Cruise Lines

Family and Casual Cruise Lines

Within the industry these cruise lines are often called Contemporary. The Family and Casual Cruise lines have the lowest prices, largest ships and the most berths. The clientele is younger and more family-oriented than the lines in other categories. With the exception of Disney these lines are the most economical offering a wide range of people the opportunity for an adventure at sea. In order to keep pricing low these lines are the least inclusive of all lines. They make a good portion of their profits by selling products and services on their ships.

Carnival Criuse Line Costa Cruises Disney Cruise Line MSC Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line P & O Cruises Royal Caribbean Cruises  

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.

Celebrity Cruises Cunard Line Holland America Line Princess Cruises
Also called Premium
Azamara Club Cruises Oceania Cruises Royal Caribbean Cruises

Luxury Cruise Lines

Luxury lines are cruise lines with small to medium size-ships, low passenger to staff ratios, inclusive pricing and accommodations deluxe amenities. Beverages and gratuities are generally included in pricing and a few lines include air transportation, shore excursions and land arrangements before or after the cruise.

Azamara Club Cruises Compagnie du Ponant Crystal Cruise Line Oceania Cruises
Paul Gauguin Cruises Regent Seven Seas Seabourn Cruises SeaDream Yacht Club
Silversea Cruises      

River Cruise Lines

River cruise lines dot the globe, but the large majority of ships glide on a few large rivers in Europe. Accommodations and amenities vary in comfort and inclusiveness, but for the most part they are similar to luxury ocean lines. Daily land tours and wine and beer with meals are frequently included. Most ships range from 100-200 passengers in capacity.

AmaWaterways American Cruise Line American Queen Steamboat A-Rosa
Avalon Waterways Uniworld Viking River Cruises  

Unique and Adventure Cruise Lines

Looking for a historic or geographical adventure? These smaller lines offer unique experiences visiting areas and ports less travelled by the major lines. Their focus is on fascinating itineraries rather than onboard luxury though some ships feature high end creature comforts.

Hapag-Lloyd Hurtigruten Lindblad Expeditions Un-Cruise
Star Clippers Voyages of Discovery Voyages to Antiquity Windstar Cruises