Those that have been going on holiday with cruise lines and on cruise ships for some time get to know the different styles and levels of service that can be expected from each cruise line. Cruise liners and the company behind them (named ‘cruise lines’) can range from fully fledged theme parks on water to no frills sleepovers between ports.
Cruise line choice depends on several factors, these being; cost, amenities, activities, destination, entertainment, style and service. The more you pay the more you obviously expect but it’s always good to compare what you’re going to receive while on board the cruise line’s finest cruise ships.
Major Cruise Lines, Routes And Destinations
As mentioned previously, the basis of your cruise ship holiday will come down to several factors, the first two being destination and cost. After which, service, activities, amenities and entertainment become a factor, you’re going to be stuck on a cruise liner for a few weeks, make sure you’re not bored and disappointed before you even leave dock!
There are dozens of cruise lines, some more reputable than others. Some cruise lines focus on one style of cruise, others like to cover all the basis.It’s essential to compare each cruise offering against another and here’s a simple example.
Compare Butlins to Shaftesbury Avenue, compare Asdas to Harrods and compare McDonalds, Clacton to the Square at Mayfair. Simply put you’re paying for different levels of everything, a cruise line won’t out a show of Cats on a small sized ship and won’t have one steward for every two guests and instead maybe four.
Several cruise lines that cater for a wide range of cruises are; Princess Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Mediterranean Shipping Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Cunard Line.
Cruise Lines Departing From UK Ports
There is a growing list of cruise lines operating cruise ships from UK ports. Southampton and Dover are some of the most popular with the more luxury cruise lines in the schedule. Destinations include the Baltic, Mediterranean, Americas and Caribbean.