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Yukon Trip 2013. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The GTS Millennium is the flagship of the Millennium-class cruise ships, operated by Celebrity Cruises line. Here she is departing from Skagway, AK, harbour.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

By Josephine Scebba

(TECUMSEH, ON) – Who remembers Love Boat? Many of us grew up watching the show and living vicariously through the characters as they set sail on new adventures.

For those looking to take a cruising adventure of their own, there are many looming questions. Will I get sick? What is the best ship for me? Are there adult sections of the ship and activities for the children? What about the food selections?

With the right education going in, a cruise vacation can be the perfect fit for you and your family as you embark on your next adventure.

Yukon Trip 2013. Photo by Ian Shalapata.
The Norwegian Pearl is a Jewel class cruise ship of Norwegian Cruise Line.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Will I get sick?

One thing about vacations is that Mother Nature can never be predicted. It could end up raining all week, there might be a storm, and it is possible the ship could be rocky one moment and calm the next. If you are prone to motion sickness, there are certain measures you can take to ensure your wellbeing on the ship.

First off, you can pre-book a cabin mid-ship to help with stability. Also, be sure to pack some ginger chews, granny smith apples, something about the natural pectin eases the stomach, and look into over the counter medicine to combat any motion sickness.

If motion sickness is a major concern of yours, you can also see your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about sea sickness remedies prior to departure.

What is the best ship for me?

This is always the toughest question to answer; especially when it is your first cruise.

Expert agents like those at Expedia CruiseShipCenters are always asking the right questions, guiding customer to assist them make their choice based on activities, ports of call and lifestyle. The top three reasons people choose to cruise are that there is something for everyone, the amazing service, and the excellent vacation value.

Some cruise ship insight that resulted from a recent Cruise night presentation includes:

  • If you are looking to feel at home from the moment you step onboard – then Princess Cruises may be for you.
  • Perhaps some premium cruises with a taste of luxury – try Celebrity Cruises.
  • Seeking adventure to a grand scale and fun for the entire family – try Royal Caribbean.

Are there adult sections and kids programs?

Every ship is unique with amazing programs for all ages, including live music and Broadway shows.

Princess Cruises’ Sanctuary area offers cruisers relaxing decompression away from the hustle of the ship. Contributed image.
Princess Cruises’ Sanctuary area offers cruisers relaxing decompression away from the hustle of the ship.
Contributed image.

From wave riders and rock climbing walls on Royal Caribbean, Carnival’s Seuss at Sea program with breakfast for all ages, and Princess Cruises’ Sanctuary for peace and solitude, the ships provide endless entertainment and relaxation for all.

Turn to an experienced travel agent for knowledgeable and trusted information about the vast variety of activities available on all ships and ports of call.

Dining?

Imagine chocolate desserts from the best chocolatier, Norman Love, and restaurants exclusive to famous Food Network chefs, like Curtis Stone and Guy Fieri, on selected ships. All cruises include free dining in common dinning room areas.

Most cruise lines have specialty restaurants that have service charges, but are worth the charge to taste something different and unique, if you want to step away from the main dining room.

Some ships even offer babysitting service so you can enjoy a date night, too.

So, why not channel your inner Love Boat desires and give cruising a try? Expedia CruiseShipCenters of Tecumseh will be hosting a cruise information session in June, call 519-956-8777 for further details.

Additionally, a partnership with Princess Cruises has resulted in a spectacular 1-day sale on June 18, with amazing deals, 1-day promotions, and reduced deposit.

To learn more about this special and other spectacular cruise destinations visit Expedia CruiseShipCenters of Tecumseh, call 519-956-8777, or email.

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