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Six Cruise Lines You've Probably Never Heard Of

As we often say, cruising isn’t one thing.  There are a wide variety of lines offering different experiences.  While about 30 million guests sailed on cruises in 2019 alone, the lines most cruisers think about are owned by the big three cruise companies: Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, and Carnival Corp.  There are boatloads of other cruise lines out there though, offering an incredible variety of vacations on ships big and small, on the ocean and on rivers.  In this post we're going over just six of the many lines you probably haven't heard of - but maybe one day... read more

Royal Caribbean International Overview

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Royal Caribbean International is a popular cruise line often in the headlines for wild amenities on their newer ships.  Founded in Norway in 1968, the now Miami-based company carried roughly 5 million guests in 2018 - the second highest number of any cruise line. They were also one of the first lines dedicated to cruising, rather than ferry service or oceanic crossings... read more

Norwegian Cruise Line Overview

NCL LogoNorwegian Cruise Line (often referred to as Norwegian or NCL) has become famous for the color livery on their ships and the flexibility they offer guests.  Founded in Miami in 1966 by Knut Kloster and Ted Arison, they carried roughly 2.3 million guests in 2018 - the third highest number of any cruise line. They were also one of the first lines dedicated to cruising, and started with a cruise-ferry that carried passengers as well as cars.  Let's look at what NCL does well, highlight some things to keep in mind, and help you decide if they're right for your next cruise... read more