Leading Cruise Companies 2017, their ships, and the onboard activities.

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Leading Cruise Companies 2017, their ships, and the onboard activities.

Finding a cruise company which best suits your budget and requirement is a bit of challenge. Most of the modern cruise ship liners are packed with facilities, and you are almost guaranteed not to get bored when onboard. However, when it comes to your personal preferences for your cruise holidays, it is a time-consuming exercise to find the best cruise companies around. Sometimes a question comes to mind is that how old are the ships of these Leading Cruise companies and which company has the fleet of latest ships. In this article, I try to mention some of the details I found by searching their websites. You can then figure out which option is best for you and what to expect onboard. It may help you decide your next holiday trip.

1. Royal Caribbean International

This company has 25 ships in their international fleet. This is at the top of our list of cruise companies. They have 8 different classes of their fleet.

These classes are named as Quantum, Oasis, Freedom, Voyager, Radiance, Vision, Sovereign and Empress. Following are some of their ships:

Name of ship Year Built Last Refurbished Capacity of

Passengers

Class
1. Quantum of the Seas 2014 NA 4180 Quantum
2. Anthem of the Seas 2015 NA 4905 Quantum
3. Symphony of the Seas 2017 NA 5400 Oasis
4. Freedom of the seas 2006 2015 3782 Freedom
5. Voyager of the Seas 1999 2014 3114 Voyager
6. Radiance of the Seas 2001 2016 2143 Radiance
7. Vision of the Seas 1998 2013 2050 Vision
8. Majesty of the Seas 1992 2016 2350 Sovereign
9. Empress of the Seas 1990 2016 1602 Empress

                1.1          Onboard Activities:

Their ships offer a lot of onboard activities which may differ from class to class and ship to ship. These include Rock climbing, surfing, circus school, zip lining, waterslides, miniature golf, basketball and volleyball courts, ice skating, roller skating and in-line skating, Poolside activities and games, scavenger hunt, bumper cars, bingo and casino, DreamWorks experience. Also, fitness center and, running and walking tracks and personal training. There are also some relaxation facilities such as full-service spa, Vitality wellness program, hair salon and barber, and pools for families and adult only pools.

1.2          General Cruise FAQS for Royal Caribbean International:

2. Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for freestyle cruising. The company has listed 16 ships on their website, and the summary is below:

Name of ship Year Built Last Refurbished Capacity of

Passengers

Class
1. Norwegian Bliss 2018 NA 4004 Breakaway Plus
2. Norwegian Escape 2015 NA 4266 Breakaway Plus
3. Norwegian Breakaway 2013 NA 3963 Breakaway
4. Norwegian Epic 2010 2015 4100 Epic
5. Norwegian Gem 2007 2015 2394 Jewel
6. Norwegian Jewel 2005 2014 2376 Jewel
7. Norwegian Dawn 2002 2016 2340 Dawn
8. Norwegian Sun 2001 2016 1936 Sun

 2.1 Onboard Activities

The company offers many onboard packages in different categories such as dining, Beverage, Phots, Water bottles, romance, party, etc.  The company claims to be having the youngest fleet in North America. Some of the important things on Norwegian cruises include svedka & inniskillin Ice Bar, the waterfront, the plank and deck parties. The company also offers family cruises and special interest and themed cruises.

2.2 General Cruise FAQS for Norwegian Cruise Line

 3. Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises has listed 6 ships on their website. Their ships are of relatively smaller size. It means their ships can access boutique ports and seaside villages which large ships cannot access. Another feature of their service which might be attractive for someone is that their guest to staff ratio is less than 2. It means less waiting time and no queues. The food is not prepared in big masses but small quantity as required. These are few of the features which differentiate them from big cruise liners. The summary of their ships is below:

Name of ship Year Built Last Refurbished Capacity of

Passengers

1. Riviera 2012 NA 1250
2. Marina 2011 NA 1250
3. Nautica 2000 2014 684
4. Sirena 1999 2016 684
5. Regatta 1998 2014 684
6. Insignia 1998 2014 684

 3.1 Onboard Activities

Onboard cooking school and teaching kitchen on Riviera and Marina. Culinary Discovery Tours where you can shop local ingredients with the company’s chefs. Artist Loft enrichment center, where artists offer instructions. Similarly, lectures on various topics and music performance are some of other onboard activities. Onboard shows and entertainment may differ on different ships.

3.2 General Cruise FAQS for Oceania Cruises

 4. Cunard Cruises

These are British cruise liners. The summary of their ships is below:

Name of ship Year Built Last Refurbished Capacity of

Passengers

1. Queen Elizabeth 2010 2068
2. Queen Victoria 2007 1990
3. Queen Mary 2 2004 2620

 4.1 Onboard Activities

Spacious ships, 24-hour room service and very best of Cunard Grill suites are few of the highlights of the three ships.

4.2 General Cruise FAQS for Cunard Cruises

 5. Silversea Cruises

Silversea is a family owned company, and all of their 9 ships are relatively small but luxury. The cruise company covers many destinations in all continents. You can enjoy a personalized service because of an excellent guest to staff ratio.  Some of their larger ships are listed below:

Name of ship Year Built Last Refurbished Capacity of

Passengers

1. Silver Cloud 2015 296
2. Silver Wind 2016 296
3. Silver Shadow 2017 382
4. Silver Whisper 2001 382
5. Silver Spirit 2009 540
6. Silver Muse 2017 596
7. Silver Cloud Expedition 2017 200/248

 5.1 Onboard Activities

The company offers complimentary activities and specialty expedition cruises where you could get expert guides and explore remote destinations. Lectures are delivered onboard by experts in various fields. Also, you can do land adventures during the trips.

5.2 General Cruise FAQS for Silversea Cruises 

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