The cruise debate: river or ocean.
The cruise debate: river or ocean. Shirley Sinclair

The cruise debate: river or ocean

AUSSIES are hooked on cruising, but what floats their boat - river or ocean cruises?

Continued growth and strong demand for cruise holidays has led Cruiseabout to find out which style is favoured among Australian travellers.

Cruiseabout marketing manager, Carre Le Page said the two styles of cruising - river and ocean - were both incredibly popular in 2011 and each offered great value for money.

"Bookings are strong for both river cruises and ocean cruises, particularly with the launch of new Europe earlybird deals for travel in 2012.

"Ocean cruises navigate the open waters aboard the decks of a bigger cruise liner, much like a floating city with luxury pools, shops, waterslides, spas and a choice of activities," Mr Le Page said.

"Passengers also have a wider choice of destinations and cruise lines to pick from with ocean cruising, including trips in the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Arctic Ocean. 

"On the other hand, a river cruise takes you right to the heart of your destination.

"You often dock right in the centre of town, just steps away from charming squares, beautiful cathedrals and vibrant market places," he said.

"A river cruise usually has lot more inclusions, such as onshore sightseeing activities, which are incorporated in the total price of the cruise package."

Cruiseabout is encouraging Aussie cruisers to join its Great Cruise Debate for a chance to win the ultimate European cruise holiday of their choice.

To win, simply vote for which style of cruising you prefer and why it is your favourite.

Prizes up for grabs include a 15-night Mediterranean ocean cruise with Royal Caribbean International and a 14-night Europe river cruise with APT River Cruises.

Both prizes include return flights with Qantas Airways to departure points.

To vote for your choice, visit Cruiseabout.

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