If you’re planning a golfing getaway either as a solo trip or taking your family and friends along for the fun, don’t swing and miss. It’s important to do some advance planning first. These 5 tips will help you plan well, for a great golfing vacation.
Don’t just grab the
first golfing vacation package you see. Research the courses you’d like to play
the most and draw up a list of about 10 different possible destinations. Also,
consider if a certain golfing destination has multiple courses you’d like to
play, giving you more variety for your money. If you’re taking others along for
the trip, ask for their input too. They might know about destinations that you
haven’t thought of.
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3. Go All Inclusive
Going with an all-inclusive golf getaway can make things much easier to plan. Everything is taken care of, so you can focus on what you came to do – playing golf. In addition to all of your basic needs, some all-inclusive golf resorts also include extras like equipment rentals – you don’t even have to pack your own clubs. Find out what is and is not included before deciding on your resort and pick the right options for you. Club 1 Hotels members have access to wholesale rates with Guaranteed Savings at over 1 Million hotels and resort! Search Club 1 Hotels entire database for 30-days Free!
4. Ask About Short-Term Golf Club Memberships
You don’t always have to live in a city to get a golf club membership. Some clubs offer weekly or monthly membership passes that are available to anyone who wants them. If you are a serious golfer, getting a membership pass during your vacation can give you extra perks that you can’t get otherwise.
5. Book Off Season
Booking your golfing
getaway in the off season can save you a bundle. Remember, warmer destinations
generally have good weather all year round. No matter which time of year you
book your vacation, you should still have a fantastic trip. If you book your
golf excursion through a travel agent during the off season, you might be able
to save even more, as agents are often desperate to fill these less popular
So, don’t just leave
your plans to chance! Follow the tips above, and with a little diligent
planning, you can create the perfect golfing getaway that will suit you to a
Christmas is that one time of winter many people look forward to, despite the short days and shivering temperatures. It’s the perfect time of year to explore some of Europe’s countless festive markets, enjoy a mug of warming mulled wine or even pay a visit to Father Christmas. Others prefer to use the Christmas holidays to escape from the cold and head for the warmer climes of southern Europe and beyond. However, Europe truly presents something for everyone:
1 ) Lapland, Finland
For families with children, there are few more magical places to visit than Lapland in northern Finland. Home of Father Christmas and guaranteed snow throughout the season, Lapland offers a truly festive experience that your children will treasure for the rest of their lives. The number-one destination in the region is the small city of Rovaniemi, where snow stays on the ground for almost six months of the year. Not only can you enjoy the whole Father Christmas experience, but you may even see the spectacular northern lights. Just make sure to bring plenty of warm clothes, since the mercury can plummet to 30 degrees below zero!
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2 ) Leipzig, Germany
Germany is one of the birthplaces of the Christmas market, a tradition that has taken Central Europe and beyond by storm over recent decades. However, while many of the more famous Christmas markets are inundated with tourists, Leipzig remains relatively off the beaten track to foreigners. In fact, Leipzig’s Christmas market has been going for over 550 years! It starts on November 24, and it features both a medieval-style market and a more modern venue. Mulled wine flows in vast amounts, but there’s fun for all the family thanks to the Fairy Tale Forest and the Santa Claus stage on the Market Square.
Starting on November 27, Strasbourg’s Christmas market was first established in 1570, and it has continued the tradition ever since. The main event takes place near the truly spectacular 466-foot-high Notre-Dame de Strasbourg cathedral, a Gothic church that was the world’s tallest building during the Middle Ages. Several other markets are held throughout the city center, and you’ll find countless small wooden stalls selling local crafts, food and mulled wine. Other festivities include live music, sound and light shows, and street parades. If you’re still not convinced, Strasbourg’s Christmas market was voted Europe’s best in 2014 by Europe Best Vacation.
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4) St. Petersburg, Russia
Russia’s ‘Window to the West’ is also one of the country’s grandest cities, exemplified by such wonders as the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Winter Palace. Celebrating Christmas in St. Petersburg presents a very different experience from most other destinations in Europe. For a start, in Russia, the main festive figurehead is Father Frost and Christmas Day is held on January 7! A proverbial winter wonderland, visitors can expect a white Christmas and many winter activities such as outdoor ice-skating at the festive markets. For some cozier indoor entertainment, the Mikhailovsky Theatre also presents an outstanding Christmas program.
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5) Canary Islands, Spain
While guaranteed snow, mulled wine and festive markets usually pique people’s interest when it comes to Christmas, others would rather get away from the cold. The Canary Islands are one of the few European destinations that offer consistently mild weather even during the depths of winter. In fact, there’s nowhere else in Europe where you can spend Christmas Day reclining on a beach in preparation for a big dinner. All of the islands celebrate Christmas in their own way, and being a relatively religious country, traditions are still an important part of the routine. Hotels and resorts in the region also offer plenty of family-orientated Christmas activities.`
Whether you’re looking for Christmas festivities at their finest or a warm-weather getaway during the holiday season, you’re sure to find something in Europe, particularly with the extensive network of cheap flights to take advantage of. Those seeking to spend Christmas further afield will also find plenty of popular options, such as New York, Melbourne or even Sri Lanka.
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Do you have an exceptionally dedicated and hardworking team?
Why not consider conducting your next business meeting on a cruise.
Demanding projects can sometimes stagnate the minds of even the most talented business professionals. A break away from the traditional confines of the concrete business world could be just the incentive plan your team needs to kick it into high gear. A business meeting cruise is also an exceptional performance reward for a job well done. Planning, motivation, training, and even team building are all possible at sea aboard a luxury cruise line. What you can accomplish with your team in the boardroom, can now be accomplished on a business cruise.
Cruises are all-inclusive, therefore very cost effective in the business world. Due to the sheer size of a luxury cruise liner, accommodations for large groups are not an obstacle. If you book a business cruise you can also rest assured that the necessary business tools will be on hand for your use. Most large cruise lines offer audio-visual equipment and high-speed internet access as part of their business meeting cruise package. Some cruise lines are even offering the entire ship for private business cruise charter. The cost of a business cruise can vary greatly and sometimes depends on the services required while onboard. One little-known perk to a business cruise is that participants may be eligible to write off up to $2,000 of the cost on their taxes. (ask your tax account for more details)
When considering a business cruise, especially if your group is exceptionally large or you require the charter of the entire ship, is to make your reservations for up to a full year in advance. In most cases, you will be held responsible for payment in full regardless of whether you’re actually able to sail on your business cruise charter date or not. Therefore, planning is crucial when considering a whole ship charter or booking for an exceptionally large group.
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A picturesque tropical beach as a winter getaway makes for a smart vacation idea. Imagine frolicking in one of the world’s most spectacular warm-climate beaches as you wait away the passing of the cold months.
Here are ten of the world’s great tropical beaches to consider as your holiday vacation destination.
Bamboo Island Beach, Thailand
(a.k.a Phi Phi Island/Ko Pee Pee)
Located in Southern Thailand and protected by cliffs of limestone that tame the waves, the fantastic Bamboo Island is a remote tropical paradise of white sand and shimmering turquoise-colored waters. It is near the bustling Maya Bay, where The Beach was filmed.
Eleuthera is a narrow island in the Bahamas. It sports rolling beaches of pink sand and fabulously huge outcroppings of coral reefs. The beaches of Eleuthera are unspoiled as the island is not heavily inhabited by people.
Featured Hotel & Resort: The Cove Eleuthera, Eleuthera, Bahamas
Rio de Janeiro’s popular Ipanema Beach offers a lively, beach-party atmosphere where tourists and Brazilians gather as they sunbathe, drink beer, surf, and enjoy the warm weather. The western part of Ipanema Beach is framed by Dois Irmãos, a graceful-looking pair of mountains.
Featured Hotel & Resort: Belmond Copacabana Palace, Ipanema Beach, Brazil
Jobson’s Cove is an enchanting spot in Bermuda. It features a natural formation of limestone. The limestone outcropping creates a shallow pool of around forty feet in diameter in the Bermuda waters. The pinkish sandy beach of Jobson’s Cove treats you to experience clear waters, reefs, and a view of the towering cliffs made of limestone that borders the pool.
Featured Hotel & Resort: The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda
The immaculate beaches of Kadmat Island rest on a coral reef. The clear shallow waters washing off from the Indian Ocean make diving, snorkeling, and swimming much more enjoyable. Dolphins and other marine animals are also abundant in the beaches along Kadmat Island.
Matria Beach, French Polynesia
This dazzling white-sandy beach in Bora Bora is a heaven of tropical sun and gleaming blue-green waters. There are also bungalows by the beach where you can relax and marvel at the stunning French Polynesian views.
Featured Hotel & Resort: The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia
Located in Vieques, Navio Beach’s charm includes rough waves that are perfect for surfing, natural rock formations ideal for rock climbing, pristine and empty coastlines, and the rural island-municipality’s old-world vibe.
Perhentian Island, Malaysia
The tropical beaches along the pair of Malaysian islands called the Perhentians feature a postcard-perfect scenario complete with palm trees, white sand, warm climate, and crystal blue sea waters. Marine life—the likes of jellyfish, sea turtles, reef fish, and corals—is abundant, so you get the most out of any snorkeling and diving adventures.
Tulum Beaches, Mexico
Located southeast of Cancun, Tulum is a well-known archaeological site, as well as the location of beach resorts that deliver awe-inspiring views of the Caribbean. After spending time visiting Pre-Columbian ruins and cenotes, unwind under the sun and walk along the gorgeous coastline of Tulum.
Yasawa Island Beach, Fiji
You can’t go wrong with this warm-weather paradise popular for its unmarred beaches and clear blue-green waters. The volcanic Yasawa island group also features breathtaking mountainous terrain. In 1980, The Blue Lagoon was filmed in some parts of the Yasawa.
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Singapore is often regarded as a very modern city because of its huge, bright shopping-centres, high-rise buildings, and luxurious hotels. However, it was once a British colony and the colonial area of Singapore is one of its most interesting. Here the visitor can find many grand and imposing historical buildings, such as the Raffles and Fullerton Hotels, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, and the Supreme Court and City Hall.
It is easy to imagine being back in the days of long Edwardian summer days as one walks around the wide, tree-lined streets in this area.
Raffles Hotel, founded in 1887 by the American Sarkies brothers, has a long and illustrious past. The Singapore sling was invented here. No visit to Singapore is complete without enjoying this relaxing cocktail in the cool garden courtyard at this famous hotel. Hollywood stars, including Ava Gardner and Charlie Chaplin, stayed in sumptuous suites at the elegant white building. The dark and stylish Writer’s Bar pays tribute to them and features photographs of some of the great authors, such as Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham.
Studying the history of the hotel at the Raffles Museum is well- worth it. Here there are photos of the many famous guests, antiques, and travel items. One can imagine the elegance and excitement of travel in bygone days in this museum.
Most people can’t afford to stay at Raffles but there is a wide choice of eating places which range from expensive restaurants to the rather cheaper Empire cafe. This has large American-style meals and delicious desserts.
The modern extension includes an exclusive shopping arcade with purveyors of luxury items, such as Louis Vuitton.
THE FULLERTON HOTEL
The Fullerton Hotel overlooking the Singapore river is another luxury hotel worth seeing. This building with its wide columns used to be the site of Singapore’s General Post Office and exclusive Singapore Club and other government buildings. Staying here is very expensive but having a drink at the tastefully furnished Post Bar won’t ‘break the bank’. The huge lobby with its atrium and extremely modern look is worth exploring and doesn’t clash with the colonial style of the building.
The Victorian Cavenagh Bridge, the oldest bridge in Singapore, is near the Fullerton Hotel. This iron and steel suspension bridge is worth walking over to see the spectacular views, especially at night. An old-fashioned police sign at the end which forbids some vehicles and all cattle and horses ‘by order of the Chief Police Officer’ adds an air of nostalgia.
ST. ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL
Consecrated in 1862, this Anglican cathedral was built by convict labour. The large light-filled church built in the Neo-Gothic style with its romantic arches and a towering ceiling is a pleasure to visit. Interesting memorials to eminent people in colonial Singapore line the naves.
OLD SUPREME COURT BUILDING
This impressive colonial building features wide Corinthian columns and a large dome. The Italian artist, Cavalieri Nolli, designed the murals inside.
The long rectangular structure also has Roman columns but isn’t as attractive as the Supreme Court Building which looks more elegant. This is probably because of its classical dome. This building was the site of the Japanese surrender to Lord Mountbatten in 1945.
The Old Supreme Court Building and the City Hall are soon to be converted into the National Art Gallery of Singapore.
OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Built in 1827, this was originally the residence of a Scottish merchant, John Argylle Maxwell. Although Singapore now has another Parliament House, this Neo-Palladian building has been restored and now houses the Arts House in which exhibitions and concerts are held.
SINGAPORE CRICKET CLUB
Located in the Padang (the CBD) of Singapore, this is another historic building worth seeing. Cricket was once the most popular game in countries of British origin and the grand style of the building reflects this.
After the bustle of the shopping and Chinatown districts of Singapore, it is a good idea to wander around the much more peaceful colonial area of the city and become immersed in the history and grandeur of its early days.
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The small town of Kaikoura, on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is a place not to be missed. Its stunning location, with turquoise seas and snow-capped mountains, makes it an attractive destination in its own right, but Kaikoura can also lay claim to being one of the world’s best sites for viewing marine life. Sperm whales, dusky dolphins, the rare Hectors dolphin and fur seals are among the many mammals to be seen, while bird life includes the wandering albatross, petrels and fulmars.
Whale watching is probably the highlight for many visitors to Kaikoura. Northerly and southerly currents meet off the coast, and this, combined with an offshore continental shelf which drops suddenly into an 800 metre deep canyon, forces nutrients up to the surface, attracting whales and other marine life. Local companies offer whale watching by boat, helicopter and aeroplane, and all trips can be booked at the friendly and helpful Visitors Centre. A half hour flight is similar in price to a three and a half hour boat trip, and both offer a high chance of spotting sperm whales. Guides on the boat trips use their experience to predict exactly when the whales are about to dive, allowing photographers to be ready in time to catch the typical shot of the whale’s tail disappearing amid flying water droplets.
A whale watching trip often includes sightings of other marine life, with dusky dolphins frequently jumping and diving alongside the boat, but true dolphin fans may wish to take the opportunity to swim alongside them. Both whale watching and dolphin swimming should be booked a few days ahead to avoid disappointment, and as they are dependent on good weather conditions, it is advisable to be prepared to stay on in Kaikoura and wait for better weather.
Although most visitors come to Kaikoura for the marine life, the area offers other attractions, particularly its beautiful scenery. The town is situated on a tiny peninsula, providing spectacular views to both north and south. Short circular walks can be made from the town along the cliffs and back along the beach past the fur seal colony, although tide times should be checked first. For more seasoned walkers there is a three-day loop walk, with opportunities for luggage to be transported each day.
Other Kaikoura highlights include the Seafest, an annual food and wine celebration in early October, the Maori Leap Cave, a limestone cave with stalagmites, and the Kaikoura Wine Company, which offers guided tours.
HOW TO GET THERE
Kaikoura is around 180 km north of Christchurch, the main city on South Island, and is easily reached by road and rail. The TranzCoastal train passes through Kaikoura on its way from Christchurch to Picton, from where ferries leave for the North Island. It is a beautiful train journey, with mountain ranges on one side and the coast on the other, and 175 bridges and 22 tunnels en route. The road also hugs the coast for much of the journey from Christchurch, and plenty of view stops are recommended for drivers.
Kaikoura itself has a population of less than 4000, but became one of New Zealand’s premier tourist attractions after the first whale watching trips were made in the late 1980s. There is much evidence of early Maori settlement, and the area is thought to have been a base for hunting the giant moa bird, now extinct. Captain Cook sailed past Kaikoura in 1770 but did not stop, and the first European settlers were whalers, who came in 1842. Whaling, along with agriculture, was the town’s main industry until tourism took over.
WHERE TO STAY AND EAT
There is a plentiful supply of accommodation in Kaikoura, ranging from backpacker hostels and bed and breakfasts to holiday parks, motels and boutique hotels. However, despite the abundance, it is advisable to book ahead in the summer months. There is also no shortage of places to eat, with various budgets catered for and seafood a specialty. Crayfish is the feature meal in many establishments, and even the town’s name means ‘crayfish food’ (‘kai’ means ‘food’ and ‘koura’ means ‘crayfish’).
There cannot be many more enjoyable ways to spend a day than watching whales and dolphins swim and dive, then going for a walk along the stunning coastline and finishing up with a fresh seafood meal under a starlit sky. Kaikoura is truly a place well worth visiting.
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Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses
State Highway 1 at Station Road RD 1
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Hapuku Lodge was built to give all guests a great night’s sleep in one the most beautiful places in the world. Located 12kms north of the world-renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura, on New Zealand’s South Island, Hapuku Lodge shares the land with a deer stud and olive grove, nestled between the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range and famed Mangamaunu Bay.
A contemporary country lodge, Hapuku Lodge has four luxurious lodge rooms (including two suites), five luxury Tree Houses, built in the canopy of a native Manuka grove, one spacious stand-alone apartment, and multiple meeting and event venues. All rooms at Hapuku Lodge feature custom designed, handcrafted furniture, tailor-made beds and mattresses, Japanese soaking tubs (in the four lodge rooms), heated towel rails and floors, raindrop showers, and individual balconies.
The Tree Houses and apartment also have large spa baths and fireplaces. Breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and surf-washed coastline are seen from all rooms. The food at Hapuku Lodge is fresh, uncomplicated and flavorful, sourced whenever possible from their garden and other local organic farms and nearby waters.
For some people, Las Vegas consists of nothing more than the Strip and McCarran International. That’s understandable given the wealth of entertainment options, but Las Vegas Boulevard is really just one small part of the city.
If you’re interested in exploring beyond it, these are five of the best places to start.
Downtown is where the Vegas gambling industry got started. The area is still home to the second-largest concentration of casinos outside of the Strip, centered on the covered Fremont Street Experience. Free concerts are frequent in this area, and it’s also where major annual multi-day shows like Life Is Beautiful and Las Rageous take place.
If you’re willing to explore just outside of the casino corridor, you’ll encounter the recent fruits of a decade-long renovation effort. The downtown area just outside of the Fremont Street Experience is the city’s new hot spot for live music, nightlife and dining. You can even do some upscale shopping at Container Park and the Premium Outlets North, and the Mob Museum and Neon Museum are unique exhibits worth seeing.
2) RED ROCK CANYON NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA
A short drive west of the Strip is one of the country’s best places for hiking and rock climbing. The canyon area consists of a 13-mile loop along which you can either drive and enjoy the unique Aztec Sandstone formations or get out at various points to explore any of the two dozen trails.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset all year long and climbing is always allowed, though it is strongly discouraged for about 48 hours after any rainfall.
3) BOULDER HIGHWAY CASINOS
Originally intended to be a rival to the Strip, the casino corridor on Boulder Highway has suffered an unfortunate slide into crime and disrepute. So why go there? Some of the casinos are actually pretty good and tend to offer better odds and promotions to attract locals and more savvy gamblers. The casinos are safe, and travel along the street by car or bus is generally very safe during the day — most of the crime is confined to low-rent apartments and motels.
The nicest properties along Boulder Highway are the 4-star Eastside Cannery Hotels and Casino (see photo), Sam’s Town and Boulder Station, but the smaller ones offer some of the most enticing meal deals and gambling promotions in the valley.
4) LAKE LAS VEGAS
Just east of Las Vegas is a man-made 320-acre lake perfect for all sorts of boating and water sports. There are also a number of resorts at the lake that have private beaches, along with shopping and dining at The Village and a 12-hole course at the Reflection Bay Golf Club.
5) SPEEDVEGAS RACING / LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY or EXOTICS RACING
Three different companies in Vegas have private tracks and a collection of exotic sports cars that anyone with a driver’s license can take for a spin. A private instructor will teach you how to handle them in a warm-up lap, or you can opt to simply ride shotgun while a professional driver shows you some tricks straight out of the movies.
Other interesting areas off the Strip include Boulder City, Railroad Pass, the Pinball Hall of Fame, the Atomic Testing Museum and the Springs Preserve. Just remember to pack a good sunscreen and plenty of water if you’re adventuring between May and September.
From the romance of the Eiffel Tower to the magnificence of the Louvre and its priceless works of art to the enchantment of the street life, Paris is a delight for the senses. With something to offer every visitor, the city of Paris is the perfect choice for a first-time visitor to Europe, but with so much to see and do, you will want to return again and again.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Any time is a great time to visit this world-class city, but springtime in Paris is particularly delightful. Summers in Paris can be hot and humid, but visitors can always cool off in the air-conditioned comfort of a museum or seek respite in one of the city’s many parks.
The winter season is also a wonderful choice for visiting Paris. The crowds are sparser, the hot, humid weather is long gone, and there are fewer lines at the historical and artistic sites.
Everyone loves Paris, and you will notice its popularity when you see the traffic. Luckily, Paris has set up an extensive network of public transportation, including the modern metro and many clean and tidy buses. You will also find plenty of tourist buses, and these are great for getting the lay of the land when you first arrive.
Paris is known for its wonderful climate, but temperatures vary quite a bit. July and August are the hottest months in Paris, with average high temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit).
On the other end of the scale, December is typically the coldest month of the year. During the cold winter months, temperatures routinely dip close to 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), and even the highs generally reach only 7-10 degrees Celsius.
Are you considering going on a cruise but not sure if it’s right for you? Here are some reasons why a cruise might be ideal for your next vacation.
1. ENJOY YOUR TRIP WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT THE LOGISTICS
If you like to travel, but the thought of getting from Point A to Point B stresses you out, a cruise might be the perfect type of vacation for you. On a cruise ship, you can sit back and enjoy the view as you travel between ports without worrying about getting lost or making tight transportation connections. Plus, you’ll avoid the potential hassle of managing multiple rental car and hotel reservations.
2. AVOID AIR TRAVEL
As modern air travel has all the glamor of a long-distance bus trip, some people feel nostalgic for the golden era of trans-Atlantic Ocean liner travel. Although the overwhelming majority of passenger trips across the Atlantic are by air, the good news is that there are still cruise ships that sail between the United States and the Caribbean and various European ports. Of course, a cruise across the Atlantic will take much longer than a flight — up to two weeks each way — and it will probably be more expensive. However, many trans-Atlantic cruise ships visit several different ports, so you’ll get to see much more than you would on a flight. There are also cruise ships that travel between the west coast of North America and Hawaii.
3. EXPLORE PLACES THAT AIR TRAVELERS CAN’T VISIT
Although the world seems smaller than ever with long-distance air travel becoming more accessible to more people, there are still many places you can’t get to by flying. You can only visit these remote sites by ship, and while getting there might be expensive, you’ll be well off the beaten path. Remote cruise ship destinations include Antarctica, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic, and South Atlantic islands such as Saint Helena and Tristan da Cunha. Scholars and naturalists often accompany cruises to these places, so you’ll be able to get expert insights into these remote areas.
4. SEE MANY DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS WHILE SLEEPING IN THE SAME BED EACH NIGHT
Do you want to visit several cities without having to haul your luggage between different hotels of unknown quality? A cruise might be the right choice for you. Plus, think of all the time you’ll save and stress you’ll avoid from not having to pack your suitcase each time you leave port. Instead, you can spend more time relaxing and less time wondering if you remembered to pack your toothbrush.
5. PAY FOR EVERYTHING IN ONE PACKAGE
When you book an all-inclusive cruise, you’re purchasing a package that includes many different things, such as your cabin, meals, drinks, gratuities, and, in some cases, even shore excursions and round-trip airfare from your hometown to the ship’s port of departure. Some luxury cruise liners even offer on-call butlers and room service. An all-inclusive cruise is a good option for those who want to enjoy their vacation without racking up a lot of extra charges along the way.
6. ENJOY A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS IN ONE PLACE
Cruise ships provide a broad range of entertainment, and the variety of choices, especially on larger ships, can be astounding. You can swim laps in the pool, sample specialty foods and drinks at restaurants and bars, play games, work out at an onboard gym, go to a live music performance or educational lecture, and much more, all without leaving the ship. You’ll find it hard to get bored on a cruise.
7. MAKE NEW FRIENDS – OR KEEP TO YOURSELF
Independent travelers sometimes have a hard time meeting people, while those on a guided tour might yearn for more independence and solitude. On a cruise, you can have it both ways. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to socialize on the ship and organized shore excursions, but you can also keep to yourself on board and explore each destination on your own.
There are several advantages to taking a cruise, from hassle-free travel to making new friends to exploring places that you can’t get to by plane. Plus, with many different types of journeys and ships to choose from, you can find a cruise that fits your personality and interests.
VIEW ABOARD THE NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES’ NEW FLAGSHIP: THE NORWEGIAN ESCAPE
The famous Skytrax World Airline Awards publish the most prominent airline rankings in the world, taking into consideration the experiences of millions of business and leisure passengers in all classes. This year, Etihad Airways has been crowned the world’s best first class airline. The youngest airline with the fastest rise in the awards, Etihad first won a string of first class accolades back in 2010, and the airline’s commitment to providing perfect service has made it a consistent winner ever since.
PRIVATE SUITES WITH UNPARALLELED LUXURY: Etihad Airways offers a blissfully comfortable flatbed seat in every private Diamond First Class suite. At the press of a button, the seat turns into a bed that is over six and a half feet in length. This flatbed seat is utterly customizable, so the seat’s dimensions can be adjusted to suit your preferences and body shape. A soft but supportive pillow and an inbuilt massager help to rest and rejuvenate tired muscles, and the suite is stylishly decorated with leather upholstery manufactured by Poltrona Frau (who also supply Ferrari’s interiors). You are provided with a mini-bar, your own convenient wardrobe, and a stunning 23 inch television screen that comes with noise-cancelling headphones and more than 600 hours of on-demand entertainment. Even the lighting conditions are customizable, and with a wide range of personal light settings at your disposal it is easy to set the perfect mood for everything from sleeping to a romantic dinner date. Finally, you can make your suite an entirely private and safe haven for work or relaxation by simply sliding your screen door shut and activating your ‘do not disturb’ sign.
FIVE-STAR CATERING: Another particularly remarkable feature of Etihad Airways is its provision of five-star restaurant service in its Diamond First Class Cabins. An onboard chef is provided, and dishes are painstakingly produced to suit each passenger’s individual taste preferences. You can dine at the time that suits you, whether it is in the middle of the day or in the middle of the night. Further, you can even select the airline’s own delicious produce from the Organics Farm. The chefs and the food managers employed by Etihad Airways are all found and recruited from the very best restaurants and hotels all over the world, so you can rest assured that the quality of every meal is second to none.
When you fly first class with Etihad Airways, you are guaranteed to enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. A round-trip, first class ticket from New York to the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi costs around $15,000.