Carnival Cruise Lines have shorter cruises available that last from 2 to 5 days. They run the largest short cruise program in the cruise industry. You can take a short cruise on one of 12 ships from 12 North American home ports. A short cruise gives passengers a good idea of what cruising is about so they like it. Carnival has a short New York Cruise to know where you can enjoy excellent service in a relaxing atmosphere. You’ll be back to the New York City Port in a few days.
There are many cruise lines to choose from. You can visit a cruise line’s website or call a representative to see if there are any cheap last minute cruises available. Many times, it is listed on their website. It is sometimes better to call the cruise line directly to see if you can get a discount. If they are undersold on some cruise ships, they might charge you for a lower end cabin but upgrade you to a larger room or suite for the same price.
Even the 3 day cruises have formal or dress dinners you should be prepared for. When you pack for a cruise on the river it is fine to pack mostly for comfort and casual wear. However, in the evenings on the ship you might attend a captain’s or manager’s dinner. This dining experience doesn’t require you to dress nice but you should. Some cruises have a formal dinner which requires the passengers to wear a tuxedo or formal gown. Make sure you are aware of any dress requirements for special occasions on the ship. If you plan on attending an event like an opera in a foreign country, you will need to bring the right attire.
Also, cabins closer to the engine room cost lesser than those that are away from it. If you would like to enjoy the view of the river, then, opt for the ones on the higher decks as the ones on the lower decks will not offer you the best view.
Having just returned myself from a month in Egypt. Everything was back to normal. I was there 18 months ago before the demonstrations, and the only things I noticed different were that there was little security at the Royal Place (of course Mubarak is gone) and new businesses popping up everywhere. These entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the new beginning with no bribes in Nile River Cruise order to get a business license.
Viking River Cruises suggests tipping the crew an amount of $15 per person per day in U.S. dollars. You can add your crew tips to your onboard account if you like and pay by credit card at the end of the cruise or pay in cash using the provided envelopes. The on-board Program Director in Russia does not share in the onboard staff gratuities – it is customary to tip them separately and in cash.
The world is full of beautiful places, interesting people, and fascinating cultures. A cruise isn’t the only way to explore the world, but it is one of the easiest and most exciting ways to see places you’ve only dreamed of.