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Celebrity - Five Star Agent
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The Mass Market Cruise Lines
Why Cruise Mass Market Cruise Lines?
These are the cruise lines we typically hear mentioned when people mention cruise lines. These lines own the biggest ships, sail the most ships, and have the most cruises to the most frequently visited ports. These lines are also the ones we typically see advertise the most.
There are a couple of large parent companies who own most of the big cruise lines. This is just a business thing, and does not impair the lines ability to operate independently of one another providing unique separate experiences for each line within each of the parent companies.
Who are these lines?
Below is a list of the lines
Click on the cruise line logo to go to our page dedicated to that cruise line for even more details about the specific line.
Carnival is one of the largest lines with "Fun Ships" sailing from home ports all over the US to many different destinations. They offer affordable prices and a fun cruise experience.
Celebrity is an upscale cruise line. They offer a finer cruise experience than most of the other cruise lines in the mass market sector. The ships tend to offer nicer cabins and public areas. The ships tend to be more serene and have fewer children aboard.
Costa is an Italian line, owned by the same folks who own Carnival. Costa typically sails in Europe, however has some sailings to the Caribbean out of Florida each year. This line offers some incredible specials on these sailings, especially for families. I see Kids Sail Free often on Costa.
Cruising Costa will bring a very different cruise experience though. It is as I said an Italian cruise line with mostly Italian officers and the cooking is typically of Italian flair, which is not what most Americans may expect of Italian food.
Disney is the ultimate family cruise line. Disney is an expansion of the Disney product found inland (from the Florida home port Port Canaveral) out at sea. Disney knows how to entertain and does a great job of it on cruises as well.
Holland America is a refined line catering typically to an older crowd. The service is very good and the ships are nice. There are fewer activities for families which should be a consideration when booking their cruises. For someone who wants a get-away while being able to spend hours in their cabin working, this line may be a great choice. For those looking for a highly active cruise experience there are several other lines that offer more active cruises.
This is another European based cruise line. They aim to please the European market which may not be what the typical American guests want. They offer great cruises with good service and European style meals. MSC does sail to the Caribbean out of Florida and at times offers some good deals for US based passengers.
The Freestyle line offers many options for dining on their ships. They are a family cruise line that promises to let cruisers do things at their own pace. NCL sails from several US ports and has ships of all ages and sizes. They offer some of the best suites amenities for cruisers on mass market lines. They also offer some of the only dedicated single occupancy cabins in the US market.
P&O offers cruises in Great Britain and Australia. They aim their their product to the British and Australian markets.
Princess is one of the nicest mass market cruise lines. Princess offers very nice ships sailing great itineraries. Princess offers some of the few round the world cruises broken into several smaller segments. Princess has a great past passenger program rewarding past passengers with many special on board amenities and sometimes booking discounts. Princess sails from departure ports to destinations all over the world with an emphasis on Alaska, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and Oceania (with its small ship experience).
This is one of the small lines owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, the parent to Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity, and high end Azamara Club Cruises. This line is the place you will find the older ships from the Royal Caribbean and Celebrity fleets. The line is set up to cater to the European market.
Royal Caribbean is one of our personal favorite lines. They have numerous awards for the product they provide to the cruising public. Many of the largest most innovative cruise ships are in the Royal Caribbean Fleet including both the Oasis and Allure of the Seas ships. Royal Caribbean also has a well regarded past passenger program offering discounts on some cabins for passengers who have sailed with the line previously.
Royal Caribbean offers a true family experience with something for everyone to do. The cruises are typically quite active, especially the 3 night long weekend cruises. With Rock Walls on every ship, ice skating rinks on 10 of the ships, specialty dining, carousels, and many other special activities available on Royal Caribbean fun for all family members is always near at hand.
Star Cruises is a major line sailing in Asia. They own NCL and serve the US market via NCL. Star cruises provides a great product for the Asian market with frequent departures for short and long cruises within Asia.