If you go on a cruise and enjoy the experience, what’s the first thing you’re going to do? If you’re like most people, you’re going to tell family and friends about your experience. You might also use social media to share the details. Therefore, not only are you likely to return for another cruise offered by the same cruise line, but you’re generating positive sentiment for that brand, which is likely to lead to new business for that particular cruise line. Of course, the same process holds true for cruise vacations that didn’t meet your expectations. That being the case, whether you’re looking to travel on, or invest in, Carnival (NYSE: CCL), Royal Caribbean (NYSE: RCL), or Norwegian Cruise Line (NASDAQ: NCLH), the following information should be of importance to you.
Below are the most popular Carnival cruise lines, followed by what percentage of customers stated that they loved their vacation on that cruise line at CruiseCritic.com. The number in parenthesis indicates how many people contributed to the vote. Below are the four most popular North American cruise lines for Carnival.
Carnival Cruise Lines: 74 percent (17,827). Best known for being fun and family-oriented. Ships are large. Prices are affordable compared to most cruises.
Holland America Line: 75 percent (5,173). A whopping $525 million was invested for fleet enhancement. Based on the pedestrian cruiser rating, this seems to be a necessary investment. Holland America Line offers Culinary Arts Centers for demonstrations and classes, and it owns a private island in San Salvador, Half Moon Cay.
Princess Cruises: 77 percent (5,173). Popular features include anytime-dining and movies under the stars. Princess Cruises are a good option for multi-generational groups. It also owns Princess Cays — a tourist resort at the southern end of the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Seabourne: 84 percent (273). Seabourne isn’t nearly as popular as the cruise lines listed above, but notice the higher rating, which directly relates to service. Travelers have raved about the service on Seabourne cruises. The exotic itineraries are also popular. However, Seabourne cruises are expensive, and they’re most often frequented by experienced travelers.
Costa: 53 percent (1,065). Best known for an Italian ambiance and Samsara Spa. As you can see from the traveler approval rating, these features aren’t impressive enough. Ship refurbishments are planned.
Cunard: 70 percent (992). A good option for those seeking trans-Atlantic journeys and Golden Era luxury, including white-gloved afternoon tea service.
P&O Cruises: 68 percent (1,026). A family-oriented cruise line that caters to primarily British clientele.
Overall, these scores aren’t very impressive. Perhaps Royal Caribbean scores better.