Types of Cruises: The Many Options
Cruises are not all created equal! As widely as people vary in their holiday preferences, so do cruises. It just takes a little searching to find the perfect itinerary on the perfect ship.
Luxury Cruise Lines
Luxury cruising is a step above your mainstream cruise. Lines such as Seabourn, Silversea, Azamara Club, Crystal Cruises and Regent Seven Seas offer 5-star cruising, unique destinations and a true all-inclusive holiday. Most luxury cruises offer fine wines, beers and spirits included in the cruise fare, flawless service, high-quality enrichment classes and lectures, complimentary shore tours and gourmet dining.
Cruising on the River
River cruises are an inland cruising experience. On these smaller vessels, the entertainment is in the destinations- and there are plenty, as a river cruise is always within easy reach of land! River cruises in Europe are popular due to the many cities of interest. Australia's Captain Cook Cruises also run cruises along the Murray River, an important waterway forming the border between New South Wales and Victoria.
Round the World
World cruises are for those with a bit of time to spare. A full world cruise usually lasts more than 3 months, and can be a full circumnavigation of the globe or a widespread itinerary which hits several continents. Princess and Cunard run many world cruise itineraries, and they are very cost-effective considering the duration of the voyage. Passengers on these cruises often find themselves making lasting friendships thanks to shared meals, spaces and experiences.
Cruise into Adventure
Adventure cruises generally happen on specialised ships and cruise lines. It is a loose definition, but these more intrepid voyages either visit places which mainstream cruises do not, or offer more in-depth itineraries and obscure port stops in common cruise destinations. For example, a cruise to the hostile Antarctica, or a Caribbean cruise which calls into the more untouched islands and less westernised towns. The luxury lines and small local cruise lines such as Paul Gauguin or Captain Cook cruises mostly offer these cruises.
There are plenty of other types of cruises available- short breaks with no port stops, themed cruises, sailing cruises, holiday cruises and more. Have a look at Cruise Sale Finder for all the options!