A cruise experience offers the opportunity to experience the world as you choose. Whether you're looking to spend a week relaxing with family in the Caribbean, or swim among dolphins of the South Pacific, cruising offers a world of opportunity.
When compared to a land vacation, cruising offers a number of benefits: you can tailor your experience based on your budget, selecting specific accommodations, dining arrangements and even shore excursions. Most cruises already include dining, entertainment, and gratuities, offering options for even the most cost-conscious traveller. Additional expenses may include drinks, casino play, spa treatments, shore excursions and shopping. For those looking to indulge a bit more, many cruises offer additional premium dining options, entertainment and even exclusive spaces, such as spas, pools and restaurants.
A week onboard one cruise ship will offer you a chance to experience a number of enticing destinations, whereas a land-based resort only offers the same destination each day. A cruise experience offers you the ability to experience as much, or as little of the world as you prefer.
SHAWN RECOMMENDS: AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES
Award-winning Azamara Club Cruises® is known for authentic destination experiences and the friendly, club-like feeling onboard its two 690-passenger ships. With late or overnight stays on more than half of all port visits, Azamara guests enjoy richer local experiences. Enjoy a Complimentary "AzAmazing Evenings" on almost every voyage. These unique evening events highlight the best of local culture and cuisine in stunning settings. Perhaps it will be an evening of French wines, cuisine and music at the gorgeous Le Hall de la Bourse in Bordeaux or a garden party under the stars at Villa Rufolo on the Amalfi Coast. Complimentary gratuities, select spirits, international beers & wines, bottled water & soft drinks, specialty coffees & teas, shuttle service to city center from port (where available) & butlers in suites.
SHAWN RECOMMENDS: WINDSTAR CRUISES
Tall masted sailing ships or small ship yacht cruising with Windstar gets you closer so you can truly experience every destination. Each of our Windstar Cruises yachts serves between 148 and 342 guests. This intimacy provides you with the luxuries of time, space and freedom to immerse yourself in both the journey and the destination — in ways you may never have imagined possible.
Featured Ocean Cruise Lines
Go eye-to-eye with wildlife. One-on-one with culture. Travel back-in-time. Extraordinary experiences — in wild and scenic places: Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Central America, Galapagos, Hawaii, Baja Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest. Choose your small ship adventure. Then pack, go, and discover!
INSIDER TIP: An exciting alternative to traditional cruising, Un-Cruise Adventures offers 7 to 21-night unmatched small ship voyages. Unrushed. Uncrowded. Unbelievable.
For the past 25 years, Crystal Cruises has redefined luxury ocean travel by providing the finest travel experience. Building upon its unrivaled reputation, The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™ has now embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality: over the next three years, Crystal will introduce three brand-new classes of cruising and even its own luxury aircraft. Winner of the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for two-consecutive years (2014 & 2015).
INSIDER TIP: “World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 22 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years.
Regent Seven Seas
Enjoy The Most Inclusive Luxury Cruise Experience Ever. This is cruising as it was meant to be — a world where everything is included, without exception and without compromise. Personal service soars into the sublime aboard their elegant ships, liberating you to follow your heart, fulfill your desires, and explore exciting new places in complete and absolute comfort. Expect gratifying luxuries. Anticipate the world’s most exotic destinations. Indulge in world-class cuisine. Trust that your voyage will be enlightening in ways you never imagined. Regent Seven Seas Cruises promise an extraordinary experience. Enjoy… it’s all included.
INSIDER TIP: "All Included" means FREE Pre-Paid Gratuities. FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions. FREE Air. FREE Unlimited Beverages. FREE 24-hour Room Service and NO charge for specialty restaurants.
Whoever said, “You can’t have it all,” never sailed the mid-size ships of Oceania Cruises. By beautifully blending elegance and luxury with exceptional value without compromise, Oceania is the world’s smartest choice in vacations. Oceania’s country club-casual ambiance instantly puts you at ease the moment you step aboard. The mid-sized ships sail where larger vessels cannot and an impressive staff-to-guest-ratio provide personalized service. With legendary Master Chef Jacques Pepin as Executive Culinary director, guests enjoy memorable fine dining in multiple open-seating dining venues – all at no additional charge. Oceania Cruises and Canyon Ranch have created unique, inspiring environment in a signature spa and state-of-the-art fitness center.
INSIDER TIP: Oceania hosts the only cooking school at sea and offers guests hands-on instruction from expert Master Chefs.
Imagine spending a week on a friend’s private luxury yacht. Unlike the crowded cruise ships left in your wake, you are one of fewer than 300 guests on board. Your yacht is anchored in hidden harbors, docked in tiny ports, and in the heart of charming cities. While others wait for tenders in tedious lines, you swim and kayak off your own Watersports Platform. You step ashore into the centre of amazing city scenes to explore the secret charms of places larger ships simply cannot reach. Each meal is a treat for your senses, prepared by a premier chef and served in intimate, impeccable style along with a superb collection of fine wines. This is your private space—from the indulgent luxury of your own stateroom or suite to your favorite spot on deck. Whether on board one of our romantic sailing yachts or our sleek, sexy power yachts, Windstar is the perfect choice for couples and small groups of friends. Find out why Windstar was voted the #3 cruise line in the world on Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious 2014 Gold List.
INSIDER TIP: Enjoy an unforgettable honeymoon on the high seas with Windstar. Exquisite sunsets, romantic breakfast in bed, a relaxing massage, all while sailing to some of the most romantic places in the world.
Discover a new age of sail where the traditions of the past are combined with the modern comforts and amenities of the present. Perfect for cruising in casual elegance. Their itineraries range from the sun-kissed Mediterranean to the exotic Far East and the Caribbean. On board you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, friendly crew, and international cuisine, all in pampered comfort. Come aboard Star Clipper, Star Flyer or their flagship the Royal Clipper, the largest fully rigged sailing ship in the world today. As thousands of feet of sail unfurl above you, you'll feel the elation of those mariners of long ago.
INSIDER TIP: If you're a boating enthusiast, you can choose to lend a hand hoisting the sails, you can climb the mast, or you can just lay back and let the crew do all the work.
Holland America Line
For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking guests to exotic destinations around the world. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you've come to the right place. Through excellence, they create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.
INSIDER TIP: The Holland America Line Culinary Council® is an innovative team of top-name chefs from around the world assembled to guide and enhance all aspects of the shipboard culinary experience.
From the minute you walk onto one of their ships, they are there to ensure you escape completely. A warm, welcoming crew takes care of the details so guests can enjoy a relaxed, rejuvenating retreat at sea. You'll feel instantly refreshed exploring the comfortably elegant surroundings onboard. Ther ships offer something for every style and mood with a variety of entertainment options and tantalizing cuisine that’s freshly prepared from scratch.
INSIDER TIP: Get a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes action on the Princess Cruises Ultimate Ship Tour. Final stop is the command center, where you'll meet the Captain and enjoy breathtaking views from the bridge!
An unforgettable journey is yours to create with Celebrity. Travel to exciting destinations aboard ships resplendent with elegant finishes and spacious accommodations. Encounter new perspectives with guided shore excursions or further enhance your journey with a Cruisetour - a cruise combined with a truly refined land tour venturing inland. Their exceptional level of personal service, award-winning cuisine, world-famous amenities and accommodations that are the most spacious at sea, not only ensure an unforgettable cruise experience, but forge a lasting relationship between Celebrity and guests.
INSIDER TIP: Nothing at sea compares with Celebrity's Wine Experience, underscored with an incredible wine list and one of the largest teams of sommeliers in the world.
Frequent promotions and family-friendly themed cruises make this line a popular choice for a cruise vacation in sun-soaked destinations.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Relaxed, resort style cruise vacations on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea.