Choosing the Right Cruise Line for First-Time Cruisers
How to choose the right cruise line for your next adventure?
First timers to cruising are often boggled by the long list of cruise lines and different types of cruise lines. We went to the experts, Cruises-N-More, a travel agency that specializes in cruises, for some answers.
“Many of our clients ask us which cruise is right for them or their families,” says Tiffany Neidhardt, owner and vice president of Cruises-N-More. “It’s important for people to understand what each type of line offers, so we decided to give clear definitions of what are considered Mainstream Cruise Lines, Premium Cruise Lines, Luxury Cruise Lines, River Cruise Lines and Specialty Cruise Lines on our website.”
Mainstream Cruise Lines– These are the biggest brand names you’ll likely recognize, and they carry the most passengers on the largest vessels.
- Carnival Cruise Lines.
- Costa Cruise Lines
- Disney Cruise Lines
- MSC Cruise Lines
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- P & O Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Royal Caribbean International
- Thomas Cruises
Premium Cruise Lines- Next step in cruisers are the premium cruise lines, which come with greater cost and sophistication. They tend to cater to the mind as well by including lecturers and other enrichment. They also often sail to more rare and exotic locations. Their ships are smaller carrying about 2,400 passengers. You’ll likely have a quieter and more personal onboard experience than with the mainstream cruise lines.
- Azamara Club Cruises
- Celebrity Cruises
- Holland America Line
- Oceania Cruises
- Windstar Cruises
Luxury Cruise Lines- Luxury cruise lines offer the best cuisine and the most spacious and comfortable accommodations. They usually have onboard butlers who keep your personal refrigerator stocked with your favorite wine, champagne or beer included in the cruise fare. Expect to pay big bucks for luxury lines and be pampered.
- Crystal Cruises
- Cunard Line Ltd.
- Paul Gauguin Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- SeaDream Yacht Club
- Silversea Cruises
River Cruise Lines- These are smaller, river boats as opposed to cruisers that sail the seas. They are much smaller than the ocean-going vessels, carry fewer passengers, and may offer a more personal experience. Sometimes they feature onboard lecturers, naturalists, or other experts.
- Avalon Waterways
- Uniworld River Cruises
- Viking River Cruises
Specialty Cruise Lines – Small, Adventure, Expedition, Sailing Vessels
- American Cruise Lines
Compagnie du Ponant
For more information on each of these cruise lines, check out the Cruises-N-More website.
Cruises-N-More is a family-owned cruise booking agency that’s been offering clients great deals and the latest cruise booking technology since 1998. They consistently rank among the top producers with the major cruise lines and their, Pat Neidhardt, is a member of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Advisory Board.