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Friendly Cruises highlights Viking River Cruises Grand European Voyage

vikingrivercruisesFriendly Cruises highlights Viking River Cruises Grand European Voyage.  The second part of  Friendly Cruises four part educational blog series is on Viking River Cruises with focus and emphasis on the Grand European Tour & Voyage including 15 days, 13 guided  tours and 5 countries.

We invite you to see & experience new things “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

DAY_EU-Tulips_d1_Amsterdam-canals_478x345_tcm21-9673Envision a European adventure of 15 mystical days beside the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers.  The grand artistry of Holland’s tulip fields and Germany’s magical castles echoing the tales of history.   This is an epic voyage that allows one to taste wine on the vineyards of Austria’s Wachau Valley and see other amazing countries like Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary all packed into a single adventure.

Friendly Cruises invites you to learn more about Viking Cruises where you will be able to enjoy commanding views of Budapest, learn the ancient art of glassblowing and experience the soothing melodies of Mozart on one single voyage.

The words of Viking River Cruises sink deep into the soul of any luxury traveler.

  • Feel the majesty
  • Awaken your senses
  • Discover new horizons
  • Marvel at grand expressions
  • Immerse your spirit
  • Indulge your dreams

As Viking Cruises says, “There is Our world, your world and the Viking World”

The following itinerary details what you can expect to see on a Viking River Cruises Grand European Voyage over 15 magical days.

Grand European Voyage & Tour – 2015 Amsterdam to Budapest – Cruise Overview

DAY_EU-GrandRivers_d22_Budapest-Parliment_478x345_tcm21-9664Day 1 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Day 2 – Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
Day 3 – Cologne, Germany
Day 4 – Koblenz, Germany & Middle Rhine
Day 5 – Miltenberg, Germany
Day 6 – Würzburg, Germany
Day 7 – Bamberg, Germany
Day 8 – Nuremberg, Germany
Day 9 – Regensburg, Germany
Day 10  – Passau, Germany
Day 11 – Melk & Krems, Austria
Day 12 – Vienna, Austria
Day 13 – Bratislava, Slovakia
Day 14 – Budapest, Hungary
Day 15 – Budapest, Hungary

EuropeanTourThis concludes our second educational blog series related to the Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. Travel through Europe in luxury, style and class with Viking River Cruises. We are committed to helping you find the best adventure for your needs.
Friendly Cruises focuses our efforts on working with the best in the industry.

Our next educational blog series will be on yachting specifically related to Seadream Yacht Club, “It’s yachting, not cruising – enjoy the difference” followed by the final in the series Sailing with Windstar.

cert-eccIt is important to learn more about your traveling and cruising needs.  We appreciate any feedback and look forward to hearing from you when you are ready to take your next adventure.

For more information please contact Lona Lee Thull an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS  480-358-1496  Friendly Cruises helps define pleasure “Pleasure means Business and Business can mean Pleasure”


Friendly Cruises four part blog series Sponsors Oceania Cruises in Superstition Mountain Arizona.


Friendly Cruises four part blog series Sponsors Oceania Cruises in Superstition Mountain Arizona.  The following four part educational blog series presented by Friendly Cruises highlights some luxurious cruise adventures around the world.  The first series starting with Oceania Cruises including two voyages, their Asian and Mediterranean destinations.  Followed by Viking River Cruises highlights of their Grand European Voyage, SeaDream Yacht Club – “It’s yachting, not cruising, enjoy the difference” and the leader in small ship luxury cruising Windstar Cruises.

The educational series began by Friendly Cruises sponsoring an Oceania Cruise presentation by Susan Mullen, the District Sales Manager of Oceania Cruises.   The presentation will highlight worldwide 2015 and 2016 itineraries and the ships of Oceania Cruises.

superstitionmountainThe presentation will be held at the beautiful Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club Restaurant nestled at the base of the Superstition Mountain at 8000 E Club Village Drive in Superstition Mountain, Arizona.  Reservations to go over your travel plans can be made by calling Friendly Cruises at 480-358-1496.

One of the Friendly Cruises highlighted voyages will be “Pagodas and Palaces” January 8, 2016 .  This will be on board 684 guest capacity ship, Oceania Nautica.  This boutique size ship offers the gracious furnishings, upscale toiletries and every amenity you could imagine right at your fingertips.  Whether you are enjoying luxurious Bulgari amenities or lounging on the heavenly Prestige Tranquility Bed, this is the ultimate haven in which to relax and recharge.

The Oceania ship is comfortable and inviting with gratuitous and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water replenished daily in your refrigerated mini-bar.    Elegant (24) hour Butler service in all suites and is modern with its free wireless internet access in your stateroom and throughout the ship.

Oceania Cruises will highlight two voyages with Asian and Mediterranean destinations.

The first voyage is a 16 day Singapore to Hong Kong voyage of modern blends with ancient legends called “Pagodas and Palaces”:Asia
1.  Tee off amidst pristine coconut groves and stunning panoramic views in Ko Samui’s first golf course
2.  Keep an eye out for flying fish and dolphins on your boat ride down mangrove-lined Prek Toeuk Sap River in Cambodia’s Ream National Park
3.  Head to the legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore and try one of its exquisite restaurants
4.  Take in the sights and sounds of the city on a nighttime tour of the vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong

For more information click on the following PDF: (CLICK HERE)

The second voyage highlighted is the “Italian Impressions” September 14, 2015 from Barcelona to Rome for ten days on the 1250 guest capacity ship, Oceania Marina.

Italian Impressions Voyage highlights: Barcelona

1.  Take a short trip from Marseille to the ancient Roman amphitheater in Arles, which still hosts modern-day events
2.  Wander the pedestrian streets and passageways of Monaco-Ville, a picturesque village situated on a rocky headland near Monte Carlo
3.  Experience the sights and scents of Florence’s Boboli Gardens, one of the first examples of the 16th century Italian garden
4.  Admire one of Caravaggio’s greatest masterpieces, Deposition from the Cross, in the Vatican Museum in Rome

For more information click on the following PDF: (CLICK HERE)

Oceania Cruises points of distinction makes Oceania the best value in upscale cruising:

  • The “finest Cuisine at sea
  • Port-intensive itineraries
  • Activities
  • Suites and staterooms

cert-eccBeing mid-sized allows for a certain warmth, intimacy and elegance. The differences are pronounced, especially with regard to the defining points of ambiance, attitude and service.

Friendly Cruises welcomes you to “Cruise Night” with Susan Mullen of Oceania Cruises.  We are proud to be an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS and sponsor this presentation.   For more information contact Friendly Cruises at 480-358-1496.


Bucket List Cruises A Friendly Cruise story through the Panama Canal

logoBucket List Cruises A Friendly Cruise story through the Panama Canal.  The voyage was called a “Cerulean Celebration” Cruise From Miami, Florida, USA, to Caldera, Costa Rica November 19, 2014 voyage 4329

Friendly Cruises can now take this off our bucket list, “A Panama Canal Cruise” on Crystal Cruises.

We flew into Miami the night before we were to board the beautiful Serenity, Crystal Cruises newest ship. We booked our first night at the International Miami Airport right on the Concourse next to the American Airlines incoming flights. It was a late night and easy to get to hotel. We were able to walk right to the hotel after collecting our baggage. It wasn’t anything fancy but it was a place to lay our head for the night.

The next morning we went down to the baggage claim area and found the Crystal Cruises personnel holding up a Crystal sign. We left our luggage with them to deliver to our ship’s stateroom. Crystal Cruises’s representatives escorted us to our motor coach which took us and other passengers from the Miami airport to the ship. It was easy and quick to check-in at the pier and boarding was a breeze. The gracious stewards on the ship escorted us to our luxurious room. We left our carry-on luggage in our room and we went to lunch at the “Lido Restaurant”. The Lido was at the top of the ship and all the tables had a view of the port of Miami and beautiful Caribbean waters. Our preference was to take a table outside in the fresh sea air.

Food Crystal CruisesThe food was excellent on the Serenity throughout the voyage. There were so many choices of tasty fresh vegetables and fruits as well as exquisite choices of cooked dishes. If we didn’t see it on the menu we would ask and they would make it for us.

ACBLWe then explored the ship, discovered the show room where the nightly entertainment would be including the casino, library, card room where we knew we would be playing during our voyage on the ACBL duplicate bridge with an instructor. There were three specialty restaurants, one being Italian, Asian, and another called Tastes where we could go if we needed a change from our main restaurant. We found the movie theatre which had current movies playing twice daily. The Internet room, the spa and fitness rooms, the University at Sea which taught us the latest in digital filmmaking course for the iMovie for the IPad, then my husband spotted the golf area where the PGA professional would be talking about “sand play”.

ButlerCrystalCruisesAs the excitement built we went back to our Penthouse where we unpacked and put our things into the spacious walk-in closet with so many drawers and hangers. It was obvious we wouldn’t fill them all. What a nice luxurious room we had. We had wireless internet, we had a private balcony, the spacious bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and separate shower. A couch and chair sitting area and a big king size bed.

Our room steward came in and introduced herself and then the butler came in and introduced himself. The life of luxury. On this ship everything is paid upfront which means gratuities and internet service on this sailing were included. The liquor cabinet/refrigerator was stocked with our favorite liquor and soda pop which also was included in our price.

Our safety was taken very seriously and every passenger had to show up for the life boat drill or they came to find you.

It was beautiful pulling out of the pier of Miami seeing the city lights and music playing. We knew we could settle in quickly.

Our first stop was Key West, one of my favorite USA ports. We were docked very close to the main area actually in a naval base where the Navy Seals were being trained. The tram or trolley cars gave us complimentary shuttle services into the main part of town and told us the history of the area. Street performers were everywhere.

Entering Gaton Locks - PanamaThe other stops included Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, and Costa Rica. One of our favorite excursions was in Puerto Limon, Costa Rica which took us on a boat ride on the canals through the rainforest. What a site to see and hear the howler monkeys, the crocodile, the beautiful butterflies and birds. The iguanas were hard to pick out but our excellent guide from Crystal Cruises excursion company called Swiss Travel Company based in Costa Rica found them for us.

We must admit Crystal Cruises provided us with top notch vendors to take us around; the busses were good and the guides excellent. We know when traveling with Crystal Cruises we will be taken good care of while in their luxurious hands. Crystal Cruises is very dependable and reliable. They are excellent.

Freighter entering Locks, guided by mules - PanamaThe highlight of this voyage was going through the Panama Canal. We went from the Caribbean side to the Pacific side and it took about (8) hours. The mules that were connected to the ship were something to see and we learned about the good engineering and what was done when building the canal. We learned the history and experienced the whole route. Saw the beautiful landscape and knew we experienced it in the best way on Crystal Cruises.

Of course one of my highlights happened daily when I could play ACBL duplicate bridge with people from around the world. I call it an international game. Our Director was the well known E.B. and Sarah Dyer.

There was never a dull moment. We maintained exactly the schedule we wanted and are dreaming of another bucket list. A WORLD CRUISE!

To learn more please contact Lona Lee Thull an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS ~ 480-358-1496 ~Friendly Cruises helps define pleasure “Pleasure means Business and Business can mean Pleasure”

*Highest certification in the Cruise-Travel industry*


Friendly Cruises honoring veterans posting their friends travel story on Veterans Day

CityofNewOrleansFriendly Cruises honoring veterans posting their friends travel story on Veterans Day.  Friendly Cruises is blessed to have so many friends cruising around the world.  A short story of one of our close friends on Veterans Day while on a cruise.  is sending this out on Veterans Day, and to all our friends who have served:  “Thank You”.

We just spent (5) days in New Orleans and now are on a cruise in the Caribbean.  (Glad to have spell-check or I would have never spelled Caribbean correctly.)

BourbonIt was our first time in “Nawlins” (local pronunciation) and we saw it all, including Bourbon Street at 11pm on a Friday night.

We have been in Cabo, Cancun, Vegas, and many other party towns on a weekend night and nothing compares to Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

First the good – great music filled the street from the over-stuffed nightclubs and bars.

Now the bad – everyone on the street had a drink in their hand which they happily spilled on you as everyone jostled, inching along the overcrowded street in all directions.

New-Orleans-Bourbon-St-HThen, cheerful men on balconies pelted the crowd with beads hoping that women would lift their tops in the “Nawlins” tradition.  The crowd was so tightly packed that I do not think a women could raise her hands, let alone her top.

After the walk, Kerry said she she needed a (30) minute hot shower.  I said they should issue hazmat suits for everyone over 50 years old as you turn onto the street.  Best to leave this street to the youth on weekends. But we still enjoyed the different experience.

Earlier in the week we took a day tour of the entire New Orleans area, from the beautiful homes near the colleges— Tulane is one— to the Katrina 9th Ward.

According to our guide, in the Katrina flooded areas, Brad Pitt’s charity and other charities (I know the Mindel family and others came down to rebuild homes) built more houses than our Federal Government.  Much of the area is still vacant lots, but many of the new homes have solar panels provided by Pitt’s charity and the area looks like a better place to live.

Guess what the Number (1) visited attraction is in New Orleans

WWIIMuseumThe WWII museum Bet you didn’t guess it. We went to a Tom Hanks 4D movie and then returned another night to their playhouse to see “The Rat Pack”, you know, with Sinatra, Martin, and Davis which was very good.

We also saw “NCIS New Orleans” filming a Christmas episode in the museum’s main hall.

WWIIDirectionsWhat I liked best was that at each event, they honored the WWII vets that were in attendance. Most of these WWII vets are either in their 90’s or close to it.  It is touching to see them stand tall or raise their head high from their wheel chairs, if they can no longer stand, to accept the applause and appreciation from the rest of us.

A shout out to my Dad, George, who is still going strong and served in WWII. By the way, he mowed his yard yesterday.  Love you, Dad.

For more information contact Lona Lee Thull Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS  ~ 480-358-1496 ~ Friendly Cruises helps define pleasure “Pleasure means Business and Business can mean Pleasure”

*Highest certification in the Cruise-Travel industry*


Book a world cruise with Friendly Cruises and find a Chilean Penguin Adventure

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Book a world cruise with Friendly Cruises and find a Chilean Penguin Adventure.  Friendly cruises is honored and grateful to share the story of  MW’s Chilean adventure on a South American cruise.  As a cruise industry leader and Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS strives to walk down the pier of luxury, adventure and creating lasting cruising memories.

It is said that, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu – Come make that step with Friendly Cruises and create your own journey.

The following short story and images of MW’s experience shares an adventure of a family of Penguins in Chile in a place called Puntas Arenas located at the southernmost part of Chile.  This is where the earth and sea come alive with thousands of happy feet bobbing up and down to a black and white beat.

To  MW:   Thank you for sharing your story, adventures and photos of your Chilean Penguin Visit in southern Chile while being on a South American cruise.

“To prepare for the Chilean penguin visit at Puntas Arenas, Chile, the Penguin chile#2entire ship watched the movie March of The Penguins. I would like to carefully recount for my friends and family the day of our Penguin Visit.

At sunrise the 2000 cruisers began to queue up in single file for their breakfast buffet.

At the same time the male penguins had left their burrows to catch breakfast for their chicks.

Next the 2000 cruisers formed a single line waiting to board the ship tenders to carry them to shore. One by one the cruisers carefully stepped onto the tenders in the gently rolling seas.

The chicks received their breakfast caught by their fathers, as their mothers spread their wings and turned their backs toward the sun warming themselves.

With patience, the cruisers filed off the tenders and waited in line for their buses to be loaded.

The penguins, warmed by the sun, began to tidy their burrows.

Bus after bus carrying the cruisers bounced along the gravel road for forty miles trailing a plume of dust. Finally arriving at the penguin area parking lot, the cruisers lined up to use the “banos” before the two mile walk to the penguins.

The penguins hearing the buses arrival prepared themselves for viewing.

With grit and determination, the cruisers, camera at the ready, walked a straight line along a plank trail toward the penguins.

Penguin chile#3With the cruisers on hand –SHOWTIME– the penguins ambled to the water’s edge and happily splashed in the sea and frolicked on the beach. Two thousand cruisers marched along happily snapping pictures every few feet and then lined up to begin the long march back to the boat.”


Friendly Cruises is committed to helping our clients find journeys which create lasting memories.   To book a South American Cruise or a world cruise contact Lona Lee Thull a Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS ~ 480-358-1496 ~ Friendly Cruises helps define pleasure “Pleasure means Business and Business can mean Pleasure”

*Highest certification in the Cruise-Travel industry*


Book a world luxury cruise with Friendly Cruises

crystalaustraliaBook a world luxury cruise with Friendly Cruises.  Do you love to travel in luxury and cruise around the world?  Are you in search of a new story including global discovery and circumnavigation?  If so, booking a world cruise begins here.

Surround yourself in the finest luxury and service in the industry by connecting with an Industry Cruise Leader and Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS like who will guide you through the maze of world cruises.

Each cruise line offers different specials specific to your needs and favorite region of the world.WorldMapCruise

Luxurious world cruise amenities and services can include:

  • One set price – All services and amenities included
  • First class airfare to and from the guests home city
  • Luxurious transportation – Premium car service picking up guests at their home taking them to the airport and driving them home at the end of their international voyage
  • Guests are pampered with luggage pickup at their home and sent to their ship where it waits for them when they arrive – No “schlepping luggage” for these guests seeking adventure
  • Fine wines, premium spirits and champagne flow throughout your journey
  • Gratuities for the entire voyage is included, for example; butler, stewardess, dining and bar staff
  • Laundry is included
  • No charge for on board medical services
  • Around the world internet will be provided
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Unlimited cappuccinos, espressos and lattes
  • Spa Credits are offered at various amounts.
  • Fitness classes including Pilates, yoga and spinning

There are different time durations and places that make up a “around the world” voyage.  Booking a world cruise-west-world-cruisecruise requires the proper planning.  As a long term guest you will be on the same ship for an extended number of months becoming your new home.

As the words of this image illustrate “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Augustine of Hippo

It is important to make the right choice with the number of options available booking a world cruise.  Make your next world cruise adventure a new story in your life.

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams ~ Oprah Winfrey

ExplorerA world cruise of global discovery and circumnavigation remains one of the world’s greatest travel experiences. It’s a lifestyle that opens your eyes from anything to vibrant city life of many cultures to exploring remote villages around the world while providing many luxuries.

World cruises offer incredible adventures creating unique social atmospheres, ability share new experiences with like minded adventurous people, grow friendships and create new ones.

PanamaExporerFriendly Cruises, a cruise industry leader and expert knows from past experience you want to enjoy city life, culture and cuisine in your favorite region of the world. It is important to go over your needs to immerse you in an atmosphere which will allow you to relax and feel comfortable in your new home for three to six months.

A world cruise offers exceptional comfort, luxury and style. Begin your story by contacting creating an unforgettable journey lasting a lifetime.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~ Lao Tzu

Friendly Cruises, an industry cruise leader and expert since 1987 helping you find a world cruise catering to your every need.  Come share your dreams with Lona Lee Thull an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS helps define pleasure “Pleasure means Business and Business can mean Pleasure” – Contact:  480-358-1496

*highest certification in the Cruise-Travel industry*


Book a cruise | Cruise industry leader and expert since childhood

Blog - Bon Voyage - Card ON BLOGWhat develops a person into a leader in the travel and cruise industry?   It is both an honor and privilege to interview Lona Lee Thull who has proven herself as a cruise industry leader and expert.  The following is her story.

Growing up and living on a farm in Edgeley, North Dakota, a small farming community provided Lona Lee Thull many leadership skills needed to run a successful cruise travel company.   Lona Lee Thulls’s youth experiences were what developed her into the leader she is today.

A few of her childhood accomplishments.

  • President of her High School Senior Class
  • Elected by her school piers to be Homecoming Queen
  • Captain of the girls Volleyball Team
  • Received the highest North Dakota 4-H Leadership Award
  • Awarded North Dakota Girls State attendance where Lona Lee Thull learned the process of government leadership

When did travel and adventure become part of Lona Lee Thull’s life?

The soul of a traveler was born through the introduction to culture via her family.  
August Blog - Five Flies RestaurantLona Lee Thull attributes her adventurous spirit to her Grandma and Grandpa Nelson who were the biggest influence on her decision to begin her cruise travel career and become the cruise industry leader she is today.   She was only 16 years old when her Danish grandparents took Lona Lee Thull and her cousin on a two month journey to Europe.

The trip to Europe was the first time Lona Lee Thull took a train, airplane, motor August Blog - QM1coach tour and set foot on a cruise ship.  She took The Cunard lines two ships; Queen Mary I and the Queen Elizabeth I.

The trip was a nine country European tour visiting the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, and allowed her to spend a month with her relatives in Denmark. This was Lona Lee Thull’s first time traveling outside of the United States leaving a distinguished imprint on her life.

Blog Cunard LineTo this very day, Lona Lee Thull travels to Denmark to visit her Danish relatives and hosts them from time to time in the United States.

Due to her leadership strengths and travel experience the Lions Club in North Dakota chose Lona Lee Thull to be their Lions Club Exchange student to Norway.

Lona Lee Thull sailed on her first coastal voyage by “Hutigruten”  or coastal steamer up the coast of Norway to just south of the Arctic Circle to a small fishing Blog Norway - August Blogvillage called, Bronoysund, Norway.

In Bronoysund, Norway she learned a lot about the life in this tiny Norwegian fishing village from her host family.   While in Norway Lona Lee Thull visited and stayed on the same farm in the Hardanger area where her Norwegian Grandfather was raised decades prior.  Lona Lee Thull still hosts and visits her Norwegian family.

cropped-LOGO-FriendlyCruise-Resized1.jpgAfter College she moved to Colorado, Lona Lee Thull became a business school professor and later worked for Frontier Airlines.   Traveling and flying with Frontier Airlines added to her travel experience and gave her the passion to start her own agency related to travel.  She founded Friendly Cruises, Inc. in 1987 as a cruise travel agency.

Her time in Colorado gave her more leadership experience and the ability focus on her cruise travel business.

Her tremendous accomplishments below:

  • President of the National Association of Woman Business Owners-Colorado
  • President of the Colorado Association of Professional Sales Women
  • Winner of the Jean Yancey Business Soloist of the Year award
  • Served on the Colorado State small business Economic Development Council
  • President of the Parker Chamber of Commerce
  • Founder and leader of the Colorado Cruise-Only agents
  • National Association Contract Travel Agents -Arizona Chapter leader
  • Cruise Line International Association Elite Cruise Counsellor-Scholar Certified

Leadership is a skill which is developed and learned.  Lona Lee Thull understands this and that it doesn’t happen overnight.   Lona Lee Thull has enjoyed life’s journeys and where she sits today as a cruise industry leader and Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS.

She is the leader of Friendly Cruises, Inc. and has become a respected mentor of young travel professionals.  Lona Lee Thull enjoys her personal life with her husband of 48 years, her three children, their spouses and four grand children.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

To schedule a consultation or book a cruise please contact Lona Lee Thull at  480-358-1496 or

Lona Lee Thull Industry Cruise Leader and Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS

Lona Lee Thull,  Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCSLonaLeeThull
Owner and Founder of Friendly Cruises, Inc
3081 S Sycamore Village Dr
Superstition Mtn  AZ  85118

So much to choose from and very little time

cropped-LOGO-FriendlyCruise-Resized1.jpgIf you are looking to book a cruise Lona Lee Thull at Friendly Cruises is the person to call

Lona Lee Thull has the passion and expertise to help you select the ultimate journey on your next cruise adventure.  In order to experience and feel confident your choice is right, there are many options to consider.

For example:  Do you wish your voyage to be private? elegant? casual? or an epicurean delight? or perhaps you even want your own private butler?  In our fast paced world there is a lot to choose from and little time to decide in our fast paced world.

Lona Lee Thull an industry cruise leader will carefully guide you through this process and save you time while offering you expert advice.   Lona Lee Thull has an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar (ECCS) certification the highest level of education the Cruise Line International Association awards and cruise-travel experience since 1987.

She will give you the finest advice and guidance in the industry.  Lona Lee Thull is a cruise industry leader and expert.

Why would you choose Lona Lee Thull as your cruise travel counsellor?

  • Save TimeTime is valuable – Let Lona Lee Thull, an industry cruise leader save you time and the frustration of choosing between so many cruising options.  Allow her to do the work of planning your next vacation and getting exactly what you want while staying within your budget
  • Benefit from expertise and travel knowledge – Feel confident with your cruise choices and receive the value of wisdom and knowledge that Lona Lee Thull has to offer
  • Easy planning and convenience – Come visit her website for more information.  Call or email to begin the process of choosing your voyage and ultimate vacation.  We look forward to learning more about your cruising needs
  • Don’t miss the boat – Whether it be on an ocean liner, a riverboat cruise or a yacht, reserve your voyage by having Lona Lee Thull go over your cruising needs so she can help you sort through all your choices and save you time.  You get on the boat with a smile

Friendly Cruises has a quality reputation and continues to offer meaningful benefits for long-term customers. Lona Lee Thull has a simple motto “Pleasure means Business and Business can mean Pleasure”

Lona Lee Thull’s website contains a booking engine where guests may choose from several cruise lines and reserve their own cruise vacation. This option combined with an amazing team of Cruise Counsellors who are ready to assist their guests giving them confidence that they made the right cruise vacation choice.

Lona Lee Thull – Industry Cruise Leader and Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar ECCS.  She invites you to visit  – call us and let us help you with your cruising needs – Contact:  480-358-1496

*highest certification in the Cruise-Travel industry*

Cruise Activities : Onboard and Port of Call

parasail2Are you actively looking to book a cruise?  Are activities important in making your decision?  When you visit with your next Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar (ECCS) you may want to go over the following onboard and port of call activities which are now being offered on various cruise lines.

For active families and couples seeking to enhance their next adventure at sea the following information details the onboard and port of call activities many cruise lines offer.  Cruise lines appeal to all types of passengers, ages, athletic ability as well as gender offering organized programs offering numerous types of activities.  This include onboard and port of call activities for Juniors.

While at sea you can expect to get involved in many of the following activities.  There are many choices to choose from.  The next step is to meet many new people at sea who share a common interest.

The following onboard activities are common among many types of cruise lines.  Below is a brief video introduction of many activities available on one of the most luxurious cruise lines.

Onboard activities:

  • VolleyballYoga
  • Pool games
  • Exercise classes
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • History Lectures
  • Language classes
  • Playing Cards
  • Dance Classes
  • Bridge
  • Bingo
  • Art auctions
  • Cooking
  • Wine tasting

Cruising into each ports of call you can expect to have a variety of adventurous activities for all ages and interests.  Keep in mind there may be age, health and weight restrictions on these activities depending on the country and activity.

The following ports of call activities bring life to your next adventure.

Port of call activities:

  • seaBicycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Paragliding
  • Hiking
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Walking tours
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing

Interesting note:  Some cruise lines even have a bucket list for some marathon runners to run a marathon on every continent

Junior Activities
Cruise lines offer junior activities which can vary depending on the cruise lines and theme of the cruise.

It is common for cruise lines to have a Junior Activities Director where children receive a daily schedule of activities or newsletter.  The cruise lines organize them depending on their age and update them on the adventures throughout their cruise experience. The number of activities can vary depending on the itinerary and number of children on board.

  • Making cookiesPool Games / Paddle tennis
  • Water coloring
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Hide and Seek
  • Stretch & exercise
  • Water Polo / Swimming
  • Dress-up Playtime
  • Bridge / Galley tours
  • Cookie Baking / Pizza making
  • Fashion Shows / Card games
  • Karaoke / Special Artists’ Performances
  • Mask Parade / Trivia
  • Movies / Dancing
  • ShuffleboardMini Olympics / Relay Races
  • Story Times / Ice cream / Pajama Parties
  • Water Polo / Swimming
  • Shuffleboard / Volleyball
  • Late Night Pool Parties / Teen disco
  • Trivial Pursuit Teen Karaoke
  • Twister
  • Popcorn Parties
  • Internet & E-mail Services
  • Gaming & arcade activities

Activities at sea can be a lot of fun and create many lasting memories for you and your family.  It is important to contact an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar (ECCS) to go over which cruise line offers the best activities for your needs.

There are a variety of cruise lines which offer specific activities based on certain themes.  Set sail on your next adventure and let the fun begin.

To learn more about cruise line activities contact and schedule a meeting with an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar (ECCS).  Contact: 480-358-1496

Friendly Cruising with Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Unrivaled Voyages & Unbelievable Destinations

  • Up to $1,500 in Onboard Credit per stateroom
  • 2-for-1 Cruise-Only Fares Unlimited Wine
  • Beer and Alcohol Complimentary Gratuities

Lona Lee Thull, The Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar on staff at sees many cruise lines advertising similar specials.

What differentiates these Cruise Lines from each other?

There are vast differences between cruise lines and even variations between the ships owned by the same cruise line. Elite Cruise Counsellors have a lot of experience and have sailed on many ships and cruise lines. They take detailed notes of the subtle or obvious differences before recommending a specific cruise ship or cruise line.

Why reserve a Crystal Cruise? Why sail on the Crystal Symphony or the Crystal Serenity?

Crystal-Serenity-ExternalWhen Crystal Cruises was building their newest ship the Serenity, Crystal Cruises leaders took the finest things from their two existing ships and created the Serenity.

Time has allowed Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity to gain near perfection in their design and cruising experience. When cruise passengers step aboard these ships they see modern and classic views while experiencing an elegant fine cruise with many options.

S24381ACrystal Cruises is a six star company.  This is evidenced by the subtle behind the scene things that make the difference in creating luxury and comfort on board. The passenger capacity on the Crystal Serenity is 1070 and a crew number 655. This results in the guest to staff ratio of .61. This means there is a good number of staff
available to attend to each passenger’s need. On the Crystal Symphony those numbers are passenger capacity 922 for guest space ratio being 55.3 and guest staff ratio of .59 with its 566 crew on board. The stateroom size varies from 202 sq ft for an ocean view up to 1345 sq ft for a penthouse with veranda.

Besides the grand destinations to where their ships sail the on-board activities, entertainment, food, wine, spirits, spa, butler service, and casino excel on Crystal Cruises.

Crystal Cruises contracts with world-renowned experts and celebrities who while on board give riveting lectures covering topics such as destinations and cultures,world affairs, art, history, and other entertainment.  These enrichment lectures give passengers the opportunity to go home after their cruise feeling relaxed and well educated.

The best facilities at sea for games like duplicate bridge are on Crystal Cruises ships. Their spacious and comfortable theatre offers free popcorn while watching movies.

Ambassador Hosts are cultured, well traveled gentlemen who are on board to socialize, dance and bring life to each night of your cruise. Creative Learning Institute has educational classes in diverse subjects including digital film making, golf, dancing, bridge and other interesting topics.

Crystal Cruises stands out from other cruise lines with their all inclusive items such as specialty coffees in the Bistro, gratuities, wine, spirits and free internet program for past passengers.

There are differences between cruise lines. We welcome you to come speak with our Elite Cruise Counsellors at to go over your needs.  We are available by calling 480-358-1496 to help you make the best choice for your next vacation.