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Overview of Cruise Lines

There are a whole range of cruise lines - as those in the industry say: "there is a cruise line for everyone" - given the sheer diversity of cruise companies catering for different tastes and destinations.

Traditional Cruise Lines
For many the only way to cruise is with those brands with heritage and do things the right way such as the biggest and best known cruise line in the UK,  P&O, it is unique in that it combines traditional cruising with a modern fleet; bigger ships with lots of facilities. Other traditional cruise lines tend to have older and  smaller ships such as  Fred. Olsen, a well established brand who offer a friendly atmosphere and varied itineraries. A 'new' traditional cruise line, and one of the fastest growing in the UK, is Cruise & Maritime who offer excellent value. Another well known and familiar brand is Thomson Cruises, who have small to mid-sized ships and offer a good range of fly-cruises. One of the smallest traditional ships is Voyager from Voyages of Discovery.

Contemporary Cruise Lines
More and more cruise brands are moving away from traditional cruising with new developments and a different style onboard. They have so many facilities they could be Resorts in their own right. You will find cruise lines such as Carnival who offer fun itineraries for younger people and Royal Caribbean whose innovative ships have been making headlines for the last few years. A very fast growing brand who are designing and building large ships with new concepts is MSC. Another more contemporary style brand is Costa Cruises. Norwegian Cruise Line has been revolutionising the cruise industry for a long time with their well known freestyle cruising.

Premium Cruise Lines
Cruise lines that offer a higher level of service and excellent cuisine but with larger ships include Holland America, Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises.

Luxury Cruise Lines
Perhaps the brand best known for its luxury liners is  Cunard  but there are a range of luxury cruise lines that offer smaller more intimate cruising often only with suites and they are normally all inclusive to some degree. These include Azamara and Oceania. At the very top end you will find  Silversea, Regent Seven Seas and Seabourn.

But do not worry, The Cruise Checker is here to help you find the one that is right for you.