Archive for January, 2011

European Cruise Shore Excursions

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Shore excursions allow you to personalize your cruise vacation so you and your family get to experience the wonders that each port of call has to offer. Imagine parasailing in the Mediterranean, taking part in a wine tasting tour of the city or exploring the ancient ruins of Greece.

Shore excursions are all about choice, fun and recreation, chose from relaxing guided tours or enrichment programs such as sailing or scuba diving lessons. Even get a few rounds of golf in at the local course. The magnitude of choices is only limited by your imagination; Destination Oceans has provided just a small sample of interesting activities for you to experience on your cruise vacation.

Walking tours
Experience any port of call on an intimate walking tour on your cruise vacation. There is no better way to find great shopping, local restaurants and mingle with the locals than a walking tour. The cruise line concierge can guide you in the right direction to help you find exactly what you’re looking for during your vacation. See the sights and embrace the local flair with an inexpensive walking tour.

Guided Tours
Guided tours are offered in almost every port of call destination. Whether it is horse drawn carriages, a jeep adventure, amphibious buses or nature walks, guided tours allow you gain a more intimate knowledge of the region. What better way to get children (or adults for that matter), involved in history than immersing them in the sights, sounds and smells of the area. How long did it take to build the Parthenon? Guided tours are an exciting and enjoyable form of enrichment that the entire family will cherish.

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Many warmer destinations offer scuba diving and snorkeling for both experienced underwater adventurers and first timers alike. View amazing aquatic life and explore what few people will ever get to see. Vibrant coral reefs, incredible volcanic remnants, shipwrecks and fish that you thought only existed on the big screen. Led by experienced dive instructors, the thrill of underwater exploration is available with the peace of mind of getting close supervision and expert tutelage

Cultural Events, Fairs and Festivals
Although cruise timing does play a major role in coordinating a major city event, many ports of call promote summer long festivals for visitors allowing you to experience and celebrate with the locals. Find native treasures, regional food and artisan crafts. Parades, games, local food and dance are all part of the festivities. A Christmas cruise through Europe is becoming one of the most sought after vacations. Imagine meandering down the Danube, stopping at the local Christmas markets which offer everything from local food to hand crafted jewelry. Colorful lights illuminate the sky as you experience the local culture and festivities. Cultural events can include, the Cannes films festival, Vienna opera house tour and show, or even a local wine tasting immerses you in the people and flavors of the area. What ever the occasion, there is no better way to get acquainted with a region than a fair or festival.

Chauffeur drive
Destination Oceans provides a great value to coincide with your European cruise vacation. A chauffeur driven tour allows you to travel further outside the city, and offers privacy and flexibility so you can truly have your vacation personalized. Escape the crowds and dance to the beat of your own drum with a relaxing drive to the countryside, experience a wine tour outside of Milan, or feel like royalty as you travel through the streets of Nice on the French Riviera. Destination Oceans lets you choose from an affordable sedan to a luxurious limousine allowing you to customize your private excursion. Many couples will pair up and rent a luxury limousine for the day and enjoy the convenience of traveling through the city in style, at their own pace, and without distractions prevalent with large groups. A chauffeur driven excursion is a welcome treat while on your Cruise vacation.

Spring Tulip Cruise

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

One of our most popular European cruises is the Tulip Time River cruise which meanders it’s way through Belgium and Holland at the peak of Spring.

Embarkation begins in Holland’s beautiful capital of Amsterdam. The 700 year old city combines classic European charm with modern architecture, shops and market places.

Many clients coordinate their arrival or departure into Amsterdam to gain an additional day in the city to get the most out of their Tulip time Cruise.
Next you will spend your days floating down the Rhine river and exploring the beautiful countryside as well as the towns of Arnhem, Antwerp, Ghent and Willemstad. Each one offering a unique view into the surrounding culture and history.

I think one of the most unique aspects of this cruise is how the cruise life aboard the ship is intermingled with the individual cultures of the surrounding areas. Special highlights on the ship include folklore dances as well as themed dinners and shows offering travelers an in depth view.

Windmill tours, Belgian chocolate and a relaxing atmosphere are just a few more hints of things to come on the Tulip Time River Cruise.

Cabin Upgrades and Free Flights!

Friday, January 14th, 2011

We all have those friends that are always bragging about how they got a free flight here or a complimentary upgrade there. It seems as though every time you run into them they are more than elated to go on and on about the last amazing deal they got. At some point you start to think that these people are just making up stories for attention…..but what if they are telling the truth? Have you been paying too much for your luxury cruises?

Well I can’t speak for everyone, but there are some really great deals out there for savvy travelers. Many cruise companies offer cabin upgrades for booking your cruise early, these companies like to get their ships filled asap and are willing to give away premier cabins as rewards. These also hold true for cruise consolidators like us, Destination Oceans. Most times we have the same deals available to our clients as the cruise line does.

Cruise consolidators may also have an extra advantage by bundling multiple services together. Often times we offer 2 for 1 airfare when you buy your luxury cruise through us offering substantial savings to the client. Even discounting the airfare significantly can reduce the overall cost of your vacation.

Here is a link to our Specials Page this will give you our most up to date deals available from Destination Oceans.

The best way to guarantee the lowest price is having the knowledge and booking early when you do see a special deal. Don’t ever be afraid to ask one of our trained cruise specialists about which cruises offer the best value. We are here to help you! Happy Cruising!