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October 29, 2017

The Caribbean is Open For Business!

All About Princess Cruises

Research Shows Anticipation of Travel Experiences Extends Vacations in The Mind,Planning is an Integral Part of the Vacation

 

 

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The Caribbean is Open For Business!   image

From John Delaney, President of  Windstar Cruises

While we are deeply saddened by the damage from the recent hurricanes, the Caribbean is already rebuilding and open for travelers. At Windstar, we're getting ready to kick off our Caribbean cruise season and our voyages will depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico and Bridgetown, Barbados.

Day by day, more hotels, restaurants, and shops are welcoming customers back to these wondrous islands. The San Juan Airport is fully operational with 70 flights a day, and the cruise port has had more than 5,000 passengers in the last two weeks. Many hotels, restaurants, and tour attractions in the area have reopened for business and are serving the tourists who are returning. Eighty percent of the Caribbean islands - including Barbados - did not sustain any damage from these storms. Visit CaribbeanIsOpen.com and CaribbeanTravelUpdate.com for the latest updates from the Caribbean islands.

 

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Jamaica is the premier destination for tourism in the Caribbean, with stunning natural beauty and a wide variety of activities and entertainment. The major resort centers are Kingston, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril, Port Antonio and the Central and South Coast. Want to make Jamaica a destination for your next cruise? Use the CruiseCompete search page and enter Jamaica for your Visits keyword.
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Research Shows Anticipation of Travel Experiences Extends Vacations in The Mind, Planning is an Integral Part of the Vacation

4 Reasons Booking Land Tour Activities or Shore Excursions Before Arriving at Travel Destination is Good for the Mind and Pocketbook

Reseach shows that when it comes to happiness, experiences beat out things, even before purchasing either one. That’s because anticipation creates excitement, and it’s especially true when planning a vacation; a large part of the appeal of travel is dreaming about the people, food, places, and experiences yet to come.

CruiseCompete has made dreaming about and planning travel experiences easier, offering online tools to book land tour activities or shore excursions at substantially discounted rates prior to arriving at a selected destination. Experiences such as yacht racing in Antigua, a 4x4 Jeep Safari ride, ocean treasure hunting in Aruba, or private scuba lessons in the Bahamas are bookable online. These are just a few of the many exciting adventures to choose from, whether vacationing on land or at sea.

In addition to the excitement of dreaming and planning, there are also some very practical reasons to plan land tour activities and shore excursions before arrival at a destination:

1. Time is valuable. Booking ahead allows avoidance of standing in long lines at ship or hotel’s concierge to book land activities or shore excursions.

2. Land tours and shore excursions sell out, thus travelers miss out.

3. Looking at all possible options in advance allows you to weigh your options more fully. Cruise Compete links you to tour providers on every continent, in almost every county, and in many cities and destinations.

4. CruiseCompete’s excursion provider gives access to higher quality excursions at substantially lower prices.


How to: 

Staying on land?  Visit CruiseCompete’s Land Tour Activity offers at: https://www.cruisecompete.com/land_tours.php

Traveling via cruise ship? Visit CruiseCompete’s Shore Excursions offers at: https://www.cruisecompete.com/shore_excursions/

  • Click on the name of the ship and destination to find available shore excursions, or call 1-866-578-7508 or +1-954-449-6309 for expert advice to help select the best excursions for you.)

 

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Princess Cruises is Best for:

The mid-size and big ships are best for couples, families, multi-generational groups and singles who enjoy an active environment and want many itinerary choices. For mature travelers who want a small-ship experience with few children, longer itineraries and off-the-beaten path ports, the Ocean Princess and Pacific Princess are good choices. 

Atmosphere and experience onboard:


A good slogan for Princess might be: "Have it Your Way," for the line has a fleet of different style ships, sails itineraries all over the world -- and successfully blends traditional cruise elements with more modern amenities.

For example, the line has set seating – and also offers "Anytime Dining." The entertainment mix includes traditional Vegas-style revues, talent shows and comedians -- and also the newer "Movies Under the Stars."

The dining mix (varies by ship) might include a New Orleans-style cafe or an Italian restaurant. The three-deck Piazza, a relatively new feature that's being expanded to older ships, includes a 24-hour cafe, a wine bar and Alfredo's pizza, as well as shops and a performance venue.

Princess ships have casinos, nightclubs, discos and kids' clubs. All have Lotus spas and fitness centers that offer yoga and other classes. Some spas feature alternative therapies like acupuncture; the newer ones have such medi-spa options like Botox and other fillers. Depending on the ship, activities might include art auctions and all kinds of classes (some carry a fee): computer technology, photography, ceramics or cooking.

The newest (Royal Class) ships have expanded Piazzas, SeaWalks (glass-enclosed walkway) and Princess Live! (interactive TV studio).

Princess cruises include both formal nights (one for seven-to-13-night trips) and smart casual nights. Formal means a tuxedo or dark suit for men and gowns, cocktail dresses or fancy pants suit for women. Smart Casual means pants and open neck shirts for men and dresses; skirts or slacks and sweaters or blouses for women. T shirts, shorts and halter tops are not allowed in the dining. Shoes must be worn in the dining rooms.

Back in "the old days" of cruising, friends and family were allowed to come aboard with passengers, perhaps to share some champagne and small treats before the sailing time. That sweet custom ended, but Princess revived it with the "Bon Voyage" experience, which allows guests to come aboard for a tour and lunch with wine.

 

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A foodie's guide to cruise ship dining. Cruise lines offer many dining options included in your cruise fare. From casual to formal and many options in between cruisers are sure to find the perfect spot to eat on their cruise.


 


 

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