Cruise Ship Photos You Can Buy From The Cruise Line

Your cruise will have a photographer on board taking cruise ship photos if it is a major cruise line. It seems that these photographers never run out of film, snapping pictures at all hours of the day, at every activity imaginable. There are several types of photos these professionals take.

Formal Photographs

Any time your ship has a formal night, you can expect the photographer to be set up with his or her camera equipment and backdrops. This is one of the best times to have a professional picture taken. You are wearing your best clothing, your makeup is done, and every hair is in place.

The cruise newsletter will announce this kind of photography sessions. The photographer will generally catch you on your way into the formal dining or some other formal event. You will be posed either alone, as a couple, or in a group. The photographer will tell you when and where your cruise ship photos will be available for viewing. You will have several choices of photos you might want to buy.

Casual Photos

Some pictures are taken candidly as you enjoy your time on the ship. The photographer will try to capture those moments when you are most pleased with your voyage. Days at sea are popular times for photographers to take these casual photos, since you are at your most relaxed.

You may also have casual photos taken that are not exactly candid. In this case, you might be asked to pose with a prop such as your snorkeling equipment. You might be posed next one of the ship's performers, or with your significant other.

When you go on shore excursions, some ship photographers will go along and take pictures for you to bring home with you. You will have a record of all the fun you had and some of the sights you saw. Some specialty pictures may be underwater photos of you snorkeling near a reef, for example.

Embarking and Debarkation Pictures

Every different cruise line has a different theme to their photos of you arriving on the ship. For example, Norwegian has had a pair of extra-tall Scandinavian showgirls who greet you and stand on each side of you as your picture is snapped. Every cruise line has a different way of greeting you, but they are usually registered with a picture.

When you leave the cruise ship, photos will also be taken as you depart. These pictures are not as easy to view ahead of time, like the photos taken earlier. However, your cruise line may make them available to be viewed online before you purchase them.

Cruise ship photos offer a different perspective from the pictures you take yourself. Unless you are a professional photographer, they are likely to be better quality pictures as well. If you are not sure about buying the pictures, visit the onboard gallery after a couple of days, and you will see how well most of the pictures come out.

Romance And Travel On Land And High Seas

Happy Valentine’s Day! As a travel consultant, I make recommendations for unforgettable getaways for all my clients, including cruises, all-inclusives and quick weekend getaways.

Some ideas for romance and travel on the high seas include a romantic evening onboard your cruise ship. Book a side-by-side couples massage at the onboard Spa, a wonderful way to begin your journey towards relaxation and romance. Follow that with a candlelight dinner at one of many specialty restaurants. Enjoy your favorite savory cuisine, soft music playing, your waiter serving delectable meals and wine.

If dining out doesn’t appeal to you, room service will deliver a lovely meal for two, giving you a chance to dine on your balcony. You can watch the sun set with your loved one while enjoying the comforts of your own private space. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many couples celebrating special anniversaries onboard cruise ships, arranging for their room to be decorated, an anniversary cake at dinner, and wine delivered to their room.

I had the pleasure of working with one local couple who renewed their wedding vows for their 30th wedding anniversary. I was able to plan a wonderful trip to Jamaica for them, with a stay at Breezes Runaway Bay, a fantastic all-inclusive resort. They stayed in a balcony suite with a plunge pool. I worked closely with the wedding coordinator at the resort, arranging a sunset ceremony on the beach for them. I had their room decorated in rose petals, candles, and a bottle of champagne awaited them after their renewal ceremony. It was an unforgettable experience for them, and one I enjoyed working with them to make happen.

Top Honeymoon Destinations for 2007

One of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding is planning your dream honeymoon. Honeymoon destinations vary greatly and couples can really choose a destination that fits their interests and lifestyle. From tropical beaches to the ski slopes, a honeymoon can be tailored to fulfill each couple’s desires.

Warm locations have always been a favorite among newlyweds. Tropical locations are romantic and sexy and make the ideal location to start a life together. It can also be a welcome change for those who marry during the cold winter months. Hawaii has always been a popular destination for honeymooners. Much of Hawaii caters to tourists and couples on their honeymoon will find a wide variety of activities to engage in.

For the couple who wants to hit the beach but wants something more unusual, a Panama vacation can be a perfect choice. The beaches in Panama are gorgeous. They have smooth white sand and breathtaking emerald colored water. Panama’s beaches are considered some of the most beautiful in the world. You do not have to stick to the water in order to enjoy a Panama beach vacation, however. The area is filled with attractions, fine restaurants and quality hotels. There is something for everyone. It is a great place to celebrate the start of your life together and areas such as Bocas del toro are ideal for honeymooners.

Las Vegas is another popular destination for a honeymoon. Many couples combine their wedding and honeymoon together in Vegas. While gambling and shows are always available, there is quite a few other things to do while in Vegas You can take helicopter and hot air balloon tours as well as enjoy fine dining and shopping. On the Eastern side of the United States, Niagara Falls has always been one of the top honeymoon destinations. It truly caters to new couples in love with its breathtaking views and excellent lodging.

If you are unsure where to head on your honeymoon, you might consider taking a cruise. Cruises are a cost effective way to see multiple locations. They also are good for those on a budget, as you can often find good deals that are all inclusive. Cruises are available to tropical locations as well as Alaska and Europe. Many have honeymoon packages which come with extra perks such as champagne or photographs of the two of you onboard the ship.

A honeymoon can be extravagant or simple. You can relax on Panama’s beautiful beaches or cuddle up by the fireplace in a ski cabin. It is all about what you and your new spouse will enjoy. Choosing a location might be difficult, but having the time of your life should be easy once you arrive at any of these top honeymoon destinations.

4 Tips To Rent A Yacht That Will Make Your Cruise The Most Enjoyable And Memorable

Yachts have for the longest time being considered as open only to those who can afford their luxurious nature. It is however very possible for you to enjoy a luxury yacht even if for only a few days of your holiday. With so many boat rentals available, you will definitely find a yacht that you can afford for your private or group cruise needs. There is really no better way of enjoying the waterways than in yacht and with a few helpful tips, you will be able to rent a yacht that makes all your dreams come true.

Tip 1 – Choose the right type of boat

There are different yacht charters to choose from to match your activity levels, budget and taste. You can go for a small sailing yacht or a motor yacht if you are looking for a romantic getaway for you and your partner. The same can also be suitable for a small family looking to spend an intimate time together. If you are a larger group, then a catamaran that is crewed makes a very suitable option, whereas a mega yacht is best for even larger groups made up of more than ten people. Remember yachts can also be rented for corporate getaways of the parties; whatever your needs, you will find one that works best for you.

Tip 2 – Get a fully crewed yacht

Most private and luxury yacht charters are fully-crewed meaning that you will have a captain and chef and other crew members to ensure that all your needs are met. Of course, there are people who would want to have the yacht all to themselves and hence choose to skipper themselves. But with a crewed yacht, you have all the time to sit back and relax or engage in other exciting activities on board without worrying about the boat at all.

Tip 3 – Go for a non-fixed itinerary

This can be a wonderful alternative compared to a fixed one where everything you do on the cruise is timed. When you choose a private charter yacht, you can make a loose itinerary such that you can stop whenever you want or stay longer in areas that interest you the most before moving to the next point. It is also a great way to deal with unpredictable weather because you can easily move to better places if the weather starts misbehaving. This kind of itinerary gives you flexibility that would otherwise be hard to enjoy. You will only be required to be back at the agreed time, but what you do in between is up to your preferences and agreement with your captain.

Tip 4 – Enjoy the cruise in your own style

When you charter a boat, you can choose to have an adrenaline filled adventure or a more relaxed kind of cruise for you and your partner. Most rental yachts come equipped with equipment for watersports meaning you can indulge as much as you wish if such adventure is what you are looking for. If relaxation is your thing, then find a vessel that has a therapist as part of its crew so you can enjoy a massage on the go. Some luxury yachts come with spa facilities so you can choose accordingly.

Ketchikan Fishing For Cruise Ship Passengers

Ketchikan is located in Southeast Alaska on Revillagegedo Island.

Revilla is accessible only by air and sea. Ketchikan is also part of

the Tongass National Rainforest. Yes, we get a lot of rain, but it’s good for our trees and all the critters on land and sea.

Many of you have probably seen documentaries about Alaska and if your

planning a trip your envisioning what it will be like. I have met many

people throughout the years and have heard them comment that Alaska is

just as they had imagined. This area is teeming with bald eagles, black

bears, deer, whales, and sea lions just to name a few. It never gets old

seeing these animals in such a pristine environment. It is true however

that our weather is sometimes not the best, but that is the price we pay

to live here.

If your planning a fishing excursion in Alaska you may want to consider

Ketchikan as a good place to exercise that option. Ketchikan is touted as the salmon capitol of the world. Others may argue, but there is no doubt that we sometimes have dynamite fishing. What do you want to catch?

King salmon start showing up in early May and things start to get hot

around the third weekend in May. Coincidentally, our King salmon derby

kicks off at that same time. There are many prizes including cash to be

won. King salmon peek around June 15 and tail off around July 10 or so.

The last week in June is when pinks, chums, and a smaller run of cohos

start to show up. These fish last into August until they tail off and the last run of larger coho salmon show up run until the end of September. Halibut and other bottom fish such as Red snapper and lingcod can be caught with pretty good success starting around June 1st. Depending on your captain, most bottom fishing is further out of town and you may not have enough time. Salmon fishing is literally 20 minutes from town.

There are many hotels, lodges, and B&B’s in town if you decide to fly

in on Alaska airlines. For those of you coming to town via a cruise

ship don’t be bullied or scared into purchasing your fishing charter

on board the ship. You’ll save hundreds and at the same time supporting

the local economy.

Traveling With Special Circumstances

In the National Lampoon Vacation movies anything that can go wrong to Chevy Chase does. The hotel isn’t as described in the brochure, the car is too small and the amusement park is closed; the list could go on. With the introduction of the Internet into the average American home, planning vacations has become easier than ever. Incidentally, when vacationing we all have special circumstances, including children, pets, disabilities or medical requirements. And sometimes your destination makes all the difference.

These are the answers to a few frequently asked travel questions, and tips to remember when traveling with special circumstances.

Flying. Flying has become one of the most common forms of travel, but as airlines get bigger they need to accommodate a larger number of people and their demands.

Flying With Children. Always inform the airline you are traveling with children when you by your tickets. Reservations for infants and children under 2 cannot be made on most online travel sites. You must contact the airline directly.

    • Newborns. Most airlines will not allow a child under seven-days old to travel on any plane. Often if the child is that young they will also require a doctor’s permission slip.
    • Small Children. There is usually two options when traveling with small children, lap or buy a seat. If the child is less than 2-years old they can sit in your lap for domestic flights. Most airlines do not charge for lap children. However, if you feel more comfortable, you can buy a seat and place the child in an FAA approved restraint. Buying a ticket for these children is usually discounted substantially and most car seats are approved. Double-check the airline for FAA requirements. All international flights require children to be in restraints.

Unaccompanied Minors. It’s not uncommon for children to fly alone. Many are seasoned travelers bouncing between parents, friends or relatives. Most airlines will take responsibly of minors for a fee. The cost is usually between $50 and $100 depending on the airline. Additionally, the age requirements may differ. For most, children between the ages of 5 and 7 are only allowed on direct flights. Children between 8 and 14 can fly on connecting flights. The age when children are not required an escort depends on the airline. For example, Delta requires all children under the age of 14 to have an escort whereas with United, children over 12 it’s optional.

Pets. Many airlines accommodate animals of different sizes. You can take them as carry-on, checked as baggage or shipped. Some states require a health certificate. It is suggested to have all veterinary paper work available including shots. Always call the airline or check their website before booking your ticket. Some are more restrictive than others.

Most animals must be 8 to 12-weeks old to fly. The American Veterinary Medical Association suggest not to sedate cats and dogs. This may effect their natural equilibrium and cause injury. Many of these tips and suggestions are for domestic flights in the 48 continental United States. International restrictions and fares may vary.

    • Carry-on. Carry on pets must be small enough to fit into a kennel under the seat in front of you. There is usually a fee of about $50 to $100 per animal. Most airlines only accept cats and dogs. Delta will also accept, birds, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs, whereas, SouthWest doesn’t accept pets of any kind.
    • Checked Baggage. Larger warm-blooded mammals and birds are usually checked as baggage. Animals must be in comfortable kennels and are taken at the check-in counter and retrieved in baggage claim. They are safely placed under the plane in a pressurized and heated compartment. There is usually a $100 charge for checking your animal. Sometimes it is more difficult for baggage handlers to get your pet to your connecting flight. When booking your flight remember to give yourself between a one and three hour layover.
    • Air Cargo. Many airlines have cargo services. This is for those shipping pets to friends or family without their owner. Rates depend on size and destination of the animal. Check your carrier’s website for further details. Always include identification tags with your address and phone number as well as the address and phone number of the person receiving the animal. Additionally, do not put a leash or muzzle on the animal, this may cause a choking hazard.

Disabilities. All airlines are dedicated to making everyone’s travel comfortable. Most airlines are wheelchair accessible and willing to work with people with all kinds of disabilities. Always inform the airline if you or a loved one has special needs prior to departure. This allows the staff to prepare for your accommodations.

Many airlines can provide Braille safety cards, captioned safety videos, individual safety briefings, onboard wheelchairs and more. Guide dogs are usually accepted as checked baggage and don’t require a fee. Many airlines will also accommodate those with food allergies or related illnesses like diabetes.

Hotels and Cars. Always contact your hotel or rental company to make special arrangement regarding lodging and transportation. Most hotels and car companies will try to accommodate you in all ways. When traveling with special circumstances like children, pets or disabilities, always take your hotel and on-ground travel arrangements into account.

If you plan to take the family dog on vacation with you, keep a few things in mind when booking your lodging. Although the hotel may accept pets, ask where they stay, in the room or in a hotel kennel. Furthermore, find out if the hotel offers walking services. If you are sightseeing all day, you don’t want your poor pup stuck in the room needing to visit the grassy knoll across the street.

For small children, most hotels can provide a playpen or crib for them to sleep in. Many car rental companies can also provide car seats and additional child restraints.

Cruises. Pets are not aloud on most cruise liners; however, children are. Most cruises provide several forms of entertainment for children while at sea. If you decide to cruise with children always look into the liner’s child services prior to booking a room.

    • Children and Young Adults. There are usually several free, child-friendly activities previously planned by the cruise liner to keep kids and young adults busy. Activities include arts and crafts, movies, games and child friendly pools. Sometimes the cruise liner will have teen dances and teen specialized activities.
    • Children under Two. Children under 2-years old are not usually eligible for activities. However, most liners offer babysitting services from about $6 to $10 an hour.
    • Disabilities. Many cruise liners try to accommodate those with disabilities to the best of their ability. All floors have elevators and are wheelchair accessible. Those in wheelchairs, requiring oxygen tanks or health requirements usually board and disembark before the general public. Those with sight or hearing disabilities may need to make extra special arrangement with the liner prior to purchasing tickets.

Traveling in today’s day and age can be a tricky business. There are so many circumstances to take into account. Always remember airlines, hotels, car rentals and cruises are ultimately in the hospitality business. They understand there are special circumstances and all are fully trained to accommodate you and your loved ones.

Get Away From The Norm On Nile Cruise Holidays

Everyday life will eventually start to get anyone into a rut. There is a cure to the malaise of a typical routine people tend to find themselves in. The cure is to get far away from home and have some real fun. A whole planet of fun and adventure are waiting for those who want it badly enough. The best way to find an adventure is with Nile cruise holidays.

A holiday is also known as a vacation to some. No matter what it is called, a holiday is a great way to relieve stress and get that hop back into a persons step. It can be tricky finding the right way of spending this quality time. Planning will help to make the expense match the fun.

The destination is what it is all about in vacationing. Often times the farther one goes the better the adventure. A new setting helps create a different way of thinking. Breaking the habits of a repetitive life can improve health and happiness in one go. Ancient lands with culture and intrigue hold the best of old an new.

Finding a great location is a big step, but after the place has been selected the mode of travel starts to become a major issue. Everyone wants to have a good time without giving up life’s conveniences. The key to having it all and getting from one place to another is in taking a cruise. Everything the modern world can offer without having to drive or search all day for it.

Traveling on the oceans and seas is not only relaxing, but it is also a great deal of fun. Comfort is king, but activities are what keep each day on the water fresh and exciting. Culture will also flow from every possible pit stop. Old world history and beauty with a taste of everything on the ancient river is hard to beat.

When the time comes to finally take that big vacation, be sure to go somewhere that leaves an impression. See the lands that time has never forgotten and bring home some new stories. A voyage into the past with the pleasures of the world of today is the tops in travel. Make a Nile cruise a top choice when planning the next great holiday.

6 Secrets the Travel Industry Does not Want You to Know About Cruise Travel Deals

Cruise travel is a fantastic way to explore the world and you may find yourself a cruise enthusiast after your first taste of the luxury. But there are a few details that do not show up in the brochures that most first-timers on a cruise travel deal have to learn the hard way. Here is a list of those dirty little secrets that you need to know to make sure that you enjoy your cruise and do not overspend your budget.

You Get What You Pay For

1) Yes, it's trite, but in the case of cruise travel deals it is especially true. One sneaky way to get people onboard is to offer low-priced come-on fares that seem too good to be true. Well, often that is the case. Generally speaking, fares that are higher tend to include more. The flip side is that the so-called cruise travel deals may offer a low price fare, but then nickel and dime you to death so that you have not saved anything at all.

2) Hidden costs and onboard charges are where the cruise lines make a big chunk of their revenue, so travelers must be aware of what is included and what is not. Below are some examples of the "ala carte" payment system common to many cruise travel deals:

3) Anything you buy onboard will be at least 25% more expensive than you would expect to pay on land. A $ 6 bottle of suntan lotion will likely run $ 10 or even more. So whether it's impulse buying in the gift shop or grabbing items that your husband forgot to pack, expect it to be overpriced. You are a captive audience and can not go down the street to another store if prices are too high. The list of items in this category is long but things like alcohol, lattes, hair cuts, sodas, dry cleaning, toothpaste, suntan lotion, swimsuits, etc are on the short list.

In addition, every cruise makes it very easy for you to spend via charges to your room tab. There is not the emotional moment of pain when you ask yourself, "do I really need this?" like you might if you had to pull out your credit card first.

4) Also expect a few cleverly hidden charges before you ever get onboard the cruise ship. Unexpected fees that were not clearly spelled out in the advertised cruise travel deals can include port taxes, fuel surcharges, and mandatory tips.

5) In addition, the cruise line or vendor will try to sell you on package airfare, airport transfers, and "luggage service" that can be had at a better price elsewhere. At this point your $ 400 cruise travel deal is starting to approach $ 1500 and you have not even left home yet.

6) The heavily advertised cruise travel deals are often for the least desirable accommodations onboard. Expect rooms near the noisy engine, inside with no windows, at either end of boat where it gets rough, and even below sea level. Check before you book, so you at least know what you're getting. It does not hurt to inquire about what a more desirable room would cost – you may be pleasantly surprised.

Take an hour and do a little research before you book your next cruise travel deal. You will not regret that small time investment. Make sure you know exactly what is included, what will cost extra, and when and how each cost is assessed. It's a lot easier to save in advance than it is to try to pay off an unexpected $ 2000 credit card bill after your trip for the cruise travel deals you saw advertised at just $ 349 per person. Or was that a cruise travel "steal"?

How to Get Married on a Cruise

Why not save time and money by combining your wedding with your honeymoon on a romantic cruise? A wedding that takes place on your cruise can be a beautiful way to start a journey together as a couple. However, it’s not quite as easy as it looks in the movies. You will need time to arrange a wedding and it is best to start at least a couple of months before your cruise leaves.

In reality, most couples don’t get married at sea, or on the actual cruise ship. In order to do this, you need to find a cruise line that has a wedding department and someone (often the captain) to perform a legal ceremony. Not all captains have the legal right to marry couples, so check this ahead of time if your heart is set on an ocean bound ceremony.

For most couples, getting married just before you leave the port or at another port of call along the way is a great compromise that can be done on any cruise line. There are a few things you’ll need to put in place ahead of time… often the cruise line will help you out with this. For example, you will need to decide where you will have the wedding ceremony performed, since most cruises have more than one stop.

In order to get married in a foreign port of call, you will need to have the right paperwork. Some states actually allow you to use their marriage license abroad, so make sure you check this ahead of time. Otherwise, you will need to find out what paperwork is required for the port of your choice. This will be reviewed upon arrival in the port, even if you plan to marry aboard the ship.

Other options for cruise ship marriages include tying the knot on the beach or at a local church. This will require additional arrangements, but if you really want a wedding to remember, it can really be worth the extra effort. Getting married in a foreign country may require other specifics like placing a notice in the local newspaper, before you are allowed to have a formal ceremony. This can take time, so make sure you are aware of all regulations and requirements ahead of time and if you won’t be able to complete them in time, pick another location for your cruise wedding.

One thing is for sure, you can’t just throw together a last minute cruise ship wedding. You will need time to plan it, particularly if you want to invite friends and family, since the paperwork doesn’t happen overnight. Different countries have different rules as to who can be married and what is required. Also, keep in mind that if you are married aboard a cruise ship, your wedding license may be issued by the ship’s mother country of origin or registration, which is usually outside the US. You will want to ensure that this is acceptable in your home country, otherwise it will be necessary to conduct another wedding once you return.

Having your wedding on a cruise can be a wonderful experience, if you have prepared correctly. Enjoy a romantic wedding aboard the ship or on a beach and then continue with your honeymoon… that part is already taken care of! Just remember that you need to take time to plan everything out, just like with any other wedding arrangements. Set it up ahead of time and enjoy!

What Is the Best Time to Go on a Cruise to Mexico and Hawaii?

Los Angeles is a major cruise departure port in the United States, owing to its position facing the Pacific Ocean. LA is a gateway to the world, because cruises from Los Angeles can go anywhere in the globe through the Pacific Ocean. One of the top destinations in LA cruises is Mexico and Hawaii, which are popular escapes to paradise.

How Much are Cruises?

There are many cruise liners to choose from especially if you are looking for cheap discounted trips. Peak seasons in travel greatly affect the prices of cruises going to Hawaii and Mexico. The savings you could have for a discounted cruise can be as much as $500 per person. The cruises from Los Angeles that go to Hawaii cost up to $1400 per head for a 15-night voyage. On the other hand, cruises to Mexico cost $400 to $900 for a seven-day trip.

Celebrity Cruises offer one of the cheapest cruises from Los Angeles going to the islands of Hawaii, the lowest rates costing $1350 per head for a two-week cruise. However, all rates from cruise ships displayed online are subject to change without further notice. There are no deadlines for bookings, but the rates become more expensive as you book nearer to the departure date of the cruise. To get cheap deals with cruises from Los Angeles, you have to plan and book the cruise at least four months before your actual trip. This way, you get the limited discounted offers that are sold on a first come first served basis. Tickets are also usually cheaper for both destinations in September and mid-December because of the smaller number of tourists.

Hawaii or Mexico?

Both places are top destinations when it comes to cruises. Cruises to Mexico are best from October to May. The summer weather from June to September are too humid. On the other hand, Hawaii is best to be visited during the dry season which is from April to October. Peak season for travel to Hawaii is also experienced during the winter months is the US; cruise liners are usually full of families with children during these months. Arrange your trip three weeks before or after Christmas, when the crowd is usually thinner than usual.

Online travel sites are one of the best ways to get cheap and quick reservations for cruises going to Hawaii, Mexico, and even the Panama Canal. They will allow you to compare different cruises from Los Angeles, as well as choose the best dates for your vacation.