A Small Ship Cruise: Uncommon Cruises Now Offers Alternative to Mainstream Cruising

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Online company, UncommonCruises.com, has just introduced the availability of hundreds of lesser-known unusual cruises, many on a small ship cruise, and organized them into an easy-to-navigate website.

Many regular cruise passengers are becoming jaded with conventional cruises. They are now looking for an alternative, but don't really know what other options are out there. And even if they did, there is no easy way to find out about the many different specialty cruises that are the perfect antidote to mainstream cruising. An exciting new trend, however, is underway.

Now consumers can discover just how convenient and helpful going to http://www.UncommonCruises.com can be when researching and planning a small ship cruise. "Absolutely everything is there in one spot," says Patty Tanner of Vancouver, Canada. "My husband and I wouldn't be caught dead on one of those big-box cruises. We much prefer going to out-of-the way destinations and we enjoy it more with a smaller group of fellow travelers."

The Tanners recently returned from a safari to Kenya and are now looking at exploring Antarctica. "I had no idea there would be so many choices for cruises to Antarctica," adds Mike Tanner. "We never knew this, but we discovered that you can visit Antarctica from either Australia or from Chile. And we can have the option of a tall ship, an ice breaker or a small ship cruise. We had no clue until we checked out this website." "And their cruise advisors are so knowledgeable," interjects Patty. "It's such a relief talking to someone who has first-hand knowledge on the destination and the cruise you intend taking."

Even the specialty cruise lines themselves find the website appealing. Profiles of these small ship cruise lines are as detailed as those found in their own corporate brochures. Star Clippers is one of them. One of almost 70 niche cruise companies found on the Uncommon Cruises website, they offer guests a tall-ship sailing experience on clipper ships that accommodate between 170 and 225 passengers. According to Dan Pedelaborde, Director of Incentives & National Accounts, West, for the cruise line, "This website is beautiful, and the Star Clippers content wonderfully presented."

Towards the end of 2009, mainstream cruise line Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Oasis of the Seas, will be launched. It will be one of the largest cruise ships ever built. There will be 16 decks and accommodate 5,400 passengers. "In effect, this vessel is the size of a small town," says James Felton, Founder of Uncommon Cruises. His company is a travel center that focuses exclusively on specialty cruises, the opposite end of the spectrum to big-box ships like Oasis of the Seas.

In a press release issued last November, RCCL announced that their new vessel will have seven distinct neighborhoods. "Comparing a ship this size to a town isn't that far-fetched," observes Felton. "I suppose building one huge vessel is cheaper than seven small ones," he added with an amused smile.

"We recognize our niche market is much smaller than the mainstream cruise marketplace. But it's the encyclopedic scope of our website, our Advisors' insider knowledge, and our vibrant online community that makes us successful," says Felton. "Don't get me wrong," he adds, "I love any kind of cruise. But it's the small ship cruise that gives me the most rewarding experience." Judging by the variety of specialty cruises on this website, there certainly seems to be enough 'uncommon' cruise experiences from which to choose.

To learn more, visit http://www.UncommonCruises.com

About Uncommon Cruises®:
Uncommon Cruises® is the newest division of The Cruising Co. It is the only online travel center devoted exclusively to specialty cruises. Created to meet the growing need for an alternative to traditional, mainstream cruising, this niche cruise travel agency has developed a content-rich, web-based business that is encyclopedic in scope. Its intent is to act as a one-stop resource center for consumers interested in non-traditional cruising.

About Uncommon Cruises®:
Uncommon Cruises® is the newest division of The Cruising Co. It is the only online travel center devoted exclusively to specialty cruises. Created to meet the growing need for an alternative to traditional, mainstream cruising, this niche cruise travel agency has developed a content-rich, web-based business that is encyclopedic in scope. Its intent is to act as a one-stop resource center for consumers interested in non-traditional cruising. At the heart of the site is a comprehensive collection of unique and unusual destinations, cruises, vessels and cruise themes. But it is the dynamic online community and a bank vault of expertise offered up by the Specialty Cruise Advisors that help to round out the wealth of information available to those seeking more out of a cruise than a big-box cruise ship can offer.

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