Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The future of cruising

Are you looking for the special venue for the special client?

Totaly hip in 2007 are cruises on extraordinary boats. And here is my suggestion:

What: Windjammer Barefoot Cruises

Where: Caribbean

Perfect for: Young social types who aren't into bus tours.

Youth Factor: The sailboat-styled ships are geared toward extroverts, with boisterous mealtimes (everyone eats at communal tables), casual dress codes (shoes and shirts not required), and a playful atmosphere. Flash back to freshman year by donning an eye patch and hat on the "Pirates, Pimps, and Prostitutes" costume night.

Cruise Mates: Young couples and singles looking to make new friends (there are also singles-only trips).

High Seas: Larger ships may love their rules, but Windjammer is relaxed. Visit the captain in the control room (usually a no-no), sleep under the stars, dive off the deck. And since the ships are smaller than most, they can access islands that the megaships can't.

Rough Sailing: Cabins are "simple"—code word for not-so-luxurious. Chances are you'll be peering out of a porthole from your bunk bed. Plus no spa or gym.

The Deal: Six-night cruises start at $1,000 per person.

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