Celebrity Cruises offers a cruise experience not matched by many other cruise lines. If the perfect cruise concept would exist, Celebrity would come very close to achieving this. Celebrity offers mid to large size ships but maintaining the intimate and luxury feel. They offer grand shows, exceptional cuisine and a level of service usually not found on ships of this magnitude. Their newest ships in the Solstice Class category are unique in many ways and is setting new standards for cruising. Celebrity sends its ships all over the world offering unique itineraries and a wide range of choices. The Celebrity Xpedition is a small expedition type ship designed to explore the Galapagos Islands. Celebrity will impress you from the very first minute.
Holland America Line
A cruise line with an impressive profile. With more than 125 years of experience Holland America Line is probably one of the most respected cruise liners in the world. Their characteristic ships with a deep dark blue hull can be recognized from far away. Holland America Line stands for quality and delivers just that. All of their 15 ships have a 5-star rating and offer everything you should expect from a cruise line. Wonderful cuisine, superb service and hospitality and a cruise experience that will speak for itself. Their so-called dam-ships bring together a genuine collection of masterpieces with state-of-the-art innovation. Furthermore, Holland America Line also distinguishes itself by offering world wide voyages with the grand one hundred day plus world voyage highlighting the year. Holland America Line is a symbol of cruising.
Breathtaking. The moment you see the Queen Mary 2 you will understand. When you think of a great luxury ocean liner, chances are an image of this ship will come to mind. Cunard has succeeded in creating a cruising class of it’s own. Cunard is about tradition, about luxury and about genuine hospitality. Typical English interior will impress anyone and together with high quality cuisine and entertainment the perfect cruise is created. Cunard’s three ships travel the world while offering its guests 5-star service.
When you think of Disney, you probably think of Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Snow White or other Disney characters. You think of the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney Parks; you think of fun. Well, this is exactly what Disney Cruises is about. The magic onboard these cruise ships will definitely leave an everlasting impression. Disney has 4 five-star ships. They mainly sail short itineraries to the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands but have recently also expanded to Alaska and the Mediterranean. Broadway style shows, fine dining and loads of activities; Disney is for everyone!
Princess will impress you. The second you see the ship you will be amazed by its elegance and beauty. The newest Princess ships have a characteristic ‘spoiler’ that that together with it’s white and blue color makes it an identifiable streamlined entity. Princess’ slogan is ‘escape completely’ which exactly what they offer. Princess has 16 ships with star ratings between 4 and 5. Princess is ideal for families with children or for couples just wanting to escape. Excellent service, a wide variety of entertainment and very good food will please even the most experienced cruiser. In May 2013 Princess will take delivery of the Royal Princess, their largest vessel thus far.
An icon in the world of cruising. Carnival ships can be spotted from miles away. If you want to escape, have fun and be entertained, a Carnival cruise is for you. You have a huge range of ships to choose from, each offering cruises in different lengths departing from various ports. Quality offered by Carnival ranges from good to very good with most ships being rated 4 tot 4,5 stars. Carnival ships are mainly found in the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera but more and more often a ship is positioned in regions like Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Europe. The Carnival fleet consists of 23 ships and will grow to 24 in June 2012 when they launch the Carnival Breeze.
In recent years Royal Caribbean has probably made more headlines than any other cruise line. Most would consider Royal Caribbean to be the most innovative cruise line constantly looking for ways to offer its guests new experiences. Their greatest accomplishment in recent years has to be the launch of the world’s largest cruise ship, the Oasis of the Seas and a year later the Allure of the Seas. Offering 5-star service to over 5000 passengers –at sea! - would be considered mission impossible to most but Royal Caribbean has succeeded. With a fleet of 22 ships, they truly have a product to be proud of. Royal Caribbean has ships sailing in most parts of the world including Australia, Asia and Alaska. The most however are positioned in the Caribbean and Europe. Coming up, project Quantum!
Italian influence stretch throughout their fleet creating a unique ambiance suitable for adult couples and families with children. The Mediterranean is their backyard making this cruise market probably their best distinction. In recent years MSC has invested heavily in their fleet of 11 ships creating what is now regarded as a reputable cruise line with their own distinguished ambiance and appearance. Since 2003 MSC has managed to launch a new ship every year giving it one of the most modern fleets around. The largest ship are two Fantasia class ships carrying almost 4000 passengers. In March 2013 their newest ship, MSC Preziosa, joined their fleet.
Italian style cruising defined by Costa has a strong and reputable history with over 60 years of experience. Costa is Europe’s largest cruise line with a fleet of 15 ships all sailing under the Italian flag. On average Costa’s cruise ships are rated 4 stars and cater to mainly European guests. In recent years however, Costa has gained popularity on the US market as well. Costa’s destinations cover the world and include more than 250 ports. Their strongest coverage remains in the Mediterranean with most cruises departing from various ports around Italy. In May 2012 the Costa Fascinosa will join the Costa fleet with another ship on order for delivery in October 2014.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruises is known for its concept Freesytle cruising which allows its guests to dine at the time and location of their choice and for it’s colorful painted hull. Norwegian has 11 ships in the fleet, the latest being the Norwegian Epic being one of the largest cruise ships in the world. This cruise line is ideal for all ages including families with children that want good food and service but without too many formal activities. Great Broadway style productions, a wide range of activities and innovative design makes Norwegian a complete cruising concept in its own. Norwegian is probably one of the best value-for-money cruise lines in the industry.
A 6-star ultra luxury cruise line that managed to perfect the art of cruising. Silversea has 5 relatively small but elegant cruise ships with the largest (Silver Spirit) carrying a little over 500 passengers. Silversea distinguishes itself with sublime service, gourmet cuisines and sophisticated entertainment. Furthermore, many complimentary services are included to add to their all inclusive value. Few know that Silversea also has a 6th ship in their fleet used more for expedition travel.
The World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line Award has been awarded to Seabourn in the last 3 years. This 6-star ultra luxury cruise line has built a reputation not matched by many other cruise lines. Outstanding service and top notch quality is offered day in – day out by its friendly and professional staff and crew. Seabourn has 6 suite-only ships carrying between 200 and 450 guests. This intimate and luxurious way of travelling is regarded as one of the best available. The Seabourn Quest is the newest addition to their fleet.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent is one of the best examples of ultra-luxury cruising. Their 3 mid-sized 6-star ships carrying approximately 700 guests sail the globe offering one of the most unique ways to see the world in style. Accommodation, service and cuisine are truly outstanding. Regent offers all inclusive fares that include wines, beers, specialty coffees but also unlimited shore excursions. Regent defines luxury cruising.
Two ultra luxury mid-sized ships with 6-star quality belong to the Crystal fleet. Carrying around 1000 passengers, Crystal Cruises has been awarded numerous ‘World’s best’ awards for exceptional service, cuisine and overall luxury cruise experience. Crystal stands out for its wide variety of enrichment programs, high quality entertainment and superb cuisine prepared by renowned world-class chefs. The two Crystal ships sail the waters of the world and allow its guests to enjoy the ports in style. Crystal gives you attention, personal attention and makes you feel welcome the minute you come onboard.
For those who are seeking luxury, intimate but not too formal cruise vacations, you should definitely consider Oceania Cruises. Oceania distinguishes itself by the so-called casual elegant travel experience and world class cuisine. One of their unique traits is that they sail to over 300 ports around the globe including major cities but also secluded ports of untouched beauty. Their fleet consists of 4 mid-sized ships. 3 catering to almost 700 guests and their latest addition, the Marina, to 1250 guests. The Marina will get a sister ship in April 2012. Oceania is regarded as an upper-premium cruise line worthy of 5,5 stars.
Azamara Club Cruises
Just two mid-sized, elegant, luxurious, intimate and spacious ships. Enjoy a specialty coffee, a glass of wine during lunch and choose from a wide range of dining venues. It’s all normal on these two ships. Expect a relaxing, peaceful ambiance that just makes you forget everyday life. These two ships travel the world and call to many exotic ports. What makes it more special, Azamara frequently stays in a port longer than your average cruise ship by either spending more hours or sometimes even a few days in port. In this way, Azamara allows its guests to fully enjoy the destinations and also experience cities at night. This upscale cruise line offers luxury and an abundance of culinary highlights. To top things off, gratuities are included. Azamara offers a true cruise experience that is well worthy of 5,5 stars.