A Guide to Cruise Ship Categories

With several categories of cruise, and, of course, a little overlap, it can sometimes cause bewilderment when looking into the cruising options that could fit into your budget. Whether you’re hoping to find a Royal Caribbean cruise that will appeal to all the family aboard the Radiance of the Seas or one of the 14-night luxury cruises on deck Silversea line, understanding the difference between cruise options is the first step towards choosing the ideal line for your needs.

With mega-ships such as the Royal Caribbean line, including the Oasis of the Seas that holds over 3000 passengers and smaller ships to suit a niche luxury market, there’s something for everybody wishing to sail the ocean.

The gargantuan mega-ships are usually considered the mainstream, basic liners, although as far as terminology goes, they are far from basic. The facilities are extensive, with plenty to keep you busy during the seafaring days, while the informal atmosphere will ensure that you can feel right at home. The cabins are usually on the space-saving side, although you can opt for more luxury berths as upgrades if you wish. Food and service is basic and the atmosphere is more fun-filled than glamorously refined.

Premium ships, such as the Celebrity lines, offer much of what the mainstream liners provide, but with a little refinement. Their ships tend to be slightly smaller, with a little more care and exclusivity added to the service. You can expect larger rooms and consistently good service, too.

Luxury lines such as Silversea and Regent Seven Seas have all-inclusive offers, including shore excursions and pre-cruise hotels, making this luxury option better than ever, excelling in areas such as service, gourmet food provision and high-end amenities. If you have the spare cash to reflect the naturally hefty price tag, a luxury cruise will ensure that you experience nothing less than an incredibly elegant stay.

Whether its 7-night basic sails or 14-night luxury cruises you are looking for, there will be a cruise to suit you. Research your options for a memorable trip.

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