Upscale Contemporary Cruise Lines
Budget-conscious couples and families with children (kids under 17 sharing a cabin with two adults sail free on all MSC sailings) and travelers who desire a traditional cruise experience on a large resort-style ship with an Italian flair will appreciate MSC Cruises.
Whether on river or ocean cruises, Viking Cruises offers cruises that are destination focused and carefully crafted with a mix of cosmopolitan and smaller ports of interest. With three sister ocean-going ships, Viking developed its ocean cruises by leveraging extensive feedback and input from Viking River Cruises® passengers, and with experienced travelers in mind. Itineraries are designed for maximum time in port, often with late evenings or overnights, so guests can experience local nightlife or evening performances. Ports include both cosmopolitan cities and “collector ports,” and appeal to those with an interest in history, art and culture. In addition, Viking Inclusive Cruising provides unparalleled value—with every cruise fare including a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry and 24-hour room service—a value of more than $2,400 per couple for an average cruise.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line revolutionized the industry in 2000 when it introduced "Freestyle Cruising," which allowed passengers greater freedom to dine when they like, with extended restaurant hours; where they like, with a number of alternative venues; with whom they like, with open seating; freedom to dress as they please, with a "resort casual" dress code at night – and other relaxations of the usual cruise ship procedures. One of the most appealing freestyle elements is Norwegian's disembarkation procedure, which is far more relaxed and pleasant than on many large vessels.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean boasts a fleet of the world’s largest ships. Royal’s ships are resort cities at sea, offering the best variety of over the top experiences for the entire family. Whether you seek an adrenaline rush or total tranquility, their ships have it all. Try rock climbing, ice skating, or surfing 200 feet above the waves. Melt away land-based stress with a spa massage, build a scrapbook of memories or simply relax poolside. Royal offers the ultimate in dining experiences and ambiance, variety and the flexibility to decide when and what you savor. From casual to sophisticated, cupcakes to canapes, sample an array of options – many of them included in the price of your cruise. From Internet service to dry cleaning to accessibility features, Royal Caribbean ships are equipped with helpful amenities to enhance your vacation –and it is all delivered with friendly service.
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