Why would you want to cruise anywhere? Have you ever thought about? Well, the thought of having all your meals cooked and your cabin cleaned and fresh linen and towels daily has quite an appeal.

Celebrity Cruise Line

Celebrity Worldwide Destinations

The places you can go give you may be at least 5 hours and at most 2 days to explore. You get to unpack only once. You actually get to put clothes in the drawers and hang things in the closet, not live out of a suitcase for a week or whatever the length of your vacation maybe. You can be entertained by Broadway style shows, cabaret shows, small groupings of musicians, or individual performers at various times during the trip. If you feel the need to move around there is the gym or the deck to walk around and you can actually win prizes for the time you walk or jog around the deck.


Silversea Cabin

Silversea Cabin

You can swim or soak in a hot tub, get a great massage and have the opportunity to unplug and RELAX. You will be outside in the fresh air seeing beautiful scenery or exciting places while you perform your daily fitness routine. There are always helpful staff to assist you with a new challenge to stretch your routine a bit and you can take their advice back home to add to your repertoire. Whatever your likes or dislikes are the staff of a cruise ship are there to accommodate these wishes always with a smile. So let’s find a really cool cruise special and go cruising.

A cruise ship or cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ship’s amenities are a part of the experience, as well as the different destinations, i.e., ports of call, along the way. Transportation is not the only purpose of cruising, particularly on cruises that return passengers to their originating port, with the ports of call usually in a specified region of a continent. There are even “cruises to nowhere” or “nowhere voyages” where the ship makes 2–3 night round trips without any ports of call.

World Map

World Map

By contrast, dedicated transport oriented ocean liners do “line voyages” and typically transport passengers from one point to another, rather than on round trips. Traditionally, an ocean liner for the transoceanic trade will be built to a higher standard than a typical cruise ship, including high freeboard and stronger plating to withstand rough seas and adverse conditions encountered in the open ocean, such as the North Atlantic. Ocean liners also usually have larger capacities for fuel, food, and other stores for consumption on long voyages, compared to dedicated cruise ships.

Bora Bora visited by Paul Gauguin

Bora Bora visited by Paul Gauguin

Although often luxurious, ocean liners had characteristics that made them unsuitable for cruising, such as high fuel consumption, deep draught that prevented their entering shallow ports, enclosed weatherproof decks that were not appropriate for tropical weather, and cabins designed to maximize passenger numbers rather than comfort (such as a high proportion of windowless suites). The gradual evolution of passenger ship design from ocean liners to cruise ships has seen passenger cabins shifted from inside the hull to the superstructure with private verandas. The modern cruise ships, while sacrificing qualities of seaworthiness, have added amenities to cater to water tourists, and recent vessels have been described as “balcony-laden floating condominiums”

The distinction between ocean liners and cruise ships has blurred, particularly with respect to

Queen Mary 2

Clients embarking on Queen Mary 2

deployment. Differences in construction remain. Larger cruise ships have also engaged in longer trips such as transoceanic voyages which may not return to the same port for months (longer round trips).  Some former ocean liners operate as cruise ships, such as Marco Polo. This number is diminishing. The only dedicated transatlantic ocean liner in operation as a liner (as of December 2013) is Queen Mary 2 of the Cunard fleet. She also has the amenities of contemporary cruise ships and sees significant service on cruises.

Cruising has become a major part of the tourism industry, accounting for U.S.$29.4 billion with over 19 million passengers carried worldwide in 2011. The industry’s rapid growth has seen nine or more newly built ships catering to a North American clientele added every year since 2001, as well as others servicing European clientele. Smaller markets, such as the Asia-Pacific region, are generally serviced by older ships. These are displaced by new ships in the high growth areas.

The world’s largest cruise ship is currently Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas beating her sister ships (Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas) by about 2.15 meters and their newest ship the Quantum of the Seas.