Posts Tagged ‘European Cruises’

Sailing the Titanic’s Atlantic Crossing with Rod Stewart

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

It may surprise you to learn that Rod Stewart is really into Titanic history. This is why he has mentioned his interest in next year’s controversial cruise which plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ships unfortunate demise.

This 12 day cruise departs Southampton, England on the 8th of April, 2012. The 1,230 passenger Balmoral has been chartered to follow the original route of the RMS Titanic. There will be a planned memorial service at 2:20am over the point on the ocean floor where she rests on the 15th of April, to coincide with the time she went down. There is also a 2nd cruise departing from New York out to Halifax, where she sank and then coming back.

Rod Stewart has said “I would very much like to be on the ship doing the Titanic run,” However he is also aware that his wife suffers from seasickness when traveling on the Atlantic and said she prefers nice relaxing Caribbean cruises. This just means he might have to go on the cruise by himself.

Tickets for the memorial cruise are likely to cost in upwards of £8,000 ($12,000 US) per person, which shouldn’t be an issue for Rod who just signed at multi-million pound two-year residency at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. However he might have to pull a few celebrity strings because the agency Miles Morgan Travel who has chartered the ship has the sailing listed as “waitlist.”

Rod was asked if he’s nervous about following such an unlucky voyage. He said: “Tempting fate? Things have moved on since 1912. None of the icebergs come down that far south anymore, and if they did, they’d blow them up.”

Organizers of the cruise have had to endure some negative feedback about a cruise that appears to be trying to cash in on a very tragic event in our history. But officials have promised the planned tributes would be respectful.

While not everyone can afford a luxury cruise of this magnitude, Destination Oceans does offer many inexpensive European river and Greek river cruises to fit both your interests and budget.

First Time Cruising Tips

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

A cruise vacation offers the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy multiple cities all from the comfort of a giant floating hotel. Being on a cruise means you only need to unpack once and then enjoy yourself as you are catered on by the incredibly accommodating staff and crew. But for those who have never been on a cruise, it might be daunting as you might not know what to expect. Here are a few guidelines to help make your first cruise an experience you will never forget.

The first thing that should be done when booking a cruise is to do your research. Find out everything you can about the cruise ship before you make a payment. Find out if the cruise is age specific, gender specific or any other specialized cruise that you might not enjoy. Booking a cruise for your family to only find out you booked it on a spring break cruise can turn out to be an experience that will leave a sour taste in your mouths. Finding the right cruise for your needs is very important as the right crowd can make or break your vacation.

A major focus of your research should be the dining and sleeping accommodations available on the ship. When it comes to sleeping accommodations, cruise ships can offer a multitude of options. The most basic option being an inside stateroom, which is the most economical choice as it offers a cozy sleeping area with no windows or view of the ocean. Be aware when booking an inside room if any of your traveling party is susceptible to claustrophobia. The next option after an inside stateroom is an outside stateroom, which does have a window, but my not have the best of views.

After that you can upgrade to an outside room with a verandah or balcony, which offers great ocean views and a feeling of intimacy on your own private balcony. Cruise lines also offer suites and mini-suites, which usually include a queen or king sized bed, separate seating area and a private balcony. Be aware of some mini-suites as they can just be a stateroom with a balcony and might not be worth the extra expenses. You can’t go wrong with any of these styles, as the only use of the room is for sleeping and changing clothes. Most of your time on the ship will spent elsewhere.

Expect any room that you book to be smaller than a hotel room, but don’t be discouraged by this. Cruise ships have evolved quite a bit in recent years and the staterooms feature well thought out storage options, meaning you can fit all your stuff inside your room with plenty of space to spare. If you are a person that gets sea sick, don’t be turned off by a cruise vacation. Technology has developed on the ships that reduce the motion of the ocean. You can also book a room in the center of the ship, closest to the ocean will tend to notice the movements of the ship the least.

When it comes to dining options onboard, make sure to do your homework. Some ships only offer a strict dining plan, where you are assigned a specific table and dining time for the duration of your cruise. This can sometimes be inconvenient, so some cruise lines have adapted their dining options to be more flexible. Often times there are multiple restaurants and cafes on board which allow you to mix it up during your cruise.

Another helpful hint for first time cruisers is to be aware of the “cruise time.” This is more important for international cruises that cross different time zones. In this case the ship will adhere to a set time zone so that cruisers aren’t constantly changing the time on their watches and not missing meal and show times. Find out the time that the ship will stick to so that you will not be missing out on any fun activities because you had the wrong time. Also it is a good idea to bring a small travel alarm clock as most staterooms do not feature an alarm clock.

Studying the ship’s layout and design is a good idea before you board as ships these days can be quite large. Boarding an unfamiliar ship can often be intimidating so if you are prepared and know what to expect you can alleviate these worries.

Don’t let the unknowns of cruising shy you away from this awesome vacation option. Any experienced cruiser will tell you that cruising is addicting after your first journey through the seas. Let the cruise experts at Destination Oceans help you plan and save money on your cruise through Europe.

Free Airfare to Europe

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Yes, you read that correctly. We at Destination Oceans have always tried to provide more for our customers. Not only do we provide some of the most sought after cruises in the world, we also offer great rates on airfare, hotels, car rental or transfers.

Combine these services with an extremely knowledgeable staff and planning your European River Cruise couldn’t be any easier. Except, now we are offering FREE AIRFARE with select cruises! Of course we can’t pay the taxes and fees but the base fare is on us! If you have been to Europe in recent years you know this is a substantial savings.

This might be the best time ever to book your European Cruise.
Imagine Leaving from Amsterdam by ship and spending the next week traveling through multiple countries, amazing cities and only unpacking once! Spend your days exploring the local shops, visiting the ancient architecture or enjoying the world class cuisine and wine.

Take a look at our current European Cruise , you may be surprised to find that a river cruise through Europe may not be out of reach anymore.