River cruise or ocean cruise? This quiz can help you set your course

Thinking about taking a cruise but not sure whether you should ship out on an oceangoing vessel or on a river boat? The questions below can help you determine which is the better fit.

Before you begin, a couple of things to consider: Ocean cruises set sail from ports such as Los Angeles or Miami, visiting a diverse group of destinations such as the Mexican Riviera, Caribbean islands, Alaska or the Mediterranean.

River cruises, increasingly popular in the last decade, focus mainly on interior waterways. In Central Europe, that may mean stops such as Vienna; in the U.S., it may mean river cities such as St. Louis or Natchez,...