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Friendly Cruises highlights Sea Dream Yacht Club 2015 Wine Voyages

WineCloseUpFriendly Cruises third blog series title “Friendly Cruises highlights Sea Dream Yacht Club 2015 Wine Voyages” in boutique ports paired with Intimate culinary experiences

On January 6, 2015 SeaDream Yacht Club announced a number of wine voyages that will be added to the 2015 season.  Friendly Cruises is committed to updating our clients with luxurious yachting adventures to some of the most scenic and vivid yachting ports in the Mediterranean and around the world.

Experience SeaDream Yacht Club – Pure luxury including 112 guests 95 crew creating a  5 Star cuisine

We invite you to learn more about the Wine Voyage where you can elevate your palate by participating in sit-down wine tastings, a Wine Master Class Tasting taught by internationally known wine experts as well as tastings held by top winemakers.  At the Winemaker’s Dinner the chef will craft you a special menu to match the wine of the maker who will dine with you onboard.  There will be other casual tastings throughout your sail which will capture the local flavor of many producers and as well as the favorites in the cellar of SeaDream.

“SeaDream’s extensive 2015 Wine Voyages are built on the tradition by pairing legendary vineyards with expert instructors and winemakers to develop a truly one-of-a-kind experience on land and sea.”

SeaDream Yacht Club – Mediterranean & Wine Voyage Cruises – Step into luxury

SeaDream Wine Voyages cuisine menu showcase local delicacies from these ports of call.  For example:

DubrovnikCroatia1.  Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik, Croatia – Sailing SeaDream I August 8th to 15th from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Dubrovnik where guests will create lasting memories with their meals paired with the incredible wines of Chianti.  In addition, Wine Writer Anthony Rose of the British daily newspaper The Independent and Decanter Magazine, will take guests on a tasting tour of the Italian countryside including super-Tuscans and mini-tastings of wine in Sicily, Puglia and Manduria. You will also experience Wine Land Adventures including a visit to Cantina Benanti, Cantine Marisa Cuomo and Marisa Cuomo in Positano, Italy.

CivitavecchiaRome2.  Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, Spain – Sailing the 112-guest mega-yacht from October 23rd to November 1st – This voyage sails from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Malaga, Spain and will be hosted by Guy de Rivoire and international export director of the Bollinger champagne house in Monaco.  Exclusive Wine Land Adventures on this voyage include a visit to the 1500-acre private estate of Château de Berne, Sanary-sur-Mer, the Cavas Recaredo winery in Sant Sardurní d’Anoia hosted by Ton Mata the winery founder’s grandson.

For our guests who are wine enthusiasts or would simply like to increase their knowledge of fine wines and cuisine, SeaDream introduces specially designed 2015 wine voyages.

Visit the world’s most exclusive wine destinations and experience both informal and formal settings of local varietals as well as SeaDreams Wine Cellar.

SeaDream’s 2015 Wine Voyage itineraries & highlights below:

  • April 18th to May 1st – San  Juan, Puerto Rico to Malaga Spain – 13 Days – SeaDream I
  • May 1st to May 9th – Malaga, Spain to Monte Carlo, Monaco – 8 Days including boutique ports of Ibiza, Valencia, and Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – SeaDream II
  • May 16th to May 21st – Monte Carlo, Monaco – Round Trip – 7 Days – SeaDream II
  • September 12th to September 19th – Dubrovnik, Croatia to Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy – 7 Days – SeaDream II
  • October 23rd to November 1st – Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy to Malaga, Spain – 9 Days – calling on Porto Ercole, Portofino, Monte Carlo, Sanary-sur-Mer (France) and Valencia – SeaDream I

cert-eccAre you ready for the next step?  We would love to learn more about your cruising and yachting needs.

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 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”


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”

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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

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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

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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

Wine Vineyard Cruises | Book a wine cruise

Wines_3Discover the lost wine bottle at sea with that note on how to taste a glass of wine with specifics on where you might want to take your next cruise.

Are you aware you can taste wine and visit a vineyard on your next cruising adventure? Go to some of the best vineyards around the world while you taste great wine and eat good food.  An Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar is here to uncover your needs to sooth your palette with great wine and unique adventures at sea to many vineyards around the world.

The fragrance and aroma of a wine vineyard theme cruise is enough to inspire you to research the following destinations and speak with an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar before booking your next vacation.

Wine celar- imagesTop world destinations on where book for your next wine theme cruise:

  • France – Bordeaux, Vineyards, & Chateaux France
  • Europe – The Rhine River
  • British Columbia – Okanagan Valley
  • San Francisco – Sonoma and Napa Valley California
  • Oregon – Willamette Valley
  • Chile – The Maipo Valley
  • Argentina -Mendoza
  • Uruguay – Pioneering Juanicó winery
  • Australia – Adelaide & Barossa Valley
  • South Africa – Cape Town
  • Spain – Barcelona
  • Australia – Yarra Valley
  • Italy – Tuscany

Despite a number of these locations being a good distance from the Ports of Call it is important to know many theme cruises offer transportation to and from the vineyards.  Speaking to a Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar can help you organize and uncover your needs specifically to a wine theme cruise as well as offer many suggestions on unique palates for food and wine.

Wine_cellarWine tourism has steadily increased over the last ten years where wineries worldwide now provide elegant tasting rooms with picturesque vineyard views, wine tasting dinners, and even open tours of the vineyards and cellars. A truly unique experience creating lasting memories.

Wine is a colorful element where the taste is as unique as the grape and the earth where it came from. It is a perfect complement to a meal, and a great way to unwind after a day of sightseeing and exploring while you are off the ship.  Imagine the conversations over a good glass of wine while while watching the sun dip below the rolling hills of vineyards in the corner gems of the world.

A few styles and flavors of wine to look forward to when you book your next wine & vineyard theme cruise and interesting images you will most likely see.

Red wine – Made from black grapes ranging from light to dark, dry to sweet

Popular red flavors:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon – Flavors: Bell pepper, green olive, herb, cassis and black cherry
  • Shiraz – Flavors: Blackberry, boysenberry, plum, pepper and clove
  • Merlot – Flavors:  Watermelon, strawberry and cherry
  • Zinfandel – Flavors: Raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, raisin and  prune

White Wine – A still wine produced from green and sometimes black even grapes

Popular white flavors:

  • Chardonnay – Flavors: Green apple, citrus, pineapple and papaya
  • Pinot Blanc – Flavors: Green apple and citrus
  • Pino Grigio – Flavors: Citrus, fresh pear and melon

Rosé Wine – Still wine from black grapes by removing the skins before they deeply color the wine.  Formed by blending red and white wine together. Both dry and sweet styles of rosé are common

Sparkling Wine – A style of wine making involving a secondary fermentation resulting in bubbles.  Sparkling wine can be red, white or rosé and can range from minerally to rich and sweet

Fortified Wine – A style of wine making involving fortifying wine with spirits. Typically a dessert wine, but many dry-style fortified wines exist such as dry Sherry

There are many other unique flavors of wine.  Here is a brief video including tips on mastering how to taste wine before you book your next wine & vineyard cruise.

To learn more about wine & vineyard theme cruises please contact Lona Lee Thull an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar with – Contact:  480-358-1496

Relax on a spa cruise |Book a spa cruise

Spa - Photo - unnamedLet your stresses go at sea on your next vacation.  Are you ready for a spa cruise? Cruise lines are offering new spa services and treatments as a result of many new cruising trends related to health, centered wellness and spa services creating the cruise ship into a “virtual spa experience”.

Hot Stone - unnamedAs you research your next vacation or plan your adventure, you can look forward to lying down on a massage table with a soft silky sheet while hot stones soak into the muscles of your arms, legs, back and neck.  If this isn’t enough, continue to relax and release your stresses on a warm tile lounger, sauna and steam room.

A spa cruise offers a wide variety of health related services catering to people who want to cruise in style and stay healthy. Other services can include health food, salon services, fitness and even personal trainers.


It is time to unwind, sink into these words and let your imagination take you on your journey’s next Port of Call.

Relaxation is a key component to a happier and healthier lifestyle.

As Paulo Coelho wrote:  “It’s a good idea always to do something relaxing prior to making an important decision in your life.”

Learn more about each of these services and amenities by connecting with an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar before booking your next vacation.

The following spa services are some of the latest onboard amenities on many cruise lines:

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  • Massage
  • Body treatments
  • Two-by-two massage
  • Optional massage enhancements
  • Treatment Journeys
  • Healthy Feet
  • Thermal therapies
  • Organic body wraps
  • Conditioning body scrubs
  • Medi Peel facials
  • Optional facial enhancements
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Therapeutic pools

Cruises which offer spa services and treatments typically offer a number of other health, wellness and fitness services.  For example:

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  • Exercise & Wellness
  • Treatments from the East
  • Acupuncture
  • Salon Services
  • Hair Services
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Beauty Essentials

There are a number of spa amenities and services to suit a number of different needs.  Below is a brief description of unique services from a number of different cruise lines.

Hydro pools - qehydrotherapypool-470x352Other spa amenities and services offered on a number of cruise lines include:

  • Hydrotherapy pools
  • Therapeutic air jets
  • Turkish-style steam bath
  • Therapeutic massages using clay, mud or salt
  • Herbal-infused treatments

There are a many cruise themes, cruise lines and Ports of Call which offer healthy services to spoil and pamper you and your family when you book a cruise.

Mud - Locations_Norwegian_Photo1Relax and let your stress fade away into the sunset on your next cruise by contacting an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar from

To learn more about a spa theme cruise please fill out the contact form below and make sure you include the types of spa services which interest you, when you are planning your next vacation and your preferred destination.  Contact Lona Lee Thull 480-358-1496

Golfing and Cruising

3rd-Cruise-Voyager-of-the-Seas-Golf-CourseCan a vacation cruise improve your golf game?  The answer is YES, if you ask a cruise expert.  The following information gives specific helpful details on what to expect on your next vacation when you incorporate golfing and cruising to help improve your game.

Some people are unaware how extensive and prepared many cruise lines are in offering their clients top shelf golfing services, not only at each Ports of Call but, onboard the ship.

As Gary Player wrote, “The more I practice, the luckier I get.”

The following six highlighted golf cruise services and options lists specific details on what you can expect when you book your next vacation golf theme cruise.

Professional Teachers (PGA Golf Pros)
A number of cruise lines offer a PGA Golf Pro which covers many full aspects of the game, For example:

  • Private & group lessons
  • Access to the “V1” Digital Coaching system (Selected by as their preferred teaching system software)
  • Basic golf mechanics (tips and tricks)
  • Full swing analysis
  • Irons (hands-on teaching including tips and tricks)
  • Woods – How to use your woods more effectively
  • Putting techniques to lower your handicap and improve your short game
  • Chipping and Pitching (tips and tricks)
  • How to play a variety of different sand shots
  • Equipment recommendations

What cruise lines provide golfers on board

When you book your next golf theme cruise you can expect the following amenities when you head out to sea.

  • KindnessMiniature golf (For adults and children)
  • Golf simulators
  • Driving range & practice cage
  • Onboard putting greens
  • Putting contests
  • PGA Golf Pro Lessons
  • High end golf equipment rentals
  • Golf equipment rentals include sets of both right-handed and left-handed clubs for men and women
  • Some cruises have PGA Pros that offer complimentary class both morning/afternoon during days at sea

Where is your golf equipment stored
For active golfers who prefer to use their own equipment you can store your clubs and bag in the ship cabin and many cruises offer special storage where guests can ship equipment to and from the ship with the luggage concierge to the golf course where they set their tee time at each Ports of Call.  This service is also referred to as a club valet and golf storage.

Caliber of courses
Golf Photo - Paul Bradley SmithYou will have a full range of golf courses to choose from for all budgets and skill levels at each Ports of Call you visit on your cruise.

Other helpful and important information includes:

  • Priority tee times to the finest golf courses
  • Guided golf excursions with an experienced Golf professional who knows the course quality, layout and destination
  • Round trip transportation is typically provided

Tips from the Cruise Pros
Many cruise lines have a PGA Golf Pro onboard for questions and answers.  To get the best tips from the pros and learn more about a golf theme cruise, schedule a consultation with an Elite Cruise Counsellor Scholar and book a Cruise

“I learn something new about the game almost every time I step on the course.”
~ Ben Hogan

Questions and comments welcomed.  For more information please contact an Elite Cruise Counsellor with

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