There are many different kinds of cruise vacations. These are the most common:
Ocean cruises: Most people think of ocean cruises when they hear the word “cruise.” Cruises usually last between three and eight nights, but there are a few longer ones. They travel to several ports within one area (such as the Caribbean), or they may travel between two regions of the world (such as New York City to London). Ocean cruises can range from pricey to fairly economical, and have something for everyone, from families with kids, to seniors, to couples looking for romance. Famous ocean cruise lines include Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Princess Cruises.
River cruises: River cruises are similar to ocean cruises in that most passengers stay on board for the duration of the trip. However, river boats tend to be smaller and more intimate than ocean-going vessels. River cruises are typically shorter than ocean cruises and offer a more in-depth look at a particular region because they port more often and stay longer at each place.
The Danube River is a popular destination for river cruising; other rivers include the Rhine and the Volga. Viking River Cruises is a well-known river cruise line. To enjoy this book a cruise today.
Carnival has the largest fleet of cruise ships in the world, with 24 ships currently in operation. Carnival offers cruises to more than 150 destinations around the world and is known for its fun-loving atmosphere. The ships feature an on-board water park, mini golf course, video arcades and other activities that are popular with families. Some of the additional features you’ll find on board a Carnival cruise are:
- Formal night dining
- 24-hour pizzeria
On-board wedding chapels
Carnival Cruise Line is owned by Carnival Corporation & plc, which also owns Holland America, Princess Cruises and Sea bourn Cruise Line.
For more information, see our articles about Carnival Cruise Lines.
Celebrity Cruises operates 11 cruise ships that cater to both families and couples seeking an upscale cruise experience. The ships have a formal atmosphere but also offer plenty of modern amenities, including:
- Aqua Spa by Elemis treatments for relaxation and rejuvenation
- Wine tasting events held throughout the cruise
- Specialty restaurants serving gourmet cuisine from around the world
Barge cruise: Barge cruises are similar to river cruises in that they travel along canals and rivers; however, barge cruises accommodate fewer passengers than river boats. These vessels have a more intimate atmosphere and often focus on gastronomy and wine tasting. Most barge cruises range from 6-8 nights.