Cruise Travel

Ocean and River Cruises by Encompass Worldwide

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To Cruise or Not to Cruise?

When it comes to cruising the mere thought either brings thoughts of excitement or concern. The concern usually comes from those who are unsure of where to begin, what cruise to take and where to go. At Book Travel News, we are here to make your cruising experience enjoyable, offer positive insights and take some of the trepidation out of the cruising process.

An abundance cruise lines and an overwhelming number of destinations can make even the most avid cruiser anxious. We have booked an experienced nearly every cruise line and many of the destinations and it all comes down to the experience, which leaves one starter question:

Should I Take an Ocean or River Cruise?

When travelers think of cruising, the first thing to come to mind is usually the large ship out in the middle of the ocean, but did you know there is a niche of cruises which travel along rivers as well? If you're confused about which type of cruise to take allow us to give you some pointers so you know which way to go. Once you have decided on the type, then click the appropriate brands we have partnered up with so you can book your cruise.

To start you will need to ask yourself...How Do I Want To Spend My Vacation?

Are you adventurous? Do you want to learn about various cultures? Do you want to just sit back and relax? There is a cruise for every taste and let us help you simplify the process. Our infographic below can help you decide which option to take.

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Ocean Cruises

If you enjoy being in the middle of the vast open ocean then Ocean Cruises are for you. Ocean Cruises offer large ships with several decks and many amenities onboard. These cruises can circle the globe or go from port to port lasting from a few days to 180+ days for those who want a world tour. This type of cruises usually have an average of 2,500 people on board and are literal floating cities with Las Vegas style entertainment and various dining options.

River Cruises

River Cruises have been around for a while but are quickly gaining popularity for those who want a more intimate cruising experience. River cruises will visit areas an ocean cruise cannot reach giving additional destination options you never thought you would get a chance to see.

These ships offer less amenities; however the trade off includes a less congested stay experience with a more relaxed feel. The smaller ships with only about two decks appealing to a niche of explorers wanting to see parts unknown.