“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Myths of Cruising

Planning a vacation for 2012? You should consider a cruise. Check out Eric Lucas’s article on twelve popular misconceptions about cruises at http://www.bing.com/travel/content/search?FORM=TRHPEL&q=Myths+of+Cruising

Then contact TravelHaven to book your dream vacation.

Here’s an excerpt

“More than 20 million people will sail on cruises in 2012. Yet cruising remains one of the most widely misunderstood facets of the travel universe, disdained by many at the same time it is worshipped by many more. The truth lies in between.

Myth No. 1: Cruising is expensive. Blame the movie “Titanic,” all that shimmering crystal, gold and brass, burnished mahogany staircases and bejeweled aristocrats. In real life, cruising runs the gamut from bargain to deluxe. Cruise advocates argue that a mainstream cruise offers the best overall value in the travel industry, an assertion hard to dispute.

“For instance, cruising the Caribbean aboard a 1,000-plus-passenger ship (Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, Carnival) averages between $120 and $250 a night for 2012, depending on the season, cabin (interior, view, balcony, etc.) and length. Remember that this is lodging, transportation, food and most onboard activities all rolled into one.

“If you really want a bargain, book an interior cabin: It’s even cheaper, there’s more room, and if you spend all your spare time exploring destinations or enjoying the ship, it won’t matter that you lack a window or deck.

Myth No. 2: Cruising is not for “real travelers.” Veteran world travelers generally look down their noses at cruising. Aren’t the ships overrun with retirees who save all their nickels so they can spend five days bellying up to the buffet and don’t care whether they’re in Venice or Vegas? No, they’re not.

“Big-ship cruising on the classic Caribbean, Mediterranean, South American, South Pacific and Alaskan itineraries offers any traveler one immense strategic advantage: Your hotel room goes with you. Unpack once. Fly into the embarkation port, fly home from the debarkation port. As your floating hotel takes you from Barcelona to Monte Carlo to Rome to Greece to Venice, you can dine in the candlelit hush of the premium dining room, onshore at local restaurants or in the cafeteria. You can lounge by the pool drinking Bud or sign up for private limousine tours of the Parthenon. Ships accommodate both types of travelers.”