How to Choose Your Ship and Cruise Line
All cruises are the same, right? No way! Today's cruise lines and ships cater to different
kinds of travelers and it's important figure out which will suit your needs best. There are
three things to consider before you book your cruise.
First, think about if you'd prefer a small, medium, or large ship. Large ships can hold from
2,000 to 4,000+ passengers and their biggest selling point is: everything under the sun. They
boast amenities like climbing walls, bocce ball on real lawns, boxing rings, miniature golf courses,
specialty restaurants, water parks, and lavish spas. But big ships simply can't fit into smaller
ports and sometimes crowds onboard can be a problem.
Midsize ships hold 1,000-2,000 passengers and advocates love them for offering the best of both
worlds. Enjoy a pared down list of activities and amenities, personalized attention, and more
flexible itineraries. Plus, both midsize and large ships are generally more affordable.
Small ships, those hosting less than 1,000 guests, are for people seeking a more serene environment,
luxury accommodations, and out-of-the-way experiences. Many cruisers prefer the relaxed onboard
environment with plenty of unscheduled downtime for reading and relaxing and are willing to pay extra
for perks like butler service and celebrity-chef cuisine.
After you decide what size of ship, it's time to figure out which cruise line is right for you. Learn
more about the cruise line personalities
and the three different "Lifestyle Categories": contemporary,
premium, and luxury.
And the final step is booking the perfect stateroom. There are three basic categories of cabins (inside,
outside, and balcony) and each has its own set of benefits.
Learn more about how to choose the right room for you and your group.