What Kind of Cruiser Are You?
Cruises are a popular way to see multiple destinations without worrying about packing and unpacking, meals and travel arrangements between stops. But beyond these conveniences, the advantages cruises offer vary widely. Below are some of the most popular cruise categories – see which one you fall into:
- Family: With meals and activities already arranged, cruises are a low-stress option for a family vacation. Royal Caribbean, Carnival and many other cruise lines offer children’s programs that keep youngsters entertained, while the adults can either participate or escape to an onboard bar or casino. These seven-night Norwegian cruises, discounted to as low as $379, offer kids centers and teen discos.
- Luxury: Dine at fine restaurants, shop at high-end stores and get pampered with indulgent spa services. Luxury cruises are typically smaller with features such as sophisticated entertainment (think lectures and feng shui classes), more flexible options for dining and activities, and exotic ports of call. Sail five nights on the Celebrity Millennium, which features a two-story library and wine-tasting classes, for only $299.
- Adventure: Rock climbing, zip-lining, scuba diving, mountain biking – you can find a cruise with any of them, sometimes without even leaving the boat. This weeklong Alaska cruise for $749 offers shore excursions like hiking, kayaking and bear watching by floatplane.
- Destination-focused: You couldn’t care less about the boat – for you, it’s all about the itinerary. Look for cruises with alluring ports of call and minimal sea days. Some people opt to skip the first leg of sea travel entirely -- fly-cruises let you fly into the first port of call and start your vacation from there. For a unique itinerary, look at smaller ships, which are able to access ports that larger ships can’t reach. With this 12-night Celebrity cruise, visit multiple Greek Islands as well as stops in Turkey.
Bonus: Just looking for a full belly out of your cruising experience? Set sail from your home city on a dinner cruise. For example, this dinner-cruise deal in San Diego includes a three-course meal and dancing.