October is Plan a Cruise Month—so if you haven’t booked your cruise, it’s time to get on board.Many novice U.S. cruisers like to try shorter jaunts to Mexico, the Caribbean, or along the east or west coasts. These offer a good introduction to the benefits of cruising: unpacking only one time even while visiting several ports, the all-inclusive nature of cruising (onboard food, activities, housekeeping services, etc. are included in one price), and the availability of various destinations with shore excursions for every level of fitness.
|Meals are included when cruising.|
The beauty of cruising is that you can also be adventurous and choose off-the-beaten-path destinations. Cruising allows you to create lifetime experiences with a minimum of individual planning. The cruise line does most of the work, which can include booking flights, to make sure your trip is convenient and comfortable.Explore new territories
When you’re ready to explore unique landscapes, consider the region known as Australasia—Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and other neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean. Here are some of the diverse destinations that cruisers of all styles put high on their lists of places to see.
|Scenery on a boat ride from Akaroa, New Zealand|
Sydney,Australia—This modern city is a must-see for every global traveler. In addition to exploring the sprawling metropolis, don’t miss the famous harbor in Circular Quay, home to the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
|Be sure to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge|
|Waterfalls abound in Tahiti.|
Tahiti—Explore lush tropical jungles, and feel the mist of accessible waterfalls. There are numerous hiking opportunities for active travelers and gorgeous gardens that encourage gentle wandering for less-active travelers.Superb snorkeling, sailing, and other water activities are plentiful in ports throughout this region. Or follow in the footsteps of the Lord of the Rings to learn how Middle Earth was created when touring movie locations on New Zealand. Cruising allows travelers to choose their activities geared to their specific interests when visiting the bucket-list destination of Australasia.
Plan a cruise nowPlan a Cruise Month was created by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to help people learn more about cruising and how to plan and take a cruise vacation. Many cruise lines are offering special deals and promotions with options to fit every travel style and budget. If you have a preferred cruise line, check to see what is being offered.
If you’re new to cruising, look for a cruise specialist at https://www.cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/cruise-travel-guide/clia-agent-finder. Sites like Cruise Critic, All Things Cruise, Vacations To Go, and Cruises Only can also help you decide what cruise line best fits your travel style and needs.
Information courtesy of Sarah Kennedy, Public Relations and Marketing for Cruise Lines International Association.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier