How to Choose a Cruise
If you're new to cruise you'll discover that there are countless
different types of ship, ranging in size, style and purpose. Choose
from river cruises to expedition sailing and from niche operators
to the more traditional style of ship. Decide between large resort
style ships with rock climbing and ice-skating to exclusively
intimate boutique yachts and everything in between. Some cruise
ships carry 50 passengers and others can accommodate 6,000. From
ship to itinerary, how to choose a cruise that's perfect for you
for you is about finding the right combination of all the
When thinking about how to choose a cruise, you need to consider
matching your character and requirements with the style of cruise -
do you like to dress up for dinner or prefer to be casual? Are you
the sociable type or would you prefer to just relax at the spa with
a good book on a peaceful escape? Perhaps you're looking for
adventure or an active holiday? Alternatively you may want to enjoy
a cultural, city break experience. As well as British-style cruise
holidays, you may also wish to consider the option of an American
or European-style cruise for a new holiday experience.
The large resort style cruise ships have an extensive choice of
entertainment with a variety of programmes on offer for all
ages. They provide numerous dining choices together with varied
dress codes and are great for multi-generational families because
there's something for everyone. On these types of cruise ship the
on board activities are as much a part of the whole holiday
experience as the fantastic destinations you'll visit.
The choice in size and style of mid-sized ships is
extensive-there are those with a very contemporary feel, while
others can be likened to a country house hotel. This means it's
important to explore all of the options carefully when choosing a
cruise ship in this category. Whether you're new to cruise or a
seasoned cruise guest, it's important to find the right ship to
compliment your tastes and needs. There are various dining options
which may include speciality restaurants with menus designed by
celebrity chefs. There are those that provide children's clubs
together with a wide choice of activities and entertainment, while
others offer a more traditional style of cruising.
The small, boutique ships provide an intimate experience.
Smaller ships are able to visit ports inaccessible to the larger
ships so the destination often plays a key role when deciding on
this style of cruise. Some of these ships are very much like
private yachts and, while there is a limited choice of
entertainment and restaurants, they offer a very unique holiday
experience and are perfect if you're looking for a new type of
cruise to enjoy.
River cruises offer a great alternative to classic ocean cruises
and are a fabulous way to see the stunning scenery and cosmopolitan
gems inland. The ships are long and narrow, with large windows and
mostly outward facing rooms so you can see the constantly changing
landscape of the riverbank. A river cruise gives you a great
opportunity to explore cities in the evening, as they often remain
in port far later than ocean cruise ships.
Together with the choice of ship is the length of the
cruise - this can vary from as little as a two day 'taster' cruise
from the UK, to a standard 7 day cruise and right through to a
world cruise lasting more than 100 days!
For more information about the types of cruises available please
have a look at the links below:
Need advice on booking a cruise?
The choices you have for your cruise holiday are almost endless
and this is the great reason why a cruise will perfectly meet your
needs. That choice is another reason why you should seek expert
advice when making your selection.
If you have a query or need a little help in finding the right
cruise, then a great place to start is to ask a CLIA UK &
Ireland travel agent member.