Travel & Cruising

 
In today’s fast paced world, people get stressed out and long for time off from work and a vacation in an exotic place. With ever increasing pressures and dead-lines at the office, everyone wants some undisturbed leisure time. It is time to switch off the cell phone, blackberry and email and enjoy nature.
 
Some people prefer to travel by car or motor home, some by train or plane and some prefer cruise ships or sail boats. Cruising is one of the most fascinating ways to travel and get pampered along the way. Quite often one travels at night, so you wake up in a different port city. The advantage is you didn’t have to fly or drive or pack your luggage.
 
Occasionally there are sea days but even here there are activities to enjoy. Perhaps you’re exploring the Inside Passage in Alaska or the Panama Canal. Sit on the deck chairs and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. Or explore the ship, which usually has fascinating art in the hallways and public rooms. Or visit the spa, pool, gym, shops or casino. There are usually many activities for children and teens as well.
 
New ships like the Oasis of the Seas feature everything from massage, spa, hair and makeup, cardio and resistance machines, Pilates, kickboxing, yoga, spinning classes, pools and whirlpools, sports courts, mini-golf, Zip line, rock-climbing walls and basketball courts. Ships have entertainment featuring ice shows, nightclubs, Jazz, comedy and musical spectacles ranging from big band to disco. For kids there are activities such as jewelry making & scrapbooking and a nursery.
 
And let’s not forget about the gourmet food and no dishes to wash or beds to make! Many ships now feature specialty dining rooms and coffee shops.
 
Some cruise lines have large ships with many amenities and others have smaller, cozier ships. Some gear towards older adults and some to families with younger children. Check with your travel agent before you book a cruise. Cruise ships travel to all the popular and exotic locations, so there is a cruise for you.
 
One nice thing about cruising is the day trips when you’re in port. Even when you’re travelling with friends, you can all choose your own adventure. For the thrill seekers, there may be helicopter rides or whitewater kayaking. For the nature lover, try hiking or rafting trips down the river. If you want a more leisurely pace, there are bus trips to various attractions or a relaxed walk around town. Perhaps you just want to lay on that sandy beach and get a tan. Whatever you are looking for, the cruise ship probably has a shore excursion to match. You can book these before you leave home; some fill up fast.
 
One of the advantages of booking shore excursions with the cruise line is that you have nothing to worry about. If you book these on your own on the internet and you come back late, you missed the boat. On one cruise, the ship we were on couldn’t dock at Cozumel due to high waves. The cruise ship looked after cancellation of shore excursions.
 
There are thousands of websites about travel but only a few of them are renowned for their expertise in this field. Oasis Cruise is one of them. We did our first cruise in 1960.  Since that day, we have never looked back. We have almost 50 years experience in cruising and different holiday destinations.
 
Another option for sea lovers is sail boats. Travel at a more leisurely pace, where the journey is the destination. Although considerably smaller than a cruise ship, sail boats have all the amenities of home, a galley, dining room, a head, navigation room and bedrooms. Our sailors, Don & Lynn from Prairie Seashell bring you the adventures of sailing a 38 foot sail boat in Mexico. They have a section on building a sailboat in their backyard. We bring you in-depth stories about sailing, life aboard, harbors, boat repairs, food and cooking and PSS blogs.
 
We have photo albums of all our trips and are uploading pictures to the web. We want to share our holiday memories with you.
 
Whether you take a cruise on a large cruise ship like Oasis of the Seas, a medium or small ship or a sail boat, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your holiday at sea. There are many cruise lines to choose from – Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Disney, Carnival and Princess, to name just a few.
 
Oasis Cruise is not affiliated with a cruise line or travel agency. We hope you enjoy our travel and cruise stories.

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