Family Discount Cruises, Fact or Fiction?

Many people believe Family Discount Cruises are nothing more than a myth. This group tends to be more likely the inexperienced, infrequent traveler. If you are interested in booking a family vacation cruise you should disregard this popular myth. Believing that family discount cruises do not exist could cost you a lot of money.

Dismiss the myth. Family Discount Cruises do indeed exist and are saving families thousands of dollars while enjoying fantastic, fun filled vacations aboard some amazing luxurious cruise ships.

No matter the economy, people look for discounts, deals and other ways to lower the cost of their vacation. Today, wise shoppers use coupons and other special offers to save money on goods and services. These same shoppers seeking to save money on groceries and other retail goods can save a good deal of money when booking a cruise vacation.

When booking a family discount cruise, there are a number of different options. Before deciding on your next cruise you should investigate every one of them. You’ll be surprised at how many cruise ship discounts are out there.

The most popular and easiest way to find discounts on a wide range of family cruises and vacations is only one click of the mouse.

Simply do a Google search for “Family Discount Cruises” or “Discounted Cruises” and you will find many resources.

Caveat Emptor!

Don’t make a hasty decision. Delay any bookings until you exhausted all options available. There are different resources at your disposal and you should take your time to investigate all of them.

Discount travel websites are popular for finding discounts on cruise and other vacations. Some well known travel sites are Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz to name a few. With regard to travel websites, you are encouraged to exhaust your search completely before providing them with your personal information.

Some people feel comfortable contacting the cruise line directly, particularly if they are looking to take a last minute cruise. One word of caution here. Be aware that the cruise line will not book your cruise. They will always refer you to contact a professional travel agent..

If you belong to a membership club, you should investigate any deals they may be offering. In addition to roadside vehicle assistance, auto clubs provide special deals on a wide range of vacation travel. Another well respected membership club regularly offer great deals to senior citizens.

One alternative to researching Family Discount Cruises is to work with a professional travel agent. Travelers that work with professional agents do so for the personal attention and service not available with travel websites and membership clubs. These professional travel agents operate locally and online.

Another travel myth is that travel agents rates are higher than their online competitors. This is not true.

That myth is totally unfounded by experience. The professional travel agent industry control a large block of travelers and because of their tremendous buying power they do indeed get preferential treatment from every travel vendor.

Cruise lines rely on the profession agents in order to get more of that agents customers. In fact, some well established and well respected travel agencies receive unbelievable deals that are not available to the general public.

With a small amount of time and research or professional assistance you can easily find many low cost cruises.

Why miss out on the fun and excitement of cruising, when you now know there are plenty of Family Discount Cruises available.

You just have to know where to find them.

Charmed by a Sunset Cruise

The sunset never fails to bring out the poet, philosopher, or the hopeless romantic in us. Wherever we are in the world, the sight of the setting sun always evokes a feeling of nostalgia that is astonishing and heartwarming.

This is true especially when we experience this glorious sight on board a quiet and soothing yacht cruise. As the yacht gracefully glides out to the sea, you can feel yourself gently being prepared for a one-of-a-kind experience that only the sunset in the distant horizon can bring.

A special yacht charter in Dubai can take you on a relaxing sunset cruise. You can get away from the hustle and bustle of the frantic city life. You can savor the soothing sound of the waves and the cool wind rustling through your hair. With your friends, family, or your special someone, you can delight in this intimate moment with the sunset together.

Starting at around dusk from the picturesque Dubai Marina, a sunset cruise takes you out to witness the day’s buzz transform into the vibrant Dubai nightlife. The Cayan Tower, in its swirling-shaped glory, and all the other stunning skyscrapers start lighting up as your yacht glides past them.

From the marina, you will then ride out to the coast of Dubai where you can see a stretch of pristine white sand beach glittering in the waning light of the sun. From this view, the iconic Burj Al Arab looks even more majestic and awe-inspiring amidst the skies that are slowly turning into warm hues of deep orange and purple.

As the yacht takes a cruise around the Palm Jumeirah, you can freshen up with some light drinks on board and wait until the golden sun bids its goodbye for the day. This riveting moment creates the perfect backdrop for a heartfelt wedding proposal or even a passionate wedding kiss.

As your yacht charter cruises by Atlantis The Palm, you can feel the enchantment in the air. Gaze at this landmark resort that is boldly facing the Arabian gulf. Feel it oozing with the mythical aura of its namesake, the Lost City of Atlantis, and the elegance of its Arabian character. Add the charming sunset into that image and you’re in for a magical visual feast.

Obviously, you can’t let the moment pass you by. Capture its beauty and preserve it for all time. Sunset photography famously yields the most breathtaking pictures. This one is no exception whether you have a top-of-the-line DSLR camera or a handy smartphone.

As the day fully turns into night, your yacht cruises back home to the marina and you find yourself sitting there awestruck at the unique pleasure that you have just experienced. As the sun makes way for a charming Arabian night, you can’t help but feel blessed to have witnessed such a wonder that only Dubai can offer.

Transfers From Houston Airports To Galveston Cruise Terminal

If you are flying into Houston TX and are planning to cruise out of Galveston TX, lets us help you with you transportation. Here in Houston we have two major airports

1. George Bush International Airport in Houston (IAH)

2. William Hobby International Airport in Houston (HOU)

This article will help you find transfers for newly weds, a family of 4 or a whole family reunion, to a group of friends wanting to have a good time. There are many options available to transfer from these airports to the cruise ship terminal in Galveston. These options include cruise line bus transfer, private shuttle bus, private town car or limousine, taxi, and car rental.

First, you need to do some homework, and check out all the options available to you, and at what price. You will be surprise at what competition may do to the prices, and extras, so try to find the best value for your bucks.

Below I am listing all the available options, starting with the classic taxi ride and ending with the out of thoughts luxury limousine one.

Taxi Cab Transfer between Houston Airports and Galveston Cruise Terminal

One way cab transfer from Houston Hobby Airport (HOU) and Galveston Cruise Terminal which is about 40 miles rides will be about $105 on average. (Not counting the traffic delays which would run it a bit higher)

For George Bush International (IAH), the cab ride will be about $179 since Bush airport is much farther to the north from Galveston, which is about 70 miles ride. (Not counting the traffic delays which would run it a bit higher)

*Rates for the cab ride were obtained from Houston Yellow cab dispatcher over the phone on April 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

Cruise Line Shuttle transfer between Houston Airports and Galveston Cruise Ship Terminal

As of April 12, 2013, the rate of transfer from Houston airports to Galveston cruise ship terminal as listed on Carnival website, using cruise line transfer from IAH to Galveston is $45 per person one way ($90 round trip), and $35 per person one way ($70 round trip) from Hobby airport to Galveston.

Car Rental from IAH or Hobby to Galveston Cruise Terminal

Many people do rent a car to drive from Houston airports to Galveston. You can find all the major rental car places in both airports. You can get a rental car between the Galveston Cruise Ship Terminal and the airports for about $65 a day. The rental car agencies have shuttles to take you to and from the ship.

For groups of 5 or 6, it is usually a good deal if they are arriving to Houston early, and they want to visit other places in Houston or in Galveston, and they want to have car for the convenience, but if you calculate the total expenses and the inconvenience related to the car rental, it turns out to be a bad deal. Think about gas, driving in unfamiliar city; do not know the traffic jam areas, parking cost in Galveston, getting the shuttle from the airport to the rental place, getting the shuttle from the parking to the cruise terminal. Well the cost for 7 days cruise would be about $450 for the car rental, $80 gas, $60 parking, for a total cost of about $600. If none of that bother you, then you are good to go.

Shared Private Shuttle from Galveston Crusie Ship to Hobby or IAH airports.

Most of the time, this is the most economical way to transfer from Houston airports to Galveston cruise terminal. If you have a large group, of if you traveling with your family, this option can be a very affordable transportation option. The rate per person to transfer from Houston Hobby to Galveston cruise terminal is about $35, and from George Bush International (IAH) to Galveston, it is about $45, assuming you are a group of 5 or 6 passengers.

TownCar or limousine from Houston Hobby / IAH to Galveston Cruise Ship Terminal

Another good option, that most of the people don’t think about because of the stigma associated with the limousine service being for rich people or very expensive. In fact Limousine companies provide an excellent service for very competitive prices. For example many Limousine in Houston offer a Towncar Transfer from Hobby airport to Galveston Crusie terminal or in that matter to most of the East side of Galveston Island for $110.00 (For 3 passengers, it is about $36 each) which is really affordable for a limo service, and very comfortable Luxury Towncar. The transfer from George Bush International (IAH) to Galveston Cruise Terminal, or other part of the island is $149 for a Towncar, and $175 for an SUV which can hold 7 passengers, so you do the math. They also provides 10 passengers van for very competitive prices. And again it is a limousine service, and most of the time, it is cheaper than a cab ride.

Other advantages of limousine service are:

  • You do not need to wait in line as you do for cabs
  • They greet you inside the terminal with a sign with your name on it.
  • You can pay for the service in advance, it help if you want to pay for your parents for example.
  • They can accommodate large groups
  • They provide professional drivers
  • They offer online reservation
  • They monitor your flight in case you come early, or you are delayed, so you will always have a driver waiting for you.
  • They can be hired hourly to provide you with transportation around the city
  • They provide car service discounts when booked online (some companies)

My First Cruise

WOW! That is how i felt when i stepped foot onto the most beautiful ship i have ever seen. I just returned home to philadelphia from my first cruise experience and i feel like my life has been changed forever.

This was not just a regular cruise. This was a millionaire mentoring success cruise. Big difference.

I started out by flying to Miami Florida to meet up with about 50 of my business associates. We spent the night in a beautiful hotel on the Miami river. The next morning we had an outstanding training session with my person mentor Mr. Dwayne Golden. This gentleman is one of the most dynamic trainers in all of the world. I believe everyone should have someone like Dwayne in their life.

Then we were off to the port where our beautiful ship awaited us. Her name was The Majesty of The Seas.

I have seen cruise ships from the outside and they all look huge but until you step foot on one you have no idea.

As soon as you step on to the ship you are overwhelmed with beauty. Glass elevators, brass handrails, and mirror everywhere. I felt like i was in one of Donald Trumps casinos. Then i proceeded to my private stateroom where i was greeted with an ocean view. It was amazing. So after i got settled in it was time for dinner.

I could go on for hours about the amazing dining experiences that i was blessed with but i do not want to make anyone jealous. I was surrounded by an amazing group of like minded entrepreneurs and lets just say that we were treated like royalty. I am not sure which was better, the food or the service. They were both outstanding. Every meal was better than the last. With out a doubt the best culinary experiences of my life and i have been to many five star restaurants but none of them compared to this.

Our first destination was Nassau Bahamas. When woke up and looked out the window i saw paradise. After i got showered and dressed i had the privilege of spending a few hours with a skillionaire. His name is Myron Golden and this man is nothing short of a genius. If you would like your life to go from tragic to magic in a short period of time you will want to get familiar the systems that he has created.

After lunch it was time to get a taste of paradise. As soon as i got off the ship in the Bahamas i looked into the Caribbean sea and immediately saw some of the most colorful fish in the world. As i strolled around the streets of Nassau shopping for souvenirs all i could think of was how great my life has become since i began my journey of personal development. It is amazing the kind of life you can live when you actually make a decision to change the quality of your life.

That night we had full schedule of entertainment as we cruised to our next destination. We experienced a hilarious hour of karaoke. Then the laughs continued with a comedy show in the next room over. Then it time to dance. Fortunately for me some of the people i was with were from Colombia because until that night i had no idea how to salsa dance. I had a so much fun i went back the next night and learned a few more moves.

When we woke up the next morning we were in Coco Cay. This is a private island in the Bahamas that is owned by the cruise line. We were anchored out in the middle of the sea and we had to take a shuttle boat to get on to the island. Once we arrived on the island we went snorkeling and then we relaxed on the beach. As i was sitting in a hammock watching the waves come in i was looking out at the ship as it sat anchored still a few hundred yards away. It looked so small. So i had my friend take a picture of me standing along the edge of the rocks with my hand out and it looks like the ship is in my hand. It is a really cool picture. I would love to send you a copy of it.

That evening we saw something nobody could describe. There was a full moon with a very bright ring around it. It looked like a halo. If you know what that is about please let me know. As we danced the night away on the top deck over looking the swimming pool there was a man creating an ice sculpture that turned out to be an Indian head. It was really cool looking. After the music finally stopped we went to the all night pizza buffet. About 20 of us sat there eating pizza and telling stories. We had some good laughs as we learned some new things about each other.

The next morning we woke up in the Florida Keys. From our view on the ship it looked amazing. To our left there was an island with nothing but beautiful houses on it. And on our right was the city of Key West.

Before we went out to tour the beautiful city we we blessed to have another amazing trainer/celebrity who was willing to spend some time with us. Her name is Artemis Limpert. She is one of the most the most powerful women in free enterprise but she is also in the new movie Pass It On which is like a sequel to the movie The Secret. If you have not seen these movies yet you will want to do so immediately. They will change your life.

After getting some amazing wisdom from Mrs. Limpert were off the ship and onto the streets of Key West. This is amazing historical town with a ton of things to see. I did some touring around but it was very hot and sunny so me and my friends from Chicago decided to go swimming in the Gulf of Mexico for the rest of the day.

That night back on our beautiful ship with my body covered with sunburn i just relaxed and enjoyed the peace and quiet that i knew would be over in the morning.

As i woke up on our final morning in Miami Florida all i could think about was the next time i will be cruising out to sea. Which will not be long. Our team will be celebrating our next success cruise in April. You should set a goal for yourself to be on it with us. It will be a life changing experience.

Do not just live life, Create a lifestyle.

Congratulations on your future success,

The Frugal Cruiser, Consider a Repositioning Cruise

The frugal cruiser… And who doesn’t want to save money on travel these days… Should consider taking a repositioning cruise.

Cruise lines that concentrate on the Caribbean in the wintertime… And the Mediterranean in the summertime have to get their ships from one cruising ground to the other.

Hence the repositioning cruise… Which offers at a reduced rate, a lot of sea days, great food, great relaxation, all of the same amenities you would expect on a cruise offering ports of call on a daily basis.

We just returned from a cruise from Fort Lauderdale that ended up 14 days later in Citavecchia, italy…the port closest to Rome Italy.

At a price of $899 per person… That works out to a per day price of $64 a person, this is truly a remarkable bargain… Try finding a resort, for $64 a day per person including all meals and entertainment.

The repositioning cruise, is not for everyone, since we had 8 sea days before our first port of call in Gibraltar. Subsequent ports, were Alicante, Spain…Barcelona… Marseille France… Livorno Italy (Florence/Pisa).

For those that take cruises for relaxation these eight days at sea can be heaven like… Great for relaxing on board, with good books and great company at mealtime.

The entertainment is what you would expect on a first-class cruise ship. Good dance reviews, singers, hypnotists and comedians.

The highlight of this particular cruise in my opinion, were the educational speakers… With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster… Several talks on that fateful night off Nova Scotia, gave an insight that goes far behind the scenes… in more depth… than any movie could possibly cover.

To those that say eight days between ports is boring… I would beg to differ, there never seem to be enough time in the day to do all the activities that were available for the passengers.

Some repositioning cruises, going from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean include stops at the Azores or Bermuda… This particular itinerary did not include those stops.

So for the frugal traveler that enjoys the ambiance, service, great food that today’s mega-cruise ships provide… Take a look at the savings you can realize by taking a repositioning cruise.

These cruises leave generally from the Florida area in the spring… And from Mediterranean and European ports in the fall.

For those travelers, that want a bargain, a cruise between popular cruising grounds should be in your future.