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Debunking The Top 5 World Cruising Myths

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Robin Amster | September 13, 2016

Debunking The Top 5 World Cruising Myths

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The Top Five myths about World Cruises include exorbitant cost, lack of time to explore in ports of call, the absence of engaging activities at sea, perceived unavailability of proper medical care, and not having access to experts who can plan the cruise, according to Cruise Specialists’ cruise consultants.

“There are so many facets that make a World Cruise an amazing experience for guests – from the intriguing ports of call and luxury cruise ships to the camaraderie among our cruise guests, who all have a passion for travel,” said Annie Scrivanich, Cruise Specialists’ senior vice president, Cruise Specialists.

“If a traveler can overcome some of the most common misperceptions about World Cruises, we know each will have an unforgettable journey,” she added. “We know just how special these voyages are and hope that by shedding light on these myths, more people will take the initial steps needed to begin planning the vacation of a lifetime.”

Debunking the Top 5 World Cruise myths:

World Cruises are too expensive – A  World Cruise is an exceptional value, when you take into account that almost all living expenses—accommodations, meals, traveling and entertainment – are included for three to six months.

In fact, some travelers use World Cruises as their winter homes. There are various pricing options depending on the cruise ship and type of stateroom or suite the client selects. Regent Seven Seas’ 2017 World Cruise is an example of an all-inclusive option for guests where special shore tours, pre-paid gratuities, transfers between airport and ship, and more are included, according to Cruise Specialists. On selected voyages, Cruise Specialists’ clients receive the added benefits of an experienced onboard host, along with exclusive shore excursion options.

Not enough time in one port – World Cruise itineraries typically include multiple ports of call with overnight stays to allow individuals more time to immerse themselves in destinations. Cruise Specialists said Holland America Line’s 2017 World Cruise, for instance, will visit 36 ports of call with overnights in ten different port cities over the course of 111 days.

There are also opportunities for land tours – getting off the ship in one port and rejoining at a later port—complete with hotel stays and transportation. Cruise Specialists cruise consultants can work with clients to create customized itineraries using carefully-vetted local tour operators for single and multi-day excursions.

Boredom – Guests can take advantage of a wide range of options and activities while in port and at sea. Cruise Specialists also offers exclusive shore programs and a special “Humanitarian Shore Tour” for those guests interested in making a difference locally. 

Every cruise line has its own personality while at sea. They invest significantly in specialized programs to enrich the onboard experience from learning a new skill and guest lecturers to cooking demonstrations, becoming a pro with your camera, and taking up yoga. Cruise Specialists organizes special chat sessions, as well as dinners and cocktail parties for its clients. Plus, everyone needs a little down time, and days at sea provide an opportunity to relax and recharge.  

“There is a great sense of appeal when it comes to extended days at sea    for most it’s a treasured time,” said Scrivanich. “For our clients going on a World Cruise or extended voyage, is a time of peaceful renewal, a chance to unplug, time to enjoy new experiences and create lasting new friendships.”

Not knowing what  to do if one gets sick – Although cruise clients might be far from home, medical care is not far away. Ship doctors are skilled in addressing a wide variety of medical situations and injuries. Cruise Specialists’ voyage hosts are also an invaluable asset. They can help communicate with the ship’s staff or a client’s cruise consultant, and contact the guest’s travel insurance company to arrange necessary assistance.

Most personal health plans will not cover illnesses while traveling abroad, which is why Cruise Specialists highly recommend quality travel insurance and offers assistance with comparing policies to find the protection that best suits each individual’s needs.

Lack of help in planning – This couldn’t be further from the truth, said Cruise Specialists. Its agents can handle all the details for clients, based on their specific needs and desires. They specialize in the complexities of arranging such a trip, have decades of experiences personalizing these cruises, and work with a wide range of clients and budgets.

Cruise Specialists’ “The Definitive Guide to World Cruising,” here, provides information on all facets of a world cruise.


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