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When talking about great vacations there not better options other than taking a Cruise. A cruise vacation offers many benefits to the traveler with a variety of options at one place. This is most important reason, why cruises have become an increasingly popular for individuals, Following are the few reasons why  cruises are so popular.

Great Value for money

Cruises offer great value for the vacation. Because everything can be purchased in one package, the majority of  you and your family's needs, such as transportation and accommodations, are included in the price. If you consider airfare, hotel stays, a rental car, and meals into the cost of a vacation, even a small vacation can get expensive. Taking a cruise solves this problem by consolidating these costs into single package.

All-in-One Vacation

There is not any other vacation options which offer the all-in-one experience like a cruise vacation. While on a cruise you can visit multiple cities and countries not changing rooms and having to constantly pack/unpack your luggage. A cruise vacation offers you the chance to enjoy your choice of entertainment and fine dine options, all which are located steps away from your room. Most cruises offer all day and night entertainment, including comedians, Magicians, Theatre, Cinemas, dance show, casinos, and other entertainment options. 

Cuisine of all worlds at one place

Talking about cuisine, most cruise ships hire top quality chefs and cooks for their kitchens/restaurants. Many of these chefs are from very prestigious culinary institutes.   Most Cruise liners offer various cuisine options at different restaurants. Menu options here make the cruise experience great for families. Kid friendly cuisine, alongside fine dining choices; make family dining an enjoyable event.

The best Family Vacation Option

Cruises offer options for families to stay together while enjoying separate vacations. Many cruises focus on creating a vacation experience for the entire family, offering childcare facilities where children can enjoy activities designed just for them. At the same time, parents can enjoy some grown-up time.   

Live life king size

Since relaxation and rejuvenation are  the ultimate goals of any vacation, the luxurious  options onboard a cruise ship make it an easy choice for the every traveler. Both adults and children alike get pampered on a cruise.  Adult  can spend a relaxing afternoon of massage, hot tubs, and sunbath, while the children can spend a day of swimming and playing while being taken care of by professional care taker. Many people choose cruises for their vacations because of their value, food, luxury and family friendly, all-in-one atmosphere.

Tips & General information

Tip:-

Except on a few luxury cruise ships, which have no tipping  policies, you are expected to tip your cabin steward, dining room waiter and assistant waiter. Please be generous as these crew members work very hard   and your tips are necessary to their livelihood.   Special service personnel such as deck stewards and bellmen should be tipped as service is rendered; for other crew tips, payment at the end of the cruise is customary.

Videos & Camera:-  

Always carry your own camera and other necessary accessories and  save a  money  as professional photographers can be expensive on cruise.  

Internet access:- 

Most ships have Internet access, but they often charge very high  per-minute fee. Some cruise lines offer package deals for a fixed fee Internet access. You can save a lot of money by visiting an Internet facility at  port. Ask a crew member where to find an Internet cafe on shore, or check out the local public library, where you can sometimes check your e-mail for free.

Gambling:- 

Shipboard casinos are getting bigger and bigger, which means that more and more money is being lost at sea. If you decide to gamble even for , set a limit on how much you are willing to lose, then leave as soon as you lose it.

Spa services:- 

While pampering should be part of every cruise vacation, frequenting the ship’s spa can be expensive.   You can save money on spa treatments by looking for discounted spa specials, which are usually offered when the ship is in port.  

Shore Excursions:- 

Shore excursions can be pricey, especially on such destination-intensive itineraries as Alaska, Europe and Hawaii. In most cases, it’s easy to arrange your own excursions and save money. Visit the port’s official tourism Web site for up-to-date information on tour operators and pricing.  

 Laundry :-

Laundry and dry cleaning charges on a cruise can be very high. Instead of carrying few pair of clothes and giving it for laundry you can carry extra pair of clothes and save money.  

Indian Rail or  International Rail

“It's my experience that most folk who ride trains could care less where they're going. For them it's the journey itself and the people they meet along the way. You see, at every stop this train makes, a little bit of America, a little bit of your country, gets on and says hello.” 
― David Baldacci

The great way to explore any city or the country is to travel by rail. For example you will find   different types of trains around the globe  like high speed trains, Night trains, scenic trains, ferries, vintage train and regional train.

Cost Effective

Trains are the most cost-effective alternative to planes, particularly if you're going a relatively short distance. For travelers looking to cut costs, the train  travel is the best option. Where you don’t only reach to your destinations you   can enjoy the journey as well. In comparison to the airfare train fares are not only cheaper but more stable too.  

Flexibility

Except on long-haul or infrequently traveled routes, trains tend to offer travelers a great deal of flexibility. Most short trips do not even require prior reservations, and you can simply show up at the station the day of your trip and buy  a ticket for the next train and travel

Convenience

You don’t have  to arrive three hours before the departure, wait in a long security line, passing through customs check.  Welcome to the world of train travel. You can arrive hour or  half an hour before departure  time and walk straight to your platform. Unlike airports situated out side city centre, most major train stations are located right  in the heart of the cities they serve.

Eco Friendly

Trains are more energy-efficient per passenger mile than planes or cars, making them one of the most eco-friendly transportation options.  Trains are less damaging to the environment than those of airplanes.  

Local Cuisine

There's something traditional too about taking a train, particularly if you're traveling over a long, multi-night/ multi-city/multi-country route   you will find dining cars with local cuisine and full-service. During the day   you can  play games, chat with friends & family  and if you are alone   you can  choose  to  read books or   enjoy the scenery during the journey.

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Tips & General Information   

  •  If you are traveling across several states or country by train, you must pack some food which is not perishable easily. As the food from   dining car  is expensive. 
  • Especially if you are on   train for a few days. Pack some comfortable clothes such as shorts / T-shirts etc.  You are going to be on that train for awhile, might as well feel as comfortable and as homey as possible.
  • It takes few  days when you are travelling by train specially if you are travelling in USA, Europe or even in India. That’s a lot of sitting time. It will   drive an active person crazy. To keep yourself an active take a walk during long halt at the station or take short walk in the compartment or do some exercise to keep your self fit. 
  • Some times a long journey can becomes typical. To avoid it carry a couple good books, ipod playing cards etc, Don’t be afraid to talk to the other folks on the train. They are just as bored as you. 
  • A blanket and pillow help you get a good night's sleep.
  • Carry your regular medicines.
  • In the trains you may not have credit cards or  ATM facility.  So always carry sufficient cash.

 

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