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Move Over March Madness – Summer Delirium’s Around The Corner!

Move Over March Madness – Summer Delirium’s Around The Corner!

The World Cup will begin June 9th and end on July 9th, featuring 32 teams from across the globe, all wanting to earn the honor of being the best in the world. The 2006 tournament, which will provide unsurpassed action created by some of the finest players to ever take a soccer field, will be held in 12 different stadiums across Germany. It’s as crazy as March Madness with online sports books offering more action than an Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator movie. The teams are just about set and ready to go. What are some of the ways that you can wager on this world-class event?

This is the most watched sporting event in the world. In 2002, the estimated total viewership of the entire World Cup tournament was 28.8 billion. That same year, an estimated 500 million viewers watched the first match between Senegal and France. Across the world, this event commonly pulls a 60 to 90 percent share. This year the draw, which determines how teams will be grouped, had 300 million viewers. Of course, most of the people who tuned in did not live in the United States where European football is still a distant 6th in popularity as NFL football, baseball, basketball, hockey and NASCAR attract more fans than soccer.

However, the rest of the world is fascinated and fixated on the World Cup. In England alone, it’s predicted that over 1 billion pounds (almost 2 billion American dollars) will be wagered on the tournament!

MONEY LINE AND OVER/UNDER:

Wagering on the money line and the over/under is certainly available for this event. Money lines and over/unders have not yet been set for individual matches, however commonly the over/under is 2 ½. For early contests, look for mismatches that can yield higher than usual point totals. Along with considering net minders, take some time to read up on the defense of each team. Some of these clubs are virtually impossible to score against.

In betting on the money line, you’ll be given three choices. You may wager on either team to win or you may put your money on the draw line. The money line bet is listed without a point spread, meaning you’re wagering on the actual outcome. If you choose to lay money on the draw line, you will only collect if the final outcome is a draw. If the game is determined by penalty shots, Golden Goals or there is a disqualification, all draw wagers are declared losers.

A typical soccer money line will look like this:

COSTA RICA +550 2 ½
U.S. -600
Draw +1200

In this example, the United States is favored, Costa Rica is the underdog, and the chance of a tie, by the +1200 money line, is remote. The 2 ½ refers to the over/under. In this case the over is three or more goals and the under is two or less.

As teams are eliminated, goals will be more difficult to come by and the over/under will become more difficult to predict. It’s not unusual for a World Cup game to have a total of at least 3 goals. Additionally, top teams such as Brazil, England, Germany, Argentina, Italy, Holland, Spain and France all have strong scoring potential, especially against weaker teams.

In wagering on the over/under, you may be presented with one money line for over and another for under. Remember, a minus (-) sign will indicate the favorite in a money line bet. In making this wager, you’ll be given three choices; you may pick either team to win or a draw.

An interesting twist on the over/under is betting on the correct score. This bet includes the opportunity to wager on games ending in a draw, with those scores ranging from 0-0 to 6-6. Odds in choosing the exact score run from 6 to 1 to 101 to 1.

FUTURES AND PROPS:

Futures and props are offered on the World Cup, including top goal scorer, first round group winners and overall tournament winners. Of the eight groups, four have dominant teams that are heavily favored to win their first rounds. The four teams that received good draws in their group are Germany (Group A), Brazil (Group F), France (Group G) and Spain (Group H). These clubs are all expected to win their groups and to go deep into the 64-game tournament.

Other teams favored to make it to the next round by coming in first in the preliminary contests are England (Group B), Argentina (Group C), Portugal (Group D), and Italy (Group E)

There have been 17 previous World Cups but only 7 countries have ever won the contest. Brazil, the most dominant country in this tournament, has five titles, while Italy has won it three times. Here’s another item to remember, in the last six World Cups and 11 of the past 12 the finalists have come from the following countries – Brazil, Italy, Germany and Argentina. Additionally, host countries have done very well – home teams have won six of the 17 cups and the only nation to win the cup outside of its continent is Brazil. Of the last 12 World Cups Brazil has won five and two of the last three, including the 2002 championship in Korea.

Along with picking the top finisher in each group, many online sportsbooks offer the opportunity to choose the exacta (first and second place finishers) from Groups A-H. First and second place teams from each group go on to the next round of the contest.

At this point, the most likely one-two finish in each category would be Group A: Germany and Poland, Group B: England and Sweden, Group C: Argentina and Netherlands, Group D: Portugal and Mexico, Group E: Italy and Czech Republic, Group F: Brazil and Croatia, Group G: France and Switzerland, and Group H: Spain and Ukraine.

Also offered are separate odds on each team’s chances to qualify for the next round. That means with this wager you’re not picking a first place finisher for that first round, but a team that will either come in first or second. Prior to the start of the games, you may also bet on who will make the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals in the event.

Some online sportsbooks offer bettors the opportunity to wager on when a particular team will be eliminated and from which continent the winning club will come. Europe, the host continent, is the odds on favorite in this final category, with South America being the second choice. If you bet on Oceania and Australia wins it all, you won’t know what to do with all the money!

THE GOLDEN BOOT:

There’s often a lot of betting on who will be the highest scorer in the tournament. In choosing the winner of the Golden Boot consider the fact that many of the European players have just finished long seasons and final tournaments, including Europe’s Champion’s League series. Some of the players from these teams – Italy, England, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, and Holland – will also play in the World Cup and may be tired.

Most of the clubs going after the Cup only play together 10-12 times a year and during that time many players are missing from the national team’s roster due to injury, fear of injury, or commitments to club matches. Having not played together very often can affect individual scorers greatly. There are also a lot of adjustments being made on the field due to the fact that these teams are playing against opponents they rarely or have never seen. There’s very little time for teams to prepare for individual matches.

There’s also the pressure of being in the international spotlight. In most of the world this is the premiere sporting event and millions of people are watching. If a player is new to this stage or intimidated, performance can certainly be compromised. In other words, great scoring during a player’s regular season does not necessarily translate into winning the Golden Boot in the World Cup.

If a team has a one-two punch in terms of assists and goals that would be an advantage. Sweden’s Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are such a tandem. Ibrahimovic is a physically tough player who is a master at setting up goals, and Larsson is a striker capable of multiple goal games.

Larsson, a great player, is a cagey veteran in his mid-thirties, while David Trezeguet, from France, is a youngster who will be on the field with Thierry Henry, another great set-up artist. Trezeguet has younger legs and better health than Larsson; he may very well win the Golden Boot.

Other forces in the tournament include Andriy Shevchenko from the Ukraine and Leite Ribeiro Adriano from Brazil. Both possess the potential to chalk up two to three goals in a game. They are certainly dynamic forces that will be focused on winning and scoring.

There are innumerable chances to wager on the World Cup. As the time draws near for the start of action, it will become clear which teams are poised to challenge for the Cup. Brazil is presently the odds-on favorite with Germany capturing favor due to their strength and the fact that they are the hosts. If you’re unsure of how to analyze and bet soccer, take some time to scout out the sport and the teams.

This ain’t March Madness but it is Summer Delirium for much of the world. And they are ready for it. Gooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllll!

Living On A Cruise Ship Is Catching On

Living On A Cruise Ship Is Catching On


Well, living on a Cruise Ship is catching on.

Quite a few couples are now subscribing to world cruises and it is affecting the Cruise Ship industry.

In 2006 the Holland America Line is experiencing a 20 percent increase in the number of cruises longer than 12 days.

For 2007, the demand for world cruises for Cunard is so great the company is having two world cruises, including the Queen Mary 2’s first voyage around the world, an 80-day journey.
Silversea Cruises, a very, very exclusive Cruise Line has just launched a series of voyages of 34 to 123 days and is having its first around-the-world cruise in 2007.

And Crystal Cruises Inc. spokeswoman Mimi Weisband said that they saw a record number of bookings for this year’s 106-day world cruise.

Why is this happening?
Nobody likes flying anymore. It is not relaxing, you are stuffed like sardines in a tin can, you have to bring your own lunch, and have to take off your shoes.

Now think about cruising.
You’ve got your house with you, wherever you go, just like a turtle.
You get taken care of, whatever you need. Medical Care is close by, so are 10 bars and 4 restaurants open 24 hours a day in most cases.

You don’t have to pack and unpack every day as with regular vacations, you can spend leisurely days playing pingpong and shuffleboard and relaxing with longtime friends.
The key selling theme for these long cruises is COMFORT.

You can see and do exotic things from 10 AM to 12 PM, go for lunch, and do more exotic things from 2 PM till 7 PM and then have a 10 course supper.
After supper there is a free show every night.

Perfect life
Rather than sitting in a summer cottage staring at the walls, on a cruise you have your social life built in, with 2000 possible friends.

Cruise lines say another key attraction is that now you can visit plenty of far-flung destinations – such as Hawaii and Tahiti- without dealing with airport security and other hassles.
The funny thing is that these Cruises are no longer exclusively populated by retired Seniors, but are becoming populated by entrepreneurial 40- and 50-people, who can turn the ship into a virtual, floating office.

You can successfully run a business from being on a ship, because of Wireless Internet Access worldwide available on these Cruise Ships.

Destinations are also being changed by the Cruise Ship industry; more and more exotic itineraries are being visited, because people like change, and if you have never seen the Pyramids, now is your chance on a 12 day Cruise.

The costs of a world cruise are no longer prohibitive, in 2005 a 100 day cruise could be had for $16,000 per person, that is $160 a day for travel, food, guided tours, shows and companionship.

Some people do this in their 30’s, saying that they want to enjoy this while they can.
Others do this after they get a divorce, as a consolation prize to themselves.

As the demand for World Cruises increases, at some point in time entrepreneurs are going to buy a Cruise Ship at a reasonable price and are going to turn it into Condominiums.

Hawaii Cruise Holiday Vacation

Hawaii Cruise Holiday Vacation

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There are many ways you can get to Hawaii for your holiday vacation and one very common and popular way is to take a cruise to Hawaii. In this way, your holiday vacation starts when the cruise ship leaves the port of your embarkation.

The Norwegian Cruise Line or the NCL for short calls very often at Hawaiian various ports. American citizens will need to bring along their passports for this cruise because besides calling on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai, the cruise ships also visit Fanning Island in the Republic of Kiribati.

This weekly 7 night cruise on the Norwegian Star, which is in service since 2001, will begin the cruise and end in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. Twice a year, the Norwegian Wind, a sister ship of the Norwegian Star, sails from Vancouver in Canada to Honolulu over a span of eleven days. Both the ships are huge and sometimes are sometimes called floating islands. Housed within the ships are swimming pools, volley ball and basketball courts, spas, fitness centers, theaters, beauty salons, dance clubs and of course, a wide array of restaurants catering to all taste buds.

The days of dining with two formal seating times for dinner at assigned tables are over. Passengers can now decide how they want to eat, when to eat and what to eat. They can choose from various cuisines such as Asian, Italian or French cuisines in either casual or formal wear. Modern day dinning in cruise ships are no longer formal affair unless you choose to opt for eating in formal restaurants.

To occupy yourself when in a cruise ship to Hawaii, you can go to computer classes, attend health and wellness seminars and enroll you kids in a variety of children’s programs. At each port of call, passengers may also choose a variety of land excursions and activities, such as visiting famous Hawaiian volcanoes, go scuba diving or whale watching or just simply relaxing by the beach.

Many other cruise ships also call on Hawaiian ports regularly. Some of these cruise lines include The Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess, Cunard, Seabourn and Celebrity cruise ships.

Booking and paying for your cruise way in advance could save you some money especially when the cruises are fully booked. However, if you intend to cruise to Hawaii during off peak season, then you can take a chance at last minute booking as the cruise lines may sell cheaper unsold tickets.

Before placing your cruise bookings, do ask about round trip, reduced fare air supplements and discounts for children traveling with full fare paying adults. Some cruises do offer summer family cruise packages and if you did not ask, you could never have known.

New York Rivals Florida As Favorite Homeport for Cruise Lines

New York Rivals Florida As Favorite Homeport for Cruise Lines

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As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, New York is a sought after vacation spot in its own right.
In recent years, however, cruise lines have discovered the benefits – for their guests and themselves – of calling New York home.

Norwegian Cruise Line was one of the first cruise lines to temporarily homeport a ship (the Norwegian Dawn) in New York during winter. According to Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Passenger Services, docking in New York started as a result of travel agent requests. What was then considered a wild card location soon became the permanent residence of the Dawn in 2003. What has resulted is a small fleet of ships from varying cruise lines that have chosen to move several of their vessels further up the Eastern Seaboard.

The Queen Mary 2 followed suit when it named New York as homeport on April 22, 2004. This distinctive vessel was received amid a huge fanfare including a Mayoral welcome complete with a U.S. Coastguard and Fire Department of New York escort. Bands, dignitaries and hordes of people attended the festivities.

Holland America has announced New York to be the homeport of its cruise ship, the Noordam, which will take up residence February 22, 2006. Norwegian moved the Spirit from Florida to her new home in New York, making a total of two year-round vessels in that port. Most recently, however, Princess Cruise Line joined the lineup with the positioning of their newest fleet member, Crown Princess, in New York starting June 14, 2006. But why move? And why to New York?

Ports in Florida have become almost full while cruise lines are continuing to build ships to add to their fleets. This supply and demand dilemma has all but forced cruise lines to look for alternative avenues of serving guests while maintaining costs. At the same time, cruise lines need to be able to continue providing viable access for vacationers to the most popular ports of call. Because of New York’s central location and popularity, it offers local attractions equal to or better than those of Florida. With three airports – JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International – New York also provides more accessible travel accommodations for those flying in to meet their ship.

Vacationers benefit with exciting pre- or post-cruise holidays in a town that literally offers everything imaginable. From five-star, celebrity-owned restaurants to entertainment that sets a worldwide standard to a shopping experience unmatched in any other city, New York has a heavy draw with cruisers. Plus the presence of nearby hotels that fit every budget makes finding and booking accommodations simple.

Cruise lines appreciate the fact that they can now offer departures from a second desirable location. Plus, because of New York’s proximity, cruise lines are still able to offer competitively priced packages to the most popular destinations including the Caribbean and Mexico while, at the same time, offering added flexibility for their guests.

Gearing up for an Adventure Vacation Cruise

Gearing up for an Adventure Vacation Cruise


Adventure vacation cruises is one of the most fun and exciting means of getting a new perspective of the other side of the world.
This is because it allows people to see splendid sights, sounds, and heritage of other people in various parts of the world. Apart from giving you a new experience, taking adventure vacation cruises will also open up an opportunity for you to see and appreciate different cultures as well as enjoy nature-endowed sceneries in marine and land.

If you want to explore some of the world’s hidden treasures, now is the time to plan the details of your adventure vacation cruise. This is because adventure vacation cruises can be quite complicated especially for first time cruisers.

To save you from the hassle, here are some of the things that you need to consider in gearing up for an ultimate adventure vacation cruise:

1. Date and length of your adventure vacation cruise. The date of leaving for a cruise should be determined as early as possible because you need to book early. In terms of length, the usual vacation cruises range from six days to one month—depending on how much the cruiser would want to do and see and the time and money he/she would want to spend. But, for an adventure vacation, 6 to 7 days would do. Given this time, you can get all things and activities covered.

2. Who will be going and the total number of the participants of the adventure vacation cruise. Whether you will go on an adventure vacation cruise with your date, family members, or friends, it is always best to discuss thoroughly the final participants of the trip and the destination. Always remember that in planning any adventure vacation cruise, the major consideration should be who is/are going on the cruise and their preference because this will ensure the success of the trip.

3. Which cruise line to use. Determining the cruise lines that sail to your chosen destination will help you finalize your plan. This is because it will give you a estimate of how much you need spend, the amenities to expect, and the activities that you can do during the cruise. You can choose from Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Cruise West, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International because these offer the most vacation destinations.

If you are interested in cruising aboard in any of these cruise lines, make sure that you conduct a research so you can compare each of them and come up with a cruise line fit for your needs and budget.

4. The size of ship to be used. Basically, two sizes of ships are used for adventure vacation cruises, which include the small ship, and the one is the big ship. For first time cruisers, big ships are ideal because it can provide almost everything they need. But, today, more and more people prefer cruising using a small ship because it provides an up close look at the destination as well as giving a more intimate environment.

A small ship, on the other hand, is chosen by some because it is more intimate and allows better itinerary. It is up to you to decide which one will give you the best comfort and amenities possible.

Cruise

Cruise


People always look for memorable trips to various beautiful locations of the world.
Budget is always a constraint before travelers. They are forced to think twice before planning for a journey. Travel by air used to be only mode of communication for them. Of late, many shipping companies have redefined your travel experience through the introduction of cruises that connect important holiday destinations.

The vacationsbesttraveldeals.com provides detailed information on various cruises sailing along the oceans to those who want to use ships as their medium of transportation. Different luxurious ships make your journey a pleasant experience. These ships are equipped with all modern facilities for your comfort. You will never miss your home all throughout your stay on cruises. These cruises also have a team of friendly and dedicated staff who delivers you extraordinary services in a professional manner. Though it takes so many days to reach your destination, the delight you will experience by observing the nature’s beauty is worthwhile than the lost time. The expenses you incur by traveling by ships are lesser than what you imagine. Tour operators offer various types packages which are quite affordable.

There are numbers of successful cruise service providers present in this whole world. But few of them have really got the public attention in a good manner due to their unique and affordable services with comparison to others. Alaska Cruise is one of them and drawing more response due to its outstanding services than any other cruise service providers. There are several websites that deal with the services directly. You can access these websites and book your tickets online. Alaska has magnificent mountains, free-roaming wildlife and imposing Ice-Age glaciers. You can witness all these wonderful stuffs with your naked eyes. Alaska cruise services provide more values on your tour and make your trip really adventurous.

If you want to spend your vacation outside of your home country, then Bahamas islands are a perfect place for your purpose. The Bahamas cruise stops at some of the popular locations of Bahamas during its trip. Bahamas islands are full of energetic atmosphere that gives you a chance to closely watch the nature. The demand for these islands is so great that it is always advisable to book your tickets well in advance in order to avoid the rush of late booking. You can either log in to service provider’s website or call them to reserve your Bahamas trip.

Many old and new cruise liners are offering Canada cruise vacation. Therefore, the service offerings are very cheap and competitive. But, there is no negligence in maintaining high-end customer satisfaction parameters. Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruses, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruise Line are some of the renowned Canada cruise service providers. So you do not miss this golden opportunity and book your ticket immediately.

Similarly, Jamaica and Caribbean cruises fulfill your desire of a perfect vacation by offering a number of attractive packages that you can avail with your family or partner.

So if you have any doubts regarding cruise travels, simply have a look at vacationsbesttraveldeals.com that provides convenient solutions to your problems.

World Cup 2006 Preview – Argentina

World Cup 2006 Preview – Argentina

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Outright Odds: 9/1
Group C Winners: 5/4

Following a dismal World Cup four years ago which saw first round elimination, Argentina will look to make a serious impact at this year’s finals. Again, they enter as one of the favourites to win the tournament but there are still doubts as to whether they can compete with great rivals Brazil when it really matters.

Argentina were the first side to qualify from the pool of South American teams vying for a place in Germany, although a defeat to Uruguay in the final match saw them finish second on goal difference to Brazil. Argentina managed to beat Brazil 3-1 at home but lost by the same score earlier on in qualifying.

However, a single win against the Brazilians does not cover up the fact they were beaten in consecutive summers in the Copa America and were soundly thrashed 4-1 in last year’s Confederations Cup. They are a side with plenty to prove if they are to emerge from the shadow of their more successful South America neighbours.

Manager Jose Pekerman, a former taxi-driver after his own playing career finished, has made plenty of changes following old boss Marcelo Bielsa’s departure and has slowly introduced new faces to replace the dismal failures of 2002.

Argentina, while they do not possess a Ronaldo or Ronaldinho, have an extraordinary strength in depth to make most opposition sick with envy. In attack there is an abundance of talent with Hernan Crespo, Carlos Tevez, Luciano Figueroa, Javier Saviola and teen sensation Lionel Messi all fighting for a place.

Such is the abundance of available players in midfield, Pekerman can even afford to drop Juan Sebastian Veron without any serious ramifications. Juan Roman Riquelme, at his peak at 28 years old in Germany, looks set to take over Veron’s mantle after a sensational qualifying campaign. Supported by Juan Pablo Sorin and veteran Javier Zanetti down the flanks, Argentina could be devastating in attack if they are in the mood.

However, that could be their downfall. Despite a rich selection of midfield and attacking talent, the side is still over-reliant on Riquelme who has a tendency to blow hot and cold. It can also be argued whether or not Pekerman has found an ideal starting line-up.

Pekerman has a magnificent record at developing young players and has enjoyed success with Argentina by winning World Youth Cups in 1995, 1997 and 2001. He has made progress with the senior side but can he take it one step further and win Argentina’s first trophy in 12 years?

Recommended Bet:

Despite an obvious abundance of attacking talent and strength in depth, Argentina are like to fall short again when it really matters. They should improve on their last World Cup campaign and qualify from the group stage.

Holland vs Argentina draw @ 2/1

St. Maarten Airport Info

St. Maarten Airport Info

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Many air flight providers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and the rest of the Caribbean provide air services connecting to Princess Juliana International St. Maarten Airport. Do not rush an air dive to this island paradise though. You can not get to any St. Maarten airport once you meet these entry requirements:

St. Maarten Airport Entry Requirements:

All US citizens are required to have valid passport effective December 31, 2006, birth certificate with recognized seal and ID picture, original naturalization certificate with photo, and return/continuing stay ticket. Canadians also need valid passport, certified birth certificate with photo, a ‘Landing Permit’ / Permanent Residence Card, and continuing ticket, while European community citizens are only obliged with a valid passport. For a maximum stay of 3 months in St. Maarten, other nationalities would need a valid visa, while others still may have to contact his closest Dutch embassy or Consulate or a St. Maarten Tourist Office.

Travelers via Princess Juliana International St. Maarten Airport must also be aware of the airport departure tax. A departure tax amounting $30 is paid for international destinations. This is applicable to passengers from ages 2 and up. Travel though within the Netherlands Antilles requires only $10. Take note however that some airlines already include the airport departure tax in the airfare tickets.

Customs in St. Maarten though is lenient, requiring no vaccination certificates (unless you arrive in a St. Maarten airport in a current epidemic-alert area).
It only takes a cinch to travel to Sint Maarten. American Airlines direct from New York, Miami and San Juan provide air service from the US to Princess Juliana International St. Maarten Airport with connecting flights to numerous other cities throughout the US. Also depending on the season, the Continental Newark New Jersey is able to connect flights throughout US, also the Northwest Airlines Detroit and Minneapolis and the USAir Charlotte and Philadelphia. Other several charter flights from all over the continental US are also available, while a lot other airlines also welcomes to grace the St. Maarten island with your presence –the ALM Antillean Airlines from Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire; LIAT from Antigua, Anguilla, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Tortola; and Windward Islands Airways or WINAIR from St. Thomas, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Anguilla, St. Barts, Dominica and Tortola… That is, if you don’t want to cruise –Aida, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise, Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney, Holland-America, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Windstar Cruises… Get there!

Carnival Cruises: Big Values From The Biggest Cruise Line

Carnival Cruises: Big Values From The Biggest Cruise Line


The name of Carnival Cruises is synonymous with cruise vacations, and Carnival Cruise Lines is now the largest single cruise operator in the business, with its acquisitions of Costa, Cunard, Princess, P&O, Seabourn, the Holland America Line, and five additional cruise operators on North America, Australia, and Europe.

In the thirty five years of its existence since the 1972 inaugural sailing of the TSS Mardi Gras, which unfortunately ran aground on a sandbar in the port of Miami, Carnival Cruise Lines have currently grown to operate a fleet of cruise ships large enough to qualify as a private navy, and may Carnival cruises may cover much of the Earth’s oceans as the world’s great navies do.

Carnival Cruise Lines have gone to great lengths to brand their ships as “The Fun Ships,” and originally made their name by offering short, inexpensive cruises on vessels with décor and entertainment reminiscent of Las Vegas. The most recognizable features of carnival cruise ships are their red-white-and-blue funnels built to resemble the tails of whales, and Fun Ship Freddy, a fantasy figure whose head resembles the Carnival ship funnel.

Carnival Destinations

Carnival Cruises aboard the carnival ship line are most often scheduled for the Caribbean, but as of 2007 Carnival cruises aboard the Carnival Freedom to both Turkey and Greece, and aboard the Carnival Spirit to Alaska and Hawaii are now available. In the Southern Caribbean, Carnival Destiny leaves from the Ports of San Juan, Aruba, and Barbados, and the Carnival Fantasy class ships are reserved for the prototypical three to five day Carnival cruises from Miami to ports in Mexico, the Bahamas, and nearby Caribbean destinations.

Carnival Entertainments And Eateries

Regardless of their itineraries, Carnival cruises are famous for the amazing variety of onboard diversions they offer their passengers. Every ship has at least two swimming pools, complete with waterslides, and on the Destiny-class ships one of the pools will have a retractable roof so swimming is always available no matter where the Carnival cruises are headed. The ships’ casinos are a major attraction on Carnival cruises, and in their glitz and neon they compare well to those of Las Vegas resorts. But the forte of Carnival cruises might well be in the cruise line’s approach to feeding its guests.

Carnival is adopting a schedule of four dinner seatings, instead of the traditional two, in some of its ships’ main dining rooms, and it is also beginning to include restaurants which specialize in a particular type of cuisine along with its regular restaurants. Meals at these specialty restaurants will be at no additional cost. Some lucky guests on Carnival cruises will even have a patisserie where they can indulge to their hearts’ content!

If Carnival cruises sound like the perfect vacations to you, just be sure to research the amenities of each ship before you book a cabin, because they will vary widely depending on the class of Carnival ship you book!

If you have the time, and you have the financial resources, you’ll never find any more enjoyable way to spend them than by booking yourself a six-star luxury cruise!

Cruise Honeymoon

Cruise Honeymoon

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Many dream of a perfect wedding; exchanging vows at the beach, drinking champagne at an exotic place, and enjoying the special moment with family and love ones.
So after the ceremony comes the best part: the honeymoon. Well, it is not a personal statement. If you ask most couples what type of honeymoon is the best, many would answer, “cruise honeymoon”.

And why not?

Imagine you and your wife travel anywhere in the world and enjoying the calmness of the sea and enjoying each other’s company together with nature at its best. Imagine you have all the time in the world, sleeping at any hour of the day, watching the stars in the sky and relaxing in a luxurious ship that seems to be designed for both of you. Imagine you get all the luxury in the world while witnessing the beauty of it all at the same time and at the same place.

Yes, all these you can get if you take the honeymoon cruise.

If you can imagine it, then you can get the real sense of it. Booking for a honeymoon cruise is easier and much cheaper nowadays. Many ships have given special attention to newlyweds to enjoy their first days of married life. This result to honeymoon cruise packages. These packages include everything you need; dinner for two, luxurious suite, champagne, and other on-board amenities you need to fully enjoy your honeymoon.

Cruise ships are much easier to locate. With the help of the internet, you can locate cruise liners that offer honeymoon cruise. Here are some cruise lines that offer honeymoon cruises and honeymoon packages: Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity, Crystal Cruises, Costa Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Holland America, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian, Orient, Royal Caribbean, Radisson, SeaBourn, Windstar and SilverSea. All these provide the best honeymoon experience you expect.

If in case you want to get married on board, there are several honeymoon cruises that offer this service. Some of these are Disney Cruise, Princess Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean.

And if you think of destinations, honeymoon cruises offer a worldwide vacations that suite your desire. You can have tropical cruise, Caribbean cruise, European cruise, Hawaii cruise, and more.

The bottom line here is, whenever you want to go, whatever kind of luxury you need, and whatever experience you desire, honeymoon cruise could satisfy every single nerve in your body that would make this once in a lifetime experience worthwhile.