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How to Choose a Cruise Holiday that Suits Your Style of Travel


Whether it’s your first time at sea, or you’re a seasoned cruiser, there are so many advantages to exploring the world by sea that will have you coming back again and again. With such variety, it’s important to choose the style of cruise that suits your travel personality.  Are you looking for relaxation or an expedition? Would you prefer to soak in history and culture on a Mediterranean cruise or walk on the Antarctic ice.

Cruise lines carefully curate their service to ensure guests will love their time onboard in between exploring. Matching your interests and personality to a particular cruise line is the best recipe for a memorable cruise. In this article we highlight five cruise holidays providing distinct experiences so you can find your perfect match.

Looking for luxury

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You’re looking for a high quality experience that takes care of all of the details involved in planning a trip, so you can relax and enjoy some luxury along the way. If this sounds like you then all inclusive luxury / premium cruise line is your perfect match. Choose from names like:

  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Silversea
  • Seabourn – read more about Seabourn
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Viking Ocean Cruises
  • Hapag Lloyd


For premium choose from names like:

  • Cunard
  • Holland America

These cruise lines are comparable to leading luxury hotels, offering high quality service and a consistency of experience when holiday time is at a premium.

Experience seeker

Expedition ship rendering (front)

If ticking off bucket list experiences is your goal, cruises offer a world of options. Choose from authentic experiences that connect your passions for interesting locations and behind-the-scenes opportunities.

Consider expeditions to locations like:

  • Antarctica
  • The Galapagos
  • The Australian Kimberley Region
  • Alaska
  • Africa

An expeditions do not need to be adrenaline filled white knuckle rides.  Read more in our article: Expedition cruises: Not only for the intrepid traveller. 

River Cruises

Alternatively, a European river cruise might be more what you’re looking for. These are a great way to really get to know the places and people as you journey through and often have a special interest theme, such as classical music, cycling or wine tasting.

World Cruises

For travellers who have more time and want to experience as much as possible, world cruises or world cruise segments provide the opportunity to settle in, unpack once, and wake up to a new port almost every day.

Princess World Cruises are popular as they offer itineraries that start and / or finish in Auckland, which saves travel time as an international airfare either isn’t needed or is only needed on one leg. Choose a segment of a long cruise that takes in your top destinations or simply experience it all on a full length world cruise while enjoying comfort and luxury onboard a beautiful liner.


The OE option

Perhaps you have friends and relatives in the UK or Europe whom you’d love to reconnect with or your favourite destinations are in these parts of the world. If so, try a Mediterranean, European or Scandinavia and Baltic cruise to tick all the boxes. In addition to catching up with loved ones, you’ll have the opportunity to experience some of the world’s top attractions.

By choosing these cruises you can also combine early bird specials that fit with your plans to save on airfares. Often the river cruise lines, in particular, have air credit offers of free flights when certain cruises are booked.

Relaxation all the way

You’re looking for a much needed break, from the moment you start planning your trip. That means using a trusted provider who can take care of all of the booking details and ensure your cruise experience is high-quality at a great price.

A luxury or premium cruise would be an ideal choice, with many offering “all inclusive” options so that you pay one price for everything, so planning is simple. Choose an itinerary that fits with your travel preference. Stopping at more ports will give you the opportunity to explore different places without having to do the research and planning yourself. While itineraries with more days at sea give you extra time to relax and unwind.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to cruises. Instead, choose from a huge range of options to find the package that combines your ideal destinations, service, onboard preferences and experiences. Talk to Fine Travel today to discuss how to get started with planning your dream cruise holiday.