While staying in a Best Western in Stockholm, Sweden, I pondered the difference from our culture to theirs. Wonderful examples of the differences were in my room. Missing were the common themed prints from American hotels and in their place was a fancy painting with a wild light wrapped around it. Additionally I found a mini-library, stocked with over thirty books. Can you image waking up and have thirty library books in your very room? Not lacking modern comforts, the room also had a DVD player and television. Visit Stockholm and the Best Western. I highly recommend it!
When cruising to Rome, Italy, I recommend my clients stay at least one day in this wonderful city. Sights including the Catacombs, Coliseum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps are known worldwide and are just a few of the magnificent sites in Rome. Another great city to visit is Civitavecchia, located two hours north of Rome. Here’s my best tip when planning a cruise that includes Rome: Schedule your Rome sightseeing before or after the cruise. This way you don’t have to rush to visit all of the amazing parts of this fabulous city. This is truly one not to be missed!
When cruising South America, you have two options in cruising the coast of Chile. The first option is to depart from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and dock at Valparaiso, Chile. From Valparaiso the trip to Santiago is approximately forty-five (45) minutes to one and half (1-1/2) hours over the mountains. The second option is the reverse and you will see the Chilean Fjords, Argentina, and parts of Brazil. Using frequent flyer points will save you on either of these cruises.
While sailing on the Crystal Symphony to the Black Sea, we stopped in Yalta, Ukraine, to visit the summer palace of the Romanov Family, Livadia. Thousands of tourists visit this Crimean Peninsula palace as this was the sight of the famous Yalta conference of the Big Three, which included President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin in 1945. My wife and I decided, as usual, to do our own independent tour and it really paid off!! We met a tour guide named Kosta, whom we are still in touch with, and he treated us to a special day. Not only was Kosta our personal tour guide, but he got us unprecedented access to areas in the place that nobody else on the entire ship was privy to. He gave two old Russian ladies a few rubles and up these stairs we went into the private study of Tsar Nicholas II. Pictures of his entire family were everywhere on the walls, and we were able to look out at this spectacular view of the Crimean Sea from the desk of the late Tsar. You could almost feel the Tsar’s presence in the room. He then took us to the Grand Reception Room and another waiting area. We never expected to get this kind of access to this amazing historical palace.
Because of my experience as a 6-star cruise travel expert, I can suggest activities that will make your cruise one that is memorable! If having extraordinary experiences appeals to you, I would be happy to give you additional information about the events and activities that you and your travel guests could experience so your cruise can become one of your most memorable vacations.
The easiest way for me to help you would be for you to give me general information about where you would like to cruise, how long you would like to remain on the cruise, as well as activities you enjoy that could be included and the number of people in your travel party. Fill in your name and e-mail address and you will be taken to a form where you can provide the information requested above. I will then be able to contact you during times you provide for me that will be convenient for you. On that call we can further fine-tune your details of your cruise. My services to you are free!
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Q: Is Cruising Affordable and a Good Vacation Value?
A: Cruising is the best vacation value! There are cruise vacations to suit every budget. Your cruise fare includes all meals, your stateroom, onboard activities and entertainment, plus transportation from port to port. You’ll know what your vacation will end up costing you before you go. (Typically, your only extra expenses will be drinks, optional shore excursions, and personal services such as massage or hairstyling.)