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Sun Princess docked at St Thomas Dancers onboard S. Disenchantment Bay, Alaska
US Virgin Islands
As with tours, there is a great variety of cruises. Cruises can be categorized by destination, by length, by type of ship and of course by cruise line. A cruise may have a theme, such as a Mystery Cruise or a Big Band Cruise.
The most popular destination is the Caribbean, but there is great interest in cruises to Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and the Mediterranean. There are barge cruises down the rivers of France, Rhine river cruises to view the castles in Germany and excursions through the fjords of Scandinavia.
Beginning cruises are three to four days. Longer cruises usually last one to three weeks. On certain round-the-world cruises passengers can visit a lifetime worth of sites on a voyage that can take three months or more.
When thinking of cruise ships, what usually comes to mind is an “ocean liner”. These of course come in many sizes and configurations. Other vessels are also used for cruises—from barges to schooners. The larger ships are big enough to simultaneously accommodate the needs of several different types of clients—families, singles and couples.
By definition the cruise experience has an “all-inclusive” tone. Meals, entertainment, and many other extras are included. Shopping, some land excursions, gaming, bar tabs, and tips are not. Cruises can be purchased with or without air transportation and transfers from the airport to the port.
I invite you to spend some time looking through the cruise offerings in the Tour and Cruise Database. Specials are updated regularly.
Why don’t you let me help you plan an upcoming cruise vacation?
View from a Rhine River cruise