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Voyage vs. Cruise: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
A voyage is a long journey involving travel by sea or in space, while a cruise is a pleasure trip by ship, often visiting several places.
Voyage vs. Cruise

Key Differences

A voyage generally refers to a long journey, particularly by sea or in space, emphasizing the travel aspect, whereas a cruise focuses on leisure travel, often with various stops at tourist destinations.
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Voyages are often undertaken for exploration, trade, or other specific purposes and can be of any duration, while cruises are primarily recreational, with a set duration and itinerary.
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The term voyage is more versatile, applicable to various modes of transport and purposes, whereas cruise is specific to leisure travel by ship.
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Voyages can be historic or significant journeys, like maritime explorations, while cruises are modern, comfort-oriented trips with amenities and entertainment.
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A voyage implies a greater level of hardship or adventure, while a cruise suggests a relaxing, luxurious experience with minimal discomfort.
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Comparison Chart

Purpose

Exploration, trade, or other specific purposes
Primarily for recreation and leisure
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Duration

Can vary greatly
Usually fixed and predefined
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Mode of Travel

Sea, space, or other modes
Specifically by ship
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Nature

Often involves hardship or adventure
Luxurious and comfort-oriented
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Historical Context

Includes historic and significant journeys
Modern concept focused on tourism
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Voyage and Cruise Definitions

Voyage

An extended trip with a specific purpose or destination.
His voyage to the Arctic was a groundbreaking expedition.
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Cruise

A voyage on a ship or boat taken for pleasure or as a vacation.
Their summer cruise included stops at various Caribbean islands.
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Voyage

A long journey involving travel by sea or space.
The crew prepared for their voyage across the Atlantic.
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Cruise

Traveling by ship with leisure facilities and entertainment.
The cruise offered gourmet dining and live performances each evening.
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Voyage

A journey of exploration or discovery.
The voyage of the space probe provided valuable data about distant planets.
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Cruise

A journey by sea emphasizing relaxation and enjoyment.
During the cruise, they enjoyed sunbathing and swimming in the pool.
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Voyage

A trip requiring extensive planning and preparation.
The sailing team's voyage around the world took months of meticulous planning.
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Cruise

A trip on a cruise ship as a vacation activity.
Their cruise included guided tours of each port they visited.
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Voyage

A long journey to a foreign or distant place, especially by sea.
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Cruise

To sail from place to place, as for pleasure or reconnaissance.
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Voyage

Often voyages The events of a journey of exploration or discovery considered as material for a narrative.
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Cruise

To go or move along, especially in an unhurried or unconcerned fashion
"A car, a long closed car that maybe was a Packard, came slowly down the street, and ... cruised close to the curb" (Carson McCullers).
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Voyage

Such a narrative.
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Cruise

To travel at a constant speed or at a speed providing maximum operating efficiency for a sustained period.
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Voyage

To make a voyage.
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Cruise

(Informal) To move leisurely about an area in the hope of discovering something
Taxis cruising for fares.
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Voyage

To sail across; traverse
Voyaged the western ocean.
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Cruise

(Slang) To look for a sexual partner, as in a public place.
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Voyage

A long journey, especially by ship.
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Cruise

To move by taking steps while holding on to nearby objects for support. Used of a baby.
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Voyage

(archaic) A written account of a journey or travel.
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Cruise

To inspect a wooded area to determine its lumber yield.
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Voyage

(obsolete) The act or practice of travelling.
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Cruise

To travel about or journey over.
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Voyage

(intransitive) To go on a long journey.
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Cruise

To look in (a public area) for a sexual partner.
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Voyage

Formerly, a passage either by sea or land; a journey, in general; but not chiefly limited to a passing by sea or water from one place, port, or country, to another; especially, a passing or journey by water to a distant place or country.
I love a sea voyage and a blustering tempest.
So steers the prudent craneHer annual voyage, borne on winds.
All the voyage of their lifeIs bound in shallows and in miseries.
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Cruise

To seek out and make a sexual overture to.
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Voyage

The act or practice of traveling.
Nations have interknowledge of one another by voyage into foreign parts, or strangers that come to them.
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Cruise

To inspect in order to determine lumber yield.
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Voyage

Course; way.
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Cruise

The act or an instance of cruising, especially a sea voyage for pleasure.
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Voyage

To take a voyage; especially, to sail or pass by water.
A mind foreverVoyaging through strange seas of thought alone.
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Cruise

A sea or lake voyage, especially one taken for pleasure.
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Voyage

To travel; to pass over; to traverse.
With what pain[I] voyaged the unreal, vast, unbounded deep.
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Cruise

(aeronautics) Portion of aircraft travel at a constant airspeed and altitude between ascent and descent phases.
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Voyage

An act of traveling by water
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Cruise

A period spent in the Marine Corps.
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Voyage

A journey to some distant place
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Cruise

A car enthusiasts' event where they drive their vehicles in a group. See Cruising (driving).
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Voyage

Travel by boat on a boat propelled by wind or by other means;
The QE2 will sail to Southampton tomorrow
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Cruise

(intransitive) To sail about, especially for pleasure.
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Voyage

A metaphor for a significant life journey or experience.
Her voyage through different cultures enriched her understanding of the world.
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Cruise

(intransitive) To travel at constant speed for maximum operating efficiency.
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Cruise

(transitive) To move about an area leisurely in the hope of discovering something, or looking for custom.
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Cruise

To inspect (forest land) for the purpose of estimating the quantity of lumber it will yield.
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Cruise

To actively seek a romantic partner or casual sexual partner by moving about a particular area; to troll.
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Cruise

To walk while holding on to an object (stage in development of ambulation, typically occurring at 10 months).
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Cruise

To win easily and convincingly.
Germany cruised to a World Cup victory over the short-handed Australians.
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Cruise

(intransitive) To take part in a cruise car enthusiasts' event where they drive their vehicles in a group.
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Cruise

See Cruse, a small bottle.
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Cruise

A voyage made in various directions, as of an armed vessel, for the protection of other vessels, or in search of an enemy; a sailing to and fro, as for exploration or for pleasure.
He feigned a compliance with some of his men, who were bent upon going a cruise to Manilla.
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Cruise

A voyage aboard a ship, in which the activities on the ship itself form a major objective of the voyage; - used particularly of vacation voyages, or voyages during which some special activity occurs on board the ship, such as a series of seminars.
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Cruise

To sail back and forth on the ocean; to sail, as for the protection of commerce, in search of an enemy, for plunder, or for pleasure.
Ships of war were sent to cruise near the isle of Bute.
'Mid sands, and rocks, and storms to cruise for pleasure.
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Cruise

To wander hither and thither on land.
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Cruise

To inspect forest land for the purpose of estimating the quantity of lumber it will yield.
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Cruise

To travel primarily for pleasure, or without any fixed purpose, rather than with the main goal of reaching a particular destination.
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Cruise

To cruise over or about.
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Cruise

To explore with reference to capacity for the production of lumber; as, to cruise a section of land.
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Cruise

An ocean trip taken for pleasure
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Cruise

Drive around aimlessly but ostentatiously and at leisure;
She cruised the neighborhood in her new convertible
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Cruise

Travel at a moderate speed;
Please keep your seat belt fastened while the plane is reaching cruising altitude
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Cruise

Look for a sexual partner in a public place;
The men were cruising the park
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Cruise

Sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing;
We were cruising in the Caribbean
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Cruise

A pleasure trip by ship, often visiting several places.
They went on a Mediterranean cruise for their anniversary.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What differentiates a voyage from a regular trip?

A voyage usually refers to a longer, more significant journey with a specific purpose.
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What amenities are typical on a cruise?

Cruises typically offer amenities like dining options, entertainment, pools, and gyms.
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What is the primary purpose of a voyage?

A voyage is primarily for exploration, trade, or reaching a specific destination.
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Do cruises have fixed itineraries?

Most cruises have fixed itineraries with specific stops and activities.
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Are cruises suitable for all ages?

Yes, cruises often cater to a wide range of ages with various activities.
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Can a voyage be a personal or metaphorical journey?

Yes, the term voyage can also refer to metaphorical or personal journeys.
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What kind of vessels are used for voyages?

Vessels for voyages can range from sailing ships to spacecraft.
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Can a cruise be part of a voyage?

Yes, a cruise can be part of a longer voyage or journey.
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Can a cruise be educational?

Yes, some cruises offer educational programs and excursions.
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Do voyages always involve sea travel?

Voyages often involve sea travel but can also include space or other long journeys.
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Are cruises environmentally friendly?

The environmental impact varies; some cruise lines are working towards sustainability.
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What kind of preparation is needed for a voyage?

Voyages often require extensive planning, including provisions, route mapping, and safety measures.
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Do voyages have specific destinations?

Yes, voyages usually have specific destinations or goals.
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What activities are available on a cruise?

Activities on a cruise can include shows, sports, culinary experiences, and excursions.
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Are voyages always for exploration?

While many are for exploration, others can be for commercial, scientific, or personal reasons.
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How safe are cruises?

Modern cruises adhere to strict safety regulations, making them relatively safe.
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What is the best time of year for a cruise?

It depends on the destination; some regions are best visited in specific seasons.
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How long can cruises last?

Cruises can range from a few days to several weeks.
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Is a voyage necessarily a long journey?

Typically, yes. Voyages are often long and may cover significant distances.
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Can a voyage be a single-person journey?

Yes, voyages can be undertaken by individuals, like solo sailing trips.
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