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WHAT CRUISE LINE TO CHOOSE?
Any cruise holds the promise of a wonderful holiday. However, it’s important to know that different types of cruise lines provide different types of holiday experiences. Cruise lines can be divided into three major categories, and knowing what each offers will help you select your dream cruise.
The three major categories of cruise lines are:
- premium and
All three offer the ease and fun of a holiday that visits multiple destinations on a comfortable ship that is like a floating resort. The difference is really in the details.
Contemporary cruise lines have the largest ships, often carrying 2,000 passengers or more. With efficiently designed staterooms, suites and public spaces, they have the highest passenger-to-space ratios at sea. Daily schedules are bursting with activities and entertainment for all ages. Dining usually centres on a traditional main dining room with two assigned seatings for dinner, plus buffet-style restaurants. However, there is a trend toward more open-seating dining and alternative dining options on contemporary lines.
On the ships of premium cruise lines, the décor, service and entertainment tend to be more subdued and sophisticated. Ships range from mid-size to large, with lower passenger-to-space ratios than the contemporary cruise lines. Many premium-line ships have upscale specialty restaurants and bistros. You’ll still find guests of all ages on board, but activities for children and teens may not be as extensive as they are on contemporary cruise lines.
Like five-star land-based resorts, luxury cruise lines offer the very finest accommodations, entertainment and dining. Luxury ships can range from large yachts to mid-size vessels. Accommodations are spacious, with elegant touches such as freshly cut flowers and fine linens. Service is highly individualised, attentive and discreet. Luxury cruise lines cater to adults and usually are not well suited to children and teens.