We all hear and read articles about the world's best cruise lines. But what criteria is used for this determination? Is the Conde 'Nast winner the best cruise line for you? The answer is "not necessarily". So how do you know which cruise line to choose for your special cruise vacation?
We all have very specific ideas of what would make for the very best vacation cruise. Even people who have not taken a cruise yet will have some pre-conceived ideas about what they expect – or require – to make their vacation enjoyable.
A retired top executive may wish a more "traditional" type of cruise experience where dress casual is the attire of the day. On the other hand, a twenty-something couple may wish a party atmosphere where they can "let-their-hair-down".
Cruise lines actually cater to different passenger demographics. Some – like Cunard – offer a more traditional style of ocean liner cruise experience. Others are geared towards a more family vacation atmosphere while still others provide an elegant and intimate atmosphere.
In order to decide on which cruise line would offer you the best vacation experience, you will have to examine your expectations and desires. This is a very important step in planning your cruise vacation. The last thing you may wish is to be on a "party boat" full of young revelers when you are looking for an intimate, romantic cruise vacation.
Certain cruise lines only offer the smaller ships which tend to be more elegant and intimate – and slightly more expensive. Other cruise lines offer the "mega-ships" with resort like atmosphere and a huge number of amenities including rock climbing walls and ice-skating rinks. Some of the cruise lines only offer sailing vessels to please the "old salts" and the romantics of "days-gone-by" ocean travel.
Some of the cruise lines only operate in certain areas of the world as well. Your destination may therefore dictate which cruise lines you can choose from.
With the tremendous number of cruise lines and specific cruise ships, it may be a daunting task to try to choose the right cruise line and ship for your vacation. Most potential cruise passengers will be able to quickly narrow the choice to two or three cruise lines that will provide them with a wonderful cruise experience. That's the time to compare the amenities, itineraries, and actual ships to find one the best suits your cruise vacation desires. Then book your cruises on-line and get excited!