Ocean Cruising – Ship Branding
- Azamara – You’ll Love Where We Take You
- Carnival – Fun for All, All for Fun
- Celebrity – Designed for You
- Cunard – Intimate Luxury on a Grand Scale
- Holland America – A Signature of Excellence
- Norwegian – Free Style Cruising
- Oceania – Your World. Your Way
- Princess – Escape Completely
- Royal Caribbean International – Nation of Why Not
Caribbean Princess, St Lucia
What Destinations are Best for First Time Cruisers?
Many First Time Cruisers start with a 7 day cruise in the Caribbean (November – April) or Alaska inside passage (May – September).
Do I Need Insurance?
Get travel insurance for several reasons:
- Trip Cancellation can save you the cost of your entire vacation if you get sick, a family member becomes ill and you can’t travel or something like a volcanic eruption prevents you from reaching your embarkation port.
- Trip Interruption can save you the expense of flight delays, illness during travel or returning from your vacation early due to an emergency.
- Extended Medical benefits cover the additional costs of medical treatment and hospitalization. Physician costs can be extremely costly in foreign countries and aren’t typically covered by regular medical insurance plans.
Cruise Lines provide their own insurance but this is restricted to trip cancellation and interruption. Some cruise lines offer Cancel For Any Reason insurance which allows you to simply cancel because you don’t feel like going any more.
Oceania Marina, Verandah Suite
What’s Special About Suites?
Most cruise lines provide additional amenities to guests in suites, such as:
- services of a butler and concierge
- first-tender priority in tender ports
- private breakfast in à la carte restaurants
- priority embarkation and disembarkation
So, be careful of the definition of “suite”. Some cruise lines use this to refer to the presence of a pullout sofa.
Island Princess, Lotus Pool
Who Owns Major Cruise Lines?
- Carnival – owns Princess, Holland America, Costa, Cunard, Seabourn, P&O and AIDA. Carnival owns 50% of the world cruise market.
- Royal Caribbean Cruises – owns Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.
- Norwegian Cruise Line – owns Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.