The Cruise Center knows how to get you the best cruise vacation possible. We focus on finding the right destination and itinerary, the right ship and stateroom and the right price for you.Ship selection is one of the most important decisions you will make in planning your special cruise vacation. We're experts and will guide you through the decision making process to find exactly the right ship and the right itinerary. Remember, not all ships are created equal. Cruise lines and ships all have a unique personality, style and service level. It needs to fit you budget to make a successful and enjoyable cruise.
In general, cruise lines fall into some broad, general categories. They are:
Destination is the other most important aspect of selecting your cruise vacation. Going to a place you didn't necessarily want to go because the cruise was cheap will not result in a good experience. Check out the various cruise destinations by clicking here.
- The size of the ship as it relates to your personal likes and dislikes.
- The various activities you would like to do both shipboard and shoreside
- Diversity of your interest
- High adventure, high activity
- Nightlife preferences
- Moderate activity, exploration
- Educational, culturaral, historic interests
- Shopping opportunities
- Total relaxation, spa, golf etc.
- Theme - wine, culinary, art
- Structured time versus discretionary free time.
- Diversity of your interest
- Length of time for your trip
- Most importantly, budget. The more luxurious, the higher the cost. However, you should also consider your total dollar spend. Many times, the luxury lines include many things that are extra cost on lower category lines and at the end of the trip, your spend may be close to the same but the experience much different.
- Air and ground transportation costs. We can put the whole package together.
Types and Sizes of Ships to Choose From
Mega Ships - 1000 to 2500 Staterooms
These are glamorous new, state-of-the-art vessels with multi-story atriums, a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues, large & lavish production shows andthe latest in a/v equipment. Many ships have multi-screen video walls, computer generated sound & light, dedicated conference space and well-equipped health clubs and spas. Lots of staterooms have private balconies. These seagoing resorts offer 3 to 7-night cruises, mostly in the
Traditional style ships, these are what we now call "mid-size" (but not long ago they were "mega") These are mostly new though some are older but beautifully maintained and with fine character. Depending on group size, these ships can offer a high degree of service, as well as customization and group exclusivity than the mega-liners. Most have abundant activities, entertainment, and traditional shipboard dining -- one or two restaurants with two seatings for breakfast and dinner. These ships offer a greater variety of destinations than the mega-liners, which are restricted by their size.
Smaller Ships - 200 to 500 Staterooms
Brochures refer to them as "all-suite vessels", offering the ultimate in luxury accommodations, service and amenities. Most of these ships offer butler service and a very fine dining experience with food prepared "a la minute". Worldwide itineraries include Europe, South America, The Indian Ocean, Asia, only occasionally
River Boats and Private Yachts - 15 to 200 Staterooms
A river cruise can take you on the Danube in Bavaria/Austria, the Rhone in