If you’re in the market for the ultimate, 5-star hassle-free honeymoon, think about hitting the high seas onboard a cruise ship. As far as I’m concerned, this is the only way to travel.
Once onboard, you can enjoy luxurious accommodations, savor delicious food; be treated to stellar entertainment - along with a vast selection of other onboard activities - while touring the world…with an ease factor unrivaled by a comparable tour vacation.
On “sea days” (when you’re not visiting a port) you can relax by the pool, curl up with a good book, take part in myriad classes, games and other activities, hit the gym, indulge in soothing spa services – or simply curl up on deck and watch the sea go by. On some ships you can even play putter golf or swim laps while staying in one place. At night, you can dance the night away or flirt with games of chance in the casino.
When you’re in port, touring is made easy thanks to pre-arranged shore excursions arranged (for a fee) by the cruise staff, or you can wander off the ship on your own and explore new destinations – without the hassle of packing up each time you get to a new place.
Every day brings a new adventure. Cruise travel has become increasingly popular in the last few years as savvy tourists have discovered just how stress-free it can be.
One of the best bets afloat these days is Carnival Cruise Lines' fleet of 23 “Fun Ships.” From the minute you pre-register online via their user-friendly “Fun Pass” to the sad minute when you have to disembark at your home port, Carnival makes it a seamless – and pleasant process. Embarkation is amazingly smooth, as is everything else that happens along the way.
You can select voyages ranging from three to 16 days in duration, with daily departures and visit destinations such as: Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England and Europe. No matter which ship you choose, you can be assured of being pampered throughout your voyage.
Carnival’s Imagination, for instance features spacious bathrooms and staterooms furnished with thoughtful amenities, including toiletries and plush robes. A variety of accommodation categories promise plenty of choices and all are equipped with either a queen or interlocking twin beds that form a king.
The resort style pool is always popular, but if you seek a more secluded sunbathing experience and wish to escape the crowd, a special outdoor serenity retreat, located at the rear of the ship offers a lounge area with two Jacuzzis and a scenic view of what you’ve left behind. For the more adventurous, the Waterworks water park features curlicue water slides for the young – and the young at heart.
Dining is a treat on the Imagination, in the Pride and Spirit dining rooms with soft music, table cloths and a la carte menu with a vast array of choices, or at the casual Horizon Bar and Grill, with its 24-hour pizzeria and seemingly non-stop banquet options. Should you wish to spend some quiet time in your stateroom, 24-hour room service is available – at no extra cost. The cuisine in all of the venues is exceptionally good and offers a lot of variety.
Throughout the Imagination, there are nooks and crannies where you can spend some quiet time away from everyone. For cocktails and small talk, the piano bar features live piano music as an added twist.
Should you wish to plan your wedding at sea, Carnival also offers a variety of shipboard wedding packages featuring romantic ceremonies aboard ship or in tropical ports of call.
Cruising is an all encompassing travel experience and you can do as much - or little as you like. The choice is up to you.