While some cities have tried to become the “Paris of the East,” make no mistake, Budapest has some striking similarities, but without the expensive Parisian price tag.
As the largest city in the Republic of Hungary, Budapest is the country's political, cultural and commercial center. This magnificent city exudes a cultural sophistication that entices and enchants. Gracing both sides of the legendary Danube river with grand historic buildings, regal bridges and graceful tree-lined boulevards, it is the city's elegant beauty and romantic atmosphere that has given Budapest Parisian status among the Eastern European countries and has bestowed it with the title 'Queen of the Danube'.
Budapest was named "the world's second best city" by Condé Nast Traveler, and "Europe's 7th most idyllic place to live" by Forbes. Each year, the city attracts around 4.4 million tourists, ranking it as the world's 25th most popular destination and Europe's 6th most popular city tour destination.
Budapest can add yet another jewel to her crown as the proud recipient of the Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards 2017 and 2018 Top-Rated European River Destinations.
From increasingly popular British Isles' circumnavigations to Iceland, Baltic Sea and longer itineraries that travel as far as South America, London is on the rise as a cruise destination – both as a port of call and a port of departure where you can begin and/or end your cruise. But visitors to London should not expect to see some of the world’s largest resort-style cruise ships, such as Harmony of the Sea, because the River Thames is not deep enough to accommodate them.
If you've always wondered what a cruise holiday entails, then check out Netflix's original movie Like Father.
If you ever needed another reason to book a cruise, a recent study published in the International Journal of Tourism Research has revealed that cruising is good for your health, long-term happiness and can even help you to build better relationships. And, Netflix's feel-good "chick flick" Like Father delivers on this premise.
Royal Caribbean International fans can set sail with cast members Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, and Seth Rogen in Like Father. The Netflix original movie takes place on board Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas and will have cruise lovers geeking out over every scene, which take place everywhere from guest services to the ship's upper decks. The actors are seen enjoying many of the fun activities aboard including The Perfect Storm water slides, FlowRider, Latin club Boleros, the deck's impressive Royal Promenade, the Rising Tide Bar, and on the Royal Caribbean's private island destination of Labadee in Haiti, where they brave the longest overwater zip line. Then there are the cabins where you can have everything from beautiful ocean views to interior views of the ship's impressive Boardwalk or Central Park gardens.
Who said that during a cruise you don't get to see or experience the real side of the destinations you visit along the way? Shop owners, tour guides, local experts and other island specialists alike do their utmost to provide you with a most enjoyable time and authentic experience in Aruba.
Aruba has been the recipient of Cruisers’ Choice "Top-Rated Southern Caribbean Destinations" for three years running (2016 to 2018), and for good reason, too.
Unfairly overshadowed by its sister island, Trinidad, the Caribbean island of Tobago has lots to offer anyone who is considering a holiday there, even on a shore excursion during a cruise.
When it comes to Culture, where can you discover the colonial history of forts while enjoying spectacular views? Find friendly locals who want you to love their paradise island as much as they do? Eat, drink and dance with the locals and have a go at playing the steelpan?
When it comes to Activities, where can you enjoy a whole host of activities both in the water and on land? Have an action-packed holiday on an unspoilt Caribbean island? Or take in naturally beautiful scenery, rare wildlife and a relaxed Caribbean way of life?
No one likes to be seen wearing the same clothes over and over, yet it’s impractical to bring your entire wardrobe on a cruise. Doing laundry while on vacation is never pleasant nor glamorous, but unless you’re packing fresh clothes for each day and night away, it is a virtual inevitability that you’ll need to do a load or two. Fortunately, most cruise ships offer you a number of options.
Experiential and Wellness Travel are where it's at. Experiential Wellness Travel is a hybrid of both. But Transformative Travel is the next evolution in travel. Like many land-based resorts, the global cruise industry has kept apace of this current trend with vacations that are fun, authentic, and meaningful by offering travelers on board and on shore fitness and wellness activities, healthy meal options, local cooking classes, culturally immersive shore excursions, participation in the local communities they visit, and a variety of tailor-made experiences that are transformative in a deep and personal way.