When you decide to go on holiday, you probably have a very specific idea of what that means. It will be a little different for each person - some will be seeking pure relaxation and pampering, while others dream of exciting adventures in foreign lands. Preferences in cruise holidays are no different: there are many different cruise lines that offer a multitude of experiences - and some will be more in line with the way you like to travel than others. So which is right for you? Take our quick quiz below to discover your own cruise personality!
As a Fun Lover, you're all about living in the moment, seizing the day and discovering the next great thing. What good is a holiday if you're not having as much fun as you possibly can? Cruise vacations can be especially good in this regard - most ships are brimming with novel activities to try - but there are a few lines that are particularly excellent for the Fun Lover.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines is one of the most obvious choices for a Fun Lover voyage. Their onboard water parks are top-notch, with both of their Australasia based ships (the Carnival Spirit and the Carnival Legend) featuring the Green Thunder waterslide, the steepest slide at sea. Carnival shore excursions also provide a multitude of tempting options for the avid Fun Lover - cave tubing, paragliding and snorkeling among underwater wrecks are just a few of the activities that could be on the cards, depending where you journey.
If you're hunting for a cruise line where the party never stops, P&O Australia might be just for you. It's one of the most affordable lines, so the price for the cruise itself won't cut into your â€œhaving fun fundâ€. Why not brush up on your cocktail skills with a hands-on mixology class before trying your luck in the casino? There are also nine different bars to choose from, depending on your mood - The Dome is party central with DJs dropping beats that will have you on the dancefloor till the wee hours, while Connexions and Promenade are both great social hubs, places to see and be seen.
The Connoisseur knows how to enjoy the finer things in life. Their ideal holiday includes eye-opening cultural experiences, exquisite food and world-class service. They know the value of choosing quality over quantity. For the Connoisseur, a superb cruise line is one which treats them like royalty and provides the opportunity for indulging in the very best of what life has to offer.
Cunard is a cruise line that was founded specifically for the Connoisseur. Offering cruisers the chance to become part of a distinguished fellowship of sophisticated travellers, Cunard ensures that your holiday will be filled with enriching experiences and understated luxury. From a nightly turndown service and steward to make sure that your suite is always in pristine condition to opportunities for you to hear from world-leading writers, actors, politicians and explorers, this is a cruise line that is committed to providing the ultimate in fine living.
But Cunard is not the only cruise line to offer experiences that raise cruising to a whole other level. Take Seabourn for example. Intimate ships with no more than 300 suites characterise the line. The atmosphere aboard is like that of a private club, where travellers are provided with intuitive, gracious service, elegantly spacious suites and gourmet dining experiences that rival even the best traditional restaurants. High calibre guests such as Steve Forbes (Editor in Chief of Forbes Magazine) and Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) are invited speak to cruisers on a range of fascinating topics, from Current Affairs & History to Culinary Conversations.
Holland America is another line that Connoisseurs will love. Far from the bright colours and crazy designs of some other lines, HA ships put one in mind of an English country house. Elegance is key, with tasteful artwork and classic, restrained style in evidence throughout. Popular onboard activities include Cake Decorating, Wine Tasting and Plate Presentation & Garnishing. Their award-winning shore excursions ensure that when you step off the ship your experience is just as excellent as your time onboard.
The Leisure Seeker has turned relaxation into an artform. They are on holiday to unwind and forget about the rest of the world - favoured destinations often include tropical islands, but wherever they go, you can be sure that these leisure experts will discover the absolute best way to chill. While relaxation is the aim on most cruises, some really go the extra mile when it comes to catering for Leisure Seekers.
Princess Cruises is well known among Leisure Seekers as relatively low-key line that really lays it all on when it comes to relaxation activities. Their Lotus Spa has been named â€œBest on a Cruise Shipâ€ and offers revitalising treatments and heavenly massages. Those who like to unwind with a little retail therapy can browse the onboard boutiques - designer brands and duty-free prices make for a pretty attractive combination. And if you want to find somewhere to just get away from it all, The Sanctuary gives Leisure Seekers a perfect escape to a plush, outdoor spa-inspired area with massages and relaxing personal entertainment. A favourite itinerary for many Princess cruisers is a cruise that starts in Perth before swinging by the vineyards of Margaret River, skirting Australia's southern coast via Adelaide and Melbourne and popping across the Tasman to get a taste of New Zealand's scenic South Island.
But for the ultimate leisure experience, it's hard to pass up the Solstice Class ships of Celebrity Cruises. An ideal choice for the Leisure Seeker is the AquaClass stateroom - incorporating spa-like elements into the stateroom itself and giving you exclusive access to Blu, a chic specialty restaurant, and a free pass to luxuriate in the Persian Garden, a soothing oasis of heated lounge chairs and therapeutic grottos all with a panoramic ocean view. Even for those who don't opt for AquaClass, Celebrity still has plenty of relaxation opportunities in store. Celebrity's Solstice ships feature an acre of real, live, growing grass for you to kick back on - these are the only cruise ships in the world with genuine grass lawns - and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, available on 9 of Celebrity's luxury ships, is preceded by its stellar reputation. Canyon Ranch has garnered top accolades from esteemed publications such as Health, Gourmet, and Conde Nast Traveler, and is a firm favourite among Celebrity cruisers.
Some voyagers are not content to just lie back and soak up the rays on deck. They want to travel to majestic, remote destinations and explore wildernesses and strange new cultures. Many think of cruise voyages as luxurious, sedentary affairs but there are some lines that set out for ruggedly beautiful destinations and offer the cruisers the chance to immerse themselves in experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
There aren't many places on Earth where you can step back in time and experience life in a totally different era, but Papua New Guinea is certainly one of them. P&O Australia is famous for its PNG holidays where travellers get a front row seat to ancient tribal rituals and can explore abandoned WWII tunnels and skull strewn caves. From the Goroka mud men of Madang to the Canoe and Kundu Festival of Alotau, Adventurers will find themselves thrilled by the exotic culture and rich history of Papua New Guinea.
Don't forget that Australia is also has plenty in store for the intrepid Adventurer. P&O's Southern Discovery Cruise from Fremantle to Sydney is a nature lover's dream - walk among endangered sea lions, catch a glimpse of the reclusive platypus and discover the source of the only pure Ligurian honey left on Earth.
On the other end of the temperature spectrum, Holland America offers cruises to the magnificent mountains and glaciers of Alaska. Set out on foot to explore the glories of the famed Denali National Park with a Land+Sea Journey or watch house sized chunks of ice thunder into the sea when you voyage to Glacier Bay National Park.
If you're after something a little closer to home (but still just as beautiful) Holland America also does a cruise around New Zealand which starts with the ultra-remote Milford Sound before curving around the bottom of the South Island and working its way up along the stunning eastern coast.
Cruising is like the ultimate version of a family road trip - you get to spend time with the kids and discover new places and experiences together, while still having the opportunity get in a little bit of time to yourself. As family holidays go, it's pretty hard to beat a good cruise - of course, some cruise lines are better than others at catering for Family Voyagers and their unique needs.
Royal Caribbean is one of the best lines in the world for family cruisers. A veritable smorgasbord of experiences and entertainment is on offer for kids and parents alike and best of all, it's all included in the cruise fare: no sneaky fees to bust your budget. There's a range of youth programs available to cater to all ages, family friendly dining, and an exciting nightlife for parents to enjoy while their young ones are busy having fun!
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines is another great pick for the Family Voyager. Neither you nor the kids will ever be bored with the huge array of onboard activities available - their water parks in particular are second to none - both kids and kids-at-heart will love the thrills and spills of the Green Thunder slide. Price often a consideration for those cruising with the family, and Carnival is one of the best value-for-money lines out there. It's not too hard to find specials that make it even more affordable for a Family Voyager to cruise with Carnival, so keep your eye out for deals!
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line is also worth a mention - this line has a much more international flavour than the other two, but still retains a strong focus on providing great experiences for families. They are one of the few lines that can offer interconnecting suites - a huge plus for families who want to stay close but still have a bit of privacy.
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