Did you know that the world’s first cruise ship was The Prinzessin Victoria Luise? She was built for the Hamburg America Line, launched on 29th June 1900 and was a luxury vessel with 120 cabins catering for rich Europeans and Americans. Her maiden 58-day voyage took her from Germany to the Mediterranean and east to the Orient with excursions to ports-of-call along the route. The trip was a success and set in motion the wonderful world of cruising that we know today.
And what a world that is! There is now such a huge variety of different types of cruises the most difficult part is actually choosing which one is most suitable for you. ROL Cruise has helpfully broken down their range of cruises into different types to help you make that choice. In this two-part blog I’m going to explore the 22 categories and will then go into greater detail on each in future posts.
ROL’s Activity Cruises ensure that you stay as fit as a proverbial fiddle when on-board. Many ships are kitted out with state-of-the-art gyms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, have running tracks and feature other activities such as basketball courts, yoga and spas - some even have skydiving simulators! You’ll come back trimmer than before you went away.
On an Adventure Cruise you’ll be visiting destinations where you can partake in all manner of adrenaline inducing deeds such as diving with sharks, zip lining and Zodiac speedboat touring. You could find yourself hiking in a national park surrounded by verdant undergrowth and towering trees or climbing to the top of a volcanic peak. And for those who would like to witness the world’s most amazing sights, Expedition Cruises have such delights as seeing a full solar eclipse and experiencing the wonderment that are the Northern Lights.
If that all sounds a little bit wild, then how about a Shopping Cruise for some gentle retail therapy? Not only are the ships floating emporiums with boutiques selling a wide range of clothes and luxury goods at duty-free prices, you’ll also be visiting vibrant cities throughout your holiday with everything any ardent shopaholic could desire.
A trip from the Cruise & Stay selection gives you the best of both worlds, whether you are at sea or not, because you can choose from a stunning array of luxury hotels when ashore. Whether you’re looking for something quiet and intimate or you fancy a few nights in a famous hotel then there’s guaranteed to be something there for you. Or if you’d prefer to stay in opulent surroundings whilst still on the move then Cruise & Rail could be for you. Climb aboard the The Venice-Simplon Orient Express or venture into the Canadian frontier on the Rocky Mountaineer to add some locomotive adventure to your holiday.
For lovers of the animal world check out Scenery & Wildlife for excursions into some of the most biodiverse, remote and beautiful landscapes on earth. The desolate splendor of Antarctica, the exotic Galápagos Islands that so enchanted Charles Darwin and the underwater majesty of the Great Barrier Reef all feature. Whilst the voyages in River Cruises will give you the opportunity to sail along mighty waterways in Asia like the Mekong and Yangtze, or the wonderfully picturesque Rhine and Douro in Europe.
Whether you’re New to Cruising, are an Experienced Cruiser or an Occasional Cruiser then there’s such an enormous range of activities, destinations and experiences on offer that you’re guaranteed to be beguiled and stimulated on your trip. This is because ROL pride themselves on being able to tailor your holiday to your individual requirements regardless of how much time you’ve previously spent at sea.
Check in soon for part two of this post where I’ll continue to explore more about what type of cruise is best for you - written by our guest author Gary King