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Top 10 Value Destinations in 2020

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Got itchy feet but don’t want to break the bank? Here are 10 destinations where you’ll find you’ll be able to make your money go further.

1. East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

This often overlooked region of Indonesia rewards those who hit Bali and keep going – and going. These islands are home to pristine beaches that are quieter than those further west, and one of Indonesia’s best diving scenes can be found on the Alor Archipelago.

2. Budapeset, Hungary

Of all the grand dames of Central Europe, Budapest is one of the most rewarding on your pocket, while serving up highlights memorable enough to rank high on continental explorers’ lists of big hitters.

3. Madya Pradesh, India

There’s wildlife spotting with a difference in this state of India. The first difference is the price – wildlife-spotting excursions come with a far lower cost than in Africa.

4. Buffalo, NY, USA

Buffalo’s resurgence continues. Plan a visit now to take advantage of expanding budget air routes and a fast growing hotel and restaurant scene.

5. Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a near-unique destination with a low visiting cost for the quality of accommodation, food and experiences on offer.

6. Serbia

What’s this? An authentic, characterful European country, rewarding slow exploration and barely discovered by travellers? Serbia can’t even be said to have been hiding away – it’s capital, Belgrade, has for centuries been one of the continent’s great crossroads.

7. Tunisia

Tunisia is a wonderful place to first dip your toes into North Africa at a reasonable cost. While Morocco offers a similar instant immersion, Tunisia’s efforts to win back visitors means that it offers terrific value and also shines a light on what makes the country unique.

8. Cape Winelands, South Africa

South Africa is a regular fixture in lists of places that offer a friendly exchange rate for those looking for world-class safaris and other wildlife spotting, but there’s so much more to the country than Kruger and other reserves.

9. Athens, Greece

The best things in Athens are free. Yes, the simply wondrous Acropolis Museum charges a modest fee, but you can gawp at the Parthenon itself from various vantage points for nothing. In fact, admiring the glowing Acropolis at night is one of the most magical experiences in Europe, let alone Greece.

10. Zanziber, Tanzania

Such is the evocative nature of the word ‘Zanzibar’ that there’s anticipation of adventure before you’ve even landed. And if arriving on the ferry from mainland Tanzania, you’ll get an unusual internal passport stamp: bonus! Two passport stamps for the price of one.

Celebrating Ramadan

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Ramadan Kareem to you our dear customers and clients! It is the Holy Month of Ramadan once again. During these challenging times we would like to remind everyone to

Stay Positive
Stay Safe
Stay Home

Our services are still available and open should you need to consult us, and we are glad to be of service to you.

Our Office Timings During Ramadan

As per the recently updated government regulations, duty hours for the private sector will be from:

09:00 to 15:00 (9AM to 3PM).

Thank you very much!

We Have Moved!

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We have moved!

Dear Valuable Client,

In an effort to serve you better, we’re getting closer to you!

Our new office location:

Office No. 19, Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road (Opposite Jarir Bookstore)

For Bookings, Contact Us at:

Landline : +974 4435 4777
Mobile : +974 5589 7239
WhatsApp: +974 5025 0208
Email: book@falcontravelqatar.com

With Falcon Travel, We Make It Happen!

BANANA ISLAND – Your Private Luxury Island Getaway in Doha

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BANANA ISLAND – Your Private Luxury Island Getaway in Doha

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is a crescent of golden beach and over water villas just off the coast of downtown Doha. Accessible by private catamaran, escape for family adventures, ocean thrills or serene spa bliss.

Enjoy an alcohol-free atmosphere with the little ones as you surf, dive, golf, bowl or cinema. Race across lagoon waters with a host of motorised water sports. Unwind in the Middle East’s only wellness centre in an island resort setting, spread across lush botanical gardens.

All in-house guests and day visitors are required to provide the following identifications at Al Shyoukh Terminal Reception prior to issuance of boarding passes:

  • Qatar Nationals and Expats (Original QID)
  • Tourists and Non-Residents (Original Passport)

At A Glimpse

  • 141 sea view rooms, suites, beach and over water pool villas
  • 800m of golden shoreline
  • Surf pool, dive centre, VIP cinema, bowling alley, putting green and F1 simulator
  • Anantara Spa and Balance Wellness Centre

Book Now

Book now with Falcon Travel for an easy luxury travel getaway.

Contact Us

Mobile

+974 5589 7239

+974 5025 0208

Landline

+974 4435 4777

Email

book@falcontravelqatar.com

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

2019 is about to end, and 2020 is about to begin. For many of us, this time of the year is when we make some of the biggest decisions of the year. Many cultures observe New Years Day according to their own customs, some on their own dates and calendars. For most of the world, New Years is celebrated on the 1st day of January, and is often marked as a national holiday.

We would like to take this opportunity to greet our dear clients and customers a Happy New Year on behalf of Falcon Travel! Let this time of the year symbolize a renewal of strength and determination in all of our endeavors. We wish for everyone to have a prosperous year in 2020.

Merry Christmas to Our Dear Customers

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Merry Christmas to Our Dear Customers

The year 2019 is about to end and all around the world there are festivities in celebration of Christmas.

While most people are aware that Christmas is a Christian holiday, it does have roots in non-Christian holidays that celebrated the winter solstice. And since the early 20th century, Christmas has increasingly become a secular family holiday, observed by Christians and non-Christians alike, devoid of Christian elements, and marked by an increasingly elaborate exchange of gifts. In this secular Christmas celebration, a mythical figure named Santa Claus plays the pivotal role.

So in the spirit of Christmas, Falcon Travel would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a joyous winter season as we await new beginnings for everyone!

Celebrating Qatar’s History On National Day

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Celebrating Qatar’s History On National Day

Qatar National Day is soon approaching, and with it we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate Qatar and its rich history.

Today, Qatar is a small prosperous state with great quality of life and high life satisfaction. Qatar is rich in history and culture, and every year thousands of expats and Qatari nationals celebrate in honor of Qatar and its independence.

Early Human Settlement

According to archaeological evidence, humans have occupied the Qatar Peninsula as far back as 50000 years in the past, where small groups of Stone Age inhabitants built seasonal encampments and sites. More permanent settlements started popping up around 8000 to 7500 years in the past. One of the oldest known settlements in Qatar is Wadi Debayan, situated on the northwest coast.

Classical Era

In classical antiquity Qatar was occupied and influenced by various empires and kingdoms, including the Assyrians, the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire, and the Parthians. Classical historians have written about the peninsula and its population around this time, such as Herodotus describing its inhabitants as “sea-faring Canaanites”, and Pliny the Elder describing them as nomads who constantly roamed in search of water and food.

The Origin of “Qatar”

The origin of Qatar’s name can be traced as far back as the second century, during which Ptolemy produced the first known map to depict the peninsula, referring to it as “Catura”. Later on under Sassanid reign after Christianity had begun to spread in the region, Qatar was known by the Syriac name “Beth Qatraye” or “Beth Catara”, which translated means “region of the Qataris”.

Muslim Rule

Most Arab tribes in Qatar converted to Islam in 628 under Persian rule when a Muslim envoy, Al-Ala`a Al-Hadrami, was sent to a Persian ruler in Eastern Arabia named Munzir ibn Sawa Al Tamimi. After the adoption of Islam, the Arabs led the Muslim conquest of Persia which resulted in the fall of the Sassanian Empire.

During the period of the Umayyad Caliphate (661-750), Qatar was described as a famous horse and camel breeding centre. In 750, discontent in the caliphate had reached a critical level due to the treatment of non-Arab citizens of the Empire. The Abbasid Revolution resulted in the overthrow of the Umayyad Caliphate, ushering in the Abbasid period.

Several settlements, including Murwab, were developed during the Abbasid period. Murwab fort is the oldest intact fort in the country and was built over the ruins of a previous fort which was destroyed by fire. The town was the site of the first sizable settlement established off the coastal area of Qatar.

The Abbasid era resulted in substantial development for the pearling industry in Qatar. It is suggested from archaeological remains from the 9th century that greater wealth, perhaps from pearl trade, allowed Qatar’s inhabitants to build higher quality homes and public buildings. However, when the prosperity of the Abbasid caliphate declined, so too did it in Qatar.

Qatar is mentioned in 13th-century Muslim scholar Yaqut al-Hamawi’s book, Mu`jam Al-Buldan (Dictionary of Countries), which alludes to the Qataris’ fine striped woven cloaks and their skills in improvement and finishing of spears, known as khattiyah spears. The spears acquired their name as an homage to the region of Al-Khatt which encompassed present-day Qatif, Uqair and Qatar.

Post-Islamic Golden Age

Much of Eastern Arabia was controlled by the Usfurids in 1253, and then by the prince of Ormus in 1320. During this time Qatar’s pearls provided one of the mains sources of income for the kingdom. By 1521, the Portuguese seized Bahrain and mainland Qatar. The Portuguese focused on creating a commercial empire in Eastern Arabia, and exported gold, silver, silks, cloves, amber, horses and pearls. The population of Al-Hasa submitted voluntarily to the rule of the Ottomans in 1550, preferring them to the Portuguese.

After the Portuguese were expelled from the area in 1602 by the Dutch and British, the Ottomans saw little need to maintain and military presence in the Al-Hasa region. As a result, the Ottomans were expelled by the Bani Khalid in 1670.

Various other periods of Qatar up to its independence include the Al Khalifa and Saudi control (1783-1868) Ottoman Control (1871-1915), and being a British protectorate (1916-1971). The Qatar-Bahraini war occurred in the 1860s, around the tail-end of Al Khalifa control, and is a milestone in Qatar’s history. The resulting peace treaty after the war implicitly recognized the distinctness of Qatar from Bahrain and explicitly acknowledged the position of Mohammed bin Thani as an important representative of the Peninsula’s tribes.

Mohammed bin Thani is best known for being the father of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founder of Qatar and who fended off the Ottoman army in the late 19th century. Notable in the Battle of Al Wajbah in 1893, when Jassim bin Mohammed’s was able to defeat Ottoman forces and retrieve Qatari captives. Although Qatar did not gain full independence from the Ottoman Empire, the result of the battle forced a treaty that would later form the basis of Qatar emerging as an autonomous country separate within the empire.

Independence (1971-present)

Qatar declared its independence on 1 September 1971 and became an independent state on 3 September. When Ahmad bin Ali issued the formal announcement from his Swiss villa instead of from his palace in Doha, many Qataris were convinced that it was time for a change in leadership. On 22 February 1972, Khalifa bin Hamad deposed Ahmad bin Ali when he was on a hunting trip in Iran. Khalifa bin Hamad had the tacit support of the Al Thani and Britain and also had the political, financial and military support of Saudi Arabia.

In contrast to his predecessor’s policies, Khalifa bin Hamad cut family allowances and increased spending on social programs, including housing, health, education, and pensions. In addition, he filled many top government posts with close relatives. In 1993, Khalifa bin Hamad remained the Emir, but his son, Hamad bin Khalifa, the heir apparent and minister of defense, had taken over much of the day-to-day running of the country. The two consulted with each other on all matters of importance.

On 27 June 1995, deputy emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa deposed his father Khalifa in a bloodless coup. An unsuccessful counter-coup was staged in 1996. The emir and his father are now reconciled, although some supporters of the counter-coup remain in prison. The emir announced his intention for Qatar to move toward democracy and permitted more liberal press and municipal elections as a precursor to expected parliamentary elections.

In June 2013, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa stepped down as emir and transferred leadership to his son and heir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who is the current Emir of Qatar.

The Best Winter Sun Activities in Qatar

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Qatar might be a small nation, but it’s swiftly earning a big reputation when it comes to winter sun. With a reliable climate, one of the best-connected airports on the planet, long swathes of sandy coast and a futuristic city with a stellar skyline at its heart, it’s too often an overlooked option for late-year getaways.

Plus, the current glut of luxury hotel openings means there are superb deals to be had right now. Here are our top spots to soak up the ceaseless Arabian sun in one of the peninsula’s most underrated holiday destinations.

1. Katara

Qatar’s fascinating cultural village (just north of Doha) is also home to one of the country’s finest stretches of sand. Katara Beach is 1.5km long, with pretty much every watersport you can imagine on offer, from waterskiing to gondola rides. It’s also a strong option for ocean-front dining, with an impressive 14 restaurants to pick from.

2. Sealine Beach Resort

Located south of Doha, this surprisingly affordable luxury hotel boasts outstanding beach access and ocean views. It’s also an excellent jumping-off point for activities in the desert beyond – from dune bashing to sandboarding around Qatar’s awe-inspiring inland sea.

3. Banana Island

This insanely luxurious, 13-hectare private island off Qatar’s coast is reached by a luxury yacht transfer service. As you’d expect, the resort has plenty of secluded sandy beach to go around, not to mention eight restaurants, three pools, 141 bedrooms and marvelous overwater villas.

4. MIA Park

Adjacent to Doha’s monumental Museum of Islamic Arts is MIA Park, a tranquil green space on the city’s waterfront. Here you can enjoy everything from working classes to live concerts – or simply stroll around, lapping up the atmosphere and topping up your tan while gazing at Doha’s dazzling skyline from one of the city’s best vantage points.

5. St. Regis, Doha

Arguably still the most outstanding five-star hotel in a city full to bursting with them, the St. Regis, located in Doha’s West Bay, boasts an exclusive beach, one of the best spas in the entire region, and an Olympic-sized infinity pool.

6. Nobu Doha

Thrusting up from the ocean from its own promontory curving around a harbour, Nobu’s Qatari outpost looks more spaceship than restaurant – and the food is equally out of this world. Request a table out on the deck: the sunsets here, amid the ancient dhows and purring supercars, are just as delicious.

7. The Pearl

An artificial island spanning an impressive 4 million sq m, The Pearl contains a lavish mix of properties as well as restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Make a beeline for the picturesque Qanat Quartier, where the colourful townhouses, pretty roof gardens and meandering canals are inspired by Venice.

8. Al Thakira Mangroves

For winter sun-seekers of a more active persuasion, the Al Thakira Mangroves – just north of the seaside town of Al Khor in the north of Qatar – are a fascinating area to check out. A rich natural oasis in the desert, the best way to explore Al Thakira is on one of the many kayak tours offered by local eco-adventure operators.

Fly, Play & Stay

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FLY, PLAY & STAY

Play Golf and Explore Doha for 3 Days, 2 Nights

All Inclusive of Golf and Doha City Tour Package…

Rates Starting from QAR 3030*

Inclusions:

  • Roundtrip Airfares (Kuwait – Doha – Kuwait) thru Kuwait Airways
  • 2-nights Hotel Stay with Breakfast in Oryx Rotana Hotel – Doha
  • Transfers
  • 18-Hole Championship Course in Education City Golf Club
  • Inclusions for Half Day Desert Safari Tour
    1. 4X4 WD Cars the capacity of 6 person
    2. Professional and Experienced Desert Safari drivers
    3. Short Desert Camp visit for refreshment & use of Wash Room facility
    4. Safety Equipments available in the car
    5. Music System will be available in the SUV
  • Inclusions for Doha Express Sightseeing/ City Tour
    1. Transportation with Experienced Driver
    2. English speaking informative Guide
    3. Water & Soft Drinks
    4. Insurance

Exclusions:

  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Visa, if Applicable
  • Exclusions for Half Desert Safari Tour
    • Camel Ride
    • Tour Guide
  • Exclusions for Doha Express Sightseeing/ City Tour
    • Museum Entrance Fees
    • Any applicable additional charges e.g meals, tips, etc.

Sales Validity Until 30 Nov 2019

Travel Validity Until 15 Dec 2019

*Rates are Subject to Date and Room Availability

*Price can change without prior notice

*Terms & Conditions Apply

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Doha / Half Day Desert Safari

Arrive in Hamad International Airport, meet and greet by an Airport Representative and transfer at the Oryx Rotana Hotel, Early Check In and Rest.

Half Day Desert Safari

Tour Timings: 14:00 – 18:00

(We recommend afternoon tours on Fridays)

A trip to Qatar would be a waste without this incredibly adventurous journey into the endless heart of the desert. For those who have limited time, the Half Day trip is great for you. Experience the rapture of an exhilarating roller coaster ride as our luxury 4×4 vehicles drive you across the tranquil sand dunes leaving you captivated. En route we stop for a breathtaking view of the Inland Sea, which is the natural border to Saudi Arabia giving you an opportunity to enjoy the serenity of the timeless desert. Quick and leaving you breathless!

ITINERARY

  • Pickup & drop of via 4x4wd car transportation from your location in Doha
  • Sand dune bashing drive over the sand dunes roller coaster ride experience.
  • Sightseeing visit to the inland sea the natural border of Qatar & Saudi Arabia.
  • Short Desert Camp visit for refreshment (Soft drinks, water, Tea & Coffee) & use of Bathroom facility

Drop off at the Hotel

Free time for Leisure

Day 2: Play Golf at the Education City Golf Club

Breakfast

Golf Timings: 09:00

Pick up from the hotel to Education City Golf Club in Education City – Doha where you will play 18- Hole Championship Course. The course is immaculately groomed and conditioned, designed in line with the USGA standards with all green areas of the golf course being USGA Specifications. The 72 Par course will put your skills to the ultimate test as it takes you through the desert and wadi terrain.

After the Golf Course Play, Pick Up & Drop off at the Hotel.

Free time for Leisure

Day 3:  SightSeeing/City Tour Timings:

Tour Timings: 0900 – 13:00

An excellent introduction to Doha, this trip combines fabulous scenery with plenty of fascinating views, historic sites and highlights of the rich culture. Discover The Pearl, an extraordinary artificial residential and business island created in a shape of an oyster which has set the standard for luxury. We will take you to Katara, the stunning cultural village in a beautiful beachfront at the heart of Doha with an amphitheater, an opera, art galleries and restaurants from various countries and cultures. You are welcome to be at the Equestrian Club which gives home to the royal race horses & international priceless spring horses. As you hear, we will proceed to the famous Museum of Islamic Arts, the iconic museum, designed by I.M. Pei that hosts pieces covering over a thousand years of Islamic Arts. Conclude at Souk Waqif, the authentic traditional market with its fascinating maze of alleyways and typical atmosphere retaining its old- character, filled with cafes, restaurants and hundreds of tiny shops. It’s a quick glance at a city you will always remember.

ITINERARY

  • Pick up at the Hotel
  • Sightseeing at The Pearl – Qatar’s oyster shape island
  • Visiting Katara, the stunning cultural village in a beautiful beachfront
  • The Equestrian Club visit
  • Comprehensive tour at the iconic Museum of Islamic Arts
  • Get lost and travel time at the Souk Waqif, the authentic traditional market

Drop off at the Hotel

Free time for Leisure Until 17:00

Check Out at the Hotel.

Pick Up at the Hotel & Drop Off in the Airport

Airline Flight Code From To Departure Arrival
Kuwait Airways KU 619 Kuwait Doha 0405 0540
Kuwait Airways KU 620 Doha Kuwait 2025 2200

Why You Should Go On A Cruise

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1. Cruises Offer Great Value

Cruises offer great value for your vacation budget because the fares include nearly everything you’ll need for a fantastic trip: food, accommodations, daytime and evening entertainment and transportation between destinations. We regularly see fares on mainstream cruise lines for under $100 per person, per night, which is astonishingly cheaper than you’d spend on land for a hotel, dinner and a show. On some lines, kids even sail free or at discounted rates when sharing a cabin with two adults. Looking for luxury? Upscale lines are even more inclusive, with alcohol and soft drinks, gratuities, shore tours, onboard spending credits, and even flights bundled into the fare.

2. See Multiple Destinations, Unpack Only Once

On a cruise, you unpack once and your floating hotel takes you from city to city or from island to island and there’s no need to mess with train or ferry schedules, or lug your suitcase along cobblestone streets. Every morning, you’ll wake up in a new place. Can’t decide between St. Lucia and Barbados, or Italy or Spain? Why choose? Pick an itinerary that visits all the cities on your wish list.

3. Cruise Ships Are Family Friendly

From tots to teens, grandparents to grandkids, cruises are fun for all ages. If you’re struggling to find a vacation that your 5, 10, or 15-year old will all love – and that has adult activities, too – ships now have extensive kids’ facilities, split by age. Teens have their own cool hangouts, far away from the play areas for the little ones (and certainly a nice distance from parent-friendly pools and bars). How can you not love a trip that features video games and swimming pools, while offering time for families to be together at dinner or on shoreside excursions? And parents can even sneak in a romantic dinner alone, by taking advantage of late-night hours in the kids’ club.

4. Cruise Ships Come In All Shapes And Sizes

The ideal cruise ship for one person may be a mega-ship outfitted with onboard rock-climbing walls and outdoor movie theaters, while another will prefer an intimate ship with an upscale ambience and someone else will want the seafaring experience of a masted tall sailing ship. Luckily, all those different types of cruise ships exist. From French Country Waterways’ 12-person river barges to Royal Caribbean’s 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas. More options range from the luxurious Seabourn Odyssey to the minimalist sailing ships of Star Clippers and even to ice-strengthened expedition ships like Hurtigruten’s Fram.

5. Ships Offer A Variety of Onboard Activities

Today’s cruise ships are designed to keep everyone happy. Want to pamper yourself at the spa while your spouse hits the casino? Or lounge in the sun reading a book while your family plays basketball. You can go to an educational lecture, a wine tasting, a computer class or a dance workshop; paint pottery, play bridge, learn a language or do yoga; dine at a casual buffet, a fancy sit-down restaurant, a sushi bar, a diner or a steakhouse; and watch a movie, a comedy routine, a song-and-dance show or live music performance. And if all you want to do is nothing while the ship sails from port to port you can do that, too.

6. Cruise Vacations Are Easy To Plan

Because cruise vacations package together transportation and accommodations, they’re very easy to plan. Pick your ship, itinerary and cabin, and away you go – no searching for hotels in your price range, no coordinating travel between cities. You can even get your travel agent to arrange your airfare for you – or choose a departure port within driving distance to eliminate that extra planning step. Groups also find cruises a cinch to book. Cruise lines have plans in place for group travel, eliminating the hassle of coordinating your 20 family members and friends from around the country who want to vacation with you. Book enough cabins – and you’ll get extra perks, including a free fare!

7. Ships Are Floating Cities

If you’re concerned about being stranded in the middle of the ocean, relax. Cruise ships are like floating cities with everything you could possibly want onboard. Today’s vessels are outfitted with Wi-Fi, cell service and satellite TV so you can stay in touch with the real world during your cruise (if you even want to). Onboard shops sell the toiletries you forgot to pack, medical centers can provide meds or a doctor’s services if needed, and laundry facilities let you wash your clothes mid-cruise so you don’t need to over-pack. Of course, there’s also the fun stuff like gyms, multiple restaurants, movie screens, spas, swimming pools, theaters and discos. And in the rare emergency, there are always enough lifeboats for everyone onboard.

8. Cruise Vacations Can Be Exotic

Always wanted to visit Asia but are nervous about the language barrier? Curious about the Middle East, but nervous about country customs? A cruise is one of the best ways to see the most exotic and foreign destinations in this world in an easy way. Itineraries offer calls at major cities and picturesque villages, all of which will be regional highlights, so you don’t have to do the research on the best places to visit in an unfamiliar destination. If you’re uncomfortable with independent sightseeing in a new locale, simple take a ship’s tour with English-speaking guides. Or team up with more experienced travelers you meet online or onboard to share a cab or private guide.

9. Cruising Is Romantic

Anyone who’s watched “The Love Boat” knows that there’s a romance to sea travel. The wind in your hair, the vistas of endless ocean, the stars twinkling above all set the mood for love may be clichés but they’re real experiences onboard! If you want to rekindle the spark with your sweetie, a cruise vacation provides plenty of together time – sharing side-by-side lounge chairs by the pool, a table for two at dinner, dancing in the evening or sharing quality time onshore. Cruise lines also have special packages for honeymoons, vow renewals and weddings onboard and onshore.