More than two million Germans have regularly traveled by cruise ship in recent years, and many more people dream of cruising. Preferred destinations from the perspective of German vacationers are the Mediterranean region, the far north and the ports on the Baltic Sea.
What is it that makes cruises so special? Travelers appreciate the varied cuisine in the on-board restaurants, the varied entertainment offers and, last but not least, the successive travel destinations.
Well over 300 small and large cruise ships sail on the oceans, including luxury ships such as the MS Europa or the MS Europa 2 from Hapag Lloyd or those from Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Expedition ships such as the Roald Amundsen from Hurtigruten or the small and fine ships from Ponant are on the rise. Premium ships like those from Celebrity or the Mein Schiff 2 by TUI Cruises are also in the favor of vacationers. The main focus of the modern “crusaders” is especially on the large ships. The family ships like that AIDAnova, offer fun and excitement almost around the clock. Pools, slides for young and old, sophisticated spa experiences and extensive sporting activities on and below deck prevent boredom.
Several thousand people, young or old, with and without children, belonging to various nations and cultures, meet regularly on board the large ships. Attractive restaurants and varied culinary offers from all over the world pamper guests. Sophisticated entertainment from morning to night increases the well-being of the passengers. Here is a small selection: The daily programs of the ships include painting courses and cooking shows, infotainment, art auctions, dance courses and fencing lessons. Bingo events or captain's receptions are also part of the entertainment. In the evening, high-quality stage shows or films “movies under the stars” are shown, and music lovers can enjoy varied musical entertainment in salons and bars. To put it bluntly, there is nothing on the ships that does not exist.
And it gets even better: Cunards Queen Mary 2 scores with a large planetarium and auditorium as well as corresponding events. The MS Koningsdam Holland America Line has a 76-meter-long HD LED screen with a 270 ° curve, on which spectacular projections are shown. There are extensive casinos with table and slot machines on almost all ships. And attractive shopping opportunities are also offered on most cruise ships.
COsta Pacifica Stage show
Unlike in the past, the Internet areas of cruise ships have grown out of their infancy. On the high seas, connections are as efficient as on land. Monitors in the internet cafés or the passengers' mobile devices ensure access to the internet providers on the high seas. This pleases those guests who do not want to miss an important meeting or a sporting event. The ships' networks are also suitable for streaming films.
What would a cruise be without going ashore? Unless it is a "transit trip" with many days at sea, the ship's guests enjoy the charms of the land destinations. The vacationers discover great places on guided excursions or on their own and get to know unique landscapes.
Oia on the Santorini island
Fuerteventura - Corralejo fish hall
Cruises are unforgettable experiences because of the abundance on offer. No matter where the journey leads, the best food and good drinks are always provided. The entertainment is varied. The ship's guests relax on days at sea or do sports. Gala events, shows or musical events take place in the evenings. Passengers who do not value it spend their evening in front of the on-board television or watch their favorite sport on their mobile phone or tablet. A cruise leaves little to be desired. Traveling on a cruise ship is an unforgettable experience.