cruises in Langley. “But now we’re seeing people getting back to more exotic, bucket-list destinations like Australia, New Zealand or Europe.”
Carvalho notes that although travellers are returning to more exotic trips, Mexico and Hawaii, or Caribbean destinations like Aruba, St. Kitts, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands and Bermuda, are always mainstay.
“For our clients, Mexico and the Caribbean have always been popular, because it’s easier to just go somewhere down south from here,” Carvalho says.
Expedia clients can also choose from a variety of popular cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Disney, Norwegian, Princess and more.
“Choosing a cruise line is definitely about personal choice,” Carvalho says. “Each one is great in their own way, and because they’re all different, there’s something for everyone. For example, with river cruising, Viking Cruise Lines are Scandinavian Modern in design, while AmaWaterways, which is German, make you feel you’re dining right at home in a German-style house.”
Which cruise type suits you?
Aside from deciding on a destination and cruise line for your vacation, you can also choose which cruise type – contemporary, premium or luxury – suits your needs or tastes.
“A contemporary cruise is usually more multi-generational, with a lot of fun stuff for the kids,” Carvalho says. “The premium cruises are more all-inclusive and intended mostly for younger adults. You’ll still find a kids’ club but without the more ‘wow-factor’ attractions like water slides.
“Luxury cruises are more for adults and are usually longer, with deluxe, white-glove service like a glass of champagne every time you board the ship.”
Ocean or river?
If you’re more interested in visiting more remote areas of the world, full of rich history, river cruises are a great alternative to contemporary ocean cruising.
“Our European river cruises are very popular,” Carvalho says. “The ships are smaller, and the atmosphere is more relaxed and elegant, with no hustle and bustle – you only unpack your bags once. It’s like being in a little boutique hotel that takes you right to the heart of a different city or country each day!”
To learn about coming Viking Rivers Cruises, Expedia Cruises invites you to join them for their Viking Cruises Live Event at the Fort Langley Golf Course from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on March 23.
“We’re excited to host this event, and to have our Viking Cruises rep join us to tell you all about the river cruising experience and the fantastic offers in April!” Carvalho says.
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