There may be an element of danger when embarking on a cruise. Cruisers BEWARE; you may find that certain side-effects are difficult to over – especially feelings of elation, enjoyment, relaxation, rejuvenation, and a renewed sense of adventure.
You may find yourself addicted to the cruise experience and spend your free hours planning where to sail next. You also might find yourself booking longer cruise durations as the previous tour seemed just too short.
You also might find that you would like to experience a different kind of cruise. Let's say you took the entire family on a cruise and, though you had a blast, you found yourself imagining what a cruise would be like with your sweetheart as your only companion. Or, you may find that the cruise was not adventurous enough, so a more active tour would satisfy your interest.
If you do not know about the specialty cruises available, this is the article for you. There are as many different kind of cruise experiences as there are cruise ships available as there are places to visit around the world. You may need to be selective about your cruises, unless you are a travel agent or a referring travel associate who get great deals on vacations and can go on as many as you wish. So, let's just focus on different kind of cruises and who offers them.
If you are looking to be amongst a youngger crowd, singles, and families, your best bet would be to book with larger cruise ships. This is particularly enticing to families. What better way to spend a vacation than on a ship full of activities catering to all age-groups? Even the surely teenager will find something to bring him out of his self-absorbed shell. Be sure to ask your particular cruise ship what is offered to make sure it fits what you are looking for. Cruise lines that cater to this crowd include (but not limited to) Carnival Cruise Lines fun ships, Disney Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise lines, and Royal Caribbean. These tend to be a little more economic, though the guest list tends to number well over 2,000. If you like the electricity the crowds create and an endless choice of on-board activities, this would be a good match for you.
If you are looking for something a little more refined, you can expect to pay more, but the service, food, and cabins tend to be better. Whether you want a romantic cruise to reaffirm your devotion to your company, or looking for a little more elegance in a cultured crowd, look for Celebrity Cruises (owned by Royal Caribbean), Cunard Line, and Princess Cruises.
If you're a senior and would like to associate with others your age, Holland America has a more vintage feel than most. Or, if you would like something even more upscale with fewer passers (under a thousand) and a little more pampering, try Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Sliversea Cruises.
What if you are more the adventurous type and want your cruise to have more of an "exploring" feel to it? With 500 or less passengers, you can expect to pay a premium price, but the more naturalistic feel is worth every penny. This also means that dress codes may be more relaxed, as well. Cruise West visits Alaska, Baja Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama. Lindblad Expeditions explore Antarctica, Arctic Norway, Central America, Galapagos Islands, Alaska, Baja California, the Caribbean, and Europe. Windstar Cruises feature more yacht-style cruising, touring the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean. Peter Deilmann Cruises visits the Americas, Africa, Europe – including Arctic Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Baltic Sea, and the list goes on. Swan Hellenic focuses on the Eastern hemisphere with a strong presence in: Europe-including passage through the Baltic Sea to Russia, Africa (more tours than you could take in a life-time), and even Antarctica.
I know there are dozens more tours out there, not including every privately chartered vessel, but this will get you on the right track to help you not only discover what cruise experience you like best, but to also help you on your quest for self- discovery. Is that not the "soul" reason why we travel?