Cruising offers a unique opportunity to visit several different places while only unpacking once. Ships are not just transportation, they are also dining and entertainment.
What do you want from your cruise? Transportation or to enjoy the ship itself? The answer to this question can really help you narrow down which line and ship you choose.
People who are primarily interested in the itinerary will choose the cruise line and ship that offer that itinerary on a date that works with their schedule. Destination seekers can enjoy any size ship or cruise line, and often can find really good deals on the older, smaller ships in the fleet.
People who cruise to enjoy everything the ship has to offer will be more focused on the amenities and activities the ship has to offer, and not so much where the ship goes.
Families and active people will find more to do on a large, newer ship by Carnival, Disney, Norwegian Breakaway class, Royal Caribbean Oasis, Anthem or Freedom class, primarily due to the vast number of choices on board for all ages.
There are heaps of physical challenges like on board surfing, escape rooms, laser tag, zip line, coasters, rock climbing, etc that are all included in the cruise fare.
For more relaxed entertainment, there are plenty of crew-sponsored relaxing activities like trivia, quiz game shows, belly flop contests, cooking demonstrations, bingo, lectures and demonstrations, and meet-the-cast gatherings.
If you prefer a more mature crowd, fine dining, live music, small venues, and a more sophisticated experience, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Cunard and the luxury lines may suit you best.