Ocean cruises are very popular and are not just for elder travellers

Ocean Cruises

This is probably the type of cruise that most people think about when asked to describe a cruise ship. These are vast floating hotels, travelling from country to country, or island to island. These types of ships seem to get larger and larger, and offer more and more in the way of on-board activities. No longer do you have to make do with a small pool, now there are outside cinemas, climbing walls, and even crown green bowling.

An example of what can be on-board


The Allure of The Seas, which is owned by Royal Caribbean, boasts

  • A fitness centre
  • Sports pool
  • Zip line
  • Beauty salon
  • 2 Rock-climbing Walls
  • Miniature Golf
  • Solarium
  • Ice Skating Rink
  • Speciality restaurants
  • Beach pool
  • Aquatheatre
  • Britto gallery
  • Central park
  • Nightclub
  • Dreamworks experience
  • Comedy lounge
  • Wine bar
  • Champagne bar
  • Boutique shopping
  • Royal Promenade Boutiques
  • H20 Water park
  • Surf simulator
  • Medical Centre
  • Internet access
  • Business Services
  • Sports court
  • Casino
  • Theatre

This should be more than enough to keep most people happy while sailing from port to port.

Dress code
Some people might be put off by the stuffy dress codes for dinner. There are still some ships that insist on dressing up in the evening, but as cruising increases in popularity more ships are offering a more casual approach.  It is still likely that you will be sitting next to another party, but if you don’t get on you don’t have to put up with them for the rest of the trip, just asked to be moved.

There are extras
It may seem that everything is included in the price, but this is not usually the case. Drinks are not included; neither are any small dining options, such as a donut counter, or ice-cream. If there are any speciality restaurants these usually have an extra cost.

Then there is the ‘tipping’ fee with is automatically added to your bill. To get a rough idea of your tips, check out Cruise Tip.