Types of Cruises


If you are planning your first cruise, you need to know the different types of cruises that are available. It is important to choose the right kind of cruise, for your maximum enjoyment. If a relaxing getaway is all you want, then you could consider a trans-oceanic crossing or a cruise to nowhere. You could have your own “resort at sea”, without the hassles of disembarking for land tours. These cruises are all about being pampered and treated like royalty, fun, frolic, lots of dancing and a variety of gastronomical delights.

The other types of cruises you could choose from are:

  • Expedition cruises: These cruises focus more on adventure, education and exploring. Exotic, out-of-the-way places are chosen as destinations for these cruises. Nature is the common focus, and the cruise line features naturalists on board who present slide shows, conduct lectures, and guide shore expeditions. Cruises with other themes are also available and they range from archeology, marine wildlife to astronomy. These cruises typically focus less on luxury, though you will have all the amenities at your disposal.
  • Theme Cruises: A variety of themes are chosen on these cruises, and they range from health, big band music to bridge tournaments.
  • Yacht cruises are for the luxury lovers, and these offer the ultimate in luxury services. Gourmet dining, elegant surroundings, access to intimate ports and personal service are all included in the package.

If you are looking for some adventure while on a cruise, you could ask your travel agent for a package cruise deal. These days, you don’t only get to sail the seas, but with a carefully carved out personalized cruise package, you could also go hiking or follow an adventure trail at the ports where the cruise liners halt. For more traveling options, you could visit our Travel section on Senior Travel at Future Years.