Small, Medium or Mega -
Which ship is right for you?
Do you need?
Rock Wall Climbing
Ice Skating Rinks
Full Basketball and Tennis Courts
"Movies under the Stars"
Special reservation-only dining rooms with exceptional cuisine
Dining anytime between 5:30 and 10:00 pm
If you or your family is very active these special features might be right for you.
The mega-ships try to cater to all ages. They offer different venues for you and yours. The children's areas on these ships are like no other. Your child will have the best vacation ever. Miniature golf course, inline skating, ice skating, video arcade, arts, crafts, pizza parties, swimming parties and pajama parties are only some of the activities your child will experience while on board.
The ships are huge and offer something for everyone. You can be extremely active but it is a little difficult to find out-of-the-way spaces. You aren't going to run into the same people unless you choose to. You will be on a floating city. The mega ships are destinations in themselves. You could stay on the ship the entire week and never tire of all the different activities offered. Mega ships offer the above amenities and also all of the amenities of the medium sized ships.
Medium sized ships offer:
24 hour room service
Movie theatre (not available on all ships)
Turn down service
The medium ships are designed with a more intimate setting in mind. You will dine in the evening at a certain time. You will get to know the people you are seated with at dinner. The staff in the lounge areas are more likely to remember what you drink before dinner each evening and what hors d' oeuvres you prefer. Have breakfast served in your cabin or on your own private verandah every morning. The staff is there to cater to you. The atmosphere is more laid back and you will be able to find an out-of-the-way space for yourself to read or reflect on your daily activities. Meet your significant other or a new found friend for an expresso drink or daily afternoon tea. Some ships have movie theatres showing newly released movies. Of course, you can't watch a movie without popcorn and a refreshing drink. Sit out on deck and enjoy the sounds of activity or watch the sea go by.
Daily organized activities are offered on a several page activity newsletter.
You may be as active or laid back as you want. Remember, this is your vacation! If you want to stay in shape while you are on the cruise, you can select spa selection meals while on your cruise. Enjoy an early morning walk or run on the promenade deck or work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center. If you have special dietary needs, the staff will do their best to accommodate your needs.
The spa facilities on the ship are excellent. Need some deserved stress relief? You may choose to have an hour long massage with a trained professional. How about a facial or a soothing hydro-therapy treatment? Feel yourself decompress as the days go by at a slower, relaxing pace. You will leave your cruise feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. If you like to gamble, the casino is usually open until 2:00am the days you are at sea. You can shop duty free on board the ship. The quality of merchandise is exceptional.
The medium ships also offer a wide variety of children's activities. They won't be able to play miniature golf or go ice skating but they will have video games, arts, crafts, pizza parties, pajama parties, pool parties, movies and other entertaining activities. The ships also offer babysitting on a first come, first served basis. The rates are very reasonable and they do try to offer late evening activities for children to free up parents to spend quality time together.
Small ships offer:
Dinner with wide open seating - no formal dress code, no reservations, a table for 2 or 12 - it's your choice.
Usually 1 crew member for each 2 passengers.
Service that is immediate and intuitive.
Access to ports not visited by larger ships.
Larger selection of shore excursions.
Limited nightly entertainment and casino games.
A truly relaxed atmosphere catering to your every need. You will develop a close relationship with crew members and guests sailing with you.
My favorite reason to cruise is only unpacking once. Enjoy all the benefits of visiting different ports in different countries and the comfort of staying in the same cabin your whole trip. You are able to develop a relationship with your cabin steward who will know after the 2nd day of the cruise that you want Evian water delivered to your cabin daily. Be kind to your cabin steward, he or she is a wealth of information. They will help you or tell you who to contact for all your individual needs such as: alternative dining reservations, babysitting, extra beach towels, etc. They are trained to make your vacation a wonderful and memorable experience.
Cruising is the best vacation value around! Where else can you have your cabin, food, 24 hour room service, nightly entertainment, fitness facilities and relaxing by the pool for one low price? Each year millions of people experience the total enjoyment of pampering themselves.
So what is your choice? Small, Medium or Mega Ship!
Whenever you make the decision to cruise, call our experienced cruise professionals to discuss which ship is right for you. We know the questions to ask that will help you decide.