Many European countries are found on the bucket lists of travelers worldwide. However, for some people the idea of visiting many countries in one trip seems like a dream that would be too expensive and confusing to ever become a reality. Besides, the amount of time that a person would need to visit each spot just for traveling between each destination could zap a week's vacation faster than you can say Champs Élysées. Enter the European cruise. Today, I'll walk you through why your first trip to Europe should be a cruise and I'm confident by the time you get to the end, you'll agree with me.
Access to the top European Sites and Destinations
Regardless of which European cruise you take (ocean or rivers), many well-known destinations will be included in your itinerary. You'll get to learn which places you want to visit again for an extended stay, and you'll get to quickly leave the places that didn't tickle your fancy. All the planning will be handled for you too allowing you to simply focus on each destination you visit, take in the sites, and relax.
When you book a European cruise you'll get to stop in several countries in one trip. Most cruise boats and ships arrive in their next port of call quite early in morning after sailing at night, thus allowing travelers a full day to sight-see. Cruise ships also typically offer guided tours or some type of guided excursion eliminating the guesswork of navigation, hunting for transportation and more.
For just the cost of your food and lodging you will be transported to several countries. You will have a large designated driver should you opt to drink at lunch and dinner (how very European of you we might add). You'll not have to stress over the costs of various hotels because all lodging is in one moving hotel. You won't need to fuss as much with local currencies because most of your purchases will be on board the ship anyway. And, most if not all of your meals, entertainment, activities and more will be covered with your cruise fare. Again, let's not forget your transportation between countries is covered. Train and taxi prices can kill a budget quickly, but you shouldn't have to worry with any of that on your cruise.
Unlike train trips or driving on your own, you only have to un-pack once on your European cruise. You'll be able to stay comfortable in lieu of packing up daily, waiting around for your ride and then unpacking again after hours of travel to the next stop. Remember, you're traveling between destinations while you sleep and each morning when you wake up you will be in a new spot. The best part? That sleep you'll be enjoying will be in the comforts of a bed rather than perched against a car door, or worse, a stranger!
Finding an English Speaking Person Should be a Breeze
Of course, most European countries speak English, but some people fear visiting places where there is the potential for a language barrier. The good news is that unlike traveling on your own, most of your cruise ship operators and staff members should speak English in the event you're visiting a non-English speaking country. But, they will still be able to assist you with local information at each port. Anything you need will be available and you won't have to hunt for a translator to get it!
So, what do you think? Do you agree with me that your first trip to Europe should be a cruise? If so, call me today and let's get started booking your European getaway! 913-244-9195
Let me take you to paradise…
Right now, maybe you can feel the chill of the air outside your window. Maybe you can’t seem to get warm or just miss the bright rays of sunshine. Perhaps you have been working long, hard hours lately and ache for some downtime to rejuvenate.
Take a moment to dream. Create the ultimate, romantic fantasy filled with crystal waters, white sand beaches and brilliant, tropical fish. Come with me, let me take you to the Islands of Tahiti – which offers stunning natural beauty in every direction...
We’ll be taking the overnight flight to Tahiti from LA. The flight is only 2 hours longer than getting to Hawaii, and located in the same time zone as Hawaii, so no major jet leg issues for most of us. Think of it as around the same amount of flight time to get to Europe, but with a very different payoff. Do as I did and take a sleeping aid after take-off. This way you will enjoy a full night sleep and wake as you arrive early morning, giving you a full day to enjoy paradise!
Tahiti is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and is the largest of the French Polynesian Islands. And while Tahiti is a beautiful island with black-sand beaches, lagoons, waterfalls and adventure opportunities, it is not the remote place that most people imagine. Of all the French Polynesian Islands it is the most urban, busy and populated. Take advantage of this as you will soon be traveling on to some of the most remote resorts.
In Tahiti, ‘la ora na’ means hello and ‘nana’ means goodbye. This is more than just fun-to-know information. Proper greetings and friendliness are the way of life. People are all about respect here. Make eye contact, greet people, saying please and thank you is important. Manners are everything and how you treat others will determine the level of attention you receive.
While we haven’t reached our gorgeous destination just yet, you can already feel your stress melting away and the ocean breezes calling your name. Shop, dine, tour and relax. Visit the churches, museums and shops. Spend the night or two here and you’ll be ready for the short island hop to pure bliss.
Touching down in Bora Bora you’ll find the island that most people envision when they think of the French Polynesian paradise. The white beach, the tranquil lagoon, the brilliant tropical fish and the gorgeous huts atop the vivid, turquoise water. All those pictures you’ve seen of the area? Not even close to what you feel and see when you are actually here. You will experience new flavors, sights, sounds and reconnect with yourself. You will find shades of turquoise you never knew existed. The beauty is so breathtaking and surreal.
The views aren’t just in front of you, they are below you and above you – day and night. The endless sky, the deep, lush green of the land and the bright aqua of the water flashing with colorful fish, the copious stars sparkling among the night sky – everything is simply awe-inspiring.
Will you snorkel and head to a motu for lunch today or maybe go swim with the gentle sharks and sting rays? Will you paddle board or kayak in the clear waters as the sun browns your skin? Or will you enjoy signature fine-dining as you gaze at the sea life through the glass floor?
You decide. This is your dream now.
Just remember, even your most vivid imagination won’t allow you to feel of the pure breeze, the warm, sun-drenched sand, the lavish vegetation and the serenity of your private bungalow atop the sensual, calm water. With over 100 islands of Tahiti, there is something for everyone. So when you’re ready, let me take you to paradise… Call Destinations HD at (913) 244-9195!
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