These Four Unique Cruising Styles Could Be Your Dream Holiday

15 January 2015
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The biggest mistake you can make when thinking about cruising is that every ship offers the same white-walled rooms, endless ocean views and island ports of call.

This is far from reality.

Various cruise ships around the world pride themselves on providing a unique cruising experience. If you prefer to stay fit on holiday, ensure your children are always entertained, have a romantic connection to luxury or carry your artistic sense wherever you go, read on to discover the best cruise ships for you.

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Cruising For Fitness Fanatics

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Want to get fit on board? Shannan Ponton runs bootcamps on selected Carnival Cruise Lines cruises, for those who are looking for a serious push.

Meanwhile, Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony has a new outdoor fitness garden that allows people to enjoy the fresh sea air while they sweat, and new Norwegian Cruise Line ships have huge basketball courts and climbing cages.

 Many cruise ships offer climbing walls

The world’s biggest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, boast the largest gyms at sea as well as scheduled fitness classes to motivate people to move, while all ships in their Voyager, Freedom and Oasis classes have ice-skating rinks, surf simulators and rock-climbing walls.

Makes for a good reason to have dessert daily – or twice daily…

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Kids’ World

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With everything from waterparks and kids-only areas to movie-inspired cruising and cooking classes, cruise ships can make kids’ dreams come true.

MSC CRUISES

Tiny gourmands

Little foodies (and wannabe foodies) aged between two and three now have a dedicated area on board all MSC Cruises’ ships to explore their inner culinary connoisseur. Supervised by the cruise ships’ chefs, the budding gastronomes can cook to their hearts' content … or just get messy. It’s fun either way!

DISNEY MAGIC

Frozen in time

Disney Magic is scheduled to cruise an epic and scenic journey inspired by the popular Disney movie Frozen in June 2015. Kids will love sailing through landscapes reminiscent of animated movie scenes, stopping at Norway’s fjord region, Iceland and Scotland. The adults will no doubt love the scenery too.

CARNIVAL FREEDOM

The world of Dr Seuss

Following a multimillion-dollar makeover, Carnival Freedom has introduced Bookville, a stimulating reading venue inspired by the world and words of Dr. Seuss. It is complete with interactive storytelling, whimsical Seuss-inspired décor and arts and craft time to keep kids entertained – and learning – for hours.


Find out more about cruising. Why You Should Have Been Cruising All These Years

Choose your cruise cabin with care. How To Choose Your Cruise Cabin


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Luxe Corner

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Unwind

Some Celebrity ships have special AquaClass cabins that offer guests dining options at Blu restaurant, as well as access to the Persian Garden relaxation room.

Plus they are located close to the spa ... for when you simply need another treatment.

Do

Cruise with just over 300 other people on Windstar ships and feel as though you are hanging out with friends.

Not only are you one of a few, but Windstar vessels also dock at tiny ports in hidden harbours that are inaccessible to big liners.

Sleep

On Uniworld vessels, beds are handcrafted by Savoir of England, bedmakers for the world’s finest hotels.

The likes of Marilyn Monroe and Winston Churchill have slept on Savoir beds over the years – and now you can too!

 The spa is always a viable refuge

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For Art’s Sake

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One of the joys of travel is absorbing and admiring the cultures of foreign lands, and nothing says culture more than the visual expression of your hosts.

Hanging art, street art or moving art, it all delivers a sense of place and beckons you to ponder or purchase.

Great impressionists

Sail down France’s famous Seine river and gaze out across the pastel vistas made immortal in landscapes by the great impressionists, Monet, Boudin, Bazille and Jongkind.

Mystic Melanesia

The remote and wild Sepik River of Papua New Guinea has the most valuable Melanesian art. Massive scary faces carved into oversized masks depict the mythical beings summoned during ceremonies.

Delightful Danube

Europe’s greatest river winds through the beating heart of arts.

View the Vienna State Opera, Passau’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Melk Abbey, or ogle the private art collection of the prince of Liechtenstein.

 See the work of the great Monet

Local Curios

Paris’ legendary Louvre is one of the most famous galleries in the world – and for good reason!

Avoid the long queues to Leonardo’s Mona Lisa by joining a shore excursion with a guide when cruising with one of the leading river cruise companies.

Visit the grave of Paul Gauguin Cruises’ namesake at Atuona on the island of Hiva Oa in the remote Marquesas. Tortured French painter Paul Gauguin is buried on a hillside overlooking the splendid Pacific Ocean, with Belgian pop idol Jacques Brel as his neighbour.

Aged at about 50,000 years, some believe the Kimberleys’ Gwion Gwion rock art is the world’s oldest. They can’t be carbon dated because the pigment is now part of the rock

Climb the ancient sandstone formations and come face-to-face with these prehistoric depictions when cruising the beautiful Kimberleys.

What’s Your Style?

When it comes to cruising, there are themes (think gastronomy, wine and archaeology), and then there are themes. We’re talking the kind that offer guests a different take on a holiday.

American Queen Steamboat Company has everything from baseball to Oktoberfest covered, while Holland America Line looks after the Dancing With The Stars: At Sea type of thing.

 Dance away on your cruise

P&O UK has recently introduced its Strictly Come Dancing cruises onboard Aurora, Azura, Britannia and Ventura, where – logically so – the focus is all about getting your boogie on.

For a laugh, Star Cruises has just launched its NANTA At Sea celebration on SuperStar Gemini, scheduled to run over the coming months. NANTA is the first Asian production to open off Broadway.

The show has no words, and instead revolves around three chefs preparing a banquet feast – using kung-fu stunts!

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