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 The Advantages of Cruise Line Vacations.

 Cruises offer several advantages over types of vacations that you probably know about. Most people who try a cruise are surprised by how much it offers.
 
In the USA the “family vacation” is a tradition dating back many decades, and this is the only major developed nation where the average amount of vacation time given by most employers each year is just two weeks, whereas in Australia the average is four weeks and in Europe the average is six weeks. This short amount of time granted to parents to be away from work makes it more important to Americans than ever to gather up everyone in the family to spend time together.
 
Family vacations have changed in the last few generations. Back in the 1970s the family would all get in the family car and drive to a destination together; a beach, national park or the home of Family and Friends. But since the growth of Dreamworld, Seaworld and Disneyland-like destinations, the emphasis has been more time at places that provide fun organized diversions, for the young and young at heart.

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Although family vacations have changed, the short amount of time offered remains the same, so the goals of American family vacations also remain the same; seeing new places; Travel to new and interesting places; Trying new activities; admiring new scenery and wildlife; Time to relax; interesting and delicious food, AND very importantly getting good value.

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Cruises: give You the Best Vacation Value As a method for an entire family to travel together, to see and try new things, to eat great food and have time to relax all at a very reasonable price, I can’t think of a better vacation option than a cruise. And here are the five top reasons why :-
 
 
1. Effortless Travel to Multiple Destinations: Once you enter your stateroom you only have to unpack once, but you travel to a variety of destinations. You can sail from Barcelona to Istanbul with no personal effort at all, waking up in a new place every morning and all you have to do is enjoy the ship’s food, fun and accomodations.
 
2. Fun Activities: But aren’t you “stuck on the ship” and doesn’t it get “boring?” Today’s cruise ships are never boring. Here is just a partial list of activities you can find aboard modern cruise ships: rock-climbing, zip-lining, bowling, roller-blading, simulated surfing, ice skating, goofy golf, video games, first-run movies, wine tastings, live Broadway shows, live music, disco dancing and more. Once you get to ports of call you can add in SCUBA, snorkeling, water skiing, horseback riding, hiking and of course sightseeing and shopping.
 
3. Time to Relax: A cruise also offers plenty of relaxation time in your private stateroom, with a balcony in most cases, to read, watch movies and take a long bath and nap. You can also get spa treatments, work out in the fitness centers, watch the ship’s wake, [this takes NO energy but is fascinating] read in the library, take classes in cooking, lifestyle, arts, computer tips, music, languages and more.
                                                      
4. New and Delicious New Food: Gourmet cuisine is available on the majority of cruise ships. Many ships have literally dozens of food venues. You can select from a wide variety of food for every meal of the cruise; Brazilian, French, Italian, Mexican, sushi, barbecue and other great American food. The restaurants also offer first-class waiter service in the finest dining rooms – and it is all included in the cruise fare.
 
5. Vacation Value: But the best thing about cruising is the value. Cruises are mostly inclusive for your meals, entertainment and transportation to exotic ports of call. You will already know what your basic vacation will cost long before you go. Of course, there will be additional optional things to buy if you choose along the way such as shore tours, special gourmet food, spa treatments and special classes or activities onboard.
 
Aboard a cruise ship your stateroom is the base for your entire voyage; no lugging or packing and unpacking luggage. You are assured of fun activities and entertainment, included in the cruise fare, around the clock. Once onboard your sole budgetary concern is what you want to add to your vacation.
                                                     
 
You are not burdened with budgeting or keeping money back for basic travel, food and rooming expenses. Best of all – cruise ships offer something for everyone in the family. Kids can go to supervised activities so parents to have time for themselves. If anyone in your group doesn’t feel like doing any given activity you still know they will be safe – and where to find them for dinner.
 
All-in-all a family cannot find a more convenient way to travel together, and at a value price. And here is one last tip; if you can find a way to drive your family to the cruise (and there are cruises sailing out of most major US ports this year) then you can save even more money.

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Megafood – Biggest Cruise Ship Food

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Tips for First Time Cruisers

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TOP 5 most expensive and luxurious Cruise Ships

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Best Carribean Cruise Destinations

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Review of Norwegian Sky Cruise Ship

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Costa Crociere – A Global Italian Brand in Cruising

Neil PalombaAt Costa Crociere, the core daily focus is to exceed guest expectations.

“This is our mantra; we put our guests at the center of every decision in every department,” Neil Palomba, president, told Cruise Industry News. “And, we focus our activities to ensure that guests are fully satisfied prior, during and after their cruise.”

Continuous innovation has been Palomba’s calling card on the product side, and he has overseen the launch and development of Costa’s Italy at Sea branding platform.

“The most important and relevant element of our brand, however, is the crew,” Palomba said. “They are our most important asset. We invest a lot to hire and train the right people before they embark. Service is an important focus for us, and we have worked on enhancing our service element and making sure we provide an Italian experience.”

Two new ships will launch for the European and Western markets in 2019 and 2021, respectively.

Palomba has been busy planning for the ships. Costa has hired four different design companies to work on the interiors, which he promised will communicate the Italian brand position.

The concept behind the ship and the design point we want to communicate is that customer is in Italy. The mission of the architects is to express that with their own creativity,” Palomba said.

Costa has also gone out and invited 10 Italian brands to design and supply various furniture. Those pieces will also be in the first museum at sea.

The biggest news may be the staterooms.

“A lot of innovation,” Palomba hinted. “I can’t go into detail. We’ve invested a lot of time in the staterooms. The cabin layout will be completely renovated compared to the usual design.”

Palomba is among the youngest cruise line presidents ever. He was born to an Italian father and English mother, in England, but was in Italy two weeks later in Sant’Agnello, a small town outside Naples where he grew up.

An opportunity came to work aboard Star Lauro’s Symphony when he was 15-years old during a summer break. Palomba took it, and was aboard as a night steward at the reception desk.

Once done with school Palomba became a cadet officer, still with Star Lauro, and eventually worked his way up to second officer while the company was brought under MSC ownership.

Noting his rise, MSC offered him the opportunity to work shoreside on its newbuilding program. So from 2001 to 2004, Palomba was front and center on the construction of the Lirica and Opera.

The sea was still calling, however, and he asked to be put back onboard.

“I spent a year and a half aboard the Opera, where I met my wife in 2005,” he said. “Then I was on the Musica; it was new and about to be delivered. I got a call to meet with Vago (Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman) and he offered me a job to work in the United States.”

So Palomba and his wife moved to America.

“I was 25 years old at the time, working as chief operating officer, it was a great opportunity,” he said.

Another phone call came, and Palomba went back to Geneva to work as corporate operating officer, responsible for optimizing profit by establishing performance parameters and developing new destinations.

Then came another opportunity, and he went to Costa as senior vice president of hotel operations in 2014, a position the company created for him. A year later he was named president.

“We have changed (Costa), we have developed the product, marketing and commercial activities,” Palomba said. “To see the turn-around of the company has been great. We are very happy with the results we are seeing.”

Palomba described his management style as open and eager to learn. He tries to get to the ships as often as possible, and is no stranger to the engine room, often putting on overalls and climbing down ladders with the chief engineer.

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Launching Ships from Shipyards.

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