Gold Award: Cunard Line
Silver Award: Viking Ocean Cruises
Bronze Award: Princess Cruises and Oceania Cruises
Cunard ‘s lectures are some of the best we’ve seen, particularly on the line’s transatlantic crossings
aboard Queen Mary 2. Guest speakers from all walks of life routinely fill the 493-seat Illuminations Theatre to standing-room only.
Viking Ocean Cruises doesn’t skimp on the guest lecturers either, offering up destination-specific speakers who are engaging and knowledgeable. Plus, Viking extends that enrichment ashore, offering complimentary in-depth walking tours in many ports of call.
Princess ‘s onboard ScholarShip@Sea program is a real winner, with hands-on classes in such diverse subjects as photography, computers, cooking, and even ceramics (you can make take-home souvenirs).
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CRUISERS
Choosing the ship that’s right for you has as much to do with whom you’re cruising with than anything else (and that includes traveling alone). This chapter covers the best options for families, romance-seekers, solos, groups, and travelers with disabilities. Read on.