Cruise ships offer a plethora of entertainment, amenities and luxuries these days, with each cruise line providing a variety of vessels built with different holidaymakers in mind.
Travellers are likely to come across ships offering different types and combinations of pubs, bars, fine restaurants, fast food outlets, shops, beauty salons, swimming pools and water park facilities, ballrooms, casinos, sports centres and much more during their cruise research.
This means that those considering going on a cruise are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a ship to sail away on for their holiday – especially when it comes to the bigger cruise providers that have typically large fleets.
Take Carnival Cruise Lines, which is one of the most prominent cruise companies globally and has 22 vessels to pick from.
Its ships come in a variety of classes ranging from standard quality vessels to super luxurious ships offering almost every service you can think of – the Carnival Splendor boasts a 21,000 sq ft two-level spa and gym, together with a 5,500 sq ft children’s playroom, for example.
At the other end of the scale, P&O Cruises has seven ships, with each tailored to meet the needs of particular categories of travellers, whether they are families looking for an all-round great time or luxury holidaymakers seeking a truly indulgent cruise.
Elsewhere, Princess Cruises aims to meet the needs of all kinds of cruise lovers by not only operating large ships split into different classes, but also running a fleet of small vessels that can offer a quieter and more intimate cruise.
Some cruise liners are a step ahead of the rest when it comes to trying out new and innovative features – for example, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom Class of ships cater for lovers of water sports with its H2O Zone water park, the on board FlowRider surf park, cantilevered whirlpools and three large swimming areas.
All in all, it is perhaps best for cruise goers to think carefully about their needs when choosing a cruise ship – larger ships might be best for families and sporty types wanting to take advantage of the best facilities, while smaller vessels may be better suited to those travelling alone or with a partner.