Ocean vs. River cruising: Which one is right for you? Click HERE to find out.
Ocean Cruising is perhaps the most popular type of cruising that most people know. (Although, River Cruises are becoming a huge draw!) Sailing away on the beautiful ocean, staterooms with lovely people who make your bed everyday, fabulous food, and new destinations every couple of days. It can be as relaxing or as adventurous as you wish. There are ships that cater to families, singles, retired people and even multi-generational families.
Ocean cruises these days can be on ships that resemble small cities. Some of them, such as the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, even have a lush Central Park area with lush vegetation! You might find kid’s play areas, several pools, glitzy Broadway shows, ice skating rinks, and even zip lines. You will find many different types of places to eat. From burgers and fries to 5-star restaurants and everything in between.
With ocean cruises, you can go days without seeing land, and ports of call and excursions tend to be exotic and high-adventure.
Because of their larger size, ocean cruises offer plenty of options for many ages, from young kids to octogenarians, and they are often more able to accommodate a wide variety of special health needs. For this reason, they tend to make the best option for multi-generational family gatherings that include young children. For the traveler who is into high-octane adventure, ocean cruises provide a wide variety of activities onboard, as well as exotic and more daring day excursions. If you prefer to relax and be pampered, the spas on the ocean cruises are top-notch with massage, acupuncture, hair salons, and even specialty water therapies are found on some ships.
While ocean cruises have a lower sticker price per person than a river cruise, you are often charged extra for alcohol and other amenities. I have found the food and drinks provided with the cruise are just fine for me, but others want to have a more inclusive experience.
The other big concern I hear is being afraid of the side to side motion of an ocean cruise. While it is true there will sometimes be rough water, the ships have fancy electronics that do an amazing job of minimizing the possible motions. (If you are very sensitive to motion sickness perhaps a River Cruise might be a better option for you.)
When you’re getting ready to plan your next on-the-water trip, here are a few questions to consider:
- How many people are traveling? What are their ages?
- What time of the year do you want to travel?
- Do you need the amenities of a mega-ship — spas, gyms, a dozen restaurants, and many activities? Or are you looking for something calmer, more intimate and easy-paced?
- Are you seeking authentic inter-cultural experiences? Or do you prefer more familiar settings?
As always, I’m here and would love to discuss your next cruise. We can look at all the moving parts of your upcoming trip — what you need, what you want, what your dream is — and together we can come up with a cruise you and your loved ones will remember fondly for the rest of your life.