Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year !! Tis the time that many people make New Year's resolutions. There are the obvious choices - losing weight, eating healthy, being kind to people, saving money, spending less money, spending more time with family, etc.

I'm going to give you some additional choices - appreciate nature, explore a new location, learn a new skill, meet new people, learn about different cultures, visit a historical location. These are just a few resolutions that can be accomplished while on a cruise vacation.

My husband and I have always been nature lovers. I still recall when I suggested an Alaska cruise to my husband. He looked at me as if I'd lost my marbles. Then I showed him some photos of the beautiful scenery and he couldn't wait to get on the ship.
This picture was taken during a past Alaska cruise as we cruised the Inside Passage. Here we are sailing past Hubbard Glacier. Alaska is a great place to appreciate nature, learn about different cultures, meet new people, and assuming you haven't been there before, you can explore a new location. I'd be happy to help you plan an Alaska cruise vacation. By the way, I'd suggest adding a pre or post-cruise tour so that you can visit Denali and other locations.
I've spoken about some destinations in Europe in some of my past posts. Europe is another destination where you can explore new locations, meet new people, find out about different cultures, and definitely explore historic locations. For those coming from the USA, make sure you add one or two nights pre-cruise so that you can adjust to the time difference and also maximize the long flight.
You might think that a European vacation is out of the question due to the value of the USD. This is where a cruise comes in very nicely, since your lodging, meals, and entertainment are a fixed cost. The ship is your floating hotel with all the ammenities you'd expect at a fancy hotel. When in port, you can explore on your own or via a cruise or private excursion. There are many possibilities in Europe that I could suggest.
Are you looking for a new destination that offers water sports, scenery, different cultures, and even the possibility of learning a new dance? Then Tahiti might be the place for you. It can still be a long flight if you start your cruise in Tahiti, but it's really not that bad if you spend the night before in Los Angeles, CA.

If you've been to the Caribbean before, and love the blue water, then you'll really love Tahiti. Here you'll really be able to appreciate nature in all it's glory. In this land you'll find magnificent waterfalls, beautiful flowers, exotic fish, and black pearls. You'll meet the French Polynesian's who love to welcome you to their homeland. Don't forget to pickup a bouquet of fresh flowers for your cabin before you sail from Papeete.

Perhaps you are looking for something similar, but a little closer to home. How about taking a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. You could visit Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta for example. I think Lands End in Cabo is one of my favorite destinations. Here you can take a boat ride and go snorkeling or simply enjoy the beautiful rock formations. It's possible to explore this city on your own very easily. That is probably the best anyway since it gives you an opportunity to meet the people and learn more about their culture. A short water taxi can take you to Lovers Beach where you can unwind and enjoy nature at it's best.

These are just a few destinations where you can complete your New Year's resolutions. If you picked some of the traditional resolutions, such as healthy eating, a cruise still fills the bill. Cruise lines have menu choices for the health conscious as well as full fitness facilities to stay in shape during your vacation.
As far as my New Year's Resolutions ... I'll continue to write about our past cruise vacations, continue to answer cruise-related questions, visit new destinations (Galapgos is on our list this year), and go back to old favorites (back to Alaska). For those that know me, OK, I'll get back in the gym, eat healthy, save some money (to spend on cruises), and continue to be kind to people.
Whatever your resolutions are - may you have a healthy and prosperous New Year.

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