When we think of the ultimate dream vacation, often times a cruise is what comes to mind. Most of us who long to go on a cruise vacation probably have the kind of destination we prefer firmly entrenched in our imaginations. Whether it be a tropical escape or a snowy Alaskan sightseeing adventure, it's likely that we know the type of place we'd like to visit on our cruise. What most first-time cruise goers don't consider is the type of activity or atmosphere they desire in their cruise experience. There are all types of specialty cruises from which to choose. Let's take a look at five of the most popular.
For some the word "cruise" summons up visions of a majestic ocean liner whisking them away to exotic foreign lands for shopping, sightseeing and tasting exquisite cuisine. These folks dream of dressing up to the nines and taking part in five-course meals every night, attending formal events and engaging in cultural activities. Luxury cruise passengers also expect the best of the best in their accommodations. On a luxury ship, they won't be disappointed. Large, spacious cabins and suites with balconies and high-end amenities abound on these voyages. It is for this group that a luxury cruise is perfect.
A cruise is the ideal vacation for a family. You can choose your destination, providing your loved ones with the opportunity to see far-away places and historical sites. Aboard the ship, you'll find that there's something for everyone of every age. If you have babies or little ones, it's likely your cruise ship offers babysitting services at an hourly rate. This will allow you to explore fun things like the ship's spa or to take in a show. For the school-aged kids, there are activities like crafts and magic shows. Even teenagers will love cruising with the chance to hang out at a club for teens or go see a movie.
A singles cruise is a perfect destination for those wanting to meet new people. You could go alone or with a group of friends. With a seemingly never-ending lineup of activities like games, cocktail parties, shows, entertainment and off-boat excursions, there's always something going on with tons of chances to make new friends.
Seniors are a growing market in the cruise industry. Many in this age bracket have an increased amount of leisure time and may have more discretionary spending available to them now that their home and other expenses are often paid. Senior cruises is perfect for those who want to try new things and spend time with people around their own age. It's a chance to meet new friends, while learning and seeing the world.
People with a thirst for knowledge and who love a hands-on experience will truly appreciate an adventure cruise. These specialty cruises give travelers a chance to immerse themselves in a destination and to see the ins and outs of a culture first-hand. Often, on board presentations will be given about the locale. You may even want to do a bit of research ahead of time so that you can really take part in discussion with your fellow passengers.