About Cruise Lines
Determining which cruise line is the right fit for you is one of the most important elements of a rewarding cruise vacation. Cruise lines tailor their activities to accommodate a wide range of lifestyles, but each individual line for the most part tends to cater to a particular demographic such as families, young adults, couples, active singles, or niche cruisers like wine enthusiasts or adventure seekers.
Selecting the cruise line that best matches your personality and expectations is a key ingredient for the cruise-of-a-lifetime. To help you get started, we have grouped each cruise line into a particular category: Contemporary Cruise Lines, Premium Cruise Lines, Luxury Cruise Lines, Small Ship and Adventure Cruise Lines and River Cruise Lines.
A contemporary cruise line is a value-packed vacation perfect for multi-generational families; larger, resort-style ships are filled with activities and comprehensive youth programs, plus a wide range of dining options and entertainment venues that often exceed a comparable land-based vacation. Contemporary, or mainstream, cruise lines include Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and Costa Cruise Line.
Premium Cruise Lines supply the extensive activities and facilities of a contemporary cruise line but feature a heavier focus on high quality service, gourmet dining, elegant guest space and upscale amenities. Premium Cruise Lines cater to a more discerning traveler at a more affordable price than a luxury cruise line. Cruise lines in the premium class include Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line and Oceania Cruises.
A luxury cruise line provides an air of understated elegance and smart sophistication for the traveler that enjoys the finest quality a cruise vacation can offer. Luxury cruise lines feature smaller ships, allowing for more exotic destinations, all-suite accommodations, personalized service, and exquisite cuisine paired with the value of an all-inclusive lifestyle. Luxury Cruise Lines include Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Paul Gauguin, Sea Dream Yacht Club, Seabourn Cruises, and SilverSea Cruises.
Adventure and Small Ship Cruise Lines reveal the true nature of your destination with intimate ships that have the ability to navigate off-the-beaten-path itineraries alongside your ship's dedicated naturalists and historians. Onboard accommodations are comfortable and welcoming, regional cuisine enriching and the discovery of new cultures rewarding on a small ship and adventure cruise line. Cruise lines in this class are American Cruise Line, American Safari, American Queen Steamboat, Compagnie du Ponant, InnerSea Discoveries, Lindblad Expeditions, Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery and Windstar Cruises.
River Cruise Lines offer guests a journey combining history and culture with spectacular scenery. Small, luxurious ships featuring modern amenities wind through some of the world's most important rivers in Europe, Asia, Egypt, Russia, North and South America. Explore other cultures and traditions through expeditions on shore and onboard lectures. River Cruise Lines include AMA Waterways, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld River Cruises and Viking River Cruises.
Yacht Style Cruises
Yacht Style Cruises make you feel as though you are traveling on your own private mega-yacht, blending adventure and luxury into the ultimate sailing experience to exotic destinations. Sophisticated, yet unpretentious, yacht style cruises offer a care-free setting with exceptional service, cuisine and accommodations. Yacht Style Cruises include Sea Dream Yacht Club and Compagnie Du Ponant.
Masted Sailing Ships
Masted sailing ships combine the romance of a traditional tall sailing ship with contemporary amenities. Tall ships feature a wide range of itineraries and activities not found on a conventional cruise. Eat breakfast under billowing white sails, take your turn at the helm or even work as a deckhand raising and lowering the sails. Cruise lines that offer a cruise on a masted sailing ship are Star Clippers, Windstar Cruises.
Inclusive Cruise Lines
All Inclusive cruise lines offer a real value and allow the freedom for guests to truly immerse themselves in their desired destinations, without the worry of planning or budgeting once onboard. Luxurious, small cruise ships provide an intimate setting in which passengers will enjoy unparalleled personal service, well-appointed staterooms and world-class cuisine. And, everything is included. Everything such as airfare, transfers, shore excursions, gratuities, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and even pre or post hotel stays on some occasions. All-inclusive cruise lines include Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises.