Cruising Groove

front view of a large cruise liner on water

Cruising holidays increases in popularity every year, as evident by new ships being built every year. The ship becoming ‘grander’ each time as the shipping lines try to outdo each other.

Types of cruising

There are many types of cruising to satisfy all types of travellers:

  • Day cruises
  • Multi day cruises - visiting a number of ports
  • Round-the-world cruises
  • Adventure cruises
  • Special themed cruises (eg. Blues Cruise, Writing Workshop cruises, Yoga and well-being cruises)
  • Party cruises
  • Expedition/exploration cruises
  • Island hopping cruises
  • River cruises
  • Sailing by yachts
What type of cruise are you searching for?
European cruise liners
Polar Expeditions
red ship crusing along with snow capped mountains in background

Cruising advantages

The appeal of cruising stems from the many advantages it provides.

  • Hassle free – no unpacking and packing at each new destination.
  • One room – make yourself comfortable in one room for the entire trip.
  • Well fedhave access to breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and midnight buffet every day! Sometimes you have a choice of restaurants too.
  • Entertainment – this includes in house cabaret shows, bands, comedians, nightclubs, cocktail bars and casino.
  • Activities – formal nights, themed parties (eg. Hawaiian night), passenger talent shows, bingo, art expo, wine tasting, cinema and the list goes on. It's a never a dull moment on a ship.
  • Ports of call – watch the beautiful views as you sail into every port, as opposed to by car, bus or train. A myriad of shops await you at the port. Perhaps take a local taxi to downtown or tourist attractions. However, for hassle free travelling, simply book a tour from the selection provided on board before you arrive at the destination.
  • Shopping – for the shopaholics, you can find on board a selection of duty free shops such as perfume, alcohol and cigarettes, jewellery, formal wear, casual wear, souvenirs and branded products.
  • Amenities – you don’t need to leave behind your normal lifestyle. On board there is a hair salon, spa centre, gym, kids club, swimming pool, library etc.
  • Cashless system – all purchases from bar, shop, salon, tours, money exchange, internet etc can be charged to the cabin. Then you make one credit card payment for total expenses at the end of the cruise.

Basically a cruise ship is like a floating hotel, with the added bonus of the front door opening to a different town/city/island/country every day.

All you have to do now is choose your cruise!

List of cruise lines

Don't know where to start?

Instead of scrolling through every cruise lines' website, see them all on one page at CruiseDirect. Click on their logo button to explore.

Below you will find a list of the major ocean cruise lines around the world (as opposed to river cruises). To make is easier for you, they have been grouped into sailing areas.

Cruises lines that offer cruising to various parts of the world, including world voyages, have been grouped into the Worldwide section.






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