Big Versus Small Cruises

Joy Martinello

Big Versus Small Cruises

Joy Martinello

May 2010

Recently, a client of ours was considering an Alaska cruise with one of the big cruise lines. These were some of my thoughts:

I know it can be tempting to think that the big cruise ship specials might be an acceptable way to spend your precious vacation time, yet because I work with small ship adventures all day every day and hear people talk about big cruise ships, I know that small-ship expedition cruising is meaningful, personal and moving in a way that the larger ships, often two football fields away from the shoreline and wildlife—can’t possibly match.

From where I sit, travelers choosing a small-ship experience explore Alaska at the waterline with tail-slapping whales and wildlife like bear and moose on shore, and will easily hear seabirds and puffins soaring overhead. Offering a romantic and extraordinary way to see Alaska, small ships will have you seeing animals 10-15 yards away, have you in silence at night hearing all of the amazing animal sounds, and offer you real time family experiences kayaking and hiking in nature that the big ship people can’t even think about.

What we’re learning in our office is that, now more than ever, many of our clients are reminded of what’s really important: that they simply must have the most personal and meaningful experiences possible. Many of us are feeling that now, while we have our health and the means to travel, while our children are with us, we must get as much out of life as we possibly can.