Choosing a cruise is all about your personal style. Book one that fits your interests and needs, and you’re bound to enjoy your vacation. Pick one that clashes with your personality and you’ll be itching to jump ship. So if you’re considering a cruise, it’s time for a little introspection. Do you prefer history lectures or throbbing discos? Do you want tons of new friends or lots of privacy? Are you longing for head-to-toe pampering or hair-raising adventure? Or both? For a little help deciding where you fit in, check the chart below. Then call the travel pros at the AAA Travel Agency (800-272-2155). They’ll help you define your cruising style and book a trip that fits your needs.
|Your Style||Your Cruise||Ship Style||Highlights||Details*|
|Charles Darwin meets Marco Polo. Fascinated by wildlife, intrigued by foreign cultures.||Tauck Tours’ Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (land and sea)||40-passenger camaraderie, private-yacht comfort||Inca ruins and village markets; marine iguanas, penguins, giant tortoises; naturalist guides and lectures||Departures in Aug. and Sept.; 12 days from $3,550 (AAA members)|
|I am Tiger Woods.||Royal Caribbean’s Bermuda Cruise and Golf Ahoy! program||Huge, high-energy, but with a touch of class||6 world-class courses in Hamilton and St. George, on-deck putting, lots of activities||7 nights from $919, not including greens fees. Sails weekly May-Oct.|
|Short on time. I want a relaxing weekend escape.||Alaska Sightseeing/ Cruise West’s California Wine Country Cruise||Small (only 100 guests) and casual||Wine caves and brandy sniffing in Napa Valley, onboard seminars and tastings, plus sightseeing in Old Town Sacramento||4-day trips from $595 (AAA members). Sails weekly in Oct. and Nov.|
|I’m worth it. Give me luxury with a capital "F"—
for "fan me and feed me grapes."
|Crystal Cruises’Crystal Harmony to Alaska||Titanic size and splendor. Decadent right down to the details.||Celebrity lectures, Euro spa pampering, 8 entertainment lounges, 6 gourmet dining areas, and jaw-dropping Alaskan scenery||10- and 11-day cruises from $2,995. Sails May-Aug.|
|Young or young- at-heart and ready to party||Carnival "Fun Ship" to the Mexican Riviera||Vegas on water: big, fun, and over-the-top||Casablanca Casino, spiral waterslide, 6-story atrium, midnight buffets; plus beaches, siestas, and fiestas in Mexico||7 nights and S.F.-L.A. airfare from $780 (AAA members). Sails year-round.|
|An outdoor adventurer with style. Hand me a snorkel, a machete...and a cocktail while you’re at it.||Windstar’s
Windsong to Costa Rica
|A real sailing ship. Yacht-like, dramatic, but intimate.||Rainforest exploration, snorkeling and diving adventures, sea kayaking,
|Rainforest exploration, snorkeling and diving adventures, sea kayaking,
|A proud parent. I want a fun vacation for the whole family.||Disney’s Walt Disney World andDisney Magic to the Bahamas (land and sea)||Big, colorful, slightly Goofy||Walt Disney World theme parks, 1000-acre private island, tons of kid activities, teen coffeehouse lounge||7 days, including airfare (certain cities) and port tax, from $1,144. Sails year-round starting July 30.|
|Not dazzled by shiny costumes. I want Old World charm and down-to-earth
|KD River Cruise’s Heart of Europe Cruise||Simple, comfortable, low-slung barge||Crumbling castles, rolling Rheinland wine country, outstanding Continental cuisine, and a new historic town to explore each day||4 nights from $635. Sails weekly, late Apr.-early Oct.|
|* Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include airfare or port taxes unless specifically noted.|
This article was first published in May 1998. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.