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For those of you that have returned to our cruise ships page welcome back. You will notice that we have updated the information on our page. So much has happened in the cruise vacation world and there are larger and more elegant cruise ships on the seas than ever before.

Cruise ships have evolved into total entertainment packages. Imagine casinos, theatre stages, elegant dining rooms, wonderful restaurants, relaxing lounges, exciting nightclubs, invigorating spas, shopping, and luxurious staterooms. And this list does not even touch the myriad of sports, games, pools and other activities that are available. You may even forget that you are on board a ship. It’s more like vacationing at an inclusive resort.

All of these amenities make cruise vacations aboard luxurious ships an inexpensive way to see numerous ports-of-call without having to change hotels and all the while being pampered by your friendly crew.

Imagine waking each morning of your cruise vacation to look out of your stateroom at the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, or the Alaskan coast or the Mediterranean Sea. The vista may include a tropical island port or a glacier calving. What would you like to wake up to?

You can take a dip in one of the pools, have a wonderful breakfast, or just take a leisurely stroll about the decks of these luxurious floating resorts. Later, you can be doted upon in the formal dining room, witness a marvelous stage show, visit the exciting casino, relax in an intimate lounge, or dance away into the night in one of the nightclubs or discos.

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Besides the new "mega monsters" or full sized ships, there are many other sizes and styles to choose from. (Sounds like a clothing commercial doesn't it?) There are mid-sized ships that offer a more intimate cruise vacation experience, some having very upscale service and amenities. For the more adventurous (or perhaps, the more romantic) tall ships offer a fabulous vacation cruise experience of days long past. There are small ships for shorter excursions or for cruising the shallow waters closer to the shoreline for a better look at the scenery and to get into exotic ports-of-call that the larger ships cannot navigate. And of course there are diving and adventure cruise vacation vessels'


Carnival's Cruise Vacations aboard the "Fun Ships"

The Carnival ships are called the “Fun-Ships” for a reason. Their ships, itineraries and activities are just perfect for a fun vacation at sea. Boasting twenty-three ships at the time of this post Carnival is dedicated to fun-in-the-sun vacations whether you are in the tropics or not.

Our very first cruise was on board the Carnival Legend and we were hooked instantly. In fact we have taken four of our eleven cruises on board Carnival ships. The others were Carnival Liberty, Carnival Glory, and the newer and larger Carnival Breeze where we visited the Mediterranean for our first time on its second ever cruise voyage.


Celebrity Vacation Cruises

Celebrity has a fleet of 11 cruise ships in four different classes. Considered to be a middle premium cruise line Celebrity prides itself with continuing to provide what made cruising famous - high standards of quality, grand cruising style, exceptional service and delectable cuisine.

Our adventures with Celebrity includes a visit to the Southern Caribbean on board the Celebrity Summit and a very relaxing and pampering Eastern Caribbean cruise on the then new Celebrity Reflection. (Reflection is one of our favorite ships.) The cruise vacation experience on board Celebrity is a somewhat less vibrant and more sophisticated than that of Carnival.


Holland America Cruise Vacation Ships

Holland America cruises with a fleet of 15 ships. For more than 130 years, Holland America has pampered their guests. Their five-star luxury fleet sails from Alaska to Antarctica to Northern Europe to New Zealand and everywhere in between.

A trip to the Panama Canal on board the Zuiderdam and a wonderful family cruise vacation on board the then new Oosterdam are our exploits with the Holland America “dam” ships. The atmosphere on Holland America is much like the of Celebrity – sophisticated yet relaxed.


Princess Vacation Cruises

The Princess fleet of cruise liners includes 18 ships. Sixteen of the ships seat between 1900 and 3600 passengers. The two small ships – Pacific Princess and Ocean Princess seat only about 670 which allows these ships to cruise waters and ports that the larger ships cannot navigate. Of course, who could forget the Princess "Love Boat"? The first episode of the popular T.V. weekly show was shot aboard the original Sun Princess in 1977. The Pacific Princess and the Dawn Princess later became the main stars of the show. It was a sad day when the original “Love Boat” was decommissioned. The newest members of the fleet even have the capability to play the “Love Boat” theme song on the ships’ horns.

I remember well, being at dock in St Maarten when - I believe it was the “Royal Princess” - was inching away from the pier to the theme song. Everyone on board our ship laughed, clapped and cheered. I was amazed at how many people remembered the song. What a fabulous advertising ploy.

Perhaps our most memorable cruise vacation was on board the Golden Princess. We were on board for my wife’s birthday. Along with us we had our three adult children and spouses and both of our parents. (It would be the last time we were able to vacation with my mother before she passed away.) We had such a great time together. Everyone could do their own thing and yet we able to all be together much of the time. If you want to take a perfect family vacation a cruise ship holiday is the way to go!

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Our second experience with Princess was on board the Ruby Princess in her inaugural year. Princess cruises are almost a cross between the Carnival and the HAL/Celebrity experience. Not quite as energetic as Carnival but more active than the other two.


Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships

Royal Caribbean has a fleet of 21 magnificent ships in six classes including the mega ships in the Oasis class. The two Oasis class ships have a huge array of interesting amenities. Every Vacation Cruise Ship has amenities from rock climbing walls to elegant dining rooms. Some even include amenities like a skating rink water slides and a "surfing" pool.

The fleet is scheduled to grow with the addition of three new Quantam Class vessels. Beginning in November of 2014 the Quantam of the Seas will exhilarate cruise vacationers.
The only Royal Caribbean ship that we have had the pleasure of sailing on was the Liberty of the Seas. Visiting the interior shops is like walking the shops on the streets of Vegas.                

 

Freestyle Cruising on the Norwegian Cruise Line Ships

Norwegian Cruise Lines have developed their magnificent fleet of 14 ships around their "Freestyle Cruising" motto. Cruising freedom and flexibility is built in to their style of cruises. I have yet to experience a cruise on board a Norwegian Cruise Line ship.


River Cruises

River cruising has become a VERY popular option for vacation cruises. Viking River Cruises has over 65 vessels including 40 longships. (We are booked on a river cruise on board one of the new longships next June so look for the reviews when we get back!) Viking has also introduced a new ocean cruise ship with a second on the way.

Avalon Waterways has 24 river cruise ships. Uniworld has 19 river ships while AMA River Cruises has 18. Scenic Cruises has a fleet of twelve.

There are numerous fleets of luxury cruising, small ship cruising, river cruising and specialty cruises too numerous to identify on this page. But rest assured, there is something to excite everyone looking for a cruise vacation.

Whatever your cruise adventure includes, you are sure to find the perfect cruise liner for you at one of our special merchants' links. For more information on cruise ships, cruise lines and cruises, browse through some of the informative cruise ships articles and check out our new Blog. Then book your fabulous cruise vacation aboard one of the fantastic ships and get excited!

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