Even though old-school cruises still exist where the passenger list includes those of all backgrounds, interests, and ages, themed cruises are today's big trend in on-the-water vacations. If you're thinking of taking a cruise at some point in the future but aren't sure what to expect because you've never been on a cruise before, you'll probably be excited to know that cruising isn't a one-size-fits-all vacation. However, that means that you should do a bit of research in order to maximize your cruise experience. You may already have a preference concerning location — perhaps you're intrigued by a cruise to Antarctica, or maybe you've been dreaming about taking a break from winter weather and sailing through tropical waters under an azure sky. Location isn't the only factor when choosing a cruise, however. The following are three things to consider when choosing a cruise.
The Type of Cruise
Even though old-school cruises still exist, themed cruises are today's big trend in on-the-water vacations. If you're a wine lover, for instance, you can find a cruise that focuses on fine wines and gourmet foods. Cruises also exist that are designed for families with young children, single people with a same-sex preference, and those who want to explore an interest such as music, art, or cooking. Other examples of themed cruises include golf cruises, Star Trek cruises, and dance cruises.
The Size of the Ship
Many modern cruise ships have a carrying capacity similar to the population of a small town, and if you're like many people, you find the idea of cruising with thousands of others appealing. However, if you're among those who prefer smaller crowds, you'll be glad to know that not all cruise ships are giants equipped to hold an abundant number of passengers. On the other end of the spectrum, it's possible to find ships that carry less than 100 passengers. Most ships fall somewhere in the middle, so be sure to look closely at carrying capacity to find something that matches your individual preferences.
The Ports of Call
It's possible for those traveling the exact same water route on different ships to have completely different experiences depending on which ports of call they stop at. Keep in mind that not every ship stops at every port, so if you're the type who'd rather bypass glitzy shopping meccas in favor of off-the-beaten-track stops — or the other way around — be sure to thoroughly research ports of call before making a final commitment to a specific cruise.
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