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One of the most relaxing holidays you can have is cruising; cruising on a ship that is. On the other hand it can be one of the busiest and most hectic. Either way it will be what you want it to be. There are an abundance of cruises from Florida ports. Tampa, Port Canaveral, Miami and Fort Lauderdale are all within driving distance from the Orlando area. The two nearest ports to Orlando are Tampa and Port Canaveral so if you were planning a cruise whilst staying in the Orlando area it would make sense to book from one of these ports if possible.
Carnival cruises, the owners of Cunard and P & O are probably the biggest player in Florida. You can do a 7 day cruise to the Caribbean and stay 7 days in a villa. You can even do a 3 or 4 day cruise just for a change of scenery and location.
Carnival fun ships offer a range of cruises around the Eastern and Western Caribbean to places like Jamaica, Mexico and Grand Cayman. They call them fun ships because they really are great fun to be on. On a Carnival fun ship you can be as formal or as informal as you like, they cater for all age groups so people with young families needn’t worry about the children finding things to do. There are various excursions you can take part in at each location you visit, or, if you really fancy a very restful day, stay on the ship for the day when almost everyone else has gone ashore and have the ship virtually to yourself.
We stayed in our villa for the first six days of our holiday then drove to Tampa for a weeks cruise around the Western Caribbean and then back to the villa for a day to do last minute shopping and tidying up ready for the flight home. Of course you can do it the other way round or put the cruise in the middle of your holiday.
Staying in the villa first gives you the opportunity to have a really busy schedule doing the parks and shows before you have a relaxing week just chilling out on the cruise ship. For those watching the calories it would probably be better to do it the other way round. You can then indulge in the fabulous food the cruise ship offers, which is available pretty much twenty four hours a day. Then you do the parks with all the walking involved to take the extra pounds off that you are likely to put on whilst on the cruise ship. A lot of people like to split their holiday between Orlando and the gulf coast, we think splitting it with a cruise is a great alternative. We can’t wait to do it again, especially with Carnival.
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Page added on: 1 February 2008
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