Last month I sat on the beach the day before boarding a Royal Caribbean cruise for our Girls Getaway Cruise. I couldn’t help but think about the tragic event that took place on the Costa Concordia earlier in the month. My heart breaks for all that experienced that accident and for those families who lost loved ones. I could only imagine how scary that was.
I consider myself a bonafide “worry wart” and very cautious person. I always look for the exit before sitting down at a restaurant or staying the night at a hotel. I always check where the exits are when boarding a plane. (Yes…I worry like the best of them!) Yet as I sat on that beach anticipating the Girls Getaway Cruise I didn’t think twice about safety and had no concerns.
I have cruised 38 times in my life. Have attended 38 “Muster” (lifeboat) drills before sailing and can honestly say I feel very safe. Of course accidents can happen, but accidents such as this one are an extremely rare occurrence in the cruise industry and cruising continues to be one of the safest means of all types of leisure activities and transportation. While any accident involving loss of human life is one too many, from 2005 through 2010 there were 16 marine casualty-related deaths out of nearly 100 million passengers carried worldwide. This record demonstrates the industry’s commitment to the safety and well-being of the passengers and crew.
In my own experience, the Captain and crew are committed to safety of the Cruise ship and it’s passengers. Officers and crew conduct regular drills on every ship and complete extensive training. I have witnessed these drills many times over the years. (You can read more about Celebrity Cruises safety standards HERE – http://ow.ly/8ZHs1 )
Safety awareness is one of the reasons that I started GirlsonaCruise.com Girls Getaway travel. I personally would be too worried to travel alone, as many of us are. With so many women in the position of finding others to travel with, traveling with a group is the perfect answer. It seems strange but true that even though many of us have just met on the Cruise, we become an instant support for each other in case of emergency, whether it be medical or safety. After all, we are all in the same boat! (Pun totally intended!) It is a huge advantage to traveling in a group.
Do I feel safe? Absolutely! Can accidents happen? Absolutely! But a rare occasion will not stop me from enjoying life and all it has to offer.
Accidents happen everywhere…but I will still get on a bus to take a trip into NYC to see a Broadway Play, I will still get on a plane to fly to LA and see my son, I will still drive to the grocery store to shop for my family, I will still ride that latest roller coaster at Disney World and I will still cruise!
TOP 5 Reasons Cruising is Great for Families!
- Kids are split into age appropriate groups so making new friends is easy and fun is supervised!
- Teens have their own Dance Clubs onboard where parents can’t “Hang around”!
- On deck sports activities such as Golf, Rock Climbing, Zip Lining & Water slides keep kids entertained!
- Raining? No Problem! How about Movies, Arcades, painting, Ice Cream Sundae Parties and MORE!!
- Late evening entertainment for the kids & that means MOM & DAD can stay out and have fun where kids can’t “Hang around”!!
Okay, here is the scoop. I have raised 5 kids who are now all in their 20’s and I can honestly tell you that Cruising was the perfect vacation for us.
Disney World? Pretty awesome…but you really need a vacation when you come back from there!! It certainly isn’t relaxing!
Beach Resort? I love to relax on the beach and get a massage at a beautiful island resort….but not when the kids get bored and start saying “Mom, can you come in the water?” “Dad, can you walk me back to the room”? I
OH! And did I mention how expensive it is to feed everyone every day?!!!! Totally unpredictable when each family member has different desires for lunch or dinner. Maybe that should be # 6 – Kids can eat WHAT they want WHEN they want it. (and it’s all included!)
A Cruise solves all of these issues …
Kids are entertained so Mom & Dad can enjoy some alone time to relax or “whatever”!
Days at sea are just what us parents need to decompress and relax.
Everyone can eat what they want, when they want. No hassles, no expensive dining bills…and that means no stress!
After our first 3 cruises, it was our families vacation of choice. Cruising made everyone happy!
Our favorite Cruise Lines for Family vacation?
- Royal Caribbean (The kids favorite!)
- Celebrity Cruise Lines
- Princess Cruises
Now that the ids are grown up, we still love those Cruise vacations…in fact I look forward to our Super Bowl Cruise on the Celebrity Millennium in 2012 with the whole family!
It is still the #1 vacation for our family because a vacation is really about relaxing, having fun and creating your own mix.
A great holiday Gift for your family…togetherness on a cruise!
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Great deals this week in Travel!! Royal Caribbean’s WOW sale and Pandomonium Summer Event!
NCL’s “Kids Cruise Free” sale if booked this week!
Watch video for details and then visit www.jdevito.cruiseone.com to book today!
April 4, 2011 Last Minute Cruise Deals
Confused by all of the offers and websites on the internet? Sometimes it can be overwhelming!
Just remember…”The internet is for looking, your Travel Specialist is for booking!”
When you are spending money on a vacation, it is important that it is the right “fit” for you. Every Cruise ship and Resort has a unique personality and it is my job to match your personality up with the perfect vacation! As a Travel Specialist, I can clear the confusion and make your life easier (and happier!).
Don’t make planning a vacation become a huge headache…
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A video says a thousand words!! Need I write more?
Some people say “I have already done that itinerary. I want to see other islands.”
I say that the great thing about going to the same port many times is knowing exactly “What” you want to do when you get there. It really is much more enjoyable when you don’t feel pressured to see everything and you can spend all day doing your favorite thing on the island. In St Martin, our favorite thing to do is spend the day at Orient Beach…more specifically “Coco’s Beach”. Of course you can go on an excursion to Orient Beach, but then you will be like a herd of cows (not a literal picture!) and not feel special. Take my advice…take a cab to Coco’s and feel the difference!
Sure…you could go to Kontiki’s, Waikiki (totally expensive!) or Bikini Beach, but you won’t feel the intimate friendly service. As with any restaurant or resort, service is always key…and at Cocos the employees really care. You can feel it. And I attribute that to the owner Sophie. She is hands on and a part of the experience. You can always count on the food being fabulous, the service being top notch and the “after lunch specialty rum” being …oh how can I say “rumilicious!” (is that a word?!)
Look for the Periwinkle umbrellas and THAT is Coco’s. I recommend the lobster salad, the Rigaletto Pizza or the grilled chicken (devito style!). Ask for Phillipe, Roman and Sophie and tell them Janet & Frank sent you…and don’t forget to say “Bonjour!”
Take a cruise to St Marten, stay at one of our fav hotels (Alamanda or Esmeralda) or renta villa (Casa Lana, Coccinelle or Dolce Vita – depending on your budget)….but just GO! I have been going there for over 25 years and love it!
For more tips on St marten and booking that special vacation…Click Here!
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