Autumn, always too short, has folded into winter. Christmas is just around the corner, and that means gift-giving is imminent. We’re gonna need some good Christmas gift ideas for retired parents to get the old brain juices flowing.
This year, I feel like it’s time to give something a little different. Rather than an ugly sweater or just another DVD, I want to do something really exciting for my parents. Something that will send an important message that I’ve been meaning to send, in a way, all my life.
Affordability is key, true, but this time it’s gotta be BIG – an unforgettable experience. When it comes to my family, the people who mean everything to me, I can’t help but overflow with generosity. But I don’t want to go broke either – something must fit the bill.
Why not an affordable cruise vacation?
That’s the ticket! A voyage to the Caribbean, somewhere warm? Perhaps an elegant luxury ship on which to sip bubbly champagne and share a romantic moment for New Year’s Eve? My head swims with the possibilities. I’m sure whatever we cook up here at the Starboard Cafe, they’ll love it. That’s the kind of people they are – never taking for granted what is freely given out of love.
Read on to find out how you can give your retired parents the ultimate Christmas gift – a personalized cruise vacation – without paying an arm and a leg.
A superior bang-buck ratio
Cruising has what I like to call a superior bang-buck ratio. You get more out of it than any other kind of vacation—and then it surpasses your expectations even more. It’s a slam dunk every time, like mac and cheese for dinner.
That’s partly because cruises aren’t as expensive as they used to be. We’ve all noticed prices rising in recent years as the recession carries on, but the cruise lines stand out for having lowered their rates.
Lines like Royal Caribbean and Celebrity are betting people with moderate incomes have just as much as a need to get away as anyone else. I know it’s true because I’m one of them. I don’t have to be rich to cruise or, for that matter, to give the ultimate Christmas gift!
At Starboard Cafe Cruises, we are currently focused on the next round of holiday special offers coming from a swath of big, midsized and small cruise lines. There will be many opportunities to win onboard credits and snag discounts on 2015 cruise vacations in the coming weeks.
When paradise is on sale, that’s the time to give the ultimate Christmas gift, so stay tuned or get in touch right away. Time is of the essence!
Why give the ultimate gift?
My parents are getting older, and my relationship with them is changing. No, they haven’t asked me to do anything for them, not yet — but that’s part of why I want to thank them. Ever selfless, they have always made giving with generosity a priority.
Anyone who selflessly and graciously gives the gift of life deserves to have their dreams fulfilled, because life is the ultimate gift-that-keeps-on-giving. Being a good parent is no small thing. Now that I’m grown and have my own kids, I know how easy it is to mess it all up. That’s why I believe my parents deserve recognition for their labors of love that have sustained me over a lifetime.
I must apologize. During the holidays I get a touch – okay a lot – sentimental.
I blame all those warm, gooey choco-chip cookies and and cups of homemade egg nogg – mmm, just right. My mom has her own (alcohol optional!) recipe she’s been using for years, so now I’m spoiled and can’t drink any of the store-bought stuff.
A gift-wrapped token of your exciting purchase
Since it’s just not practical to steer a huge cruise ship into the living room on Christmas morning, we will provide a handy token of your purchase that can be presented as a symbol of the greater gift to come.
All cruises booked as a holiday gift with the Starboard Cafe this season include a FREE elegantly personalized brochure describing the cruise sailing gift, pre-wrapped as a cheery Christmas package that’s ready to place under the family tree.
A cruise offers so many delicious perks. Cool (and safe) adventures abroad, landlubbing and seabound alike. Nothing but sky and open water, a light breeze and warm sun. People-watching, sight-seeing, or doing nothing at all but kicking back. Now that’s my definition of a great time.
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W hat could be more gratifying than giving an absolutely stunning holiday gift to the folks who have given me so much for so many years? To the folks who inspired me to be the kind of person that does the same?
I wonder which corner of the earth my parents have always dreamed of seeing. Where would your folks like to travel, if they could go anywhere? Old Europe, perhaps, or a Caribbean paradise?
Let us know. We can make it happen at your desired price point.
Call (615) 689-5864 to book the ultimate Christmas gift for your retired parents.