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Ocean Cruising vs River Cruising: Which one is for you?

Posted by loopline.ca on March 15, 2016 at 7:45 AM

By: Carlo Lagaya

Summer is almost here, which means 3 months worth of the hottest days in your life. It is also the perfect time to go on a vacation where you can spend your hot summer days relaxing and seeing all the world has to offer. What better way to make the most out of your vacation time than with a cruise? Of course, plenty of cruise packages are being offered by many travelling agencies, each with different perks and prices, so the issue boils down to which kind of cruise you want to take. Let's take a look at what's available.


The mainstream cruise is one of the available packages offered, where you get to find everything you can expect in a vacation. While the ship is docked, you get to visit the many locales the country has to offer you, and while you're sailing to the next destination, you'll be able to immerse yourself in countless activities and entertainment provided by the ship's staff. This is the kind of cruise where you'll never be bored as you'll always have something to do.


The other available option is the luxury cruise. This kind of cruise is very inclusive, and offers much more than what you could expect from the mainstream option. Instead of cabins, you will be staying in suites, and inside the ship, you will have access to the finest food and drink that you could ever imagine. Just imagine having caviar for dinner and enjoying a fine glass of wine that not many could ever hope to afford after a long day of sightseeing. Booking a cruise in a luxury liner feels more like checking into a high-class hotel; it will feel like heaven.


These are the two most common cruise packages available for your vacation. But which one of these is the best option? There are a lot of factors to consider, with price being the most obvious one. Mainstream cruises are much lighter on the budget, with prices usually averaging above $150 per person per night. Meanwhile, luxury cruises can cost a minimum of $400 per person per night, way more than half the average price for a mainstream liner, although considering you are essentially paying to pamper yourself for a week or so, the price may be understandable.


Another factor is the environment. Mainstream cruises will have thousands of people inside the ship along with you. While this means you can meet with all sorts of people, do not expect any silence or solitude outside of your cabin. On the other hand, a luxury cruise will have much less passengers due to the inclusivity of the cruise. This can mean less hassle on the waiting line, and will leave you with a very quiet environment for you to relax in.


One more factor to consider is who you will be bringing along. A luxury cruise would be perfect for a couple who simply wants to make their private vacation time as luxurious and memorable as possible. Meanwhile, a larger party, such as an entire family or a group of friends, would be more suited to sailing in a mainstream party, especially if there are kids in the group, as they might find themselves bored in a ship that doesn't really cater to them.


Categories: Travel, Destinations

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