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Birthday Party Cruise

Prince Cruise asked:

To many mothers, planning a birthday party can be very daunting. You need to have a theme and location in mind. These days, with birthday parties becoming more and more elaborate and different, why not do something different? Why not have the celebrations on a cruise? Everyone is sure to love the change and yes, they will enjoy themselves too.

If you’re an adult celebrating your birthday, one great birthday party idea if you are in Sydney is to book the Sydney Showboat. It’s also known as the “party boat” and is a good choice for an evening of fun with a dinner cruise thrown in with a three-course menu and a live international show.

Alternatively, you could choose a disco cruise as a Sydney Birthday Party Cruise, if you’re in London, UK. All you need to have is a group of six people and take a cruise down on the Thames, with lots of food and drink thrown in, not to forget the music. This Birthday Party Cruise sails down the Thames and has a DJ playing the latest music to put you into the party mood. And this includes enjoying a large buffet dinner which then goes on to non-stop partying, eating, drinking and dancing down the river.

Things can get slightly different if you’re taking a cruise with your family and celebrating one of your little kids’ birthday parties on board the cruise liner. For all of you, it’s a wonderful idea to celebrate the little one’s big day on a Birthday Party Cruise liner. But wait-first find out just how safe the ship is for little children.

For one, find out if they have day care facilities. If it does, it’s going to take the strain off you of looking after your kids-you can concentrate on enjoying yourself you’re your friends. Follow the steps given here and have a relaxing time cruising on your kid’s birthday. Here you go:

” Find out all you can about the Birthday Party Cruise liner you’re interested in. Ask if your friends who took the cruise you’re interested in have children who enjoyed themselves on the cruise?

” Ask if there are child care rooms and up to what age kids are allowed in here. How much does it cost to use a child care room? Should you book one in advance?

” Is the child care staff trained and are the children supervised? How are they kept busy? How many kids does each staff member look after?

” Is there any set check-in and pick-up procedure for kids in the child care room? Are they safe? Should children using this facility be potty-trained? Should they be vaccinated before they embark on this cruise?

If all your queries are answered satisfactorily, look beyond this and get cracking on the birthday celebrations. Remember, you’ve got a cake to think of, the other eats, games and take home gifts. What are you doing? Get up and get going. There’s not much you can get in the middle of the high seas-so go well prepared and have a good time.

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  • Sanjog asked:

    Watching the sunset in the horizon, racing with dolphins along with your boat, having dinner while sailing out into the river passing through the lovely coastline, or relaxing while listening to music and crashing sea waves in the evening- Welcome to an unforgettable tour to Goa. Make this experience remarkable for a lifetime with the comfortable amenities on the river cruises in Goa. This small state is a home to various long and wide beautiful rivers, which offer a perfect location for wonderful river cruises. This fun activity is purely an exciting adventure facility to the tourists and the best way to explore the marine life in Goa. Most of these cruises are offered by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC).

    GTDC and a few private firms run their facilities on the Mandovi river and Zuari Bay. They offer a wide range of cruises like:



    Full Moon


    Dolphin Fantasy

    Pearl of the Orient

    The activity is not only best for sunset views and crocodile or dolphin spotting, but also for the immense pleasure of enjoyment. Here you can witness and enjoy the live folk dance like Dekni Temple dance, Fugdi dance and the Corredinho dance. You are also taken on the sightseeing trips to several historical architectures like Reis Magos Church, Aguada Fort and the Cabo Raj Bhavan as well. Apart from golden and intoxicating beaches, Goa has various waterways ideal for this fun activity, which is a mixture of natural and cultural heritage cruise *** walking tour.

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  • The Excitement Of River Cruises

    MIKE SELVON asked:

    Most of the time when people are contemplating taking a cruise vacation, they think about the huge liners that carry people from one exotic port to the next, or that traverse the oceans of the world. But in the last decade or so, river cruises have become more popular and are competing more and more for the attention of travelers. While there was a time when a river cruise was considered a specialty, these days choosing this type of excursion is a more mainstream option.

    European river excursions are the most popular and were also the pioneers in providing interesting “off the beaten path” types of cruise vacations. There are many spectacular rivers that meander through different countries in Europe, which allows people to explore many scenic and historic areas not accessible by the large holiday ships.

    These days there are river cruises in many other parts of the world from which to choose. As the river cruise ship lines discovered the increasing interest that people had in cruising on the waterways of Europe, they made efforts to expand their services into many other countries as well. This means that you now have the choice of cruising the rivers of Africa, South America and North America, as well as parts of Asia.

    One of the advantages of a cruise on a river is that the ships are much smaller and therefore offer a more intimate and personal experience. Most of the cruise lines that sail the watercourses of the world take particular pride in offering their passengers excellent service, often with a ratio of one staff member to every three passengers, or even less. This ensures that each and every person along for the ride has their needs promptly addressed, are well attended to and even pampered on their voyage.

    Even though the overall size of the ship that will carry you on the river outing is smaller, in many cases the cabins are somewhat larger than what you would find on the giant ships. In addition, they are often outfitted with fine appointments, which are meant to cater to American tastes and demands. Some of the newer ships have full Wi-Fi internet access and recent renovations on older ships have resulted in cabins with flat screen televisions, MP3 sound systems, fine high-count linens, cashmere throws, plush bathrobes, and European touches in decor and furnishings.

    Adding to the luxurious surroundings of your cabin, you will also be gently gliding by gorgeous French chateaus, imposing German castles, brilliant tulip fields and many more stunning sites throughout the interior regions. And, when you are not enjoying the sights rolling by from your comfortable chair on the sun deck, you will have opportunities to leave the ship and savor the ambiance of the towns and villages along the river and rub shoulders with the locals.

    Many people say that river cruises are simply the best way to be introduced to the best of Europe, because you can escape the common tourist traps. Cruising European rivers is a relaxing, enjoyable, stress-free, and comfortable way to gain new insights into the history and culture of the countries, the cities and the people.

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  • Bruce Pickett asked:

    When most people think of a luxury cruise, they visualize a hugh ship out on the ocean, sailing from one exotic tropical port to another. There is an alternative type of cruising, though, that provides quite a different cruise experience while still pampering passengers with luxury and exceptional service. It is called river cruising and it is an amazing way to cruise.


    An alternative to traditional cruising

    Whether you are a first time cruiser or have experienced many, there is much to like about river cruising. As an alternative to the traditional cruise, it provides a different view of the countries and cities visited on the ship with a more intimate and casual atmosphere. When we consider the areas where these river cruises are most popular, Europe, Asia and South America, one may wish to take a little more time to absorb the sites, culture, locals and the history. The ship`s motion on the water is quite different on a river compared to an ocean cruise, and is much less likely to bother someone who may be prone to motion sickness.


    Smaller ships

    River cruise ships are necessarily smaller than ocean cruise ships, as they have to navigate the sometimes shallow and tricky waters of an inland waterway. River cruising should not be confused with barging – where passengers float on a barg in man-made canals – because with a powered cruise ship you can explore a country via natural rivers and waterways. Most river cruise ships generally accomadate between 100 and 200 people, although, some are even smaller.


    Casual, flexible, personal

    River cruising is much more casual than traditional cruising. Dinners are casual and comfortable, and in most cases, do not even require wearing a dress jacket or suit coat. Seating is generally open rather than assigned, giving you an opportunity to dine with different people every night, and there is only one sitting rather than two. Passengers can eat what they want , when they want, and in the company of whom they want – the ultimate in flexibility.


    Slower pace, more relaxed

    A river cruise vessel travels at a much slower speed than a traditional cruise ship, allowing passengers to better appreciateand enjoy the passing countryside. The slower cruising speed allows the ship`s atmosphere to feature a slower pace and a more relaxed enviornment, something that most river cruisers particularly enjoy. The sometimes frenetic pace of activity on an ocean liner simply does not exist on a river cruise, making it an exceptionally relaxing way to vacation.


    Intimate view of the country

    River cruising allows you to have a unique and intimate view of the countries you visit. A river cruise takes you well outside of the cities that are typical stopping points and lets you explore the countryside that reflects the true culture and spirit of a country. River cruises usually include stops in smaller villages in towns, where you can mingle with the locals and enjoy a unique cultural experience.


    Luxury and exceptional service

    A slower pace and a more relaxed atmosphere does not mean that river cruising lacks in luxury and service. On the contrary, because a river cruise ship carries fewer passengers, the crew can provide exceptionally personal service, catering to your every need or want. And because river cruise ships generally do not have a hugh array of bars, entertainment facilities and other nightlife venues, they tend to be quieter and more subdued than ocean liners. You still have access to entertainment and recreational activities, just not as many as on a larger ship.


    River cruising season

    In warm weather climates, river cruising can occur year round, but most cruise lines still curtail their sailings from November to March. In northern climates the rivers freeze over the winter, necessitating a shorter season that usually runs from April or May through October or November, depending on river conditions. Because river cruise ships hold fewer and do not run as often as ocean liners, accomodations tend to fill up rather quickly. Your best bet is to book your luxury cruise on a river at the earliest date possible to ensure your place on the ship.


    If you have any questions or want further information, please go to my web site TPI Travel-Bruce Pickett and send me an email with your thoughts.


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  • huiya asked:


    My two cruises along the Li River in Guilin and the Yangtze River are the most highlights in my fabulous 10 days china vacation. My trip starts from Beijing. After 3 days traveling there and a wonderful Beijing Duck dinner, we fly to Guilin and rest at Fubo hotel.

    Guilin’s scenery is quite different from Beijing. Not so modern and filled with more native soil feeling. The hills look so elegant. My tour guide is a lovely lady. She told us “if you come to china without visiting Guilin, your trip is not completed”. Is it true?

    My essence tour in Guilin starts at next morning after my breakfast. We drive about 40 minutes away from the city and start an excursion by boat along the Li River. The boat we took is a three levels one with an open deck on the top where I like to climb to enjoy the scenery along the bank or take photos. Along the river, we are inspired by the picturesque mountains, peaceful green fields, crystal-clear water, lush bamboos and villages with water buffaloes. The famous scenic spots like “Yearning for Husband Hill, Crown Cave, Painted Cliff, Reflection of Yellow Beach, Xingping Town, Five Fingers Hill, etc.” are so pleasing to the eyes and the mind. The most interesting part is we come to a small village for 1 hour to visit a nearby school after we arrive at Yangshuo. I even get two grapefruits from the local students as gifts. They all look so lovely. I like the way to communicate with local Chinese directly.

    In all, this 4-5 hours sailing was a fabulous trip and we were enjoyed so much and eager to tell more people to do this.

    The popular food in Guilin is local noodle. It is quite different. If you visit there, don’t forget to taste it.

    Yangtze Cruise is the last destination in my 10 days trip. I want to have a look of the largest water conservancy project- Three Gorges Dam.

    Normally there are downstream and upstream cruising routes available. Starting from chongqing to Yichang, or Wuhan and Shanghai is downstream where starting from Wuhan, Shangahai or Yichang to Chongqing is upstream. Upstream direction needs one day more on the ship. I choose to leave China from Shanghai so downstream is suitable for me.

    The ship we took was Yangtze Paradise, a ship with five decks and houses 196 passengers and 120 crews. The ship is always known as “the flowing hotel.” On the ship we get many Chinese style entertainments such as the lesson about Chinese painting and calligraphy, pearls, Jades. I just try Taiji in the morning. It is not so difficult to try Taiji. There are also traditional folk performance at the nighttime.It is really big fun on this trip. We are not only to view the beautiful scenery but also get more friends from different countries on the board.

    The daily shore excursion to Fengdu, Shennong stream and Three gorges dam site also make us exciting. We take a smaller wooden boat called “pea-pod boat” drifting along Shennong Stream. Shennong Stream is a small tributary of Yangtze River with 60 kilometers long, popular with its special virtues of serenity, uniqueness, primitiveness and wilderness. We are quite excited to view the groups of monkeys sporting among the trees, ancient hanging coffins, and the minority people.

    Three Gorges Dam is the largest water conservancy project ever undertaken by man. It will be 2,335 meters long, 185 meters high, 18 meters wide on the top and 130 meters wide at the bottom. Upon arrival at Sandouping, we have a chance to get a bird’s eye view of the magnificent project from the observation deck. We also observe the five-step ship lock, the diversion canal, the dam in construction, and the power station.

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    china tour-China Wonder Tours specialize in providing china vacation packages, Yangtze River cruises and Li River cruise with the best rate.


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