Choose from four cruise types based on your lifestyle and travel preferences
Published January/February 2015

How Do You Cruise?

Choose the cruise that’s right for you

BYChelsea Young
Not all cruises are created equally, which is why it’s perfectly OK to be a bit selective when choosing which type of cruise to take. Whether you crave cultural activities onboard or have a family in tow, there is surely a cruise to fit your preferences. Check out the different cruise types below to find out which style best fits your personality.

Contemporary Cruises
  • Lifestyle-based cruises that incorporate a mix of health, spa, and culinary experiences
  • Some cruise lines are smaller with shorter cruise lengths available
  • Feature modern activities such as food and wine pairings, wellness activities, spas, and glass blowing
Luxury Cruises
  • More inclusive: Price might include drinks, gratuity, shore excursions, and airfare
  • Elevated service with a higher staff-to-client ratio
  • Generally more casual with less formal nights
  • Include opportunities for cultural enrichment, such as lecture and symphonies
Family Cruises
  • Shorter cruise durations available (three or more days)
  • Youth, family, and multigenerational activities
  • Focus on entertainment, such as musicals, scavenger hunts, and family-appropriate comedy shows
  • Lots of water activities, including family water slides and adult-only pools
  • Active experiences like rock climbing and zip-lining
  • Movie character appearances on certain cruise lines
Premium Cruises
  • Varied price range
  • Great deals for interior cabins often available
  • More destinations and more ships
  • A wide range of food and activities
  • Great service onboard and repeat guest programs
CHELSEA YOUNG is the associate editor of Highroads.
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