Just think of it; your face is covered in the sunshine, your mind is clear and there's nothing to think about except enjoying your time. Leave your worries behind. Cruises offer peace, quiet, and so much more.

What Happens on a Cruise?

Cruises are an all-inclusive adventure. Diversity is the word in activities and food. Some cruises have art seminars, champagne gem seminars, large prize giveaways and raffles, shops on board the ship, and duty-free purchasing power. If you like to dance, you may find yourself on a disco dance floor or two-stepping your way to happiness.

If you don't want to do anything on the ship, that is an option, too. Sit on the sun deck, take a walk around the roof, or enjoy a pool, or family-friendly pool. If you don't want to feel the water splashed across your face, there are also adult-only facilities for your enjoyment.

Depending on the cruise line, you can find activities that keep the toddlers and teens happy, occupied, and with peers from around the world. Think of the enrichment your toddler or your pre-teen gets through exposure to diverse cultures. Different types of cruises offer different family-friendly and adults-only activities and events.

Top Cruises

When choosing a cruise, be sure to think about the following: location of departure, the length of the cruise and destinations. Each ship has a planned route they follow along shipping lanes. Using the online services provided by all cruise companies, you will have everything at your fingertips to choose the option that best suits you.

Money is another consideration. Top cruise ship companies pack in as much as they can to ensure you enjoy your cruise and return for another adventure. Be sure to take advantage of seasonal discounts and check back to learn of deals and specials many cruise companies offer before you finalize your trip.

Amenities and Variety

Staterooms: You have choices of staterooms, from small inside rooms meant for comfort in sleep to balcony suites that will hold your entire entourage. For a nominal additional fee, you can stand in your room and watch events unfold below on the promenade deck.

Meals: You have the choices of what to eat and where, from pizza to burgers to three-course meals. Cruise ships offer casual dining and a dressier dining hall. The variety of international fare will keep you from palate boredom.

Activities: Cruise ships offer so many things to do. Learn how to decorate a cupcake, join a silent art auction, or visit the on-ship casino and try your luck with Texas Hold 'Em or the slot machines. Take dance lessons, listen to seminars, and visit the onboard library for something to read. Internet access is available on the ship, too.

The Crew: Experts in hospitality, the crew is there to serve you. You'll find staff musicians and entertainers plus guest entertainment. Everything from calypso to country music plays throughout the ship.

Excursions: Of course, there are excursions. Depending on the length of the cruise, you may visit from one to many exotic locations. Every stop gives you a chance to experience a world outside your comfort zone, though everyone will make you feel at home.

Choose a brief three-day excursion, or a weeks-long cruise to Alaska or Europe; you won't find a more affordable way to see the sights and enjoy international culture on a cruise. Booking is easy, and you won't regret your decision to go.