Amenities you can expect on a Cruise
Many people often book and pay for cruises without necessarily knowing what they are entitled to or what to expect from cruises. After paying for the cruise you are have actually included your fare, taxes, port charges and from there on everything you that’s on the ship is cashless. Your fare also caters for all meals, entertainment and free admissions to all shows. However there are facilities and services that have to be paid for. While on a cruise, you are also entitled to use the cruise facilities like hot tubs, spa services, recreation activities, gym and pools at no charges. This thus drives us to answer the next question, which are the amenities to expect on a cruise?
Every cruise has state room amenities that are just meant for its travelers, these include a mini-bar, a refrigerator, direct dial phone, internet access, a hair dryer, stereos or iPods, in stateroom movies, a CD player and a TV or a radio. At least the cheapest cruise should afford to have most of these amenities in their state rooms.
Dining room amenities
Dining activities are primary in each and every cruise. A nice dining place will always see you say good bye to each coming day in style. You can also enjoy the facility as a family or as a couple. Romantic moments are said to start at the dining room. At least every cruise should have some of the following amenities in their dining rooms, open seating, 24 hour food service, patisserie or coffee house, a la carte venues, specialty, formal nights and traditional assigned seating’s. (Image by Vicki Scheck)
Children and family amenities
Cruises are meant for vacation, they serve best if you are travelling with your family or your kids. Amenities available in every cruise should be aiming at giving you the best service possible. Most cruise feature family activities as well as children activities. Children activities are further divided into activities for all ages. A good cruise should at least have educational programs organized sporting activities, parties and events, contests and games, organized age specified programs, available cribs, babysitting services, subsidized cruise rates, family staterooms, youth counselors, teen disco, children’s playroom, cartoons and movies among others.
Meeting and conferences amenities
For your meeting and conferences the cruise should have good email access, computer equipments, audio visual equipments, business center services, private parties, a conference dining, adequate meeting space and a competent meeting coordinator who will ensure that two meetings are not allocated for the same time or venue and that you do not extend the agreed hours.
Special program and services amenities
Cruises should be ready to handle special occasions as well as situations, among the special services amenities at least every cruise should have wheelchair accessible platforms. Special dietary needs though customers need to make early notifications, iPod and iPhone rental services, a good and a working cell phone service, onboard guest lectures and special wedding or honeymoon packages.
Fitness and sporting amenities
Sports are universal and fitness is a common goal to all of us, in this relation, good cruises should feature at least some of these facilities, a bowling alley, rock climbing wall, paddle tennis, multiuse sport court, volleyball games, basketball, a jogging track, yoga, group fitness classes, personal trainers, total fitness programs , cardio equipments golf packages, scuba certification among others. (Image by Seabourn)
Cruises should always be fun filled. Every cruise, besides having its unique attraction features should at least have most of these amenities on board, they will really go a long way to see you have an incredible journey and you will feel you are in a paradise away from home.
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