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Expedition Style Cruising is usually by ships that usually have fewer than 300 passengers, and most are in the 100 passenger
range. This style of cruising is for the adventurous who is looking for adventure, wildlife, unique ports of calls or difficult to reach
places. It includes such as cruise lines as Orion (luxury expeditions cruises to Antarctica, North Australia, Southern New Zealand,
Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam), American Safari Cruises (Luxury Alaska, Mexico), Cruise
North, Lindblad Expeditions (a National Geographic Supplier), Blue Lagoon Cruises (Fuji Islands) Steps of Paul (Cruises Greece
and Turkey following in the Steps of St. Paul), Quark Expeditions, Cruceros Australis (Argentina), Adventure Canada Cruises,
Hurtigruten (Arctic Circle and Antarctica).
Oxford QM2 Discovery Programme is part of the Cunard Cruise Line
Learning Program. Classes are offered on Trans-Atlantic sailings
conducted by college professors, professional dancers, actors and so
Scholars at Sea Program are educational programs for students that
cover a board range of disciplines and sail all over the world.
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Cruising is a unique and enjoyable way of touring. You only unpack once, when you board the vessel. Basically, being on a
cruise enables you to have stop-overs at different points along the route. Some cruises may include different countries in their
itineraries. While most people are familiar with sea cruises, there are also river cruises
There are several styles of cruising. It ranges from luxury to budget depending on the level of comfort you want. You can cruise in
large ships, sailing ships, yachts, freighters or even house-boats. There are also cruises that are expeditionary and exploratory in
Though many ships are classified as Luxury, do not let that deter you. Many have great
you book early, and they take you to ports other cruise lines do not. If you consider the
costs of flying to those different ports, the cruise may be more cost effective. Some of the
cruise lines in this category include Crystal Cruises, Silverseas, The Yachts of Seabourne,
Regent, and Paul Gaughan.
Deluxe ships are the in-betweens of the luxury and moderate. They offer many amenities similar to luxury ships, and they visit
some ports not offered by the moderate or budget lines. These cruise lines are more sedate than those normally called the party
lines. Though they have night time entertainment and casinos, they are better known for serving good food. Cruise lines in this
category include SeaDreams, Oceania, Cunard, Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Azmara.
Moderate cruise lines include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, MSC Cruises, and Disney. Some of these are
sometimes called party ships.
Budget lines include Discovery World and EasyCruise. These ships are meant to get you from point A to point B working more
like a greyhound bus or a train. Another cruise line that sometimes fits in this area is the Louis Cruise Line in Greece. This line
works as both a moderate line for those who want to cruise the Greek Isles as a cruiser, and it works as a budget for those who
use the line as a ferry between those same islands.
Classification by Style
Classification by Category
Riverbarging or River Cruising, Several cruise lines already mentioned earlier have ships that do river cruising. The following
are strictly river cruise lines:, Imperial, Viking River and Uniworld. There are many cruise lines that sail the Nile, Amazon,
Yangtze, Mississippi, Columbia River, and the Great Lakes.
Sailing Clippers include such lines as Windstar Cruises and Star Clippers. These are the Tall-mast clippers of yore. While they
may use the wind most of the time, they do come with engines on board when it becomes necessary.
Sailing Yachts are often seen island hopping in the Caribbean and Greek Isles are where this type of boats is a highly popular.
Examples of these lines include Moorings and Sunsails.
Yachts include Viking Yachts (Greek Isles) and American Safari Cruises. These boats usually accommodate 30 passengers or
fewer. These are more upscale in product with a twist of adventure.
Live-Aboards are mainly specialty ships for scuba divers; available all over the world, usually at locations off the beaten path.
The maximum number of passengers per ship is around 20, though most are in the 6 to 8 passenger category.
Freighters are specialty cruise ships in that they are working freight lines, but also carry
passengers. On these types of cruises, there is only the very basic of amenities. Expect long days
at sea (unless they are working the Tahitian, Greek, Indonesian, or Caribbean isles)
Houseboats is another form of specialty sailing that can be done around the world, but it is more
common along the waterways and lakes of the USA and Canada.
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options, Some cruise lines may fit adjacent categories. There are other cruise lines not mentioned here that we also work with.