Premium Cruise Lines

Premium Cruise Lines offer more personal space and high end amenities, more luxurious public spaces, more personalized service and finer cuisine. Staff to guest ratios tend to be lower allowing for more attention to detail. Guests on Premium lines tend to be older couples and for that reason children's programs are generally seasonal, if offered. Ships are mostly large and itineraries include some adventurous and world ranging routes.

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Celebrity Cruises

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Considering a Celebrity Cruise? Call 800-427-8473, extension 7961 for friendly, helpful and expert advice.

Highlights: Celebrity Cruise promotes what it calls “modern luxury” to distinguish itself from its direct competitors. Like its sister company, Royal Caribbean, the ships of Celebrity are larger and more innovative than other lines in its class. They are also usually a little more expensive. On its newest Solstice class of ships, the cabins come in a dizzying variety, with some categories distinguished mainly for the additional services and amenities that they offer. For example, the AquaClass suites on the newest ships are located on the same deck as the Spa and the Spa restaurant, Blu. The cabins have special spa-type extras and design features and guests have exclusive access to Blu and priority access to spa facilities.

The Crowd: Celebrity's clientele is diverse and international, but has mostly English-speaking guests on most cruises. Families are common during school holidays.

Ships:
Celebrity Century (1995): 1778 passengers, 72,000 tons
Celebrity Millennium (2000): 2158 passengers, 91,000 tons
Celebrity Infinity (2001): 2070 passengers, 91,000 tons
Celebrity Xpedition (2001): 96 passengers, 3,000 tons
Celebrity Constellation (2002): 2038 passengers, 91,000 tons
Celebrity Summit (2002): 2158 passengers, 91,000 tons
Celebrity Solstice (2008): 2850 passengers, 122,000 tons
Celebrity Equinox (2009): 2850 passengers, 122,000 tons
Celebrity Eclipse (2010): 2850 passengers, 122,000 tons
Celebrity Silhouette (2011): 2886 passengers, 122,000 tons
Celebrity Reflection (2012): 3046 passengers, 126,000 tons

Regions Offered: Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and the Baltic, South America and the South Pacific plus the Galapagos Islands on the smaller Xpedition.

Category Stars Comments
Children's Programs ★★★ Seasonal children's programs shorter itineraries.
Luxury ★★★⇒★★★ New staterooms categories on newer ships are enhancing the luxury offered.
Cuisine ★★★★ Celebrity is aggressively seeking a reputation for excellent and varied cuisine.
Service ★★★★ Consistently Celebrity earns high marks for service from cruisers.
Adventure ★★ (Excluding the Xpedition) Celebrity covers the world, but focuses on larger tourist destination.
Price $$$  
Star Ratings: ★★★★★ - World Class | ★★★★ - Excellent | ★★★ - Very Good | ★★ - Good | - Fair

Cunard Line

Considering a Cunard Cruise? Call 800-427-8473, extension 7961 for friendly, helpful and expert advice.

Highlights:  Cunard is unique in a number of ways. Its itineraries are the more traditional ocean liner schedules with larger numbers of days at sea. In addition, the ships offer multiple levels of service, cuisine and amenities, so the line offers more than one price range. At the highest level, Cunard offers the finest in luxury. But guests of lesser means can also afford to sail on Cunard. as well.

The Crowd:  Passengers are diverse but mostly English-speaking. Families are common during school holidays, while at other times because of the preponderance of longer itineraries, ages tend to be much older.

Ships:
Queen Mary 2 (2004): 2620 passengers, 151,000 tons
Queen Victoria (2007): 2014 passengers, 90,000 tons
Queen Elizabeth (2010): 2092 passengers, 92,000 tons

Regions Offered:  Northern Europe, Mediterranean, South Pacific, Asia, Middle East, Caribbean, Hawaii, Panama Canal and all the places in between.

Category Stars Comments
Children's Programs ★★★ Children's programs are seasonal. Several areas for young children through teens.
Luxury ★★★⇒★★★★ Several classes of cabins as in traditional English society. Public areas focus on old world elegance.
Cuisine ★★★⇒★★★★ Traditional, but varied.
Service ★★★⇒★★★★
Adventure ★★★ Cunard travels the globe. Port stops are limited as on old Ocean Liners.
Price $$$-$$$$  
Star Ratings: ★★★★★ - World Class | ★★★★ - Excellent | ★★★ - Very Good | ★★ - Good | - Fair

Holland America Line

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Considering a Holland America Cruise? Call 800-427-8473, extension 7961 for friendly, helpful and expert advice.

Highlights:  The traditions of high tea and ringing the dinner bell continue for this line, which started as a transport for Dutch immigrants to the US. Now owned by Carnival Corporation and headquartered in Seattle, the line has maintained its reputation as a reliable provider of quality and elegant ambiance on its artfully decorated ships.

The Crowd:  Holland America Line has the reputation for having the oldest and most traditional clientele. This reputation is somewhat misleading as the line has had significant success attracting families for its shorter, holiday season cruises.

Ships:
MS Statendam (1993): 1260 passengers, 56,000 tons
MS Maasdam (1993): 1258 passengers, 56,000 tons
MS Ryndam (1994): 1260 passengers, 56,000 tons
MS Veendam (1996): 1350 passengers, 57,000 tons
MS Rotterdam (1997): 1404 passengers, 62,000 tons
MS Volendam (1999): 1432 passengers, 61,000 tons
MS Zaandam (2000): 1432 passengers, 61,000 tons
MS Amsterdam (2000): 1380 passengers, 63,000 tons
MS Zuiderdam (2002): 1916 passengers, 82,000 tons
MS Prinsendam (built in 1988, renovated in 2002): 835 passengers, 38,000 tons
MS Westerdam (2003): 1916 passengers, 82,000 tons
MS Oosterdam (2004): 1916 passengers, 82,000 tons
MS Noordam (2006): 1924 passengers, 82,000 tons
MS Eurodam (2008): 2104 passengers, 86,000 tons
MS nieuwAmsterdam (2010): 2106 passengers, 87,000 tons
MS unnamed (2016): 2660 passengers, 100,000 tons

Regions Offered: World Cruises, Africa, Alaska, Antarctica, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada and New England, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Northern Europe including the Baltic, South America, the South Pacific

Category Stars Comments
Children's Programs ★★★ Seasonal on shorter cruises that attract families.
Luxury ★★★★ Old world elegance mixed with beautiful art and decoration
Cuisine ★★★⇒★★★ More innovative options on the newer ships.
Service ★★★★ A strong excellent tradition continues
Adventure ★★★ 300 ports are offered.
Price $$$  
Star Ratings: ★★★★★ - World Class | ★★★★ - Excellent | ★★★ - Very Good | ★★ - Good | - Fair

Princess Cruises

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Considering a Princess Cruise? Call 800-427-8473, extension 7961 for friendly, helpful and expert advice.

Highlights:  Since the introduction of the Grand Princess in 1998, Princess has become one of the most innovative lines both in the design of its ships and the services it offers. All its ships offer Movies under the Stars - evening movies on the pool deck with massive screens. The big screen is also used for Wii tournaments. Princess also offers some of the most varied specialty restaurants at sea. They were also the first line to feature lectures on computers and photography. Cabins tend to be a bit smaller than Princess' competitors. While often paired with Holland America and Celebrity as a Premium cruise line, Princess offers a product that is often more comparable to the Contemporary lines, especially Royal Caribbean.

The Crowd:  Princess has a diverse clientele with a strong following among families and multi-generational groups. Its smaller ships, the Ocean and Pacific Princesses, appeal to an older demographic due to their longer and more exotic itineraries.

Ships:
Sun Princess (1995): 1950 passengers, 77,000 tons
Dawn Princess (1997): 1990 passengers, 77,000 tons
Sea Princess (1998): 2016 passengers, 78,000 tons
Grand Princess (1998): 2590 passengers, 108,000 tons
Pacific Princess (1999): 680 passengers, 30,000 tons
Ocean Princess (1999): 680 passengers, 30,000 tons
Golden Princess (2001): 2600 passengers, 109,000 tons
Star Princess (2002): 2600 passengers, 109,000 tons
Coral Princess (2002): 1970 passengers, 92,000 tons
Island Princess (2003): 1970 passengers, 92,000 tons
Diamond Princess (2004): 2670 passengers, 116,000 tons
Sapphire Princess (2004): 2670 passengers, 116,000 tons
Caribbean Princess (2004): 3080 passengers, 113,000 tons
Crown Princess (2006): 3080 passengers, 114,000 tons
Emerald Princess (2007): 3080 passengers, 114,000 tons
Ruby Princess (2008): 3080 passengers, 114,000 tons
Royal Princess (2013): 3600 passengers, 141,000 tons
Regal Princess (2014): 3600 passengers, 141,000 tons

Regions Offered:  Africa/Indian Ocean, Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Mexico/Pacific Coast, Northern Europe/Baltic, South America, the South Pacific and World Cruises.

Category Stars Comments
Children's Programs ★★ Good, but not up to the level of the most popular lines.
Luxury ★★★ Public areas are lovely. Cabins tend to be smaller than competitors.
Cuisine ★★★ Innovative and well-prepared, the food on Princess is on par with others in its class.
Service ★★★ Well-trained staff provides personalized service.
Adventure ★★★★ Princess travels the world and hits more unique ports than its competitors.
Price $$$ Often less expensive than its direct competitors.
Star Ratings: ★★★★★ - World Class | ★★★★ - Excellent | ★★★ - Very Good | ★★ - Good | - Fair