I know a fancy Italian who tried to pooh-pooh cruising as something that's not for him. I asked what his favorite leisure activities are, and he replied "golf, basketball and fine dining."
It was a cinch: I pointed out that nearly all cruise lines offer golf packages in any port where golf is an option, including the Caribbean, Hawaii and Europe. Aboard the larger ships, such Royal Caribbean's Voyager- and Freedom-class vessels, he can not only play basketball on deck but also watch games in a sports bar with live ESPN. I pointed out that if the ship's normal culinary fare doesn't meet his aristocratic standards, he could dine each evening in an alternative restaurant with a higher quality of food and wine. And, there are luxury ships with outstanding cuisine and golf packages.
My friend proves that no matter what your interests or tastes, there's a perfect ship out there somewhere just for you. If the thought of traveling with thousands of people is a turn-off, you can even opt for a smaller ship such as Cruise West's and Oceania Cruises vessels.
Cruises are vastly different from other segment of the travel industry such as airlines and hotels. Finding the perfect ship is a lifestyle decision because, in the end, the ship IS the destination. Your fellow passengers, the dining program (which vary from one cruise line to another), the presence or absence of fitness facilities and nightlife will have an enormous affect on the enjoyment of your cruise.
Here are lifestyle factors to consider when narrowing down the selection process:
What is your favorite cruise line�.any why?