I'm so taken with cruising as a way of seeing the world with an Elderly Traveller I have dedicated a whole section to it alone, the tips, joys and challenges. (Travels with my mum - Cruising)
Needless to say when planning your cruise the choice of cruise line is of mayor importance.
If you want to have a nice time relaxing on ship, seeing interesting ports, sleeping by a quiet pool on deck then I would think twice about booking a cruise that is known for entertaining children, as that will be their main passenger, families with kids. That not is to say they aren't great but that's not the type of cruise that my Elderly Traveller wants to do. She says if she wanted to see a cartoon character she would visit his land.
Some may take this as elitist or snobbery but I have always found that in life you get what you pay for.
If you book a three star hotel you will be staying with other who booked a three star hotel.
If you wanted a 4 star hotel but hoped to save a little money by booking a three star hotel, you will be still staying with others who booked a three star hotel. Maybe some of them were really two star hotel people who splurged for a three star just this once.
While this may not matter somewhat if its just somewhere to return to to sleep after a night exploring, on a cruise ship it takes on a whole new meaning.
Entertainment , I've been on ships with the basic entertainment consisting of belly flop competition, hairy chest competitions, pirate chest competitions - yep females only, Lovely legs Men, bingo, limbo, passing balloons between strangers with out using hands. I enjoy a laugh as much as the next person but if I want to relax by the pool do I want this everyday..no. Does mum want this , NOT AT ALL. Shes not even a fan a big screen playing a movie or music videos while she eats by the pool.
If the cruise line or a particular cruise is marketed towards a certain group then that's what they will attract. The Fun ship wont be for the laid back relaxer.
If the cruise website says Luxury, Intimate, Gracious,Gourmet I doubt if there will be belly flop competitions
Choosing a cruise line
There are many excellent cruise lines offering a wide variety of ships, itineraries and onboard experiences.
Some of these cater to a specific niche, some try hard to appeal to a wider market. It's important you consider what your looking for in a holiday, what types of activities you'll enjoy, what sort of onboard atmosphere you prefer and whether you like smaller or larger ships.
This will make it much easier to select the right cruise line for your tastes and budget.
General cruise line classifications
Attire is usually relaxed, although most lines do have designated formal occasions. Programs for kids are extensive and segmented by age.