Ocean Cruises

The world has five oceans—Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and the Southern or Antarctic and ships sail on all of these. This category also includes the seven seas - Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Black Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea.

What this means with regard to cruising is that most of the ocean and sea faring cruise ships will be large. And in the Caribbean and Mediterranean there will be such an array of choices that you truly won't know where to begin to make your choice. That's why you contact Custom Travel Concepts at 866-956-4440 and we'll ask some questions to determine how to match your preferences and your budget to the right cruise.

Caribbean Cruises - These cruises can range from three days to over two weeks. Most will sail from Florida but other ports such as New York, Charleston, Baltimore, and Galveston are also available. Caribbean cruises are offered year-round but are more plentiful in the winter months as most of the cruise lines will have their ships here. In the summer many of these ships are moved to Alaska and the Mediterranean so there will be fewer choices. And fewer choices often means higher prices for the consumer. Our advice to you is to choose your time frame for cruising and contact us well in advance so we can shop for you while choices are still available.

Carnival Cruises will offer shorter 3-4 day cruises although most will be a week in length. Choices include the Eastern, Western and Southern itineraries. For those who are new to cruising we recommend beginning with the Eastern or Western itineraries as they offer more time at sea to get to know your ship. Southern itineraries cruises will sail from San Juan and normally stop at a different port each day.

Norwegian Cruise line offers many Caribbean itineraries and some that depart from New York as well as Florida. They offer "free style dining" and are the only cruise line that sails the Hawaiian Islands without having to touch a foreign port. This is also a good choice for new cruisers. Ask us about their revolutionary new ship "Epic"

Royal Caribbean also offers shorter cruises in the Caribbean with three classes of ships—Voyager, Freedom and the new Oasis. A great choice for families offering activities like rock climbing walls, miniature golf courses, putting greens, ice skating rinks and even zip lines.

For more experienced and discerning cruises we recommend Princess, Holland America, and Celebrity cruises. Princess offers their "movies under the stars" outdoor theater, or dine at the "chefs table" in their culinary arts center, or try "Celebrity Life," a new series of palate-pleasing, intellectually-enriching and life-enhancing programs designed to deliver the most unique and sophisticated onboard experience in premium cruising.

Disney Cruise Line offers the ultimate family experience and combines a cruise to the Caribbean with a stay at the Disney resorts. Many honeymooners also choose this line.

Luxury cruises in the Caribbean offer smaller ships with more suite accommodations and often include wine with dinner and sometimes all alcoholic beverages, some or all shore excursions, and excellent service. If you have cruised before consider upgrading your experience with Oceania, Regent, Cunard, Seabourn, Crystal, Silversea, or Azamara Club Cruises. Because the ships are smaller they can often include visits to more unique islands and cruises are often longer than one week.

Mediterranean Cruises offer an excellent way to visit many European port cities without having to change hotels. East meets west on Mediterranean cruises that might take you from historic central Europe to the dazzling cities of the Riviera to exotic towns perched on the edge of Asia.

When to Go: Summer for warmest temperatures, fall and spring for smaller crowds, winter for lowest prices.
What to Do: Glimpse the birthplace of Western civilization among the ruins of Athens and Rome, spot the North African influences in Spanish architecture, or shop for rugs in Istanbul.

Types of Mediterranean Cruises: Western Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Baltic, Greek Islands and Turkey, Adriatic (Italy and Croatia), and Transatlantic.

Best Buy: Transatlantic or repositioning cruises in the spring and fall offer more time at sea and a great value. Cunard's ships offer themes on their transatlantic cruises and the possibility of combining a land tour from England.

Best way to see Russia is on the Oceania or Regent ships who offer multiple night stays in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Departure ports include London, Southhampton, Stockholm, Venice, Naples, Rome, Lisbon, Barcelona, Genoa, Marseille, Athens, Istanbul, and Dubai.

Great values are still available for Europe in 2010 with limited selections but book your 2011 cruise now to receive exceptional offers like 2-for-1 fares, free economy air or discounted business class, onboard credits or additional $1,000 - $2,000 discounts.

Ocean cruise also include the Panama Canal, Alaska, Bermuda, and Canada and are offered by most cruise lines in the mass market or luxury categories.

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