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TYPES OF CRUISE TRAVEL

Cruising is an exciting choice for families or a group of friends with a wide variety of interests as there is something for everyone to do every second of every minute of the day. We break down the types of cruise travel below to help you make an informed choice on which cruise best suits your lifestyle and budget


Cruise lines have thought of every last detail to make your vacation the best it can be.

It is our pleasure to match your wishes with the cruise line that will exceed your expectations, from ultimate cuisine, to favourite activities and exciting experiences.

Ocean Liners

Few vacations can match the value of a cruise. Many of the greatest, most intriguing destinations in the world can be explored on a cruise vacation. From sparkling coastal towns to picturesque villages and Europe’s iconic landmarks to serene, secret, island lagoons, cruising provides the opportunity to be comfortably transported to a myriad of famous destinations across the globe. Unpack just once and enjoy a different adventure every day, with mostly everything included in one up front cost. Your stateroom, entertainment, food and transportation to each destination are all included, while shore excursions, specialty dining restaurants, upgrades, spas and gratuities on some cruise ships may be extra. Whether you are budget conscious or extravagant, seeking relaxation or excitement, a cruise vacation offers something memorable for everyone.

The On Board Experience

While you are transported to intriguing destinations world-wide, you can choose from a broad range of activities and amenities, which vary by cruise line and by ship. Gain fascinating insights from guest lecturers, enrichment classes and be entertained by spectacular shows. Spend quality time with your significant other, while your children learn and play in the supervised kids’ area, and the older children have a blast in the ship’s teen centre.

There are also multiple dining venues, swimming pools, movie theaters, ice skating rinks, and health and spa facilities, to delight all interests and age groups. Cruise lines have also taken the quality of dining to new levels of sophistication, with celebrity-chef-inspired menus and sommeliers to help you select the perfect wine pairing to bring out the best flavours from mouth-watering cuisine. Accommodations range from luxury suites with private balconies to affordable inside staterooms.

Here is a sampling of the cruise lines that you can choose from, each offering their own distinct styles and experiences: 

Luxury: For sophisticated cruisers with elegant, luxurious ships that range from yachts to small/mid-sized ships, with a few hundred guests or less. Luxury cruise lines include: Azamara, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Oceania Cruises, Paul Gaugin Cruises, Ponant, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, SilverSea, Viking, and Windstar Cruises.

Premium: An upscale experience that caters to all age groups and interests. Featuring mid-sized ships with more ocean view staterooms and a wide choice of services and amenities. Premium Cruise Lines we offer include: Celebrity, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Virgin Voyages.

Contemporary: Ships are larger and carry more passengers, offering more entertainment venues to appeal to all ages. Families prefer these for their child and teen programs and more stateroom choices. Attire is often relaxed with designated formal occasions.

From Alaska to Asia, South America to the South Pacific and beyond, are you ready to explore our world’s wonders by ocean? Our travel advisors’ cruise expertise includes cruise lines, ships, itineraries, flights, shore excursions, transfers, pre-and-post cruise hotels and insider destination information. Trust your cruise details to a professional, so you can relax and focus on enjoying your ultimate cruise vacation. Cruise lines that offer Contemporary cruise lines include: Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean. 

River Cruises

Today’s river cruise experience is nothing like the historic tales of paddle wheel steamboats on the Mississippi, though you can now do an updated version of that! Modern river cruise ships traverse major waterways across the globe creating a boutique luxury cruise experience, a relaxed pace of travel, and access to authentic local culture. Unlike a large ocean cruise ship, most river cruises offer all exterior cabins, featuring large floor to ceiling windows or balconies. But it’s not just your room that’s different, river cruises include daily guided shore excursions as well as wine, beer and other drink options at lunch and dinner, and spend most of their time in port docking in the heart of historic cities and small villages along the river.


Selecting the right river cruise for your style comes down to four primary choices: the season, the river, the cruise line, and the cruise ship.  That’s where it can get more complicated since there are hundreds of river cruise ships and dozens of itineraries to choose from that change each year. Which is where our experienced and well-traveled team can help.

Why Choose a River Cruise?

  • Smaller ships with fewer passengers provide a more intimate and relaxing cruising experience.
  • Stunning scenery 24-7.
  • Boutique hotel style accommodations and amenities.
  • More inclusions for one price, such as shore excursions and specialty dining.
  • Dock in exciting port cities and historic charming villages.
  • Explore beyond coastlines and get closer to the heart of your destinations attractions and local culture.
  • Rich itineraries covering the most popular destinations worldwide.
  • Theme cruises—Such as culinary, wine, holiday markets, wildlife and active adventures.

River Cruise Lines

Although there are about a dozen river cruise line choices, Travel leaders recommend these award-winning river cruise companies:

AmaWaterways: A luxury river cruise line with an award-winning fleet, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options. 

Avalon River Cruises: Redefining the river cruise experience with the most spacious staterooms in the river cruise industry and the best culturally-immersive land programs available.

Crystal River Cruises: An award-winning luxury river cruise line featuring curated shore excursions steeped in culture on European rivers.

Viking River Cruise: A leading river cruise line offering journeys of discovery aboard premium ships on the rivers of Europe, Russia and China.

River Cruise Vacations

France: Burgundy & Provence: Journey through Paris, the “City of Light”, sip and dine in the Burgundy wine region along the Rhone River.

Germany: Sail past castles, fortresses and picturesque German villages along the romantic Rhine River.

Central Europe: Visit Budapest, Vienna, Nuremberg, Prague to witness grand architecture, and fascinating historic sites of the delightful Danube River.

Asia: See cosmopolitan Shanghai, and Beijing’s imperial treasures like the Great Wall, along China’s legendary Yangtze River.

Russia: Cruise to Moscow and St. Petersburg along the Volga and Svir Rivers taking in the fascinating sights of the Kremlin, St. Petersburg, opulent palaces and churches.

Egypt: Explore the ancient world and uncover the mysteries of Egypt along the legendary Nile River.

South America: Venture into the Amazon jungle to meet native communities, swim with dolphins and relax on amazing beaches on a journey through the Amazon River.

Expedition Cruises

Expedition cruising is like traditional cruising, but more emphasis is placed on the excursions, ports of call and the shore experience. Expedition cruises offer a taste of adventure to off-the-beaten-path and remote destinations. You will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with unique ports of call, their flora and fauna and breathtaking natural environments.

What sets expedition cruising apart are the unique itineraries, smaller ships, and specialist destinations. Expedition ships are designed to transport you to less-visited ports and scenic wonders that cannot be reached on land.

Exotic destinations include Antarctica, Iceland, Alaska, Greenland/Iceland, The Galapagos Islands, Norwegian Fjords, and the Arctic, among others.

Expedition cruising is an adventure like you have never experienced before. 

Why Choose an Expedition Cruise?

While traditional cruises place more emphasis on the entertainment and experiences on board led by the cruise director and staff, these ships are led by an expedition team. The team often includes biologists, historians and photographers who share their knowledge by way of on-board presentations and lectures as well as guided shore experiences.

Expedition ships offer a more intimate experience as the vessels are much smaller, usually accommodating no more than 500 people, and most often under 200. They can anchor in smaller ports, sail as close as possible to shore and many have reinforced hulls for sailing in icy waters. You may travel by Zodiac to shore for a hike to visit wildlife sanctuaries, view icebergs, see extraordinary animals and learn about local cultures.

If an enriching, intimate, and memorable experience is what you are looking for, an expedition cruise will not disappoint.

Expedition Cruise Lines

Atlas Ocean Voyages offers all-inclusive luxury expeditions to destinations such as Iceland/Greenland, Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Norwegian Fjords, among others. Their ships offer luxurious state room amenities, state-of-the-art in-room entertainment, heated pools and whirlpools, comfortable bars and lounges and world-class dining. Atlas guarantees an unforgettable shore experience whether overland, multi-night, or one day excursion.

Hurtigruten offers premium expedition cruises to Alaska, Norway, Antarctica, South America, Greenland, Iceland, the Northwest Passage, and more. The small, purpose-built ships have modern facilities designed specifically to sail in remote waters. Hurtigruten offers world-class dining, amazing destinations, extraordinary experiences and hundreds of activities to choose from.

Viking expedition ships provide comfortable, small crafts featuring more indoor and outdoor viewing areas than other expedition vessels, as well as stabilizers that reduce rolling and while sailing and when stationary. You will cruise in Scandinavian style with features like a spa pool, fitness centre, sauna, library and beautiful terraces and lounges. Multiple dining options are offered, and all are included in your cruise price. Viking offers a variety of excursions, all included, from zodiac landings to kayak outings and hikes through magnificent landscapes.

Expedition Cruise Vacations

The following are sample vacations offered by the cruise lines above. Keep in mind, there are many options, destinations, and price points available. Just ask and we can help find the right one for you.

Atlas Ocean Voyages – Tromso to Longyearbyen – Norwegian Fjords

As you sail through the majestic fjords and glaciers of Norway on this luxe-adventure expedition, you have the chance to visit several iconic scenescapes to add to your trophy travels. Combining electrifying views with endeavors into the Arctic environment, it’s a journey made for the explorer spirit. The Captain along with the expedition team’s expertise and flexibility will select the ultimate locations depending on the local conditions, wildlife sightings and guest safety. This area may include kayaking, glacier hiking, spotting polar bears, walrus, bearded and ringed seals, Arctic foxes, reindeer and some of the largest whales on the planet.

Viking Expeditions – Arctic Adventure

Sail from Tromsø to the western coast of Svalbard and experience the stark beauty of the Arctic, where polar bears reign and blue ice floats serenely on the horizon. Here it is silent and still one moment, a cacophony of migrating birds, barking seals and calving glaciers the next. From this northern archipelago of frozen tundra, dramatic fjords and remote human settlements, you will witness this world awakening from winter slumber to a land of midnight sun. Excursions and highlights include sea kayaking, a Husky (yes, the dogs!) trek through the arctic hills, searching for polar bears during a shore landing and cruising toward the polar ice cap.

Hurtigruten – Antactrica & Falkland Expedition (Northbound)

Join on a late austral summer expedition to experience unmatched landscapes, unique wildlife, and amazing sunsets in the Great White Continent, the Falkland Islands, and Puerto Madryn. You’ll spend five days in Antarctica during the late austral summer months. This is prime whale-watching time, and you’ll also get to see penguins in their final stage of molting. The Expedition Team will host lectures and guide landings and sea activities to really discover the frozen continent.

After experiencing Antarctica and returning via the Drake Passage, contrast the Great White Continent’s icy wilderness with three days in the green and grassy Falklands. Visit the charming capital Stanley with its red English buses, restaurants, and charming pubs, and discover the variety of wildlife living on the more remote parts of the islands. Then we’ll reach the warm and inviting Puerto Madryn, known for its beaches and nearby nature reserve, before we end our expedition cruise back in Buenos Aires.