Lacey Prince Cruise Ship February 21st, 2018 - 12:42:15
Another choice would be a barge cruise. Many small barges have been converted to luxury cruise ships. These ships can maneuver in the smaller rivers and canals. Since they carry very few passengers (6-12) they are a more intimate experience. You will need time for cruises such as these. They travel slowly and make overnight stops in small villages. Then there is a Yacht cruise which appeals to the heart of all want to be yachtsmen. These too are much smaller and you will experience amore intimate cruise. But lets go with the traditional cruise that visits lots of ports during the cruise. Since you have invested a lot of time and money to get to Europe you will want to choose a cruise that visits lots of ports in many countries. Go for a 12 to 14 day itinerary visiting countries that interest you. Review the tours offered before you leave so you know which ones you want to book when you arrive at your cruise ship. Usually the cruise ship will stop in a port during the day traveling to the next port during the night. Occasionally a ship will overnight in a port giving you more time to tour.
If personalized service and having someone at your beck and call is important to you opt for a luxury cruise ship. Cruise ships also come in a wide range of sizes although size may not be the primary concern. Cruise West and SeaDream Yachts offer some of the smallest ships under 200 passengers. Small ships will offer a more personalized experience and their size allows them to visit smaller and less-traveled ports. As a down side smaller ships arent able to offer the extravagant entertainment of larger ships. If youre prone to sea-sickness a larger ship is definitely the better option. The larger the ship the less noticeable the rolling motion of travel at sea. One last consideration that may not come immediately to mind - is this a maiden voyage or will you be traveling on an established ship? While the first thought may be \"the newer the better\" there are disadvantages to being on the first trip of a new cruise ship.
Certainly everything is brand new and there are certain bragging rights when you can say \"I was on the first voyage of ship XYZ.\" But the first cruise is sometimes a shake-out cruise. The staffs probably havent worked together before and are still trying to come together as a team. They may be inexperienced and going through on-the-job training. And of course a ship is a massive construction project just like building a new apartment or office building and just like a new building a new ship may have glitches in the plumbing or the wiring to be worked out. If you want perfection on your cruise you may want to make sure that youve chosen an established ship.
Another featured act on NCLs cruise ships is the Second City Comedy Troupe. Although I did not see their show on the Epic (... there just wasnt enough time to do everything... ) my wife and I have seen them on several other NCL cruise ships. In general we found their \"rehearsed\" skits to be very funny and their \"ad-libbed\" routines very \"un-funny\" (but then again I never really enjoyed watching Jonathan Winters who was regarded by many people as an \"ad-lib\" comedic genius). Activities on the ship were plentiful. Unique to the Epic were the \"Epic Plunge\" (a massive 7-deck water slide) 6 bowling alleys and the SVEDKA Ice Bar (which NCL touts as the first ice bar at sea) in which the entire contents (including the bar) are made of ice and the venue is maintained at a \"toasty\" 17-degree temperature to keep it from melting. Now thats \"really cool\"! Patrons are provided with heavy jackets before entering and vodka is clearly the beverage of choice.